Saturday 27 May 2017

In brief: Porridge looms for Goldilocks thief

British police have appealed for help in tracing a suspected burglar they have dubbed 'Goldilocks', because he breaks into houses, eats food and then has a sleep.

Detectives are trying to trace Jesse Dobinson, who is suspected of carrying out two burglaries in Wickford, northeast of London. "Beds in the property were slept in and food eaten before items were stolen," police said.

Cole snubs British 'X Factor' offer

Cheryl Cole has snubbed offers to return to 'The X Factor' in Britain following her exit from the American version of the show.

The 27-year-old singer was given an offer by the British 'X Factor' camp but refused to pick up her phone before the deadline given to her.

Women beat men on pants packing

Men are pants at packing underwear for holidays, according to a survey. The majority of males took just three pairs of underwear on a seven-day trip, a poll by travel agent www.sunshine.co.uk found.

In contrast, most women took 10 pieces of underwear on a week-long holiday, the survey of 1,294 people said.

Man saved by the skin of his teeth

An elderly Brazilian man shot in the face escaped death when his dentures deflected a bullet headed for his brain.

Zacarias Pacheco de Moraes (81) was shot while working in a bar he owns in the western city of Alta Floresta. The bullet probably would have pierced Mr Moraes' brain if it hadn't first hit his dentures before lodging in his throat, said a hospital official.

€60m opening for 'Hangover' sequel

Raunchy comedy 'The Hangover Part Two' grossed $86.5m (€60.4m) at the North American box office over the weekend, in the biggest comedy movie debut ever.

'Kung Fu Panda Two', starring Jack Black and Angelina Jolie, came in second with $48m (€33.5m).

Capone's gun to fetch €80,000

A revolver belonging to notorious gangster Al Capone is expected to sell for €80,700 when it is auctioned next month.

The Colt .38 was made in May 1929, just months after the Chicago mobster ordered the murder of seven of his rivals in the infamous St Valentine's Day Massacre. The gun, which is being sold by a private collector, comes with a letter signed by Capone's sister-in-law confirming its authenticity.

Irish Independent

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