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 A beachgoer says he helped drag a live, 4-foot shark into the ocean after it came ashore in May 2013 on a Rehoboth Beach.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that Colby Beaumont used a smartphone to snap photos of the shark on Friday. State environmental officials looked at the photos and told Beaumont that it looked like a smooth dogfish shark.

"I was like - 'Oh, my God!' " Beaumont, 27, of Rehoboth Beach, told the Journal. "I didn't know what to do. I couldn't get it back in the ocean, it was so heavy."

Beaumont says he saw the animal emerge from the surf and scoot onto the sand. He tried to get the shark back into the ocean, but it was too heavy.

Another beachgoer helped him drag the shark by the tail and get it back into the water, and it swam away.

"It swam away. We made sure it didn't come back up," Beaumont said.

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A man who was arrested for robbing a western Pennsylvania bank when he stopped to eat biscuits at a nearby restaurant will spend two to four years in prison.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports 32-year-old Shane Lindsey, of Arnold, was sentenced by a Westmoreland County judge on Wednesday after pleading guilty.

Lindsey was arrested about 20 minutes after he robbed the Citizens Bank in downtown New Kensington on Jan. 14.

That's when witnesses saw a bald man matching Lindsey's description run toward a restaurant after the heist. Police knew the business had surveillance video and went inside to view it hoping for clues as to where the suspect went - only to find Lindsey eating at a booth.

Police say Lindsey used the restaurant's bathroom to discard a coat and hood he wore during the robbery.

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Etsy the online marketplace is banning the sale of spells. 

Witches who sell their services on the website say Etsy didn't give them any warning that it was changing its rules, and just started closing stores. 

Etsy used to allow people to sell metaphysical services, as long as the sellers didn't guarantee any results, and sent some kind of physical item along with the spell or service. 

But now, Etsy has changed its rules, and says "any metaphysical service that promises or suggests it will effect a physical change (e.g. weight loss) or other outcome (e.g. love, revenge)… even if it delivers a tangible item."

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A hot tub is currently floating in the English Channel. It ended up there after a houseboat sunk, and rescuers couldn't fit the hot tub on a life boat. 

A spokesperson for Newhaven Lifeboats says the company was called to help multiple house boats, but couldn't do much for one of them. 

After crews cleared floating debris, they had to leave the hot tub, because it was too big for them to take back to short. 

The hot tub was last seen near the Dover Coastguard.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators sweeping a jail after breaking up a drug smuggling ring uncovered an inmate's apparent escape plot using 64 neatly tied together bedsheets, enough for him to shimmy down 11 stories from his cellblock to the street, city officials said Thursday.

Ernest Murphy, awaiting trial on an attempted murder charge, had the sheets stashed under a sink in his cell at the Manhattan Detention Center, said Mark Peters, commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation. The coil stretched the length of a gymnasium nearly four times.

"Thankfully, it was discovered before he had an opportunity to test his skills at making a getaway," Peters said. "And so the city was spared the potential spectacle of joining the state for the past two weeks in a manhunt for escaped inmates."

Peters was referring to the massive search for convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt, who authorities believe used power tools smuggled in by a worker at the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora to break through a wall, cut a hole through a pipe and vanish nearly two weeks ago.

Murphy, already jailed on allegations he participated in a gang assault where a man was slashed and shot, was arrested May 11 on a new charge of promoting prison contraband. He didn't confess to an escape attempt, but authorities said there's no other logical reason for the sheets. A message left with his lawyer wasn't immediately returned.

Peters and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the arrest came after a months long investigation into contraband smuggled inside and out of the jail, located next door to Manhattan Criminal Court and used mostly for holding prisoners ahead of court dates. An undercover officer posed as an inmate wanting to smuggle contraband, and the probe included wiretaps.

"We have all witnessed in recent weeks the serious consequences that can result when contraband is smuggled inside prison walls," Vance said.

City Correction officer Patricia Howard, 44, was arrested May 9 on a Harlem street in her uniform, holding a bag of contraband that included drugs, lighters and flashlights, and $800 - her cut of the operation, officials said. She is awaiting arraignment and it isn't immediately clear who represents her.

Howard has been a correction officer for nearly 20 years, and investigators said she had more than 2,400 calls to inmates during her tenure and even received a thank-you note from an inmate for supporting "the jail shopping network."

She walked into the jail with the contraband and then handed it over to inmate Tommy Davis, there on an attempted murder charge, who would disseminate it to other inmates in the jail, authorities said. Davis used his sister and niece to get the orders filled outside the jail, authorities said. The four were charged with crimes including promoting prison contraband, attempted sale of a controlled substance and bribery.

The search of prison cells also turned up a blade, a pen with a sharpened tip, marijuana and a scale for weighing drugs, officials said. The investigation continues.

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HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Authorities say a man drove under the influence of alcohol to a small-town Kentucky police station, where he requested that officers arrest him.

The Kentucky New Era reports that 26-year-old Christopher L. Stewart drove to Tuesday night to the station in Hopkinsville, near the Tennessee border, and slammed on his brakes, nearly hitting a police cruiser. The newspaper reports that Stewart approached officers and said he was ready to go to jail for DUI.

The paper says he told police he drank a pint before driving to the station. Police say Stewart also attempted to drink a closed bottle of fuel injector cleaning fluid, but officers stopped him.

He was charged with driving under the influence. It was unclear whether he had a lawyer to contact for comment on the case.

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LONDON (AP) -- It's a case of two down: the aisle.

A crossword-loving British lawyer hid a marriage proposal in The Times newspaper's daily puzzle. Matthew Dick thought of the cryptic way of popping the question to girlfriend Delyth Hughes and persuaded the newspaper to agree.

Tuesday's Times crossword opened with one across: "Pretty Welsh girl widely thought not to be all there." The answer: Delyth.

Other clues included "`Will you marry me,' say, that's forward also rude." The answer was proposal.

Dick, 38, told Wednesday's edition of the newspaper that he showed Hughes the crossword at breakfast, with some key words underlined, then "reached into my pocket to reveal the ring."

"She looked so surprised and didn't say anything for about 30 seconds, before then saying `No', which she thought was hilarious," he said. "But she did then say `Yes' and I had to tell her this was the real Times crossword, not something I had printed out myself."

Hughes says she was "dumbfounded that he'd gone to such lengths."

"It was also bloody typical, as he's a smart-arse at the best of times," she said. "I've heard all the engagement stories but this one trumps them all. It's so special and such a geeky way of doing it."

Times crossword editor Richard Rogan said he believed this was the first time the newspaper had included a proposal in a puzzle. He said it was "a one-off" that wouldn't be repeated.

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NORTON, Mass. (AP) -- A 6-year-old Massachusetts boy has raised $25,000 for cancer research by playing 100 holes of golf in one day in memory of a classmate who died of the disease.

Ryan McGuire, of Foxborough, completed the golf marathon Wednesday at MGA Links at Mamantapett, a par-3 course in Norton.

Ryan played the 100 holes in memory of his kindergarten buddy, Danny Nickerson, who died in April of a rare and inoperable form of pediatric brain cancer.

He got the idea to play 100 holes of golf because his mother, Cheryl, is the program director of Golf Fights Cancer, a nonprofit organization that encourages golfers to play and raise money for cancer-related charities.

Ryan tells The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro that he "just wanted to do it for Danny."

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- One Utah university is giving students glued to their cellphones a place to call their own: a designated lane for texting while walking.

The neon green lanes painted on the stairs to the gym at Utah Valley University were intended as a lighthearted way to brighten up the space and get students' attention, spokeswoman Melinda Colton said Thursday.

And it worked. A picture of the lanes - which divide the stairs into sections for runners, walkers and texters - created widespread buzz on social media this month after it was posted online.

Though the lanes are limited to the school's recreation center, 22-year-old student Tasia Briggs wouldn't mind seeing them catch on across campus.

"There's nothing worse than walking behind someone who's texting, and you can't get around them and go anywhere," Briggs said. She added smartphone messaging - whether through texts, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram - is a big part of how her generation communicates, and it's cool to see the college acknowledge it.

Utah Valley University is in Orem, 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, and has an enrollment of about 31,000.

Student Chelsea Meza, 22, says the lanes touch on a cultural reality in an age of ubiquitous cellphones.

"It's kind of funny. You walk down the hallway and instead of saying hi, everyone is walking and texting," she said. Though the lanes weren't designed to curb a texting problem on campus, about half of students who see the lanes really use them, Meza said.

Though Colton says she hasn't heard of the concept at any other colleges, it's not the first time anywhere that it's been tried.

The Chinese city of Chongqing last year created a smartphone sidewalk lane that was intended to be ironic while also reminding people that staring at phones while on the go can be dangerous.

Officials said they got the idea from a similar stretch of pavement in Washington, D.C., created by National Geographic Television as part of a behavior experiment. The smartphone lanes attracted attention there too, but people using their phones generally didn't notice them.

At Utah Valley University, the idea came from a group of students and staff who wanted to spice up a gray staircase in the new Student Life & Wellness Center, said Sam Hadlock, a student designer on the team.

The typographic design installed June 7 was a favorite of student government leaders. The concept is a bit different from the red-brick-and-ivy aesthetic typically associated with university campuses, said Hadlock, a 26-year-old recent graduate.

"I think it's fun, and great to see current design on a university campus," he said.

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While you may blame chlorine for making your eyes red and itchy when you're in a pool, a new study says you should actually blame pee instead. 

The associate director of the CDC's Healthy Water program says chlorine actually binds with the things it's trying to kill from human bodies, which forms irritants. He says what's stings your eyes, is actually the chlorine binding to urine and sweat. 
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