• Terror in Nepal as 7.9 quake rocks capital

    A powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, causing massive damage in the capital Kathmandu with strong tremors felt across neighbouring countries. Television footage showed that large numbers of offices and homes had collapsed in Kathmandu while roads had been split in two by the force of the impact. Panicked residents rushed into the streets as the tremor erupted around midday, with the impact felt hundreds of miles away in big swathes of northern India and even in Bangladesh.

    AFP
  • 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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  • 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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  • Kate Upton Speaks Out Over Nude Photo Scandal

    Model Kate Upton has opened up about the nude photo hacking scandal, saying she was tempted to delete all her social media accounts as a result. Along with celebrities including Amber Heard and Jennifer Lawrence, 22-year old Upton was the target of hackers who revealed intimate images of the model online without her consent. "It was very difficult," Upton told the Evening Standard.

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  • Indonesia issues execution orders for Australians, Filipino

    Two Australian drug traffickers and a Filipino woman were on Saturday given official notification by Indonesia that they will be executed, but with no given date, reports and a lawyer said. Consular officials had earlier Saturday been summoned to a town near Nusakambangan, the high-security prison island where Indonesia carries out its executions. Jakarta must give 72 hours notice before an execution and News Limited newspapers in Australia said Indonesian authorities had confirmed the two Australians would be among a group of death row prisoners to be shot as early as next week.

    AFP
  • Sandra Bullock: My family isn't what I imagined it'd be

    Sandra Bullock's family life isn't what she imagined it would be. The 'Miss Congeniality' star raises five-year-old son Louis Bardo as a single parent and says she doesn't think it could get any "better". My family looks nothing like I ever imagined it would.

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  • Elle Macpherson carries around a urine tester kit

    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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  • Former champ Lewis offers tips to Klitschko challenger

    Champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Bryant Jennings each had a special guest at Friday's weigh-in for their heavyweight title clash, with former champions Vitali Klitschko and Lennox Lewis on hand. The title holder's older brother was able to take a brief leave from his role as mayor of Kiev in war-torn Ukraine, while Lewis came to support his friend Jennings in Saturday's championship bout at Madison Square Garden. The 39-year-old Klitschko (63-3), making his 18th title defence in a nine-year run as heavyweight champion, tipped the scales in the lobby of the Garden at 241.6 pounds.

    Reuters
  • Scientists convinced of tie between earthquakes and drilling

    With the evidence coming in from one study after another, scientists are now more certain than ever that oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds upon hundreds of earthquakes across the U.S. Up to now, the oil and gas industry has generally argued that any such link requires further study.

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  • Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Spotted on a Date in NYC

    Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk have been spotted attending a Broadway play together in New York. Just when we thought Bradley Cooper was reuniting with his ex-girlfriend Suki Waterhouse after the two were spotted at Coachella together, another stunning model has come into the mix. The actor was spotted on a Broadway date with none other than Cristiano Ronaldo's recent ex, Irina Shayk.

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  • Selfie sparks hijacking fear on flight

    What started as a request for a selfie on board an Air India flight from Dubai to Hyderabad, India ended up sparking hijacking fears. Yousuf Sharif, 35, was travelling in the business class cabin when her asked the air hostess if he could take a selfie with the pilot or even with her. When the air hostess rejected his request and started walking away, Yousuf told her that he would hijack the flight and she immediately alerted the pilot.

    Total Travel
  • 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.

    AFP
  • Angry Jalandhar mom beats up school staff. The reason will shock you!

    In an incident that has shocked the teachers' community in Jalandhar, a mother whose daughter had been stopped from carrying mobile phone to school, allegedly beat up the institution's director. According to a Hindustan Times report, Taranjit Kaur Hundal, barged into the office of Mayor World School director Jyoti Nagrani and closed the door from inside. The police have lodged an FIR against Taranjit Kaur under sections 451 (house trespass in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment) and 452 (house trespass after preparation to hurt, assault or wrongful restraint).

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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".

    AFP
  • 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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  • What really happened when this plane nosedived 20,000 feet for an emergency landing?

    Passengers aboard a SkyWest Airlines flight got the scare of their lives when the plane took a sudden eight-minute nosedive. According to Marissa Snow, spokeswoman for SkyWest, the pilot made the rapid descent “out of an abundance of caution.” But this choice left passengers scared and holding on for dear life. After the descent, the Chicago-to-Harford flight made an emergency landing in Buffalo.

    Total Travel
  • Sex Up Your Pay Packet

    Last week it was an (unhealthy) grilled cheese sandwich habit that delivered more sex (hey, we only reported the study!) this week it's more sex that delivers more money. While the study didn't conclude whether more sex improved work performance, resulting in more pay, or whether those on bigger bucks were simply more likely to get lucky, study leader Dr Nick Drydakis says a common psychological theory – Maslow's Need Hierarchy – suggests people who are fulfilled at home are likely to be more successful at work.

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  • NZ top bolthole for crooks: China

    New Zealand is in the top three destinations for mid-level white collar criminals on the run from Chinese authorities, according to a wanted list released in China. China's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Department has released a list of its 100 most-wanted people, with the United States, Canada and New Zealand the most popular boltholes. Around 20 whose alleged crimes include abuse of power, corruption, embezzlement and bribery are believed to have come to New Zealand.

    NZ Newswire
  • Crusaders back to Super Rugby winning ways

    Coming off back-to-back losses, the Crusaders rediscovered their winning form with a bonus-point 29-15 Super Rugby win over the Blues on Saturday in Christchurch. Solid work at the breakdown and a lethal counterattack laid the base for the struggling Crusaders, sitting 10th in the overall competition and coming off losses to the Highlanders and the Chiefs. Halfback Mitchell Drummond scored after two minutes, the try sparked by a storming run from Nemani Nadolo.

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  • PM: `I've been very, very silly'

    Pulling a waitress's ponytail was a silly thing to do, says a contrite Prime Minister John Key. There's been a chorus of condemnation since 26-year-old Auckland waitress Amanda Bailey went public this week with her account of Mr Key's persistent and unwanted tugging of her ponytail. Ms Bailey hasn't made a formal complaint against the prime minister but serial litigant Graham McCready says he's laid a sexual harassment complaint with the Human Rights Commission.

    NZ Newswire