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Cops: Mom Likely Drowned 3 Kids at Coney Island Beach

A sad scene overnight in Brooklyn

(Newser) - Three children died after being found on a New York City beach early Monday, and police believe they were drowned by their mother. The children—a 7-year-old boy, a 4-year-old girl, and a 3-month-old boy—were discovered on Brooklyn's Coney Island beach shortly after 3am and taken to a...

Seeking Sun and Surf? These US Beach Towns Won't Break the Bank

Port Arthur, Texas, comes in at No. 1

(Newser) - Dreaming of a home near the ocean? A new assessment by PropertyShark susses out the most affordable beach towns and cities in the US. The site calculated median price per square foot to crown Port Arthur, Texas, as the champ. Generally, locales in Texas, Mississippi, and Florida dominated the top...

Chaos at Beach Has 'Everybody Running Like Godzilla' Is Coming

But sea lions were likely engaging in normal breeding-season behavior, not chasing humans

(Newser) - A day at the beach in Southern California ended in chaos last week when two sea lions appeared to go on a rampage, spurring a viral video and reminders by local officials to leave wildlife alone. Per NBC News , the footage was shot by Charlianne Yeyna, who was visiting San...

Here Are the 10 Best Beaches in America
This Is the
Best Beach
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This Is the Best Beach in America

Kick off summer with a visit to this sought-after shoreline, or one of Dr. Beach's other top picks

(Newser) - July Fourth weekend is when summer really kicks off—which is why it seems the ideal time to present Dr. Stephen Leatherman's annual list of the top 10 beaches in America. Time Out reports that the man known as "Dr. Beach" has been offering up his shoreline rankings...

Nantucket Woman Fights to Go Topless

Town to consider measure to allow women to go topless at all island beaches

(Newser) - All beaches in Nantucket will become topless beaches if one resident has her way. Under Massachusetts law, men can go topless in public, but the intentional exposure of female breasts can result in a charge of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, punishable by up to three years in...

Oil Spill Reaches California Beaches

Dead fish, birds already have washed up along shoreline

(Newser) - A major oil spill has reached the sands of Southern California, killing birds and fish and forcing the closure of beaches. A cleanup operation of the slick that the Coast Guard said covers about 13 square miles. The spill was reported Saturday, and by Sunday, oil had washed ashore, bringing...

People's Feet Turn Black From Walking Through Beach's Dead Bugs
Beachgoers Find Out
What's Been Staining
Their Feet and Ew, No
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Beachgoers Find Out What's Been Staining Their Feet and Ew, No

Millions of dead bugs make up black mystery substance at Maine's Wells Beach, scientists say

(Newser) - People who've recently visited Wells Beach in Maine have often gone home to find their feet stained black—and scientists say they've figured out the gross reason. State officials say it's millions of dead bugs, washed ashore to form a black, slimy substance that resembles tar. Local...

'Dr. Beach' Offers His Top 10 US Picks
Here Are the Best
Beaches in the US

Here Are the Best Beaches in the US

From Hawaii to Cape Cod, America's choice shorelines await you

(Newser) - It's the time of year when "Dr. Beach"—aka geoscientist and coastal ecologist Stephen P. Leatherman—makes his picks for America's best beaches, and 2021's list marks an important milestone: It's the ranking's 30th anniversary, per Forbes . Leatherman notes that, due to the...

PPE Litter Is Adding Up on the World's Beaches

Environmental groups fear damage, ask users to dispose of trash properly

(Newser) - To the usual list of foul trash left behind or washed up on beaches around the world, add these: masks and gloves used by people to avoid the coronavirus and then discarded on the sand. In the past year, volunteers picking up trash on beaches from the Jersey Shore to...

The Issue With the 1999 Policy That Protects Hawaii's Beaches

The state and county governments have spent 2 decades granting exemptions to it

(Newser) - There are no private beaches in Hawaii—all are open to and owned by the public. But a private activity is whittling them away, reports ProPublica and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. More specifically, the shores of Oahu, Maui, and Kauai have been cut down by about 25% over the last century,...

The Coronavirus Turns Up in Lake Water
Weird Coronavirus Find
Turns Up in Lake Water
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Weird Coronavirus Find Turns Up in Lake Water

A University of Minnesota professor calls it 'very interesting'

(Newser) - A Minnesota professor has discovered the coronavirus in lake water—apparently the first such such find during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pioneer Press reports. Richard Melvin of the University of Minnesota Medical School says he stumbled on SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, in samples culled from eight beaches along Lake Superior...

Bottle of Sand Just Cost This Guy $1.2K

French tourist wasn't successful in bid to take home 4.4 pounds of the stuff from Sardinia

(Newser) - Since 2017, taking sand home as a souvenir from the beaches of Sardinia has been illegal —but yet another visitor to the Italian island apparently didn't get that memo. Local authorities say a French tourist was busted at Cagliari Elmas Airport on Sept. 1, trying to leave with...

America's 10 Best Beaches
America's 10 Best Beaches

America's 10 Best Beaches

Grayton Beach State Park in Florida takes top honors in annual ranking

(Newser) - Imagine a beach with "sugar-white sand and emerald green water," a short distance from sand dunes, tidal lakes, and freshwater ponds. You're imagining Grayton Beach State Park in the Florida panhandle, the best beach in America, according to Dr. Beach . The doctor, aka Stephen Leatherman, is out...

California Beaches Reopen, With a Catch

In Orange County, only weekday 'active use' allowed

(Newser) - Residents of Orange County, California, have the green light to go back to the beach—but authorities don't want to see crowds of sunbathers. Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose administration faced protests and lawsuits over its decision last week to close the county's beaches, has reached a deal with...

The 'Grim Reaper' Appears on TV News

It's really Florida lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder, who has made waves before

(Newser) - A Florida news report took an unexpected turn Friday when the Grim Reaper appeared and took hold of the microphone, ABC7 reports. Actually, reporter Faith Graham handed him the mic during her report on re-opened beaches in Walton County. "I'm here today to try to make a point...

California City Resists Beach Closure Order

Huntington Beach seeks injunction against Newsom directive

(Newser) - They were having fun, fun, fun, until Newsom took the beaches away. The city of Huntington Beach is fighting California Gov. Gavin Newsom's order to close all beaches and state parks in Orange County starting Friday, the Los Angeles Times reports. The city council, saying it should be up...

Officials Sorry for Spraying Beach With Bleach

They said it was done to protect children

(Newser) - Environmentalists in Spain hoped wildlife would benefit from the beach in Zahara de los Atunes being closed for six weeks. Then authorities sprayed it with bleach. Officials in the Andalusia fishing village have apologized for the spraying, which they said was done to protect children from the coronavirus, the Guardian...

'I'm Not That Scared': Crowds Hit Calif. Beaches

Temperatures near 90 degrees as tens of thousands of people emerge

(Newser) - A lingering heat wave lured people to Southern California beaches, rivers, and trails again Sunday, prompting warnings from officials that defiance of stay-at-home orders could reverse progress and bring the coronavirus surging back, the AP reports. Tens of thousands of people packed the sand at Newport Beach in Orange County,...

Florida Beaches Reopen, and Crowds Flock

Governor relaxes rules, but not all are sticking to social-distancing guidelines

(Newser) - Fresh off of deeming the WWE an essential business , Florida is again raising eyebrows over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Ron DeSantis gave the green light on Friday to local communities to reopen their beaches, and some of them did not hesitate to take him up on the...

Huckabee Sues Over Order Closing His Beach

County government in Florida approved ordinance to enforce social distancing

(Newser) - The social distancing effort by local government officials in Florida has reached Mike Huckabee's waterfront home, and he's decided he'll fight them on the beaches. Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, has joined a lawsuit seeking an injunction to block the enforcement of a Walton County ordinance closing...

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