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  • Treasures from sunken Spanish galleon set for auction

    A solid gold chain and an intricate gold-and-enamel spoon are among items pulled from the wreckage of a 400-year-old Spanish galleon that will be auctioned off next month. Nuestra Senora de Atocha went down in a violent hurricane in 1622 near the Florida Keys laden with New World gold while en route to Spain. Treasure hunter Mel Fisher searched 16 years for it before discovering the Atocha motherlode in 1985.

    Associated Press
  • Your body on… a cold day

    Your body's comfortably warm after you jump out of a hot shower, drive with your heater on and run from the carpark to the netball court. This is your body's air-con system: as the sweat evaporates it cools your skin. Your body responds to the chill of the evaporating sweat (far more noticeable when the air is cooler).

    Women's Health
  • No excuses for Apia let-down: McCaw

    The occasion and the unconventional build-up can't be excuses for a clumsy start to their World Cup year, says All Blacks captain Richie McCaw. The eyes of the rugby world will settle on petite Apia Park on Wednesday when the world champions face Samoa in a Test match regarded by many as long overdue. It is one of the smallest crowds for any Test involving the All Blacks but doesn't usurp the record-low 4800 in 1951 who watched them beat the Wallabies in Brisbane.

    NZ Newswire
  • Carnival aims to launch Miami to Cuba cruises in May

    The world's largest cruise company could be heading to Cuba. Starting in May, Carnival Corp. plans to offer trips from Miami to the Caribbean island nation, the company announced Tuesday. Carnival says it would become the first American cruise company to visit Cuba since the 1960 trade embargo.

    Associated Press
  • Ciara abstaining from sex

    Ciara and her boyfriend are abstaining from sex. The 'Goodies' singer agreed to compile with Russell Wilson's request they abstain from lovemaking after he claimed to have received a message from God and he thinks the decision has made their relationship stronger.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Mayweather stripped of WBO welterweight belt

    Floyd Mayweather was Monday stripped by the World Boxing Organization of the welterweight world title he won by beating Manny Pacquiao two months ago in what was dubbed "the fight of the century". Mayweather had failed to meet the deadline last Friday for paying the $200,000 sanctioning fee required by the WBO after he took the belt from Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas, in the richest fight of all time, earning a reported $220 million in the process. WBO rules require boxers to pay 3 percent of their purse to fight for a world title up to a maximum of $200,000.

    AFP
  • I didn't want to go out like Tate: Hodgo

    The cruel fate of friend Brent Tate has convinced injury-plagued Queensland great Justin Hodges to retire from State of Origin football "on his terms". "I don't want to go out that way as well," Hodges said of ex-Maroons teammate Tate's injury-enforced 2014 exit. By rights, Hodges was supposed to bow out of Origin duty with Tate in Wednesday night's series decider in Brisbane.

    AAP
  • Farm use of drones to take off as feds loosen restrictions

    Mike Geske wants a drone. Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm — a job he now pays three men to do. Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, says he would like to buy one for his Maryland farm to help him scout out which individual fields need extra spraying.

    Associated Press
  • Russia cuts off power supplies to Ukraine rebels: Kiev

    Kiev said Tuesday that Russia had cut off electricity to Ukraine's rebel-run regions in what appears to be another sign that Moscow is losing interest in plans to splinter its neighbour. Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone through an extended spell without peppering his speeches with mentions of a "New Russia" (Novorossiya) made up of Ukrainian lands that were once under tsarist control. The veteran Kremlin leader had fervently promoted the project while the separatists were gaining ground along Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland toward the end of last year.

    AFP
  • Miley Cyrus mocks Justin Bieber's butt

    Miley Cyrus has mocked Justin Bieber's naked photo. The 'Boyfriend' hitmaker shared a nude snap on Instagram showing him exposing his bare backside yesterday (06.07.15) as he looked out to sea and now his pal Miley has edited the image to enlarge his pale derriere. Although the jokey picture made a mockery of Justin's skinny figure by giving him a Kim Kardashian West-sized butt, fans of the pair clearly found the prank hilarious as they showed their approval in the comments.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Townsend heading back home to Sharks

    Cronulla are set to start next NRL season with a fresh halves pairing after signing local junior Chad Townsend to a two-year contract. Just three weeks after Sydney Roosters five-eighth James Maloney penned a three-year deal with the Sharks, it was confirmed on Tuesday that Warriors halfback Townsend will head back to Sydney from Auckland in 2016. Townsend was released from the final year on his Warriors contract on compassionate grounds.

    NZ Newswire
  • Madison ‘not afraid’ of Hefner

    Holly Madison "spent too many years" being afraid of Hugh Hefner. The former Playboy model, who recently claimed in her new memoir, 'Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny,' she was mentally and emotionally abused while living with her former lover and his other girlfriends insists she doesn't care that he has denied her allegations. Holly's former 'Girls Next Door' co-star Kendra Wilkinson Baskett, 30, recently accused her of trying to seek revenge on the media mogul because he refused to marry her and put her in his will.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are 'united'

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are still "united".The former couple announced last week while vacationing in the Bahamas with children Violet, nine, Seraphina, six, and Samuel, three, that they are to divorce, and they plan to keep their focus on their

    Bang Showbiz
  • Pakistan mechanic says blindness no roadblock to success

    As a boy, Asif Patel would take apart toys and transistor radios, relying only on his sense of touch to rebuild them, having been robbed of his sight by a rare condition that meant he was born without eyes. Now a renowned mechanic with his own workshop in Pakistan's sprawling metropolis of Karachi, Patel's story is a rare tale of success in a country which offers few opportunities for the blind. At a small workshop that employs seven people in the city's Lasbela area customers come and go, leaving their their cars in the trusted hands of their old mechanic.

    AFP
  • Channing Tatum did 'bad things'

    Channing Tatum did a lot of "bad things" when he was a stripper. The 'Magic Mike XXL' actor had a lot of fun in his previous profession but he wouldn't recommend it as a good career move because of its "seedy" side. The 35-year-old actor - who has two-year-old daughter Everly with wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum - will be open about his past with his little girl and fully expects her to watch the 'Magic Mike' movies when she is older, but hopes she will understand the films are just "fun".

    Bang Showbiz
  • Rod Stewart banned from tight trousers

    Rod Stewart's doctor banned him from wearing tight trousers so he could father another child. The 'Maggie May' rocker - who has eight children from various relationships - and wife Penny Lancaster were struggling to conceive for the second time, but the model fell pregnant after her 70-year-old spouse ditched his close-fitting clothes. Penny - who has sons Alistair, nine, and Aiden, four, with Rod - said: "What separates them from us is their baby-making ability of having the sperm and when Rod and I were trying to make our second child we were having a few troubles and a doctor said, 'Rod, you've got to forget wearing the tight pants and the trousers, OK?

    Bang Showbiz
  • Oil prices mixed amid uncertainty over Greece, China

    Oil prices finished mixed on Tuesday as investors faced growing uncertainty over the Greek debt crisis and China's efforts to stem a stocks rout in the world's top energy consumer. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for August, the US benchmark, dipped 20 cents to $52.33 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, its lowest level since mid-April. Investors are worrying about weaker demand for crude oil as a result of Greece's mounting debt crisis, which could result in the country leaving the eurozone, and the fall in Chinese stocks market despite government efforts to end three weeks of plunging prices, analysts said.

    AFP
  • Top Gear follow-up ‘can’t air until 2017’

    ITV won’t be allowed to show a Jeremy Clarkson Top Gear follow-up until 2017.A clause in the BBC contract of the controversial presenter - who was sacked by the corporation earlier this year - reportedly means that he and his on-screen co-stars James

    Bang Showbiz
  • Lack of new Greek proposals leaves eurozone leaders on edge

    Eurozone leaders met the beaming smile of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras with anger and frustration Tuesday when it became clear the Greek leader came to their summit without a fresh written proposal on how to save his country from financial ruin. With Greece's banks just days away from a potential collapse that could drag the country out of the euro, Tsipras had been expected to offer up economic reforms in exchange for loans. Instead he came with only vague proposals and a commitment to back it up with real figures and a written plan on Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • Cosby admitted drugging woman for sex: court papers

    Embattled US comedian Bill Cosby admitted having drugged at least one woman with a sedative to have sex with her, court documents show. The 77-year-old was questioned by Dolores Troiani, a lawyer for Andrea Constand, a former women's basketball director at Philadelphia's Temple University where Cosby studied and was a member of the board of trustees. Cosby's lawyers had long sought to block publication of the court transcripts, but they were released Monday on the PACER public court records website.

    AFP