• Michael Bublé's sexist selfie

    Michael Bublé has apologised after being branded a "sexist" by outraged fans. The 'Haven't Met You Yet' hitmaker is currently holidaying in Miami, Florida with his wife Luisana Lopilato but has left some of his supporters fuming after he posted a photograph on his Instagram account of a woman wearing short shorts. Aussie comedian Sam Simmons said he'd like to punch him.

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  • PPG Industries beats 1Q profit forecasts

    PITTSBURGH (AP) _ PPG Industries Inc. (PPG) on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $322 million. The Pittsburgh-based company said it had net income of $2.34 per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains

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  • Man killed in Coromandel crash named

    Police have named a man who died in a crash in the Coromandel which also left another man critically injured. Emergency services were called to the two-car crash on State Highway 25 between Woody Hill and Timata Roads shortly before 7am on Thursday, Sergeant Jim Corbett of the Thames-Coromandel strategic traffic unit says. Peter Boyce Hutchings, 65, from Whitianga died at the scene.

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  • 'Sea monster' washes up in Otago

    One of the ocean's more unusual fish - a vertical swimming, self-amputating "sea monster" has washed ashore near Dunedin. The oarfish, about 3m long, was found at Aramoana on Thursday. It was one of the most unusual fish the Department of Conservation's David Agnew had ever seen.

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  • Selena Gomez loves her curves

    The 'Spring Breakers' actress showed off her toned thighs, flat stomach and impressive cleavage in the revealing holiday shot, later changing into a hot pink bikini to frolic with her pals in the ocean. The 'Come & Get It' hitmaker - who was in an on-off relationship with singer Justin Bieber for almost five years until October - was clearly enjoying taking time off from her busy schedule after vowing to make 2015 "incredible".

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  • Physicians want Dr. Oz gone from Columbia medical faculty

    "Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine," said a letter the 10 physicians sent to a Columbia dean earlier this week. Oz first came to public attention as a frequent television guest of Oprah Winfrey. Oz was not reachable Thursday night at his Columbia office number, which played a recorded message explaining how callers could get tickets to his TV show.

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  • Images show rapid Chinese progress on new South China Sea airstrip

    Recent satellite images published on Thursday show China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the South China Sea's Spratly Islands and may be planning another, moves that have been greeted with concern in the United States and Asia. IHS Jane's Defense Weekly said March 23 images from Airbus Defence and Space showed work on the runway on reclaimed parts of Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly archipelago, which China contests with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. The report said other images suggested China was working to extend another airstrip to that length in the Paracel Islands further north in the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, a vital shipping route through which $5 trillion of trade passes every year.

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  • Family wins back seized gold coins that could be worth $80M

    A family was awarded the rights to 10 rare gold coins possibly worth $80 million or more on Friday after a U.S. appeals court overturned a jury verdict. U.S. Department of the Treasury officials insist the $20 Double Eagles were stolen from the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia before the 1933 series was melted down when the country went off the gold standard. Langbord's father, jeweler Israel Switt, had dealings with the Mint in the 1930s and was twice investigated over his coin holdings.

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  • 'Most dangerous movie ever made' charges into theaters

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "No animals were harmed during the making of 'Roar.' But 70 members of the cast and crew were." So claims a trailer for the theatrical re-release of a little-seen 1981 adventure film starring Tippi Hedren, daughter Melanie Griffith and 150 lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars and elephants. Touted as the most dangerous movie ever made, "Roar" was the ill-fated brainchild of Alfred Hitchcock muse Hedren and her then-husband, "Exorcist" producer Noel Marshall. Now, 34 years later, Drafthouse Films is giving "Roar" its big-screen due, re-releasing it in six theaters nationwide on Friday, then expanding it to about 50 cities through May. A DVD release is planned for later this summer.

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  • More MH17 remains discovered

    More human remains and personal belongings have been recovered from the site of downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 after Dutch investigators gained access to sites that were previously too dangerous to search. Pieter-Jan Aalbersberg, head of the recovery team, said the work focused on three sites that had previously been inaccessible because of fighting in the region between Russian-backed separatists and government forces. In addition to the human remains found by the team, "there was also personal property from the passengers handed over by local residents," including jewellery.

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  • India's die-hard Hindus push to ban beef in blow to poor

    Every morning just before dawn, hundreds of trucks loaded with buffaloes trundle into New Delhi's sprawling slaughterhouse complex where young men rush to unload the bellowing cargo. Despite Hindu beliefs that cows are sacred — and the fact that their slaughter is banned in most of the country — India is the world's fifth-largest consumer and second-largest exporter of beef. The meat, which in India comes from bulls and buffaloes, is widely eaten in some communities, particularly by low-caste Hindus and millions of Muslims and Christians.

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  • Polish man charged over rape and murder of French nine-year-old

    A 38-year-old Polish man was charged Friday with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in northern France that has shocked the country. Zbigniew Huminski was arrested on Wednesday near the woods where the girl's naked, lifeless body was found, and admitted his guilt soon after. Chloe was playing with a friend when Huminski forced her into his car in the presence of her mother, who burst into panicked screams.

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  • Work plan possibly ignored in accident that killed family

    Officials in the Washington city where a concrete slab fell from an overpass and killed a young family in a pickup below say they would've closed the roadway if they had known heavy work was being performed on the structure. John Woodcock, chief engineer for Bonney Lake, told KING-TV (http://is.gd/Clcl28) that the contractor, WHH Nisqually Federal Services, and its subcontractors told the city they would be performing work elsewhere on the site Monday. If crews were going to be cutting or dismantling concrete slabs on the overpass, the city would have insisted on closing the road below, Woodcock said.

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  • Aussie job fairs net thousands of recruits

    The government's Australian job fairs have netted nearly 4500 potential recruits and it's looking for many more. Employment Minister Steven Joyce says 101,600 skilled workers will be needed over the next three years. "Though we're rapidly growing our domestic skills base we will need some people from across the Tasman if New Zealand companies are going to be able to maintain their current growth rate," he said on Friday.

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  • Duchess of Cambridge lookalike gets death threats

    A lookalike of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge gets death threats from Internet trolls.Heidi Agan, who makes up to £3,000 a day as a lookalike of the Duchess, has confessed she's suffered with anxiety after being targeted by bullies online.She said: "It

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  • Ed Sheeran sends flowers to grieving fan

    Ed Sheeran sent flowers to a grieving fan when he was unable to grant her request to sing at her boyfriend's funeral. The 'Sing' hitmaker was asked by Rachel Murray to perform at the funeral of her partner Lee Foster - who died aged 24 last week following a battle with skin cancer - but was unable to attend the service as he is currently on tour in New Zealand. Instead, Ed paid his respects to Lee and showed his support for Rachel by sending her an enormous bouquet of lilies.

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  • The Latest: Putin wants refund if French don't deliver ship

    President Vladimir Putin says Russia expects France to return the advance payment if it fails to deliver a warship built for the Russian navy. France has suspended the delivery of the Mistral warship amid Russia-West tensions over the Ukrainian crisis. Putin said Thursday during a televised call-in show that Moscow would not demand fines or any other extras.

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  • Ex-AB Williams may bow out with Euro title

    Former All Blacks lock Ali Williams may bow out of rugby by helping his French club Toulon win their third European title in a row, but insists that historic feat isn't preoccupying their minds. Victory over Leinster in Marseille on Sunday would leave Toulon one win away from becoming the first team to be crowned European champions three consecutive years. If the form guide holds true this weekend, Toulon and fellow French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne should book a European final rematch at Twickenham on May 2.

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  • NZ dollar surges above RBNZ forecast on TWI basis, may prompt 'jawboning'

    The New Zealand dollar trade-weighted index has soared above the Reserve Bank's projections to a nine-month high but traders and strategists say the bank has few options, other than jawboning, to drive the currency lower in the face of stand-out economic growth. The central bank intervened in currency markets last August but may be loathe to use more reserves in another attempt, given the relative weakness of economies such as Australia's and the Euro region. Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler, who has put monetary policy in neutral with a benchmark rate advantage over most major economies, has repeatedly called the kiwi unsustainably and unjustifiably high.

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  • Tom Brady 'so proud' of the 'love of his life' Gisele

    Tom Brady is "so proud" of the "love" of his life Gisele Bundchen following her retirement from the catwalk. The NFL quarterback has congratulated his Brazilian wife on her phenomenal career following her final runway walk at Sao Paulo Fashion Week on Wednesday (15.04.15), insisting she "inspires him every day to be a better person". In a Facebook post - accompanied with a photo of her sashaying down the catwalk in a white dress - Tom wrote: "Congratulations Love of my Life.

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