• Germanwings co-pilot had suffered depression: report

    The Germanwings co-pilot said to have deliberately crashed his Airbus with 149 others aboard into the French Alps suffered serious depression six years ago, German daily Bild reported Friday. The co-pilot sought psychiatric help for "a bout of heavy depression" in 2009 and was still getting assistance from doctors, the newspaper said, quoting documents from Germany's air transport regulator Luftfahrtbundesamt (LBA). Andreas Lubitz, 28, was receiving "regular individualised medical" treatment, Bild reported, adding that Germanwings' parent company Lufthansa had transmitted this information to the LBA.

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  • Singapore overwhelmed by huge crowds mourning founding leader Lee

    Tens of thousands of Singaporeans braved waits of up to 10 hours outside parliament Friday to pay their last respects to founding leader Lee Kuan Yew despite appeals from overwhelmed officials to honour him elsewhere. The city-state, famous for its clockwork handling of major events like the night-time Singapore Grand Prix, seemed unprepared for the scale of the outpouring of grief since the 91-year-old patriarch's death on Monday. "Members of the public are strongly advised not to join the queue at the Padang now," said a government advisory which urged mourners to go instead to 18 community sites to pay homage to Lee.

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  • Cate Blanchett Shuts Down Interview

    If there’s anything a reporter should know by now, it’s that you don’t mess with Cate Blanchett. Unfortunately it seems Jonathon Hyla from The Project didn’t get the memo. After trying (and failing) to engage Blanchett in idle chit chat (he jokingly asked Blanchett if they could share a beer to break the ice) he was told off by the actress, who joked that one of them had to do their jobs.

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  • Falkland Islands' fears for Russia-backed invasion

    The U.K. has sent extra military support to one of its overseas colonies at the bottom of the world, the Falkland Islands, amid concerns that it is facing increased risk of attack from Argentina, backed by Russia. Two troop-carrying Chinook helicopters and a new surface-to-air missile system have been sent by the U.K. to the remote islands in the South Atlantic, known as Las Malvinas in Argentina . Read More Russia vs. EU: Where next in propaganda war?

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  • McIlroy split was like someone dying, says Wozniacki

    Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki says she felt like someone close to her had died after the split from golfer Rory McIlroy last year. The Dane was quoted by Britain's Independent newspaper as saying her world was turned upside down when the Northern Irishman ended their relationship in May after wedding invitations had been sent out. "In my head I had everything until that moment," said Wozniacki.

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  • BBC drops 'Top Gear' presenter Clarkson over attack

    The BBC on Wednesday dropped British "Top Gear" motoring show presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who built a global fan base while repeatedly causing offense with strongly worded views, after finding he had physically attacked a producer. The fate of Clarkson, 54, had been the subject of feverish speculation in Britain and beyond since he was suspended on March 10 following what the publicly funded broadcaster initially described as "a fracas". Releasing more details on Wednesday, the BBC said Clarkson had struck producer Oisin Tymon, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip, and also subjected him to "prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature".

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  • Battling homeowners sell up as prices rise

    Soaring property prices are prompting struggling mortgage holders to sell up rather than face financial strife, ratings agency Moody's says. As house prices rose 7.6 per cent nationally in 2014, mortgage delinquency rates fell to their lowest level in eight years, a Moody's report shows. "A borrower in stress has a better option to cure those delinquencies if they choose to sell the property," Moody's assistant vice president Alena Chen said on Thursday.

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  • Woman reported kidnapped found safe after mysterious ordeal

    A woman whose boyfriend reported that intruders abducted her from their San Francisco Bay Area home and held her for ransom was found safe Wednesday at her father's Southern California apartment. Denise Huskins' father, Mike Huskins, said his daughter called him around 9:30 a.m. to say she'd been dropped off at her mother's house in Huntington Beach. On Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle received an email from an anonymous person claiming to be holding the 29-year-old woman.

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  • Superhighway from Europe to the US planned

    According to a report in The Siberian Times, Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin has proposed a very ambitious plan for a massive trans-Siberian highway that would link his country's eastern border with the U.S. state of Alaska, crossing a narrow stretch of the Bering Sea that separates Asia and North America. Dubbed the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development (TEPR), the project calls for a major roadway to be constructed alongside the existing Trans-Siberian Railway, stretching about 20,000 kilometres. Oil and gas pipes would run alongside the highway, and plans have been mooted already for a rail tunnel connecting the far flung Russian region of Chukotka - where football tycoon Roman Abramovich once served as governor - and Alaska.

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  • The Bachelor NZ’s Lisa O’Loughlin: “It gets a little bit heated”

    The day after her onscreen elimination, Lisa O’Loughlin is ready to jump into the dating scene. Lisa, who was chosen by More FM listeners as the ‘Wild Card’ entry on The Bachelor NZ, says she applied for the show after she and her friends thought it would be a laugh to see someone they knew on the first Kiwi version of the international The Bachelor franchise. Setting a show like The Bachelor in a small country like New Zealand means it is entirely likely that you know someone who knows someone who knows one of the bachelorettes and Lisa thinks this chainlink community of viewers makes the show exponentially more fun to watch.

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  • AP Investigation: Slavery taints global supply of seafood

    The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. It can turn up as calamari at fine dining restaurants, as imitation crab in a California sushi roll or as packages of frozen snapper relabeled with store brands that land on our dinner tables.

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  • Dhoni defends cricketing future

    MS Dhoni has been forced to defend his future in the game as Indian fans took to the streets to protest his side's semi-final exit from cricket's World Cup at the hands of Australia. The 33-year-old was run out for 65 by Glenn Maxwell who picked up the ball at midwicket and produced a beautiful throw that connected despite his having just one stump to aim at. Conversely Dhoni looked disinterested in pushing for the run and didn't even bother to ground his bat.

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  • Investors warned of housing bubble risks

    Property investors are being warned to tread carefully amid fears that overinflated house prices could drop in some areas, leaving them high and dry. The Reserve Bank on Wednesday fired warning shots about the continued strength of investor activity, which has driven property prices to record highs, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. It fears the run-up in property prices could rewind sharply later on with damaging consequences for all households - a sentiment echoed by economists and industry experts.

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  • Italy court told Knox conviction case perfect, ruling delayed

    An Italian prosecutor told the country's top court Wednesday that Amanda Knox's conviction for the sensational murder of British student Meredith Kercher was "beyond reproach". Mario Pinelli said there should be no doubt that Knox, an American, and her Italian ex-lover Raffaele Sollecito were responsible for the 2007 killing, as ruled by a Florence court last year.

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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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  • The Latest: A320 pilot describes safeguards against lockout

    A pilot who flew the A320 for six years said the cockpit has safeguards in case one pilot inside becomes incapacitated while the other is outside. Normally, he said, someone trying to get inside the cockpit requests access and a camera feed lets the pilot decide whether to accept or specifically deny access. If, however, the person in the cockpit denies access, the door remains locked, said the pilot.

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  • Things that will happen if Venezuela implodes

    An economic implosion is becoming increasingly likely in Venezuela , and the country's debtholders, trade partners and neighbors are bracing for the fallout. The country's energy-dependent economy requires oil prices above $100 per barrel in order to sustain itself. Oil accounts for 95 percent of the country's export earnings, and combined with gas, it's 25 percent of the country's gross domestic product.

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  • Grandma Cissy prays for Bobbi Kristina but 'not a great deal of hope'

    Cissy Houston, the grandmother of Bobbi Kristina Brown, who was found unresponsive in a bathtub in January, is praying for her recovery but she admitted there was little hope. In an interview with WBLS radio in New York City, Houston, 81, said her granddaughter, the only child of the late pop star Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, had been transferred to a rehabilitative center and her condition remained "the same".

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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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  • Bank forecloses on sitcom star's properties over nonpayment

    A bank says the actor best known as sitcom character Balki Bartokomous has been a perfect stranger when it comes to making payments on his rural Pennsylvania properties. First National Bank of Pennsylvania recently foreclosed on four of "Perfect Strangers" star Bronson Pinchot's Harford Township properties, including the community's post office. The bank says the 55-year-old Pinchot owes more than $270,000 and hasn't been heard from in over a year.

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