• Waratahs beat Blues in Super Rugby

    Bernard Foley has booted the NSW Waratahs back into Super Rugby's top six on a night of comedy and melodrama at Allianz Stadium. Two second-half penalty goals from Foley and a late try to replacement Peter Betham saved the Waratahs' blushes in a drab 23-11 victory over the winless and last-placed Blues. Disgruntled fans jeered and booed Peyper after the South African spent the last five minutes of the first half relentlessly re-setting scrums as the Waratahs camped themselves on the Blues line.

    NZ Newswire
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  • Russian military TV station offers job to Jeremy Clarkson

    A television station owned by the Russian defense ministry is offering a job to former "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson. The Zvezda TV channel published a letter to Clarkson on its website late Thursday, inviting him to visit Moscow in April and discuss launching a car show in Russia. The Guinness Book of World Records has described "Top Gear" as the world's most widely watched factual program.

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  • Final minutes of doomed Germanwings flight

    The flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit perfectly normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would soon allegedly inflict on the other 149 people on board flight 4U 9525. There was nothing abnormal," French prosecutor Brice Robin told reporters on Thursday.

    AFP
  • Kate Upton's Ego is Harming Her Career

    Photo: Kate Upton could be described as the greatest modeling success post 2011. After a video of her dancing at a basketball game went viral,she has graced the pages of some of the biggest publications in Hollywood, including Sports Illustrated, GQ and Vogue.

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  • How oil is preparing for a new world order

    A new oil order has arrived and it will be marked by greater uncertainty and generally lower oil prices as the oil industry frantically re-prices as costs decline and gains in efficiency are made, strategists say. And amid heightened uncertainty, oil prices can swing sharply in either direction as developments this week have shown with a crisis in Yemen triggering a spike in crude.

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  • Airline employee swipes money from passenger’s wallet

    United Airlines baggage handler Joseph A. Bruno, was busted snatching US$576 out of a travellers wallet after the passenger put it in a bin to go through airline security at Newark Liberty International Airport. Bruno was behind the traveller in the security line, according to the New York Post, and allegedly swiped the money before the owner made it through security to the other side. It’s a well-known scam for con artists to distract travellers and hold up lines to separate people from their belongings in the security line, giving the thieves the time and space to make off with unsuspecting passengers’ things.

    Total Travel
  • Saudi blogger Badawi views survival of 50 lashes as miracle - magazine

    Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has described in his first public remarks from prison how he "miraculously survived 50 lashes" as part of a conviction that sparked an international outcry, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported on Saturday. Badawi was arrested in 2012 for offences including insulting Islam, cyber crime and disobeying his father, which is a crime in Saudi Arabia. In his remarks, Badawi recalled how he received the first round of lashes in January while surrounded by a cheering crowd that chanted "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest), Der Spiegel said.

    Reuters
  • No murder charge for woman accused of cutting baby from womb

    A Colorado woman accused of luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly will not be charged with murder, prosecutors said Thursday night. Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, said prosecutors won't bring the charge in the baby's death. Investigators say Lane lured Michelle Wilkins, 26, to her Longmont home March 18 with an ad on Craigslist offering baby clothes.

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  • Crowe in McCullum's thoughts before final

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has paid a touching tribute to ailing former skipper Martin Crowe on the eve of the World Cup final. The former batting great, who is terminally ill with a rare blood disease, will be on at hand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday to watch the Black Caps play Australia. "My precarious life ahead may not afford me the luxury of many more games to watch and enjoy," Crowe wrote on the ESPNcricinfo website.

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  • Tourists camping in eerie abandoned theme park in China

    A creepy abandoned theme park in Wuhan, China, has recently become a magnet for tourists. Construction on ‘Universal Park’ was abandoned in 1999, leaving numerous copycat monuments, such as the Egyptian pyramids, to waste and overgrowth.RELATED: Belgium

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  • Jennifer Lopez faked split?

    Jennifer Lopez allegedly faked her split from Casper Smart last year. A source close to the 45-year-old singer, who has seven-year-old twins Max and Emme with her ex-husband Marc Anthony, told gossip website TMZ.com that she only stopped seeing Casper for a couple of weeks last summer in a bid to ignite rumours she was dating her co-star Ryan Guzman, 27.

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  • Boko Haram fighters told to 'kill wives' as troops take its 'HQ'

    Nigeria's military on Friday announced that troops had retaken the town of Gwoza from Boko Haram, from which the group declared their caliphate last year. Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told a news conference in the capital, Abuja, that the recapture came after "concerted and well-coordinated land and air operations". "A lot of arms and ammunition have been recovered and the administrative headquarters (of Boko Haram) completely destroyed," he said.

    AFP
  • Here's how pilots lock down cockpits

    Video has resurfaced showing the reinforced cockpit doors that regulators mandated Airbus to install following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. An Airbus spokesman confirmed to The New York Times on Thursday that the company had produced the

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  • Authorities go after crooked car deals in national crackdown

    A nationwide crackdown on auto dealers has turned up widespread evidence of false ads, deceptive loans and fake odometer readings, the government said Thursday. Last year, the agency announced 10 cases of deceptive advertising and loans. Officials say the more recent investigation in U.S. and Canada involved the Justice Department and state prosecutors.

    Associated Press
  • From new logos to New Coke: when corporations make mistakes

    Mega coffee chain Starbucks wanted to spark a conversation about race when it asked baristas to write "Race Together" on customers' cups as part of a broader effort, but people standing in line for their morning java were not amused. Many voiced complaints on social media and elsewhere that they didn't want a debate with their brew and Starbucks ended the campaign Sunday, although they said the campaign was always meant to be brief. Corporations spend millions to make sure their products, logos, and branding and marketing are top of mind for consumers in a positive way.

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  • New Zealand teen has 10 million fans

    One New Zealand girl has amassed 10 million followers on Facebook just by being herself. Ms Curry's online video blog began as just a bit of fun with her friends but it has gained a massive global fanbase. "My friends wanted me to make videos for them and post them on the internet just for them, so I made a Facebook page just for that and then other people caught on to it," Ms Curry tells NZ Newswire.

    NZ Newswire
  • NZ dollar gains vs. Australian dollar on iron ore weakness; Yellen awaited

    The New Zealand dollar gained against its Australian counterpart on sliding prices for iron ore exported to China, that nation's biggest market, while traders await a speech by US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen on Friday in the US. Iron ore sank to a record low US$54.20 a tonne this week and has more than halved in the past 12 months amid a supply glut, according to Reuters, which reported today that capacity utilisation rates at small Chinese iron ore mines fell as low as 20 percent at the end of last year. Concern about weak iron ore prices weighed on the Australian dollar and also restrained the kiwi against the greenback, traders said.

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  • German airline could face 'unlimited' damages for Alps crash

    Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said Friday. To avoid liability, a carrier has to prove that the crash wasn't due to "negligence or other wrongful act" by its employees, according to Article 21 of the 1999 Montreal Convention. Germanwings is a subsidiary of Lufthansa.

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  • Recording: Woman, ex-Clippers owner discussed hiding gifts

    The woman whose recording of Donald Sterling cost him the Los Angeles Clippers was forced Thursday to answer questions about recordings in which she and the billionaire discussed how to hide a house he bought her. Several of the 500 recordings V. Stiviano made during a nearly four-year relationship with Sterling were played in Los Angeles Superior Court in his wife's lawsuit to reclaim millions of dollars he lavished on the younger woman. Donald Sterling foresaw the trouble the gifts posed for Stiviano, pointing out in one recording that they were community property — owned jointly by him and his wife of nearly 60 years.

    Associated Press
  • Apple's Tim Cook will give away all his money

    Fortune magazine cited the head of the world's largest technology corporation as saying he planned to donate his estimated $785 million fortune to charity - after paying for his 10-year-old nephew's college education. "You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change," Cook told the magazine. Fortune estimated Cook's net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about $120 million.

    Reuters