• Hundreds dead in Nepal quake, deadly avalanche on Everest

    A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed hundreds of people Saturday as it ripped through large parts of Nepal, toppling office blocks and towers in Kathmandu and triggering a deadly avalanche that hit Everest base camp. Officials said at least 688 people are known to have died in Nepal but that the toll could be much higher, while more than two dozen people were also reported killed in neighbouring India, China and Bangladesh. "Death toll has reached 688 so far across the country," home ministry spokesman Laxmi Prasad Dhakal told reporters.

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  • Google executive among hundreds dead from Nepal quake

    Dan Fredinburg, a Google executive who described himself as an adventurer, was among the hundreds who died in a massive earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday. Google confirmed his death. Lawrence You, the company's director of privacy, posted online that Fredinburg was in Nepal with three other Google employees climbing Mount Everest.

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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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  • 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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  • The Women Who Have To Justify Their Medals On ANZAC Day

    Suzanne Baker.By the standards of any military veteran, Suzanne Baker has an impressive array of medals. They include the Australian Active Service medal, the Australian Defence Medal, the Australian Operational Service Medal – a glistening display of

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  • Key meets Anzac pilgrims, Abbott a no-show

    "Where are your jandals?" Prime Minister John Key asked a cluster of Kiwi pilgrims as they queued to get through security Gallipoli. Both Mr Key and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott were due to meet the punters waiting at North Beach on Friday night, but only the New Zealand prime minister showed up. Mr Key chatted to Kiwi ballot holders waiting to get into the site after dark, jokingly asking them why they weren't wearing shorts on the chilly spring night.

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  • US Olympic hero Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender

    In a highly anticipated, two-hour TV interview -- hailed by transgender rights' campaigners and his own Kardashian-linked family -- the 65-year-old said he had wrestled with his sexual identity since he was a kid. "I've always been confused about my gender identity since I was this big," he told ABC's celebrity interviewer Diane Sawyer. Supposed telltale signs, based on paparazzi photos from the streets of Los Angeles, include shaved limbs, long hair worn in a ponytail and what appears to be a sports bra under a T-shirt.

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  • 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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  • Elle Macpherson carries around a urine tester kit

    Photo: Getty.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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  • This mega McDonald's bill came to $890

    Spending $10 at McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) will buy a fast food feast. That is how much Moshe Tamssot's bill came to after he tested out the limits of McDonald's new customizable sandwich platform called Create Your Taste. The 3.8 pound burger, piled high with dozens of toppings, including multiple types of cheese and condiments, takes the meaning of loaded to a new level.

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  • 7 Things to Know About Divorcing During Your Senior Years

    While remarriages tend to have higher divorce rates, it isn't only people on their second or third spouse who are seeing their marriage dissolve. The BGSU study published in The Journals of Gerontology found that 48 percent of divorcees were in their first marriage. While younger couples may have temporary alimony agreements that provide financial support for their ex, often only long enough for lower earning spouses to get back on their feet, it's a different situation for those exiting long-term marriages.

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  • Super Hurricanes breeze past Reds

    The Hurricanes remain top of the Super Rugby ladder after holding off an improved Queensland Reds to win 35-19 on Sunday. It was far from the blowout result some had predicted but while pleased with the effort, Reds coach Richard Graham admitted ill discipline and handling errors made a difficult task almost impossible. "You don't tolerate it but you understand there's probably going to be a moment in the game where (the Hurricanes) just go nuts and score a couple of quick tries," Graham said.

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  • Keith Richards was '40 per cent drugs'

    Keith Richards was "40 per cent drugs" while making 'Sticky Fingers'. The Rolling Stones guitarist caused concern with his habit while recording their 1971 LP, with those close to the band admitting he was using narcotics "just to exist". The group's financial manager, Ronnie Schneider, said: "Keith at the time was maybe 60 per cent music and 40 per cent drugs.

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  • Man fighting for life after shark attack in Australia

    A surfer was fighting for his life on Saturday after being mauled by a shark in Australia's south, police said, with onlookers claiming the animal swam off with his leg in its mouth. The man was surfing at Fishery Bay in Port Lincoln National Park, some 245 kilometres (150 miles) west of Adelaide, when the shark attacked him. "The man sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Port Lincoln Hospital," South Australia state police said, adding in a later update that he was in a critical condition with "serious leg injuries".

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  • Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame on customer concerns

    PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer worries and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda. Rival Coca-Cola said this week that sales volume for Diet Coke, which also uses aspartame, fell 5 percent in North America in the first three months of the year. Atlanta-based Coca-Cola said in a statement that it has no plans to change the sweetener in Diet Coke, which is the country's top-selling diet cola.

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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.

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  • Harley recalls nearly 46,000 motorcycles

    Harley-Davidson is recalling nearly 46,000 motorcycles in the U.S. because they could stay in gear due to clutches that won't fully disengage. Harley-Davidson Motor Co. said in documents that gas bubbles can cause the clutch master cylinder to lose its ability to fully disengage the clutch, especially if the bike has been parked for a long time. This could cause a rider to lose control of the motorcycle if it's started in gear.

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  • Recalls this week: vacuum cleaners, bicycles

    Vacuum cleaners that pose an electric shock risk to users are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include Trek bicycles with a defect that has caused several injuries. Here's a more detailed look:

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  • Christina Aguilera thinks Hayden Panettiere is 'a Pit bull'

    The 34-year-old singer, who has six-month-old daughter Summer Rain with fiancé Matthew Rutler and seven-year-old son Max with ex-husband Jordan Bratman, also couldn't resist asking the pint-sized star, 25, about her Ukrainian boxer fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, who stands more than a foot taller than her at 6'6". Asked if she would consider returning to the country music drama in the future, Christina added: "For sure! I had such a great time.

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  • Turkey 'condemns' Putin comments on Armenia genocide

    Turkey on Friday condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for referring to genocide during commemorations of the 1915 mass killings of Armenians during World War I. The foreign ministry said "we reject and condemn... (Putin's) characterisation of 1915 events as genocide despite all our warnings and calls". At a ceremony in Armenia, Putin referred to "mass" killings, but also once used the word "genocide" -- which Turkey strongly objects to -- while mentioning that Moscow is party to several international legal initiatives, including a convention against genocide.

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