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  • Family could have been dead a week: police

    Police say a mother and her three young children killed when a car was left running in a garage in Ashburton could have been dead a week. Police believe Cindy George, 31, was checking the house for family and friends who were away and started the car belonging to the house owner to charge the battery. Relatives found Ms George in the hallway near the garage of the house in Tinwald on Thursday afternoon.

    NZ Newswire
  • Ponytail waitress no longer at cafe

    Waitress Amanda Bailey no longer works at the Auckland cafe where Prime Minister John Key repeatedly pulled her ponytail. Ms Bailey has concluded mediation with the owners of Parnell's Rosie Cafe, Unite union national director Mike Treen says. Ms Bailey no longer works for the cafe, Mr Treen said.

    NZ Newswire
  • Ben Affleck is 'devastated'

    Ben Affleck is "devastated" following his split from Jennifer Garner.The 42-year-old actor, who announced he is divorcing the actress after 10 years of marriage in a joint statement on Tuesday (30.06.15), reportedly "battled" to try to save their relationship

    Bang Showbiz
  • Mils Muliaina charged with sexual assault

    Former All Black Mils Muliaina has been charged with sexual assault, according to a report. A statement from South Wales police says the 34-year-old had been charged for sexually assaulting a woman over 16, the New Zealand Herald reported on Friday. A statement from the New Zealand Rugby Players Association confirmed the charge.

    NZ Newswire
  • Mark Wahlberg had 'confrontations'

    Mark Wahlberg had a "few confrontations" when he left gang life behind. The 44-year-old actor - who has children Ella, 11, Michael, eight, Brendan, six, and five-year-old Grace with wife Rhea Durham - admits he never imagined he would go on to be as successful, and make his family as comfortable, as he has been with his movie career. Mark has previously admitted he always knew he would end up in jail because of his lifestyle.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Murder-accused Napier man 'just too big'

    Peter Beckett, a Hastings-born 59-year-old is awaiting trial in Canada, accused of not only killing his wife, but also with trying to arrange the murder of five witnesses, including his wife's parents, a policeman who investigated his case and a lawyer. Beckett's wife, Canadian school teacher Laura Letts-Beckett, drowned in August 2010 while fishing on Arrow Lake, 200km east of Kamloops, where the trial will be heard. Beckett was married with four kids at the time.

    NZ Newswire
  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

    Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday.

    Associated Press
  • Sandra Bullock: 'I'm Embarrassed By Hollywood'

    When Sandra Bullock was named People magazine's Most Beautiful in April, she refused to tell anyone the news. "The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren't trying," said Bullock. In a new interview with E! today, Bullock said she's tired of the way women are treated in the media, likening it to "open hunting season".

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  • Rosberg side by side with Hamilton at Silverstone

    Mercedes team mates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have parked their motorhomes side by side in the British Grand Prix campsite and may well line up next to each other at both the start and finish on Sunday. "I have organised to put up a big fence in between, it's going up tonight," Rosberg told reporters on Thursday. Joking aside, only one is likely to be truly happy on Sunday and Rosberg sees no reason why it should not be him.

    Reuters
  • Solar Impulse sets record but faces 'difficult' hours

    A solar-powered plane on the riskiest leg of a round-the-globe bid is closing in on Hawaii after a record-breaking flight which has tested its exhausted pilot to the limit in "difficult" conditions. Veteran Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, who has spent more than four days flying from Japan in the Solar Impulse 2, is expected to land on the Pacific US island state early Friday if all goes well. More importantly, it had crossed a last cold weather front before Hawaii, which organizers described as "jumping over the wall" before the final stretch towards the Pacific archipelago.

    AFP
  • Beijing's South China Sea runway 'nearly complete': US think-tank

    Beijing has nearly completed building a 3,000-metre (9,800-foot) airstrip on a reef in disputed waters in the South China Sea, where tensions are mounting with its neighbours, a US think-tank said. A satellite picture taken on Sunday showed that China was paving and marking the runway on Fiery Cross Reef and an apron and taxiway have been added, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said on its website. Beijing's project to build artificial islands and facilities on various reefs and outcrops in the Spratly islands only became publicly known in recent months but construction has since been rapid, raising tensions with both its neighbours and Washington.

    AFP
  • Paul McCsrtney: The Beatles' success 'couldn't happen again'

    Paul McCartney doesn't think any modern day bands can have the success that The Beatles had. The 73-year-old singer has insisted the success of the 'Eleanor Rigby' band - made up of Paul, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison - was down to them writing their own material, and timing, but doesn't see it happening again with any of today's music. Paul said: "Let's not forget, those four boys were f***ing good.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Mother jailed for nine years for killing eight babies

    A French court jailed a housewife for nine years for killing eight of her newborns after a dramatic trial in which she lied about having an incestuous relationship with her father. Dominique Cottrez, a 51-year-old former health worker, was found guilty of suffocating eight of her babies between 1989 and 2000, shortly after secretly giving birth to them.

    AFP
  • Legal battle wouldn't thrill Dad: Rinehart

    Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart says her father would have "great feelings" about what she has achieved but would not be thrilled by the family's court battles. After a bitter legal battle with her two eldest children over control of the family trust, estimated to be worth up to $5 billion, Mrs Rinehart has spoken to the ABC's Australian Story about the family disputes and building its iron ore business. "I know very well my father would have great feelings about what I have done," Mrs Rinehart said.

    AAP
  • Auckland property boom spreads wider

    New Zealand property values have risen at their fastest pace in more than a year, as a shortage of homes in Auckland prompted house-hunters to cast their net wider to surrounding areas. National property values accelerated 9.3 per cent in the 12 months through June to an average $520,585, matching the pace in February last year. Values in the Auckland region surged 17 per cent to $840,165, the fastest pace since 2004, according to state-owned agency Quotable Value.

    NZ Newswire
  • Val Doonican dead at 88

    Val Doonican has died at the age of 88.The Irish singer and entertainer passed away "peacefully" at home in Buckinghamshire, South East England, his family confirmed this morning (02.07.15).His family said in a statement: "He was a wonderful husband,

    Bang Showbiz
  • Serena survives almighty Watson scare to advance

    World number one Serena Williams survived an almighty scare at Wimbledon on Friday, battling back to beat inspired Briton Heather Watson in three sets and stay on course for a 21st grand slam title. Williams, who has lifted this year's Australian and French Open crowns, was forced to dig deep in front of a raucous home crowd after an error-strewn showing against the superb Watson, recovering from 3-0 down in the final set to win 6-2 4-6 7-5. The signs looked ominous for 59th-ranked Watson early on after being swept aside in the first set but the 23-year-old bounced back in the second, forcing Williams into a string of wayward shots as she matched up to her more powerful opponent.

    Reuters
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  • Weak dairy prices prompt pull back in expectations for payout to NZ dairy farmers this season

    Weak dairy prices have prompted analysts to pull back their expectations for Fonterra Cooperative Group's payout to farmers this season, with most forecasts now sitting below the dairy exporter's projection. Continued weakness in dairy prices is being driven by increased supply from New Zealand, Europe and the US amid lacklustre demand in China and an import ban in Russia. Fonterra, which accounts for the bulk of whole milk powder sold on the GDT, lifted its volume on the platform in the latest auction as New Zealand production increases in the lead-up to peak supply in October.

    BusinessDesk
  • Third West Coast hotel bar closed

    It's been a rough week for West Coast pub owners with a third bar in the region being shut down for letting patrons have a few too many. The Railway Hotel in Greymouth will have its on-licence suspended later this month for "allowing intoxication" and disorderly conduct after a fight broke out at the pub and two women were found to be "extremely intoxicated" at the bar. Earlier in the week, the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority handed Revington's Hotel a hefty two-week suspension after its eighth licence breach.

    NZ Newswire
  • IS attacks kill dozens in Egypt's Sinai

    Dozens of people were killed Wednesday in a wave of unprecedented attacks by the Islamic State group on Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula, in a major challenge to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. F-16 warplanes bombarded the militants as they fought security forces on the streets of the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid after striking military checkpoints in a surprise attack after dawn. Medical and security officials said at least 70 people, mostly soldiers, were killed in the attacks and hours of clashes, along with dozens of jihadists.

    AFP