• Michael Bublé's sexist selfie

    Michael Bublé has apologised after being branded a "sexist" by outraged fans. The 'Haven't Met You Yet' hitmaker is currently holidaying in Miami, Florida with his wife Luisana Lopilato but has left some of his supporters fuming after he posted a photograph on his Instagram account of a woman wearing short shorts. Aussie comedian Sam Simmons said he'd like to punch him.

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  • NZ dollar could stay above Aussie dollar parity for 'at least a year', UBS says

    The New Zealand dollar could achieve parity with the Australian dollar within weeks and stay above A$1 for at least a year, according to revised forecasts by economists for the New Zealand arm of the global financial services company, UBS. The kiwi last week touched 99.78 Australian cents, its highest level since being allowed to trade freely in 1984, as traders anticipated a cut at the Reserve Bank of Australia's April 7 meeting to stimulate the Australian economy after a slump in iron ore and coal prices. The kiwi was recently at 98.41 Australian cents.

  • Family wins back seized gold coins that could be worth $80M

    A family was awarded the rights to 10 rare gold coins possibly worth $80 million or more on Friday after a U.S. appeals court overturned a jury verdict. U.S. Department of the Treasury officials insist the $20 Double Eagles were stolen from the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia before the 1933 series was melted down when the country went off the gold standard. Langbord's father, jeweler Israel Switt, had dealings with the Mint in the 1930s and was twice investigated over his coin holdings.

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  • Fleeing driver heads wrong way on motorway

    A member of the public saw a Suzuki Swift being driven erratically and called police about 11.15pm on Saturday. "The driver's actions were incredibly stupid and dangerous, as he drove approximately 5km the wrong way down the motorway at high speed forcing oncoming motorway traffic to take evasive action," Inspector Tony Wakelin said.

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  • Danny O'Donoghue rejected Cameron Diaz

    Danny O'Donoghue rejected Cameron Diaz.The 'Never Seen Anything Quite Like You' hitmaker was told by the Hollywood star's assistant that the 42-year-old actress was keen on having his number but he refused because he was dating Irma Mali at the time.He

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  • Rural towns the frontline in Australia's battle with 'ice'

    Adrian Toomey made thousands of dollars a day as an "ice" dealer in Dubbo, a fairly typical Australian town northwest of Sydney, supplying the drug to everyone from bank workers to school teachers. Before he was jailed for dealing, Toomey, 38, was not only supplying but also using ice -- a purified version of the stimulant methamphetamine that is highly addictive. Like many other towns, Dubbo has been caught up in an epidemic that many fear Australia is struggling to contain, as syndicates increasingly switch their focus from big cities to regional and remote communities.

  • US troops in Ukraine to train forces fighting pro-Russia rebels

    Hundreds of US paratroopers have arrived in Ukraine to train its forces fighting pro-Russian rebels, the US army said Friday, a move Moscow warned could "destabilise" the war-torn ex-Soviet country. "Soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade have been arriving over the last week," Donald Wrenn, a US army spokesman, told AFP. The move raised heckles in Moscow, which accuses the United States of backing the protests that brought down Ukraine's Kremlin-backed president Viktor Yanukovych last year.

  • Man killed in Coromandel crash named

    Police have named a man who died in a crash in the Coromandel which also left another man critically injured. Emergency services were called to the two-car crash on State Highway 25 between Woody Hill and Timata Roads shortly before 7am on Thursday, Sergeant Jim Corbett of the Thames-Coromandel strategic traffic unit says. Peter Boyce Hutchings, 65, from Whitianga died at the scene.

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  • Bella Thorne scared of nipple tassels

    Bella Thorne is scared of nipple tassels. The 17-year-old actress has confessed she was freaked out when she saw girls donning the revealing accessories and little else while she attended the Coachella music festival in Indio, California, last weekend. Speaking at the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection launch in New York, she said: "I've witnessed a lot of freaky things at Coachella, but the scariest thing that I witness every time are the girls with the nipple tassels.

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  • NZ dollar surges above RBNZ forecast on TWI basis, may prompt 'jawboning'

    The New Zealand dollar trade-weighted index has soared above the Reserve Bank's projections to a nine-month high but traders and strategists say the bank has few options, other than jawboning, to drive the currency lower in the face of stand-out economic growth. The central bank intervened in currency markets last August but may be loathe to use more reserves in another attempt, given the relative weakness of economies such as Australia's and the Euro region. Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler, who has put monetary policy in neutral with a benchmark rate advantage over most major economies, has repeatedly called the kiwi unsustainably and unjustifiably high.

  • Physicians want Dr. Oz gone from Columbia medical faculty

    "Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine," said a letter the 10 physicians sent to a Columbia dean earlier this week. Oz first came to public attention as a frequent television guest of Oprah Winfrey. Oz was not reachable Thursday night at his Columbia office number, which played a recorded message explaining how callers could get tickets to his TV show.

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  • Brumbies to give youngsters second chance

    Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says he'll give his new charges another week to prove themselves after a sloppy Super Rugby loss to Melbourne on Saturday night. Larkham was forced to make more than a dozen changes to his line-up for the clash at GIO Stadium, including the late withdrawal of scrumhalf Nic White because of an ankle injury suffered at training. The side already had a host of big names missing, with Matt Toomua, Scott Sio, Jesse Mogg, Tevita Kuridrani and James Dargaville among those sidelined through injury.

  • What Your Man's Beard Says About Him

    "Beards are an ego thing - it's a sign of masculinity," explains Craig Meggs, master barber for QT Hotels's The Barber Shop in Sydney and Canberra. Whether he prefers designer stubble or a bush, here's what your man's facial hair says about him.SEXY STUBBLE

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  • China 'building runway in disputed South China Sea'

    China is rapidly building an airstrip on an artificial island in disputed South China Sea waters, recent satellite pictures show, potentially ramping up tensions with several Southeast Asian neighbours. Fiery Cross in the Spratly Islands was little more than a reef when China began land reclamation works to turn it into an island in late 2014. Now satellite images taken last week by DigitalGlobe and shown on the website of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) show the runway -- estimated at 3.1 kilometres (1.9 miles) in total -- more than one-third complete, it says.

  • Man gets 100-year term in murder of teacher in oil boom town

    Michael Keith Spell, 25, of Parachute, Colorado, was sentenced following a hearing before state District Judge Richard Simonton in Sidney. Spell, who is mentally disabled and described by the defense as functionally illiterate, pleaded guilty in October to killing Sherry Arnold, 43, after attempting to abduct the popular math teacher as she was jogging near her home in 2012. Co-defendant Lester Van Waters Jr. was sentenced in December to 80 years in prison on a charge of deliberate homicide by accountability.

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  • House boom over in mining towns

    The end of the mining boom is hitting home in Port Hedland, the West Australian mining town where house prices reached dizzying heights. Prices have already fallen by close to 30 per cent in two years, but with a median even now of $932,500 that makes Sydney look "dirt cheap", Propell National Valuers economist Linda Phillips predicts they will come back a long way. "The lucky ones probably sold out a couple of years ago," Ms Phillips says.

  • Pharmacist sentenced for $150k fraud

    Terence John Osborne, 65, used returned or recycled drugs to fill new scripts, but claimed subsidies as if the scripts were for new drugs. Osborne was sentenced in Auckland District Court on Friday to nine months' home detention for dishonest use of documents. The drugs were dispensed through Osborne's Pharmacy, Airport Pharmacy Ltd, and the now defunct Gulf Harbour Pharmacy Ltd, the Ministry of Health says.

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  • Aussie job fairs net thousands of recruits

    The government's Australian job fairs have netted nearly 4500 potential recruits and it's looking for many more. Employment Minister Steven Joyce says 101,600 skilled workers will be needed over the next three years. "Though we're rapidly growing our domestic skills base we will need some people from across the Tasman if New Zealand companies are going to be able to maintain their current growth rate," he said on Friday.

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  • Rupert Murdoch's penthouse on sale for $72 million

    For a hefty $72 million, Rupert Murdoch 's three-story penthouse at One Madison in Manhattan is on the market, The Wall Street Journal reported. The News Corp (NWSA) executive chairman bought the triplex and a three-bedroom apartment in the same building for $57.25 million in February 2014, WSJ reports. The 6,850-square-foot penthouse, situated on floors 58, 59 and 60, has a circling terrace and views of the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center and the Hudson and East rivers.

  • How I Stopped Worrying About Money and Learned to Love My Budget

    I remember the first time I was introduced to budgeting. It was similar to the first time I met my husband: significant in hindsight but hardly memorable. I was having a conversation with my best friend’s husband. He was a rare person in my life then