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  • Sister saves brother from kidnap attempt

    A five-year-old boy was almost abducted at his Hastings school when a man grabbed him by the hand and started leading him down the road. Police are investigating the attempted abduction which took place just before 9am on Tuesday outside St Matthew's Primary School.

    NZ Newswire
  • Campbell Live to finish on Friday

    John Campbell will be signing off for good from his eponymous current affairs show on Friday, TV3 has announced. Mediaworks head of news Mark Jennings said on Monday the station would broadcast a special finale for Campbell Live to "see John off in style". Campbell, who's been at TV3 since 1991, had been offered a three-year contract with a co-hosting position on the replacement show for the first year, but turned it down.

    NZ Newswire
  • B.B. King death probed as homicide

    Police in Las Vegas have launched a homicide investigation into the death of B.B. King, a Nevada coroner's office said Monday, after the blues guitar legend?s daughters reportedly accused his aides of poisoning him. King died at age 89 on May 14 in Las Vegas, where he kept a residence while he kept up a gruelling schedule of tours that ended only last year. Two of King's daughters -- Karen Williams and Patty King -- have alleged he was poisoned by his business manager Laverne Toney and his personal assistant, Eonline reported.

    AFP
  • Mercedes to hold factory inquest after Monaco gaffe

    Formula One champions Mercedes will be in full gremlin-hunting mode when they regroup at their factory on Tuesday after committing one of the sport's biggest strategic blunders at the Monaco Grand Prix. Although they won Sunday's showcase race for the third year in a row with Germany's Nico Rosberg, the headlines were all about how the dominant team blew a surefire victory for Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton had the race under control until the safety car was deployed some 14 laps from the end and the Briton was called in for a needless pitstop while rivals stayed out.

    Reuters
  • Grant faces misconduct hearing

    Silver Ferns defender Katrina Grant faces disciplinary action for alleged misconduct 10 days after her Central Pulse team drew 55-55 with Southern Steel. A Trans Tasman Netball League statement said the Pulse skipper had been referred to the ANZ Championship's disciplinary officer following the round 12 match in Palmerston North. Post-match television footage showed Grant speaking heatedly with match referee Jono Bredin.

    NZ Newswire
  • The World Is Running Out Of Prosecco

    This tragic news comes direct from USA Today, who report that a combination of a bad harvest (brought on by too much rainfall last season in Prosecco production areas in Italy) and soaring demand have caused a dearth of everyone’s favourite Italian brunchtime bubbly. Prosecco sales are up 27% according to news site Italy24.

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  • Katy Perry and Russell Brand haven't spoken since 2011

    Katy Perry hasn't spoken to her ex-husband Russell Brand since he texted her telling her he wanted to file for a divorce in late 2011. The 30-year-old popstar and the 39-year-old comedian married in 2010, and had a cat together, named Rusty - a combination of their two names - but Katy revealed that she's changed the name of the cat, as well as cutting him out her life. Katy said: "(Russell) hasn't spoken to me since he texted me saying he was filing for divorce.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Waratahs considering appealing suspensions

    The NSW Waratahs are set to appeal the multi-week suspensions of forwards Tolu Latu and Will Skelton after expressing surprise and disappointment at the outcome of their judicial hearings on Monday. Hooker Latu and lock Skelton were suspended for four and two weeks respectively after each were found guilty of an illegal lifting tackle on Crusaders and All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock in last Saturday's Super Rugby game in Sydney. Latu, who received a yellow card at the time, lifted Whitelock's legs while Skelton had his upper body and threw him to the ground.

    AAP
  • Discover Wellington's hidden gems

    If you’re in Wellington or planning a visit, there are a few restaurants you’ll want to check out that you probably wouldn’t have thought to stop in to before. If these aren’t to your taste or if you’ve visited them before, be sure to check our extended collection of Hidden Gems around Wellington. Nestled off of Majoribanks in Mt Vic is Five Boroughs.

    Yahoo Lifestyle
  • Kiwi on trial after hug led to death

    Patrick Sunill Lilii is on trial in the District Court of Western Australia for the unlawful assault of 32-year-old Zak Harvey outside the Murray Street nightclub in April last year. The court heard Lilii acted in self-defence when he pushed Mr Harvey because the only thing he knew was that a stranger had wrapped his arms tightly around his neck. Mr Harvey was so happy after a night of clubbing he started hugging strangers in the street, among them Lilii who was chatting with friends.

    NZ Newswire
  • New plane engines close in on delivery

    If there's one key selling point that aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing have both been using in marketing their new aircraft, it is fuel efficiency. It is in fact largely down to French company Safran and GE, whose joint venture CFM International is making the LEAP motors that will power most of the next generation of the planes which will be the future workhorses of airlines. The promise of 15 to 20 per cent fuel savings moved closer as LEAP engines made their first flight tests that are a key step for the Airbus320neo to enter service next year and Boeing's B737 MAX in 2017 as planned.

    AAP
  • Kim Kardashian West's new wardrobe

    Kim Kardashian West "cried" when Kanye West threw her clothes out. The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star has admitted she shed a tear when she saw her husband and the stylist he had hired had put some of her favourite outfits in a pile to be thrown away. "I was like, 'I can't get rid of this stuff, your stylist has no idea what she's talking about.' So I put it all in another room, and I was like, 'I'll trust your opinion, but I'm not getting rid of my stuff.

    Bang Showbiz
  • KiwiSaver providing poor value for money, needs rewrite, Treasury says

    The Treasury recommended a wider review of the KiwiSaver scheme than just axing the $1,000 kick-start payment, arguing it represents poor value for money for the government and has vague aims, according to its regulatory impact statement on the post-budget law change needed to drop the incentive. Reducing incentives would improve the scheme's value for money as wage and salary earners were likely to join anyway because of employer-subsidised schemes and didn't need the kick-start to join, said the Treasury's financial markets manager, James Beard.

    BusinessDesk
  • NZ woman fights for right to die

    Lecretia Seales, a 42-year-old policy adviser at the NZ Law Commission, has begun her application in the High Court at Wellington. Ms Seales was diagnosed with an untreatable brain tumour in 2011 and is now paralysed on the left side of her body. Lawyer Andrew Butler read Ms Seales' affidavit to the court.

    NZ Newswire
  • Ed Sheeran: I want to 'live'

    The 'Sing' hitmaker is considering taking a year out of the Hollywood "bubble" so he can do more "normal" things. Ed also revealed he's keen to ditch the pounds again after enjoying a drink or two on the road.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Man guilty of pawn shop murders

    A 25-year-old has been found guilty of murdering two men by stabbing them to death in an Auckland pawn shop. A jury in the High Court at Auckland took four hours on Tuesday to find Zarn Tarapata guilty of murdering Paul Matthews, 47, and Paul Fanning, 69, at the Takanini Ezy Cash store where they worked. Tarapata admitted killing the pair on July 19 last year, but his guilt hinged on whether he was insane at the time of the stabbing or not.

    NZ Newswire
  • UK airport expansion threatens to take out entire villages

    The attraction is neighboring Heathrow Airport, which served 73 million travelers last year. Now Europe's busiest airport is proposing to build a runway roughly through the center of town, leveling the ivy-covered brick walls of the Harmondsworth Hall guest house and two-thirds of its homes. A village that traces its history to the 6th century would be forever altered, and some argue even what's left would be uninhabitable.

    Associated Press
  • Greece 'has no money' to meet IMF debt repayment

    Greece warned Sunday it has no money to repay the International Monetary Fund on time in June unless a deal is reached with its creditors, in a stark warning that the country could be just days away from defaulting. With the clock ticking down to four more debt instalments from June 5, Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis told Mega TV that the country has nothing left for the IMF in its coffers. Greece's radical-left government has been locked in negotiations with its creditors -- the IMF, the European Union and the European Central Bank -- for the past four months in a bid to unlock some 7.2 billion euros in bailout cash.

    AFP
  • NZ Dollar Outlook: Kiwi may decline as outlook for US economy brightens

    The New Zealand dollar is expected to head lower this week as traders bet an improving US economy will push the greenback higher. The kiwi may trade between 70.60 US cents and 75 cents this week, according to a BusinessDesk survey of 13 currency advisers. Eleven expect the kiwi to fall and two bet it will gain.

    BusinessDesk
  • Departing Falcao thanks Man United fans

    Radamel Falcao thanked Manchester United's supporters on Monday, a day after the club announced that his disappointing loan spell from Monaco will not be extended. Falcao, 29, joined United amid great fanfare last September, but United elected not to take up an option to make his loan move permanent after he scored only four goals in 29 appearances. Falcao posted a picture of him celebrating one of those goals on Instagram and wrote: "I wanna thank Manchester United and all its fans for every word and gesture of support they gave me in every match.

    AFP