• Nepal earthquake: LIVE REPORT

    Kathmandu (AFP) - 16:33 GMT - AFP IS NOW CLOSING THIS LIVE REPORT - on the Nepal quake, which killed more than 1,200 people as it tore through large parts of Nepal, toppling office blocks and towers in Kathmandu and triggering a deadly avalanche at Everest

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  • Google executive among hundreds dead from Nepal quake

    Dan Fredinburg, a Google executive who described himself as an adventurer, was among the hundreds who died in a massive earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday. Google confirmed his death. Lawrence You, the company's director of privacy, posted online that Fredinburg was in Nepal with three other Google employees climbing Mount Everest.

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  • Court: Iowa casino doesn't have to pay $41M jackpot error

    When an 87-year-old Illinois grandmother bet a quarter in an Iowa slot machine in 2011, she thought she'd hit it big. Pauline McKee and her daughter excitedly summoned casino employees to collect what they thought was a $41.8 million jackpot. The rules and pay table, which were available on a touch screen, amount to a contract between the casino and the player and it doesn't matter that McKee didn't read them, he added.

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  • Scarlett Johansson is happiest with her daughter

    Scarlett Johansson feels "explosive" amounts of joy when she's with her daughter, Rose. The 30-year-old actress, who is married to French art curator Romain Dauriac, says is happiest when she is "doing silly stuff" with their seven-month-old baby girl.

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  • The Women Who Have To Justify Their Medals On ANZAC Day

    Suzanne Baker.By the standards of any military veteran, Suzanne Baker has an impressive array of medals. They include the Australian Active Service medal, the Australian Defence Medal, the Australian Operational Service Medal – a glistening display of

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  • Man fighting for life after shark attack in Australia

    A surfer was fighting for his life on Saturday after being mauled by a shark in Australia's south, police said, with onlookers claiming the animal swam off with his leg in its mouth. The man was surfing at Fishery Bay in Port Lincoln National Park, some 245 kilometres (150 miles) west of Adelaide, when the shark attacked him. "The man sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Port Lincoln Hospital," South Australia state police said, adding in a later update that he was in a critical condition with "serious leg injuries".

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  • Accused Rapist Files Lawsuit Against Columbia University After Mattress Stunt

    In September last year, a Columbia University student made headlines around the world when she pledged to carry her mattress around campus until her rapist was expelled. Emma Sulkowicz says she was raped by a fellow student in her own dorm room two years ago, and now lives in fear it will happen again because police and campus security have ignored her claims. Paul Nungesser, the German citizen accused of raping Sulkowicz, filed the lawsuit against Columbia University overnight, saying it had failed to protect him against harassment.

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  • McCullum blasts IPL match-winning knock

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has blasted another match-winning knock for the Chennai Super Kings, restoring their lead in the Indian Premier League standings. McCullum blasted 66 off 44 balls, the top-score in Chennai's 192-3 before they restricted Kings XI Punjab to 95. The 97-run win over the IPL's last-placed team lifts the Super Kings to 10 points, level with the Rajasthan Royals but with a game in hand.

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  • Strong earthquake rocks New Zealand

    A strong 5.9-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand on Friday, seismologists said, panicking shoppers and residents but causing no major damage. The quake hit at 3:36 pm (0336 GMT) with its epicentre about 66 kilometres (41 miles) from the South Island town of Kaikoura at a depth of 55 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said. Kaikoura District Council chief executive Stuart Grant told TVNZ the quake felt like two tremors in quick succession, describing the second as a "big jolt".

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  • Key meets Anzac pilgrims, Abbott a no-show

    "Where are your jandals?" Prime Minister John Key asked a cluster of Kiwi pilgrims as they queued to get through security Gallipoli. Both Mr Key and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott were due to meet the punters waiting at North Beach on Friday night, but only the New Zealand prime minister showed up. Mr Key chatted to Kiwi ballot holders waiting to get into the site after dark, jokingly asking them why they weren't wearing shorts on the chilly spring night.

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  • Elle Macpherson carries around a urine tester kit

    Photo: Getty.Elle Macpherson carries around a pH balance urine tester kit wherever she goes. Elle said: "(The most surprising thing in my handbag is) a pH balance urine tester kit to check that I'm in an alkaline state. Having been labeled 'The Body' since the 1980s, Elle has had to make sure her physique is in peak condition at all times, and the 'Britain's Next Top Model' host puts her figure down to "variation" and "consistency".

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  • Indonesia informs death row convicts execution just days away

    Indonesia has informed two Australians, one Nigerian and four other death-row drug convicts that they will be executed in a matter of days, possibly as soon as Tuesday. The Attorney General's office said notices that they would face a firing squad after 72 hours were delivered to the seven on the prison island of Nusakambangan, despite last-minute appeals for clemency from the Australian government and others. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, two Australians arrested as ringleaders of the 'Bali Nine' drug-smuggling group, were among the seven, lawyers said.

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  • Unusual ice cream recalls raise questions about cause

    Major recalls from two well-known ice cream companies due to the discovery of listeria bacteria raise questions about how the pathogen could have contaminated multiple ice cream manufacturing plants — and whether the discoveries are related. Blue Bell Creameries of Texas and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio — extremely popular brands in their home states — took all their products off shelves this week. Blue Bell ice cream is linked to 10 illnesses in four states, including three deaths.

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  • Russell Crowe admits to past mistakes

    Russell Crowe admits he has made a lot of mistakes in the past. The 51-year-old actor - who split from wife Danielle Spencer in 2012 - doesn't think it's possible "to live without regrets," but feels lucky he has a close bond with their sons, Charles and Tennyson.

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  • This mega McDonald's bill came to $890

    Spending $10 at McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) will buy a fast food feast. That is how much Moshe Tamssot's bill came to after he tested out the limits of McDonald's new customizable sandwich platform called Create Your Taste. The 3.8 pound burger, piled high with dozens of toppings, including multiple types of cheese and condiments, takes the meaning of loaded to a new level.

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  • Nudes galore at Tracey Emin, Schiele show in Vienna

    An exhibition teaming works by British artist Tracey Emin -- many of them new -- and Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele, who died aged 28 in 1918, opened in Vienna on Friday. The show at the city's Leopold Museum incorporates around 50 of Emin's often highly sexualised works alongside around 15 similar, if tamer, drawings and poems by Schiele. Emin, 51 -- best known for her "My Bed" work shown at the Tate Gallery in 1999 -- said the aim of the exhibition was to liberate both her work and that of the Austrian artist, a contemporary of Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka.

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  • Anzac disruption prompts Bikies apology

    Bikies have apologised for disrupting the Anzac Day dawn service in a small North Island township, after their revving drowned out the Last Post. The commemoration at Waiouru was interrupted by members of the Rebels Motorcycle Club, who were passing through the tiny settlement on Saturday morning. The club has apologised, saying riders had thought the service was finished, the New Zealand Herald reports.

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  • Ko grabs one shot lead at Swinging Skirts golf tournament

    Defending champion Lydia Ko shot a five-under 67 to seize the early lead at the LPGA Tour's Swinging Skirts Classic tournament. "I read most of (the greens) really well," Ko said Thursday. Ko, who turns 18 on Friday, has won six times on the LPGA Tour.

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  • AstraZeneca profit falls as patent expires on heartburn drug

    LONDON (AP) -- Anglo-Swedish drug-maker AstraZeneca PLC reported a 7 percent fall in net profit for the first quarter of 2015, as cheaper copies of one of its best-sellers ate into sales. Net profit for the three

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  • A Day in the Life of a Retiree

    Before I officially retired, I worried about what I would do to stay busy once I left the working world. I never had a problem entertaining myself during the weekends, because I was catching up on everything I could not get to during the week. But in

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