• 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.

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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
  • Cate Blanchett Shuts Down Interview

    If there’s anything a reporter should know by now, it’s that you don’t mess with Cate Blanchett. Unfortunately it seems Jonathon Hyla from The Project didn’t get the memo. After trying (and failing) to engage Blanchett in idle chit chat (he jokingly asked Blanchett if they could share a beer to break the ice) he was told off by the actress, who joked that one of them had to do their jobs.

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  • Ambrose: Why I walked from V8s

    It was the decision that left V8 Supercars fans cold and stunned the racing grid. Marcos Ambrose, once the undisputed king of the category, was leaving the sport just two races into his long-awaited return. With the support of one of the world's racing titans, Roger Penske, and legendary touring car driver Dick Johnson, Ambrose occupied a privileged position.

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  • The Latest: A320 pilot describes safeguards against lockout

    A pilot who flew the A320 for six years said the cockpit has safeguards in case one pilot inside becomes incapacitated while the other is outside. Normally, he said, someone trying to get inside the cockpit requests access and a camera feed lets the pilot decide whether to accept or specifically deny access. If, however, the person in the cockpit denies access, the door remains locked, said the pilot.

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  • The Top 25 Travel Destinations You Should Consider This Year

    If you're looking for some travel inspiration this year, TripAdvisor has a few recommendations up its sleeve.The online travel destination has just released its annual list of 2015 Travellers' Choice award winners, with Marrakesh in Morocco taking out

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  • Woman reported kidnapped found safe after mysterious ordeal

    A woman whose boyfriend reported that intruders abducted her from their San Francisco Bay Area home and held her for ransom was found safe Wednesday at her father's Southern California apartment. Denise Huskins' father, Mike Huskins, said his daughter called him around 9:30 a.m. to say she'd been dropped off at her mother's house in Huntington Beach. On Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle received an email from an anonymous person claiming to be holding the 29-year-old woman.

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  • Falkland Islands' fears for Russia-backed invasion

    The U.K. has sent extra military support to one of its overseas colonies at the bottom of the world, the Falkland Islands, amid concerns that it is facing increased risk of attack from Argentina, backed by Russia. Two troop-carrying Chinook helicopters and a new surface-to-air missile system have been sent by the U.K. to the remote islands in the South Atlantic, known as Las Malvinas in Argentina . Read More Russia vs. EU: Where next in propaganda war?

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  • The Bachelor NZ’s Lisa O’Loughlin: “It gets a little bit heated”

    The day after her onscreen elimination, Lisa O’Loughlin is ready to jump into the dating scene. Lisa, who was chosen by More FM listeners as the ‘Wild Card’ entry on The Bachelor NZ, says she applied for the show after she and her friends thought it would be a laugh to see someone they knew on the first Kiwi version of the international The Bachelor franchise. Setting a show like The Bachelor in a small country like New Zealand means it is entirely likely that you know someone who knows someone who knows one of the bachelorettes and Lisa thinks this chainlink community of viewers makes the show exponentially more fun to watch.

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  • Retirement rip-off? The $17B barrier for savers

    When Booker O'Neal reviewed his investment statement last fall, he noticed something odd: All the stock market indexes were up for the year, but his nest egg was down 3 percent. "I asked myself: What am I getting for that?" said O'Neal. It's a question a lot of investors are beginning to ask-both about the fees they're paying for advice on their retirement accounts and the hidden costs of the investments within them.

    CNBC
  • Superhighway from Europe to the US planned

    According to a report in The Siberian Times, Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin has proposed a very ambitious plan for a massive trans-Siberian highway that would link his country's eastern border with the U.S. state of Alaska, crossing a narrow stretch of the Bering Sea that separates Asia and North America. Dubbed the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development (TEPR), the project calls for a major roadway to be constructed alongside the existing Trans-Siberian Railway, stretching about 20,000 kilometres. Oil and gas pipes would run alongside the highway, and plans have been mooted already for a rail tunnel connecting the far flung Russian region of Chukotka - where football tycoon Roman Abramovich once served as governor - and Alaska.

    Total Travel
  • Baddeley's miracle shot to lead PGA Tour

    Australia's Aaron Baddeley is the talk of the US PGA Tour after a scarcely believable birdie made him clubhouse leader in the Texas Open. It's believed to be only the second time in US PGA Tour history that a player has holed out from the tee on a par four. Aaron Baddeley took an unplayable on his tee shot at the 336-yard 17th.

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  • King Richard descendants visit battlefield before reburial

    King Richard III's closest known relatives set foot Wednesday on Bosworth Battlefield where the 15th-century English monarch was slain, feeling the historic clash come to life on the eve of his reburial. All direct female line descendants of Richard's eldest sister Anne of York, they were given a tour of the battlefield by expert archaeologists, and shown artefacts that helped identify the site. University genealogists linked the four relatives to the skeleton found beneath a car park in Leicester, central England three years ago, and their positive DNA tests confirmed the bones belonged to the last English king to die in battle.

    AFP
  • Heave, ho: Elephants rescue 18-wheeler stranded on Louisiana road

    When an 18-wheeler truck became stranded by the side of a Louisiana road, two elephants inside came to the rescue. Sheriff's deputies in Natchitoches Parish on Tuesday morning received a call about a stuck truck. The truck's driver, also an elephant trainer, walked the elephants out of the cargo compartment and directed them to help prop up the vehicle, sheriff's Captain Tony Moran said in an interview.

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  • 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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  • Bank forecloses on sitcom star's properties over nonpayment

    A bank says the actor best known as sitcom character Balki Bartokomous has been a perfect stranger when it comes to making payments on his rural Pennsylvania properties. First National Bank of Pennsylvania recently foreclosed on four of "Perfect Strangers" star Bronson Pinchot's Harford Township properties, including the community's post office. The bank says the 55-year-old Pinchot owes more than $270,000 and hasn't been heard from in over a year.

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  • Inside an aircraft's 'black box' recorder

    What exactly are a plane's black boxes and how do they work? Aircraft manufacturers equip all their planes with two black boxes - a flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder. A flight data recorder tracks all the plane's critical information

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  • Aussie mum frustrated as Malaysia drug case delayed again

    The case of an Australian woman facing a possible death sentence for drug trafficking in Malaysia was postponed again Thursday, with a lawyer describing the defendant as frustrated with the repeated delays. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, a 52-year-old mother of four, was arrested on December 7 after arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport en route from Shanghai to Melbourne, with a bag containing what authorities said was crystal methamphetamine, or "ice".

    AFP
  • 'End of the road' for Greece as cash runs out?

    Greece is starting to run out of money and a lack of concrete action on reforms could see the country kicked out of the euro zone, analysts warned. Athens is expected to present a package of reforms to its euro zone creditors by Monday, in an effort to unlocking vital financial aid and avoiding a potential default -- but some doubt the proposals will come. "Greece would be forced to exit the euro without reforms," he added, saying it was the "end of the road" for Greece and its euro zone neighbors.

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  • Stiff and sore Vettori ready for farewell

    There is no more appropriate way for Daniel Vettori to end his New Zealand career than with a hobble. Spinner Vettori developed back stiffness at the bowling crease during the Black Caps' momentous semi-final win over South Africa in Auckland, but it isn't expected to threaten his availability for Sunday's final in Melbourne. The 36-year-old was able to bat - he was at the other end when Grant Elliott struck his winning six on Tuesday - but is likely to experience some pain while bowling to Australia or India in the decider.

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