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  • 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
  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner flee to Bahamas

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner fled to the Bahamas with their kids as their divorce news broke. The Hollywood couple - who announced they were divorcing after 10 years of marriage a day after their 10th wedding anniversary on Tuesday (30.06.15) - were spotted with their children - Violet, nine, Seraphina, six, and three-year-old Samuel - at a private Bahamas resort on Wednesday (01.07.15), where they're staying to "get away from the media spotlight". A source said: "It was important for both Ben and Jen to get away from the media spotlight and spend quiet time with the kids.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Nadal destroyer Brown stays true to his roots

    Dustin Brown insists he will remain true to his rasta roots after the dread-locked German qualifier stole the Wimbledon spotlight with a stunning upset of Rafael Nadal. Brown produced an almost flawless display of serve and volley tennis to beat two-time Wimbledon champion Nadal 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 and secure just the fourth Grand Slam win of his career. The flamboyant 30-year-old's striking appearance and eye-catching play made him the talk of the All England Club on Thursday.

    AFP
  • 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • Rosberg side by side with Hamilton at Silverstone

    Mercedes team mates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have parked their motorhomes side by side in the British Grand Prix campsite and may well line up next to each other at both the start and finish on Sunday. "I have organised to put up a big fence in between, it's going up tonight," Rosberg told reporters on Thursday. Joking aside, only one is likely to be truly happy on Sunday and Rosberg sees no reason why it should not be him.

    Reuters
  • 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
  • Paul McCsrtney: The Beatles' success 'couldn't happen again'

    Paul McCartney doesn't think any modern day bands can have the success that The Beatles had. The 73-year-old singer has insisted the success of the 'Eleanor Rigby' band - made up of Paul, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison - was down to them writing their own material, and timing, but doesn't see it happening again with any of today's music. Paul said: "Let's not forget, those four boys were f***ing good.

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  • Auckland property boom spreads wider

    New Zealand property values have risen at their fastest pace in more than a year, as a shortage of homes in Auckland prompted house-hunters to cast their net wider to surrounding areas. National property values accelerated 9.3 per cent in the 12 months through June to an average $520,585, matching the pace in February last year. Values in the Auckland region surged 17 per cent to $840,165, the fastest pace since 2004, according to state-owned agency Quotable Value.

    NZ Newswire
  • Tonga celebrates coronation of king

    Royals and their representatives are gathering in the Pacific island kingdom of Tonga for the coronation of King Tupou VI after a week of celebrations. Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako of Japan are there and media report royals from Europe are also attending the coronation on Saturday morning. Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae is leading a delegation of New Zealand representatives and Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is representing Australia.

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  • Beijing's South China Sea runway 'nearly complete': US think-tank

    Beijing has nearly completed building a 3,000-metre (9,800-foot) airstrip on a reef in disputed waters in the South China Sea, where tensions are mounting with its neighbours, a US think-tank said. A satellite picture taken on Sunday showed that China was paving and marking the runway on Fiery Cross Reef and an apron and taxiway have been added, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said on its website. Beijing's project to build artificial islands and facilities on various reefs and outcrops in the Spratly islands only became publicly known in recent months but construction has since been rapid, raising tensions with both its neighbours and Washington.

    AFP
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger wouldn't change the past

    The 'Terminator Genisys' actor separated from Maria Shriver - the mother of his kids Katherine, 25, Christina, 23, Patrick, 21, and 17-year-old Christopher - in 2011 after he confessed that he had fathered a son, Joseph, now 17, with their housekeeper Mildred Baena, and though he regrets the end of his marriage, the 67-year-old star has no desire to alter his "mistakes and failures". Instead, Arnold - who is now dating Heather Milligan - tries to learn from his mistakes.

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  • Rob Kardashian 'furious' with sister Kim

    Rob Kardashian is "furious" with Kim Kardashian West.The 28-year-old sock designer is said to be fuming that his 34-year-old sister claimed he does nothing but "smoke weed" and hang out with friends.A source told Us Weekly magazine: "Rob and Kim had been

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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  • 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