• Duchess of Cambridge makes final public appearances before giving birth

    Britain's Duchess of Cambridge is making her final public appearances today (27.03.15) before giving birth. The 33-year-old royal has travelled with her husband the Duke of Cambridge to south London, where her final three engagements are planned to take place. The Duchess - who was known as Kate Middleton prior to her marriage to Prince William in 2011 - visited the Stephen Lawrence Centre in south London, where she was introduced to Doreen Lawrence, whose son was murdered in a racist attack in 1993.

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  • Crowe in McCullum's thoughts before final

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has paid a touching tribute to ailing former skipper Martin Crowe on the eve of the World Cup final. The former batting great, who is terminally ill with a rare blood disease, will be on at hand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday to watch the Black Caps play Australia. "My precarious life ahead may not afford me the luxury of many more games to watch and enjoy," Crowe wrote on the ESPNcricinfo website.

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  • Madonna's entourage difficult for Ellen show

    Madonna's "obnoxious" entourage made the atmosphere on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' "really awkward". "It was incredibly hard to deal with one full week of Madonna. "Madonna's posse that she brought along with her for 'Madonna Week' was larger than any entourage that has ever come on the show before.

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  • Don't count on the 4% rule for retirement

    Perhaps you have even managed to sock away a decent retirement nest egg. Those with financial advisors may have the benefit of expert advice, but even with that, there are no longer any set rules of thumb for how to draw down savings-many advisors caution that the so-called 4 percent rule won't suffice-and at what pace. "It's obvious [a lot of] people are not getting advice if they are doing what they are doing" with their retirement savings, said Robbie Hiltonsmith, a senior policy analyst at Demos.

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  • New Zealand teen has 10 million fans

    One New Zealand girl has amassed 10 million followers on Facebook just by being herself. Ms Curry's online video blog began as just a bit of fun with her friends but it has gained a massive global fanbase. "My friends wanted me to make videos for them and post them on the internet just for them, so I made a Facebook page just for that and then other people caught on to it," Ms Curry tells NZ Newswire.

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  • Tourists camping in eerie abandoned theme park in China

    A creepy abandoned theme park in Wuhan, China, has recently become a magnet for tourists. Construction on ‘Universal Park’ was abandoned in 1999, leaving numerous copycat monuments, such as the Egyptian pyramids, to waste and overgrowth.RELATED: Belgium

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  • Census: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas

    Sure, Florida's got sunshine, beaches and palm trees. New figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed Florida was home to six of the nation's 20 fastest-growing metro areas from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014. During that time, the state added another 192,000 people and surpassed New York to become the nation's third most-populous state with 19.9 million residents.

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  • Assembly votes to rebuke Christie over medical marijuana

    The New Jersey Assembly is rebuking the Christie administration's handling of the state's medical marijuana program. Lawmakers voted Thursday to approve a resolution that says Gov. Chris Christie's Health Department has placed "arbitrary and unnecessary" restrictions on the program. The measure says that 10 regulations enacted by the state Department of Health are contrary to the Legislature's intent when it passed the Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act of 2009, shortly before Christie took office.

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  • Lundy's brother-in-law did it: defence

    Mark Lundy's defence counsel has implicated his brother-in-law for the murder of Lundy's wife and daughter. Lundy, 56, has pleaded not guilty to bludgeoning to death his wife Christine, 38, and the couple's seven-year-old daughter Amber in the family's Palmerston North home in 2000. David Hislop QC on Friday on Friday finished his closing statement at Lundy's High Court retrial in Wellington, saying the Crown's case shows the only safe verdict is to find Lundy not guilty of murdering his wife and daughter.

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  • How oil is preparing for a new world order

    A new oil order has arrived and it will be marked by greater uncertainty and generally lower oil prices as the oil industry frantically re-prices as costs decline and gains in efficiency are made, strategists say. And amid heightened uncertainty, oil prices can swing sharply in either direction as developments this week have shown with a crisis in Yemen triggering a spike in crude.

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  • Airline employee swipes money from passenger’s wallet

    United Airlines baggage handler Joseph A. Bruno, was busted snatching US$576 out of a travellers wallet after the passenger put it in a bin to go through airline security at Newark Liberty International Airport. Bruno was behind the traveller in the security line, according to the New York Post, and allegedly swiped the money before the owner made it through security to the other side. It’s a well-known scam for con artists to distract travellers and hold up lines to separate people from their belongings in the security line, giving the thieves the time and space to make off with unsuspecting passengers’ things.

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  • Deaths of hospital CEO and wife in fire ruled murder-suicide

    A hospital executive who spent decades as an important figure in New Jersey politics and policy killed his wife, set their house ablaze, then killed himself, a prosecutor ruled Friday, finally giving an explanation six months later of the mysterious deaths. The four grown sons of John and Joyce Sheridan released a statement expressing doubt about the findings released by Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano. The sons, including Mark Sheridan, a prominent Republican election law lawyer, said they would be suing under a New Jersey statute that allows next of kin to challenge findings on death certificates.

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  • Kate Upton's Ego is Harming Her Career

    Photo: Kate Upton could be described as the greatest modeling success post 2011. After a video of her dancing at a basketball game went viral,she has graced the pages of some of the biggest publications in Hollywood, including Sports Illustrated, GQ and Vogue.

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  • Ambrose: Why I walked from V8s

    It was the decision that left V8 Supercars fans cold and stunned the racing grid. Marcos Ambrose, once the undisputed king of the category, was leaving the sport just two races into his long-awaited return. With the support of one of the world's racing titans, Roger Penske, and legendary touring car driver Dick Johnson, Ambrose occupied a privileged position.

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  • NZ dollar gains vs. Australian dollar on iron ore weakness; Yellen awaited

    The New Zealand dollar gained against its Australian counterpart on sliding prices for iron ore exported to China, that nation's biggest market, while traders await a speech by US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen on Friday in the US. Iron ore sank to a record low US$54.20 a tonne this week and has more than halved in the past 12 months amid a supply glut, according to Reuters, which reported today that capacity utilisation rates at small Chinese iron ore mines fell as low as 20 percent at the end of last year. Concern about weak iron ore prices weighed on the Australian dollar and also restrained the kiwi against the greenback, traders said.

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  • Here's how pilots lock down cockpits

    Video has resurfaced showing the reinforced cockpit doors that regulators mandated Airbus to install following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. An Airbus spokesman confirmed to The New York Times on Thursday that the company had produced the

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  • Boko Haram fighters told to 'kill wives' as troops take its 'HQ'

    Nigeria's military on Friday announced that troops had retaken the town of Gwoza from Boko Haram, from which the group declared their caliphate last year. Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told a news conference in the capital, Abuja, that the recapture came after "concerted and well-coordinated land and air operations". "A lot of arms and ammunition have been recovered and the administrative headquarters (of Boko Haram) completely destroyed," he said.

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  • Apple's Tim Cook will give away all his money

    Fortune magazine cited the head of the world's largest technology corporation as saying he planned to donate his estimated $785 million fortune to charity - after paying for his 10-year-old nephew's college education. "You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change," Cook told the magazine. Fortune estimated Cook's net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about $120 million.

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  • 7 Companies With Perks That Will Totally Make You Jealous

    "Employees can take the time they need to feel refreshed and balanced," says Pinterest spokeswoman Jamie Favazza. At the corporate headquarters in Emeryville, California, employees have access to an on-site dance studio, gym and rock climbing wall. Clif Bar & Company workers also receive 2 1/2 hours of paid workout time each week.

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  • No murder charge for woman accused of cutting baby from womb

    A Colorado woman accused of luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly will not be charged with murder, prosecutors said Thursday night. Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, said prosecutors won't bring the charge in the baby's death. Investigators say Lane lured Michelle Wilkins, 26, to her Longmont home March 18 with an ad on Craigslist offering baby clothes.

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