• Lion jumps in car and mauls man on safari

    Australian tourist Brendan Smith got a lot more up close and personal with the wildlife than he expected while on safari in Johannesburg, South Africa. Just a day and a half after arriving in Joburg, Smith was on a safari when a lion jumped through the window of his car and started mauling his legs.

    Total Travel
  • Tiger's plane seen at Augusta airport

    In the first hint that 14-time major champion Tiger Woods will play in next week's Masters despite recent problems, his plane was seen on Tuesday morning at Augusta Regional Airport. The Augusta Chronicle reported Tuesday that a plane whose numbers match those of a Gulfstream G5 owned by Woods was parked near the terminal for private aircraft, only a few miles from Augusta National Golf Club. "My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf," Woods said in February.

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  • Pensions up as entitlement changes kick in

    A raft of changes to entitlements ranging from national super to paid parental leave are in force. The minimum wage has increased and first home buyers are getting more help from the government's HomeStart scheme with bigger grants for newly built homes.

    NZ Newswire
  • GM ignition switch death toll rises to 77

    DETROIT (AP) -- Families of at least 77 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate

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  • Teva buying Auspex for $3.2 billion

    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is buying Auspex Pharmaceuticals for about $3.2 billion in a move to strengthen its position on central nervous system condition treatments. Jerusalem-based Teva said Monday that it will pay $101 per share, marking a 47 percent premium to San Diego-based Auspex's closing stock price on Friday. Auspex does not yet have a product on the market.

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  • Britain's Prince Charles cracks up at Lamb National

    Britain's Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were in hysterics as they watched the 'Lamb National' at Ascot racecourse yesterday (29.03.15). The 66-year-old royal fell into a fit of laughter as he watched the annual race - which sees young sheep run down the racecourse with fake riders on their backs - during the Prince's Countryside Fund race day in Berkshire. Charles and the Duchess, 66, were joined at the event by Sir Nicholas Soames and TV personalities Ant and Dec, who are the patrons of Ascot's Colts and Fillies Club.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Titan Bird speaks about cocaine saga

    Gold Coast forward Greg Bird says he's been disappointed with people making snap judgments about him after he was caught up in the NRL club's cocaine scandal. The NSW State of Origin star is set to return to a Gold Coast court on May 8 on two charges of supplying cocaine. Bird's lawyer has indicated his client as well as the seven other current or former Titans facing charges will all plead not guilty after they were implicated in a Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission investigation.

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  • First China air force drills in 'far offshore' Pacific

    China's air force has carried out its first ever military drill over the western Pacific Ocean, state media said, highlighting Beijing's growing military reach. Several aircraft from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday flew over the ocean via the Bashi Channel, which runs between Taiwan and the Philippines, the official Xinhua news agency said. "This is the first time that the PLA Air Force conducted such drills in an airspace far offshore from Chinese coastlines," Xinhua cited army spokesman Shen Jinke as saying.

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  • Peters takes on Key in parliament

    Winston Peters has walked into parliament as the new MP for Northland. "Yes," Mr Key replied. The promise to upgrade the bridges backfired because it was seen as an election bribe, and may have helped Mr Peters win the by-election.

    NZ Newswire
  • International Cricket Council names World Cup XI

    New Zealand may have been thrashed by Australia in the World Cup final but they dominate the International Cricket Council's team of the tournament released Monday with Brendon McCullum named captain. The New Zealand skipper is one of five Black Caps in the side that also includes three Australians. "McCullum was chosen as the captain following his aggressive, innovative and inspirational leadership during the 44-day tournament that was the cornerstone of his team?s progression to the final," the ICC said in a statement.

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  • Will Smith Reunites With Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Star Tatyana Ali

    Will Smith was attending the 2015 Black Girls Rock event in Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday night, when he bumped into Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star Tatyana Ali. The chance meeting backstage provided a superbly viral photo opportunity, with 36-year-old Ali cuddling up to Smith, 46. Ali played Ashley Banks, cousin to Will in the show, who was nine when the series began in 1990, and 17 by the time in wound up its six season in 1996.

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  • Jamie Oliver regrets heating up Gordon Ramsay food feud

    British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver said Tuesday he regretted saying rival cook Gordon Ramsay was jealous of his success and brushed off their simmering food feud as "no big deal". Both are successful celebrity television chefs and have traded barbs before - with Ramsay recently chiding the younger Oliver for not attending the launch of his own Hong Kong eatery, Jamie's Italian. Oliver, in Australia as part of his "revolution" to champion food education in schools, hit back on Sunday.

    AFP
  • Pacific islands brace for possible super typhoon

    Meteorologists warned on Tuesday that a storm reported to have left several casualties and severe damage in Micronesia was building into a super-typhoon as it swept across the central Pacific towards the Yap group of islands. The island of Chuuk, part of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), received a direct hit late on Sunday from Typhoon Maysak and the Yap group was next in its path. "Chuuk was devastated," lawyer Kembo Mida said in an email to the Ayuda Foundation relief organisation which is based in Guam about 1,000 kilometres away.

    AFP
  • Black Caps sledged for being 'too nice'

    Aussie wicket-keeper Brad Haddin has hit back at criticism of his sledging in the World Cup final, claiming the Black Caps 'deserved it'. Talking to Triple M, Haddin addressed questions over his controversial sending off of New Zealand batsmen Martin Guptill and Grant Elliott. “They were that nice to us in New Zealand and we were that uncomfortable,” Haddin said.

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  • The World’s ‘Most Beautiful Faces’ Revealed

    "For the male face of beauty, women drew a more feminine face than men - women rate a softer jaw-line, slimmer face, fuller lips and clean-shaven look as the most attractive, compared to the more masculine appearance that is considered the most attractive by men," said researcher Dr Soloman. The "ideal" faces, shown above, are said to most resemble Natalie Portman and David Gandy, though Soloman cautions that they represent the views of British citizens only.

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  • Chaka Khan: Whitney would be 'devastated' over Bobbi Kristina

    Chaka Khan thinks Whitney Houston would be "devastated" if she knew about Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition. The 22-year-old daughter of the late star is currently fighting for her life after being found unresponsive face down in a bathtub on January 31, and the 'Ain't Nobody' hitmaker - who was a close friend of Whitney before her death in February 2012 - believes she would be terribly upset to learn about Bobbi Kristina. Chaka - who has fought drug addiction herself - was "shocked and hurt" to hear the news about the young girl she's known all her life.

    Bang Showbiz
  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending March 30, 2015: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft - Pocket Edition, Mojang 2. Five Nights at Freddy's 3, Scott Cawthon

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  • Dancing with the Stars returns to screens

    Ten Kiwi celebrities will soon be jiving, waltzing and doing the cha-cha as Dancing with the Stars returns to our screens. The dance battle programme will be coming to TV3 and will see the stars work with professional dance partners to show what they've got on stage. The celebrity competitors are yet to be announced, but Mediaworks - which owns TV3 - is promising it will be "fantastic".

    NZ Newswire
  • Tax returns may return for many

    The years of many wage and salary earners not having to file a tax return may be numbered. The income tax system is heading for a major shake-up with Revenue Minister Todd McClay unveiling a green paper seeking public submissions by May 29. Up for review is the exemption in place since the 1990s that allows large numbers of individual taxpayers not to file a tax return at all if their circumstances are simple or they do not have tax to pay.

    NZ Newswire
  • Refuelling planes mid-air could cut fuel use by 23%: study

    A system for re-fuelling passenger planes mid-air could slash the amount of kerosene needed for a long haul flight by nearly a quarter, researchers said Monday. Kerosene reserves make up about a third of the weight on long distance passenger flights at take-off so reducing them and refuelling mid-air could mean huge savings, said the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), which participated in the study. "The results of our collaborative research indicate a fuel burn reduction potential on isolated aircraft level between 11 and 23 percent for a typical 6,000 nautical miles flight with a payload of 250 passengers," the researchers said.

    AFP