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Bodies found in search for couple, man arrested

Authorities said two bodies believed to be an Arizona couple who vanished 10 days ago were found by sheriff's officials and a man was arrested on suspicion of their murder.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Hamilton seeks to halt charging Rosberg at British Grand Prix

    World champion Lewis Hamilton is seeking a return to his most dominant form on home soil this weekend when he bids to beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the British Grand Prix. The 30-year-old Englishman has only a 10-points advantage over the German following Rosberg's victory at the Austrian Grand Prix and knows he needs to regain his earlier supremacy to repeat his triumph in last year?s race. "I don't feel like I ever really reached my peak in Austria," said Hamilton.

    AFP
  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner divorcing because of Jennifer Lopez

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, 43, split up because of Jennifer Lopez. The Hollywood couple - known as Bennifer - announced their divorce on Tuesday (30.06.15) - just a day after their tenth wedding anniversary, and, according to friends, one of the reasons for the break-up was the 42-year-old actor's continued friendship with his ex-fiancée J-Lo, 45. A friend said: "Everyone is talking about J-Lo and Ben and saying it's inevitable they will get together again at some point.

    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
  • Caitlyn Jenner Named One Of The Most Influential People Of 2015

    The reality star was just named one of BBC Radio 4's 2015's most influential people, with the station stating that Jenner's public transition into a woman was an important example for those in a similar position. "It can only be to the good if a wider audience can learn to understand her experience," said Sarah Vine, one of the four judges on the panel that compiled the list. "Caitlyn's primary goal is to bring awareness to this issue in order to help others in the transgender community," a spokesperson told the magazine.

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  • MIDDAY UPDATE: Latest TPP leak stokes fears Pharmac to get wings clipped

    Opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal got some more ammunition after the Washington-based Politico website published a leaked draft of part of the agreement from May that suggested drug companies would get more power to restrict generic versions of their branded medicines. The draft copy of the intellectual property chapter of the trade agreement as it stood on May 11, before the Guam negotiating round, includes what is known as 'patent-linkage' provisions which would prevent regulators in TPP countries approving generic versions of drugs whenever there were unresolved patent issues, Politico reported. The draft would make linkage mandatory, as it is in the US, allowing drug companies to fend off generics by claiming patent infringements, the website reported.

    BusinessDesk
  • 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
  • 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 46 mins ago
  • Ogier wins opening special in Rally of Poland

    Two-time world champion Sebastien Ogier began the defence of his Rally of Poland crown in sparkling fashion on Thursday winning the day's only special stage in Mikolajki to the north east of Warsaw. The 31-year-old Frenchman was half a second faster in his VW Polo over the 2.5-kilometre course than former Formula One ace and home favourite Robert Kubica, who was driving a Ford Fiesta. Norwegian Mads Ostberg, who is second in the championship race but 66 points in arrears of Ogier, had a mediocre stage finishing 11th fastest, three seconds off the French winner.

    AFP
  • 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 29 mins ago
  • The Queen has invited Middletons for tea after christening

    The Queen of England has invited the Middletons for tea at Sandringham following Princess Charlotte's christening on Sunday (05.07.15). As well as Kate's parents Carole and Michael and siblings Pippa and James, the guests will include Charlotte's godparents and their partners, as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby, and Sandringham Rector The Reverend Canon Jonathan Rivers - both of whom are officiating at the ceremony. Unusually for a royal christening, members of the public have been invited to watch the royal party arrive and leave the christening from the paddock outside the church.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 10 Tips to make groceries last longer and save cash

    Saving on groceries is not just about smart shopping. If you are throwing food away you are wasting cash and all the tips you’ve used to save money at the grocery store will be for nothing. Below are some tips for making your groceries last longer.

    Yahoo Finance
  • The case for Greece: when it forgave Germany's debt

    The International Monetary Fund certainly thinks so, according to a new report in which it argues Greece should get help. After the hell of World War II, the Federal Republic of Germany — commonly known as West Germany — got massive help with its debt from former foes. The 1953 agreement, in which Greece and about 20 other countries effectively wrote off a large chunk of Germany's loans and restructured the rest, is a landmark case that shows how effective debt relief can be.

    Associated Press
  • Kim Dotcom appeals to win fortune back

    The Megaupload founder made an opening submission to the US Court of Appeal on Thursday to regain control of $US67 million ($NZ100m) worth of assets he forfeited. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) won a default judgment on the contested assets in a district court in Virginia earlier in 2015. Mr Dotcom attacked the ruling saying the judge was not adequately prepared for the case.

    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
  • White still not right at Wimbledon

    Wimbledon's famously strict dress code, which requires competitors to appear head-to-toe in white playing gear, has come under renewed fire for being "ridiculous" and "excessive". "I love Wimbledon but they've gone too far now. It is the second time in two seasons that Federer has hit out at the rule which calls for "suitable tennis attire that is almost entirely white".

    AFP
  • Black Sticks lose semi-final in shoot-out

    New Zealand's weakness in penalty shoot-outs has been brutally exposed again in a semi-final loss to South Korea at the women's World League Semi-Final tournament in Belgium. The world No.4 Black Sticks lost the shoot-out 4-2 to their ninth-ranked opponents after the scores were locked 1-1 at fulltime. Victory would have booked an automatic place at the 2016 Rio Olympics, although they still have a chance to achieve that if they beat Australia in the play-off for third in Antwerp on Saturday.

    NZ Newswire
  • Taiwan pilot shut off engine before air crash: report

    The pilot of a passenger plane that crashed in Taiwan killing 43 people shut down the aircraft's only working engine, exclaiming: "Wow, pulled back wrong throttle," seconds before the disaster, investigators said Thursday. TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 clipped a bridge and plunged into a river shortly after take-off from Taipei's Songshan airport in February with 53 passengers and five crew on board. Disturbing cockpit transcripts released by Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council revealed the pilots trying to deal with an engine that had lost power, but then reducing the thrust of the other, functioning engine.

    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