Arts and Entertainment Olivia Newton-John pictured in 2008: An unidentified man has been found dead at the singer's Florida home.

A man has been found shot dead at the home of Grease star Olivia Newton-John.

Florida student plotted to bomb school

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Girl buried in sand thanks rescuers

A girl buried alive as she dug a hole on a beach has thanked rescuers who saved her life.

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Anyone who has ever been to a city beach will recognise it as a place that brings out a different kind of behaviour to far-flung beaches populated by relaxed holiday-makers – maybe because many city dwellers use them as an outdoor extension for things they would normally do behind closed doors – in a gym, say, or a club. For the Catalan photographer Lluis Artus, Barcelona's two-and-a-half miles of beach front excites for this very reason. "I went there for a long summer break in 2007, after 10 years of living in London," he says. What he found was a pulsating beach life where "people spent whole days on the sand exercising, relaxing or going on the pull. I thought it offered a great show of culture."

Girl, 15, rescued from beach hole

Medics saved the life of a girl today after a hole she was digging on a beach collapsed on her.

Sand burial boy 'sure he would die'

A teenager who was buried in 6ft of sand while digging a trench on a California beach said he was certain he would die before rescuers pulled him to safety.

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A California teenager who was buried in six feet of sand while digging a trench on Newport beach has said he was certain he would die.

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Studies have concluded that the seaweed, although present naturally, has been increased by nitrogen flowing into estuaries from intensive pig farms

The old man and the Ernest Hemingway lookalike

A white-whiskered 64-year-old Florida man has won the annual Ernest Hemingway lookalike competition at a Florida Keys bar once frequented by the author.

One in eight bosses don't take holiday

As schools across the country break up and workers head for the airport, beach or campsite, half of Britain's bosses claim they do not leave their desks for a summer break.

Mojo honours Beach Boy and Beatle

Beach Boy Brian Wilson quoted one of his own songs to thank his fans as he was honoured at a top music awards.

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