Blog Posts by Eliza Murphy

  • Diamond Bonus Bling: Woman Gets More Than Just Jeans at Goodwill

    The old saying goes, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." But after Deb Thompson's Monday trip to a Coon Rapids, Minn., Goodwill store, she's proving that's not always the case.

    Thompson, 53, went to the store to pick up a pair of $3.99 jean capris her daughter suggested she might like because of all the "bling" on them.

    But when she returned home to try them on, she discovered way more "bling" than she had bargained for. There was a diamond ring in the right pocket.

    "I took the ring out of my pocket and I sat on the floor with my daughter and her fiancé. I put my arm out in the center, and I opened it in my palm and we all just went, 'Wow. Oh my God," Thompson told ABC News.

    All Thompson could think to herself was, "Oh geez, somebody lost their ring. The husband or fiancé must be out there saying, 'You're not getting another one!'"

    Now Thompson, of Ham Lake, Minn., is working with Goodwill to try to find the ring's original owner. They posted Thompson's unusual

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  • A Real-Life 'Cinema': One Man's Elaborate Flash Mob Proposal

    Tina Le, 26, became excited when she saw a group of young girls starting a flash mob at the San Jose, Calif., mall where she was shopping.

    "I'm obsessed with flash mobs and 'Glee' and anything musical. I thought it was just adorable. I started recording them, amazed at how good they were," Le told ABC News.

    But it wasn't until the youngsters pulled her boyfriend into the crowd of dancers that Le got the surprise of a lifetime.

    "I was confused at first. Is it true? Is he proposing? I didn't want to jump to conclusions," she said.

    Courtesy Connie LeTurns out it was true. Danny Nguyen, 33, had organized and executed this elaborate flash mob to propose to the love of his life, Tina Le. He said he knew he wanted to use a flash mob for the big day but wasn't sure how to make his proposal different from all the other flash mob proposals out there. That's where the little girls come in.

    "Me and Tina are very fond of kids. We think they're adorable. So I figured, what a great way to do this. I can

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  • Man Attacks Girlfriend with Spicy Surprise

    It was quite a "heated" argument.

    A Massachusetts man was arrested after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend by dousing her $200 designer jeans with wasabi sauce and threw them in her face.

    The defendant, John McGuinness, 22, and his girlfriend began arguing while driving home from a bar after watching the Boston Celtics play against the Miami Heat in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals Friday night, according to a police report.

    The unnamed 21-year-old girlfriend told authorities McGuinness became enraged when she received a text message from another man.

    "They argued pretty much continuously all the way home after she received this text message," Barnstable Police Sgt. Sean Sweeney told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

    The girlfriend dropped McGuinness off at his home for the night, but the fighting didn't end. After she left and was on the way home herself, she allegedly received a text message from the young man saying he was throwing her jeans outside. Not wanting

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  • 1,000-Pound Bull Shark Caught

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    It was the quite the catch!

    Scientist Neil Hammerschlag might need a bigger boat the next time he's trolling the reefs near the Florida Keys. Hammerschlag spends a lot of time on the water, as most shark hunters do. But on May 27, he reeled in something bigger than he could chew.

    "We didn't know if we were pulling up a sunken boat, a monster shark, a school bus - we had no idea which it was," Hammerschlag told OurAmazingPlanet.

    Turns out it was a 1,000-pound bull shark.

    "As soon as it came to the surface, it literally took my breath away, it was so big," Hammerschlag said.

    Hammerschlag, a shark researcher and assistant professor at the University of Miami, spends every other weekend in southern Florida dragging baited, shark-safe lines behind a boat, hoping for a bite.

    "It's one of the biggest bull sharks I've ever caught, and it's the biggest bull shark I've ever tagged," Hammerschlag told OurAmazingPlanet. (Which is pretty impressive considering he's tagged more than

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  • Surfboard Camera Captures Dramatic Rescue

    This incredible video shows a young boy being rescued from a dangerous riptide off England's Coast Wednesday afternoon.

    The boy was dragged into the strong current while learning to surf at Croyde Beach in Devon.

    Fast-acting James Vallance, a lifeguard with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, quickly paddled out to the distressed boy. A camera mounted on his lifeboard captured the dramatic rescue. At first, the surf was so rough the boy couldn't climb onto the lifeboard. But after another attempt he finally made it and was safely returned to shore.

    'The young lad was very grateful to be dropped back on the beach - and his dad was very pleased to see him," RNLI Divisional Lifeguard Manager, Phil Hill, told a local paper.

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  • What Are The Most Shoplifted Items?

    Getty ImagesNo retailer is safe when it comes to the pesky five-finger discount. Retail crime is now a bigger problem than ever, according to a new survey released by the National Retail Federation.

    A whopping 96 percent of companies claim they've been the victim of theft in the past year, up from 94.5 percent last year.

    "Criminals have become more desperate and brazen in their efforts, stopping at nothing to get their hands on large quantities of merchandise," NRF vice president of loss prevention, Rich Mellor, said in the report.

    Criminals go after the goods they can sell for near-retail price, the NRF found.

    So what are these highly-desired, most stolen items? Bandits are taking off with electronic toothbrushes, high-end vacuums and infant formula.

    A few products are new to this year's list, including KitchenAid mixers, educational toys and games, GPS units and laundry detergent.

    Jeans continue to be one of the most stolen items year after year.

    And you might be

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