• Playboy Mansion hid tunnels to celebrity homes

    It should come as no surprise to anyone to find the Playboy Mansion holds more than a few dark secrets. “So, according [to] this blueprint, tunnels were built to the homes of “Mr. J. Nicholson,” “Mr. W. Beatty,” “Mr. K. Douglas” and “Mr. J. Caan,”” the magazine wrote. “We’ll go ahead and assume they’re talking about Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas and James Caan – all of whom lived near the Playboy Mansion during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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  • Nonu to play Super Rugby game No.150

    Hurricanes midfield back Ma'a Nonu will join an exclusive club of players to notch 150 Super Rugby games when he faces the Stormers in Wellington on Friday. All Blacks veteran Nonu is named at second five-eighth for the strengthened competition leaders, who have made four starting changes from the team who beat Melbourne Rebels 36-12 last weekend. Nonu will join two New Zealand hookers - Keven Mealamu and Corey Flynn - and Australian lock Nathan Sharpe in reaching 150 games.

    NZ Newswire
  • Australia's final Cricket World Cup sledge ends with apology

    Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has offered an unusual half-apology after his final World Cup sledging of New Zealand, suggesting that liquid celebrations may have fuelled his frank comments during a radio interview. The arch sledger had been at the forefront of big "send-offs" for Kiwi batsmen Martin Guptill and Grant Elliott as well as spinner Daniel Vettori after their key dismissals in Sunday's final in Melbourne, where Australia thrashed their traditional rivals. "They were that nice to us in New Zealand (when Australia lost a pool match) and we were that uncomfortable.

    AFP
  • Bruce Jenner Underwent Breast Implant Surgery 'Weeks Ago'

    Bruce Jenner has reportedly already undergone major surgeries in his gender transformation. Photo: Bruce Jenner has undergone breast implant surgery in his transition into becoming a woman, according to a new report. "Bruce had silicone breast implants put in a few weeks ago," reveals the source.

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  • Lean, mean, Lemann is Brazil food king

    Brazilian food magnate Jorge Paulo Lemann's 3G fund has built a $US260 billion global portfolio that earned the admiration of no less an investor than US billionaire Warren Buffett. Lemann's 3G Capital fund, founded in 2004 with compatriots Marcel Telles and Alberto Sicupira, has now taken control of the likes of Budweiser and Stella Artois, Burger King and HJ Heinz.

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  • Oil heir Andrew Getty found dead at Hollywood Hills home

    Andrew Getty, the 47-year-old grandson of the late oil billionaire J. Paul Getty and one of the heirs to the fortune of one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, was found dead Tuesday in his Hollywood Hills home, police and family members said. A woman calling to report that someone had died sent officers to the gated home on Montcalm Avenue shortly after 2:15 p.m. They found the man dead in a bathroom, police spokesman Jack Richter said. Police didn't identify the man, but a statement from Andrew Getty's parents, Ann and Gordon Getty, confirmed it was him.

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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.

    Total Travel
  • Pensions up as entitlement changes kick in

    A raft of changes to entitlements ranging from national super to paid parental leave are in force. The minimum wage has increased and first home buyers are getting more help from the government's HomeStart scheme with bigger grants for newly built homes.

    NZ Newswire
  • Robin Williams restricted exploitation of his image for 25 years after death

    Unfortunately, the dispute overshadows one of the more innovative aspects of Robin Williams’ estate planning, which just might become a model for other celebrities preparing for their demise. After all, one thing his wife Susan and children Zachary, Zelda andCody won’t be discussing in court is intangible property like the late actor’s right of publicity. According to a review of the Robin Williams Trust — filed as an exhibit last Wednesday — Williams bequeathed rights to his name, signature, photograph and likeness to the Windfall Foundation, a charitable organization set up by Williams’ legal reps at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps.

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  • Eliminated bachelorette questions motives

    Since The Bachelor NZ began we’ve seen Hayley Blundell eagerly vie for some alone time with Arthur Green, but snatching a private moment when your competing with a household of girls hasn’t been easy. Hayley even rapped a self-penned song, which earned her some brownie points with Arthur and a lot of online discussion about her rapping skills, or lack thereof. Hayley says she’ll never know whether she and Arthur could have made a connection but she also isn’t sure if that initial spark of attraction was there between them.

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  • Peters takes on Key in parliament

    Winston Peters has walked into parliament as the new MP for Northland. "Yes," Mr Key replied. The promise to upgrade the bridges backfired because it was seen as an election bribe, and may have helped Mr Peters win the by-election.

    NZ Newswire
  • Dancing with the Stars returns to screens

    Ten Kiwi celebrities will soon be jiving, waltzing and doing the cha-cha as Dancing with the Stars returns to our screens. The dance battle programme will be coming to TV3 and will see the stars work with professional dance partners to show what they've got on stage. The celebrity competitors are yet to be announced, but Mediaworks - which owns TV3 - is promising it will be "fantastic".

    NZ Newswire
  • Jamie Oliver regrets heating up Gordon Ramsay food feud

    British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver said Tuesday he regretted saying rival cook Gordon Ramsay was jealous of his success and brushed off their simmering food feud as "no big deal". Both are successful celebrity television chefs and have traded barbs before - with Ramsay recently chiding the younger Oliver for not attending the launch of his own Hong Kong eatery, Jamie's Italian. Oliver, in Australia as part of his "revolution" to champion food education in schools, hit back on Sunday.

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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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  • Prince William: Second royal baby will be a game-changer

    Britain's Prince William thinks his second child will be a "game-changer". Onlooker Paul Reardon, who also spoke to the Prince, told the Daily Express newspaper: "William said he couldn't wait for the baby to be born.

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  • Meet Your 2015 Men's Health Man

    The MH team looked at one another in disbelief. Some shook their heads. “He can’t be serious,” seemed to be the collective sentiment rolling around the office. The source of our slack-jawed amazement? Damien Rider had just been told he’d be participating

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  • Germanwings captain reassures passengers

    A Germanwings captain’s speech in the face of the Flight 4U9525 tragedy has been praised by passengers. Fairfax reported that captain Frank Woiton was piloting a Germanwings flight less than 24 hours after the crash in the French Alps and a passenger relayed his inspirational words on social media. Britta Englisch reportedly posted on Facebook that Woiton told the crew and passengers that although he had the same “sinking feeling” as them, he would deliver them safely to their destination.

    Total Travel
  • RESEND: NZ dollar charts record high vs. Australian dollar on RBA rate cut talk, weak iron ore

    The New Zealand dollar rose to a record against the Australian dollar on speculation the Reserve Bank of Australia will cut interest rates again as soon as next week, while the price of iron ore, a key export, continues to slide. Australian media reports from RBA watchers cite the prospect of a rate cut after the central bank's April 7 board meeting, potentially pushing the cash rate down a quarter point to a new record low 2 percent. Prices of iron ore have tumbled to the lowest in six years, while coal prices remain weak, weighing on Australia's resources sector and suggesting "there is plenty of pressure for the RBA to press forward with another rate cut, Rabobank currency strategist Jane Foley was reported as saying.

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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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  • 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.

    NZ Newswire