• Anguished families say goodbye before Indonesia executions

    The families of two Australian convicts facing execution in Indonesia paid an anguished final visit to their loved ones Tuesday, wailing in grief as ambulances carrying empty white coffins arrived at their prison. The family members of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" heroin trafficking group, arrived at Nusakambangan prison calling for mercy for their loved ones, with Sukumaran's sister collapsing and having to be carried, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

    AFP
  • Why hotels are saying goodbye to check-in and check-out times

    By tradition (and business model), hotels have strict check-in and check-out times to make sure the turnover runs smoothly for incoming guests. While this makes sense, a new trend is emerging, and some properties are adopting a 24-hour check-in/check-out policy. The Peninsula hotel in Beverly Hills has been providing this amenity since 2012, but other properties, and even entire hotel chains, are jumping on the flexible check-in/check-out bandwagon.

    Total Travel
  • John Stamos 'Calls Bulls**t' on Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's 'Full House' Shock

    John Stamos doesn't believe that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen didn't know about the Full House spin-off. It looks like Uncle Jesse is disappointed by Michelle Tanner's recent comments about a Full House reboot. John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse on the '90s TV show, announced last week on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that the show was coming back with a spin-off, titled Fuller House.

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  • Mysterious clouds form 'god-like' figure over volcano

    Ash from Chile's Calbuco volcano has heaped more misery on air passengers across South America, as towns and cities struggled to clean up from last week's two powerful eruptions. A sleeping giant for more than 50 years, Calbuco sprang to life in spectacular bursts of ash and lava Wednesday and Thursday, forcing 6,500 people living nearby to evacuate and blanketed southern Chile in suffocating volcanic debris.

    AFP
  • NZ dollar extends slide vs. Aussie as iron ore rebound lifts sentiment

    The New Zealand dollar extended its slide against the Australian dollar, which has been helped by a recovery in the price of iron ore, Australia's biggest export commodity, to almost US$60 a tonne. The New Zealand dollar fell to 96.79 Australian cents from 97.35 cents yesterday. The kiwi initially fell against its Australian counterpart after a wire agency wrongly attributed to Reserve Bank of Australia governor Glenn Stevens comments that the jobless rate across the Tasman was improving.

    BusinessDesk
  • Corinthian Colleges closes all 28 remaining campuses

    Corinthian Colleges canceled classes Monday and shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the Education Department announced it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million for misrepresentation. The Santa Ana, California-based company said it was working with other schools to help students continue their education by making transcripts available and coordinating with other educational institutions to accept them. The closures include Heald College campuses in California, Hawaii and Oregon, as well as Everest and WyoTech schools in California, Arizona and New York.

    Associated Press
  • Spice Girls Boycott Geri Halliwell's Wedding

    Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner are set to tie the knot in the next few weeks in West London. Geri Halliwell may be marrying the man of her dreams in the next few weeks, but it looks like all her former Spice Girls bandmates won't be there to join the celebrations. Sources have confirmed that Mel C. will be busy working on Asia's Got Talent, while Victoria Beckham will be overseas with work commitments.

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  • Blessie ran over before murder, court told

    The man accused of raping and murdering Blessie Gotingco deliberately drove his car into her, before raping, strangling and stabbing her, prosecutors say. Crown prosecutor Michael Walker said the man ran Mrs Gotingco down with his car as she walked home, breaking her leg in two places, put her inside the car and drove her to his nearby apartment complex where he raped her.

    NZ Newswire
  • Duchess Catherine to be induced?

    Britain's Duchess Catherine could have her labour induced this week. The 33-year-old royal - who was known as Kate Middleton before her marriage to Prince William - is believed to have been due to give birth to her second child on April 23 and, with doctors at St. Mary's Hospital's Lindo Wing reportedly reluctant to allow a woman to go over a week past her due date, she could receive medical attention to speed up the process. It is believed Catherine and William welcomed their son Prince George, now 21 months, into the world three days late.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Tuna company, 2 employees charged in death of worker in oven

    Bumble Bee Foods and two employees were charged Monday with violating safety regulations in the death of a California worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna, prosecutors said. The company, its plant operations director and its former safety manager were each charged with three counts of violating Occupational Safety & Health Administration rules causing death. Prosecutors say Jose Melena was cleaning a 35-foot-long oven at the company's Sante Fe Springs plant in 2012 when co-workers loaded it with 12,000 pounds of tuna and turned it on.

    Associated Press
  • Elvis Presley's planes to remain at Graceland

    It looks like Elvis Presley's airplanes are staying at Graceland after all. Graceland released a statement Sunday saying the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, two custom-designed airplanes once owned by Presley, will remain permanently at the Memphis tourist attraction centered on the life and career of the late singer. The larger plane, a Convair 880 named after Presley's daughter Lisa Marie, is like a customized flying limousine, complete with a large bed, a stereo system, conference room and gold-plated bathroom fixtures.

    Associated Press
  • Key's hair-pulling reaches parliament

    Prime Minister John Key's ponytail-pulling has reached parliament. Mr Key is in Saudi Arabia and his deputy, Bill English, had to face opposition MPs on Tuesday. Ms Bailey says she felt humiliated and he continued doing it after she told him she didn't like it.

    NZ Newswire
  • Kris worried she 'failed' Bruce Jenner

    Kris Jenner thinks she "failed" Bruce Jenner. "Hearing Bruce say that they would still be together if she were able to handle his transition better than she did sent chills throughout her entire body. An insider added to HollywoodLife.com: "Bruce assured her that she didn't fail him and told her she was 'the perfect wife' and that 'everything happens for a reason'.

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  • Jail for trout poacher but another missing

    A trout poacher who took more than 30 trout from a protected Bay of Plenty spawning stream has been jailed for a year. Thomas Tawha, 42, a self-described kaumatua of Whakatane, was sentenced in Rotorua District Court on Tuesday by Judge Jim Weir. Tawha was to have been sentenced with his co-offender David Leef, 36, but Leef failed to appear.

    NZ Newswire
  • George Clooney to run London Marathon after losing bet

    George Clooney will run in next year's London Marathon after losing a bet. The 53-year-old actor promised Christy Turlington that he would take part in the 2016 race if she finished this year's marathon in under four hours. Christy Turlington crossed the finish line during the Celebrity finish at The London Marathon 2015.

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  • Ed Sheeran loses over 40 pounds

    Ed Sheeran has lost over 40lbs. During a visit to a Subway fast food restaurant in Australia with '60 Minutes' reporter Peter Stefanovic, he joked about his eating habits. Ed replied: "No, just 'Ed Sheeran: Fat F**k'! No, I lost a lot of weight.

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  • Kelly Brook blasts 'disrespectful' SImon Cowell

    Kelly Brook has called Simon Cowell "disrespectful" for firing her from 'Britain's Got Talent'. The 35-year-old beauty has revealed that the music mogul would arrive four hours late to film the ITV show in 2009, so she "wasn't bothered" when she got fired just three days after starting her job as a judge next to Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan. Kelly said: "We would have to start at 9am ... Simon didn't, though - he was hours late.

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  • UK growth slowdown to put economy back in election spotlight

    Britain's economy slowed in the first three months of this year, data is likely to show on Tuesday, potentially dealing a setback to Prime Minister David Cameron who has staked his re-election bid on the strength of the recovery. Labour has focused on what it calls Britain's cost-of-living crisis after earnings lagged behind inflation throughout most of the five years since Cameron become prime minister.

    Reuters
  • Lena Dunham: Rape left me 'powerless'

    Lena Dunham felt "powerless" after she had been raped. The Girls star has admitted she felt as though her "value" had been determined by another person, following the serious sexual assault. The 28-year-old star is now using her terrible experience to help other victims of sexual assault and to help give a voice to those who have survived.

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  • Scientists convinced of quake, drill link

    Scientists are now more certain than ever that oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds of earthquakes across the US, with the evidence coming in from one study after another. Until now, the oil and gas industry has generally argued that any such link requires further study. A series of government and academic studies over the past few years - including at least two reports released last week alone - has added to the body of evidence implicating the US drilling boom over the past decade or so.

    AP