• Family faces hearing in burning mansion-insurance fraud case

    A Pennsylvania family whose mansion burned three times in five years heads to court for a hearing to determine if they'll face trial in a $20 million insurance fraud case. The state attorney general's office has accused political fundraiser and hostess Claire Risoldi and her family of living large on trumped-up insurance claims.

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  • US admiral says China 'creating a great wall of sand' in sea

    China is "creating a great wall of sand" through land reclamation in the South China Sea, causing serious concerns about its territorial intentions, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Tuesday. "But what's really drawing a lot of concern in the here and now is the unprecedented land reclamation currently being conducted by China," he said. "China is building artificial land by pumping sand on to live coral reefs — some of them submerged — and paving over them with concrete.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Iraq forces retake government HQ in Tikrit from IS

    Iraqi forces have retaken the Salaheddin provincial government headquarters in Tikrit from the Islamic State jihadist group, a significant advance in the battle to recapture the city, officials said Tuesday. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said security forces and Popular Mobilisation units -- pro-government paramilitary forces dominated by Iran-backed Shiite militias -- took part in the fighting, after some of those groups said they froze offensive operations in response to US-led air strikes. "Iraqi forces cleared the government complex in Tikrit," an army major general said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    AFP 51 mins ago
  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Rita Ora Disses Ex Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift's New Relationship

    The pair have sparked rumours they are dating after they were seen shopping at Whole Foods together and hanging out at a concert, which is something that has reportedly left the I Will Never Let You Down singer - who dated the DJ until last year - fuming. A source told HollywoodLife, "She has bad blood with Calvin and he doesn’t have any fondness for her either. The 24-year-old singer is believed to have even gone as far as sending a warning about Calvin to the Shake It Off singer through a mutual friend.

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  • 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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  • Islamic State group beheads 8 Shi'ites

    A new video has been released by the Islamic State group which shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shi'ite Muslims. The video posted on social media on Sunday said the men were beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama. The video could not be immediately independently verified, but it appeared genuine and corresponded to other AP reporting of the events.

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  • Heavy falls on the share market

    Weaker oil and iron ore prices and plans for a bank deposit tax are contributing to heavy falls on the share market.Energy stocks are the the biggest losers after crude oil prices sunk, reversing several days of gains following the Saudi-led air assault

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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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  • Party boy makes $1200 a night

    A Victorian teenager who claims to be making $1200 a night by throwing underage house parties, has bragged about being an even bigger party boy than Corey Worthington. Nick Stokes’ parties in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne have attracted the attention of hundreds of underage revelers, as well as the attention of Victorian Police, reports The Herald Sun. The 17-year-old’s parties usually attract around 300 teenagers and are held in empty houses Nick and his friends locate from Cranbourne to Clayton.

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  • Teacher censured for Facebook messages

    A 33-year-old teacher who asked his 16-year-old student to send him pictures of her genitalia won't be allowed to teach anymore. The teacher, who has name suppression, has been censured and deregistered by the Teachers' Disciplinary Tribunal for his inappropriate relationship with a student. The teacher denied sending the girl pictures - including one of an erect penis - but admitted sending Facebook messages to the girl which the tribunal considered serious misconduct.

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  • Kim Kardashian Denied Membership to Soho House

    Kim Kardashian won't be celebrating at LA's elite Soho House club any time soon! Photo: Kim Kardashian is a big deal in Hollywood - she can even get a plus one for her 21-month-old daughter North West at fashion week. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 34-year-old star has tried to gain membership to the private hot spot time and time again, only to be turned away. Former membership director Tim Geary has revealed the mum-of-one has "unsuccessfully tried numerous times" to buy her way into the club.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Crashed car belonged to step dad

    A car in the sea off the Southland coast belongs to a missing Southland boy's step father, police say. Police have confirmed the dark blue Volkswagen Touareg submerged underwater is owned by 54-year-old John Beckenridge, the stepfather of Mike Zhao-Beckenridge, 11, who's been missing for two weeks. Mr Beckenridge was seen picking up his stepson from his Invercargill school in breach of a parenting order.

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  • Game Of Thrones Season 5: What to expect

    The cult fantasy series is returning very soon and for the first time, those without a Sky subscription will be able to watch via Sky’s new on-demand service, NEON. For New Zealand, that means you’ll be able to watch in your lunch break with the series airing at 1pm on a Monday and repeating in the evening at 8.30pm. Sky Atlantic has announced it will not be one of those 170 countries and that fans will have to wait 19 hours to get their dragon fix.

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  • Bloody noses after plane loses altitude

    Passengers were left terrified and reeling when their Orient Thai Airlines flight from Thailand to China suddenly lost altitude. The plane apparently suffered an engine failure and plunged abruptly in the skies over China. Many of the people on board suffered ear congestion or nose bleeds, or fainted due to the sudden loss of altitude.

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