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The good thing about being a rich professional football player is you can afford $100,000 diamond earrings. The bad news is that if you wear them out jet skiing you can lose them in the water. But, as Julio Jones realized recently, there’s a bonus to that, too: You can always just pay some divers to go looking for the earring. That is exactly what the Atlanta Falcons star wide receiver did recently after losing a massive, expensive earring in Lake Lanier, a lake in northern Georgia. Jones was out jet skiing when, according to WXII in Atlanta (via Deadspin) he hit a big wave and went flying off the jet ski. When Jones got back up on jet ski, he was missing a very expensive piece of jewelry. So he did what anyone else would do. He hired a guy to dive for the earring. So Bobby Griffin went diving into Lake Lanier, looking for the pricey item. “I’m …

HOLLIS, Maine — Police in Maine arrested a 31-year-old man after he was reported wearing a clown mask and wielding a machete, CBS affiliate WGME-TV reports. Residents called police to report sightings of the man around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, but he hid in the woods before troopers arrived. The suspect managed to elude officers for an hour before police noticed him exiting the woods. Corey Berry, 31, of Hollis was arrested by Maine State Police. He was charged with criminal threatening and taken to York County Jail. Police said Berry duct taped the machete to his amputated arm. Police also said Berry was reportedly intoxicated and told officers he wanted to mimic the clown sightings reported across the U.S. Berry was released after posting $200 bail. Corey Berry

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Three wild rabbits managed to escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand by clambering aboard a flock of sheep and surfing to safety on their woolly backs. Ferg Horne, 64, says he’s been farming since he left school at age 15 and has never seen anything quite like it. He was trudging through pelting rain to rescue a neighbor’s 40 sheep from the floodwaters on Saturday at their South Island farm near Dunedin when he spotted some dark shapes from a distance. He was puzzled because he knew his neighbor, who was away in Russia attending a nephew’s wedding, didn’t have any black-faced sheep. As he got closer, he thought it might be debris from the storm, which had drenched the area and forced Horne to evacuate his home. Then he saw the bedraggled rabbits hitching a ride – two on one sheep and a third on another sheep. “I couldn’t believe …

SITKA, Alaska — An Alaska man said his boat was attacked over the weekend by an orca during a salmon fishing excursion with his 14-year-old son and two other people. Victor Littlefield of Sitka said the killer whale repeatedly rammed the boat, yanked its anchor line and slapped the boat’s bow with its tail. The 33-foot aluminum boat lurched to one side during the attack, Littlefield said in an interview. The event happened while it was anchored Sunday near Little Biorka Island in southeastern Alaska. Last baby orca born in captivity at SeaWorld park dies, company says Littlefield had seen the movie, “Jaws” the previous day and initially thought his boat was being attacked by a great white shark, the Daily Sitka Sentinel reported. But the culprit was an aggressive orca. Littlefield’s black Labrador Retriever, Roscoe was lying on a commercial ice box on the boat and Littlefield said he wondered if the whale was going …

LAKELAND, Fla. — A Florida man has been charged with killing an alligator and trying to sell its butchered remains, reports CBS affiliate WKMG-TV. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it received a report Sunday afternoon from concerned Lakeland, Florida residents, who said 33-year-old Shaun Sparks was trying to sell them an alligator tail.   A licensed trapper responded and found the seven-foot alligator’s carcass. The animal had been stabbed multiple times, officials said. Sparks was arrested and charged with two counts of possessing and killing an alligator. Hunting alligators is illegal in Florida without proper permitting. After his arrest, Sparks told officers he had taken the meat home to show his girlfriend, Christy Michelle Vincent, 27. She was also arrested and faces one count of possessing an alligator. Jail records didn’t list attorneys for Sparks or Vincent. Weirdest news stories from Florida this year Some of the wacky things that have happened …

BOULDER, Colo. — Weather could be to blame for hundreds of dead fish found in a Boulder lake, CBS Denver reports. The dead fish were spotted floating in Tantra Lake over the weekend, causing confusion and alarm for people living in the area. “It’s pretty strange,” said Trevor Pellerite, a resident of the Tantra Lake apartments. “I was just fishing here early last week and it looked to be in order.” Pellerite said he often goes fishing in the man-made lake, but he’s now worries that whatever caused the fish to die could affect him and his dog. A worker removes dead fish from Tantra Lake in Boulder, Colorado. “I’m confused and it’s pretty scary,” he said. Water quality experts with the City of Boulder took samples from the lake Monday to determine what caused the fish to die. Preliminary tests indicate the deaths could be related to weather. “The water is 85 degrees, which …

CARY, N.C. — A Cary man looking for a work truck stumbled on a 1980s-era FBI surveillance van and listed it for sale on eBay, CBS affiliate WNCN-TV reports. Ginter Senfeldas said he found the 1989 Dodge Ram 350, which he said was used in FBI investigations, for sale on a government auction website. In the back of the van are many custom features, such as a toilet, extra 12-volt vehicle batteries, TV monitors and video recording equipment. Senfeldas said there are also microphones hidden on the exterior of the vehicle. “We found out that there’s microphones as we took the side markers out of the van, and there’s microphones hidden in headlights and taillights. That’s why there’s little holes everywhere,” he said. Also inside were handcuffs, binoculars and even leftover video from an old FBI stakeout, Senfeldas said. There are also several small “pinholes” in the vehicle where cameras can peer out without anyone …

ROCKAWAY, New York — The daily commute for Calvin Seibert is a long one — over an hour from his Manhattan home to Long Island’s Rockaway Beach. With homemade tools, water, imagination and considerable skill, Seibert turns one of the most common things in the world into structures that are anything but, reports CBS News correspondent Don Dahler. “I can’t think of another art form that’s more impermanent,” Dahler said. CBS Evening News Time-lapse video shows master sandcastle builder at work Sandcastle artist Calvin Seibert builds a structure on New York’s Rockaway Beach. “Even if it falls, I mean it could collapse now, you know, right behind us,” Seibert said. “You’re OK with that?” Dahler asked. “You gotta be,” Seibert replied. The 59-year-old artist has been creating sandcastles since he was a small boy. He almost chose a career in architecture, until he had a sudden realization: “I don’t really care so much about what’s …

NEW ORLEANS — A New Orleans police officer was recovering from a leg wound Monday after being shot for the third time in his law enforcement career. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said Officer Chris Abbott were working a private, off-duty neighborhood watch detail for the Hurstville Security and Neighborhood Improvement District when he was struck in the leg, CBS affiliate WWL-TV reports. Police Chief Michael Harrison said the bullet went through the car door and hit the officer in the leg. He was in good condition Monday afternoon and has since been released, according to the station. The shooter was in a light-colored SUV and was still at large. The vehicle was described as having its rear windshield either missing or shattered, WWL-TV adds. Authorities respond to the crime scene where a shooting took place on Mon., July 24, 2017. Spokesman Aaron Looney confirmed that Abbott, a 25-year veteran of the department, had been shot …

CARY, N.C. — A Cary man looking for a work truck stumbled on a 1980s-era FBI surveillance van and now has listed it for sale on eBay. Ginter Senfeldas says he found the 1989 Dodge Ram 350, which he says was used in FBI investigations, for sale on a government auction website. In the back of the van are many custom features, such as a toilet, extra 12-volt vehicle batteries, TV monitors and video recording equipment. Senfeldas says there are also microphones hidden on the exterior of the vehicle. “We found out that there’s microphones as we took the side markers out of the van, and there’s microphones hidden in headlights and taillights. That’s why there’s little holes everywhere,” he said. Also inside were handcuffs, binoculars and even leftover video from an old FBI stakeout, Senfeldas says. There are also several small “pinholes” in the vehicle where cameras can peer out without anyone outside noticing. …

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