• Nepal declines NZ search and rescue aid

    Nepal has declined New Zealand's offer to send a search and rescue team to the earthquake-affected country. Foreign Minister Murray McCully on Tuesday said a 37-member urban search and rescue team that was due to leave New Zealand overnight has been stood down. "Prior to their departure, the Nepalese government informed us that they had enough USAR capability in-country and our team was no longer required," he said.

    NZ Newswire
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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'.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Indonesia rebuffs last-ditch bids to delay drug - convict executions

    CILACAP, Indonesia/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Indonesia said the execution of nine drug traffickers would go ahead this week, rebuffing last-minute appeals from Australia and the Philippines to spare their nationals and ignoring a decision by the Constitutional Court to hear a final challenge. Australia began the day with a plea for a stay in the execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, saying reports that their trial had been tainted by corruption needed to be investigated. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said allegations that judges requested money to commute the death sentences were "very serious" and called into question the integrity of the process.

    Reuters
  • Today's retirees 'much worse' off: RBA

    People leaving the workforce now have got it much tougher than those who left a decade ago and will need to take a lot more risk in order to fund their retirement, the head of the Reserve Bank says. "Just about everywhere in the world, the price of buying a given annual flow of future income has gone up a lot," Mr Stevens told a banking summit in Sydney on Tuesday.

    AAP
  • 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
  • Adam Lambert has had secret romance with Hollywood actors

    Adam Lambert claims he has had relationships with several Hollywood stars who are not openly gay.The 33-year-old singer has refused to reveal the identity of his former lovers and blames a macho attitude among leading industry figures for their refusal

    Bang Showbiz
  • Hilarious encounters losing our hitchhiking virginity

    When we asked the driver if hitchhiking was a thing on Cook Islands, as we had been told, he replied, “Uhhhh. The passenger handed us a plate of what looked like large balls of fried dough and asked, “Hungry?” Lindsay flat out refused.

    Total Travel
  • 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.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Volkswagen board members demanded Piech go after learning of secret plot

    BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Ferdinand Piech, who resigned as chairman of Volkswagen over the weekend, sowed the seeds of his own demise by reneging on a deal to support CEO Martin Winterkorn and secretly plotting to oust him instead, according to sources close to the VW board. When news leaked out last week that Piech had been lobbying family members behind the scenes to install Matthias Mueller, the chief executive of Porsche, at the helm of VW, the company's powerful works council and its home state of Lower Saxony - a top shareholder - decided they had had enough. "It was one of the straws that broke the camel's back," a source close to one of the VW board's labour representatives, told Reuters, referring to a doomed attempt by Piech to convince fellow family members to dump Winterkorn and install Mueller.

    Reuters
  • Schumacher's son wins on his debut F4 weekend

    Michael Schumacher's 16-year-old son Mick sprayed the winner's champagne after capping an impressive debut weekend in German Formula Four with the first victory of his motor racing career on Sunday. Competing for the Dutch-based Van Amersfoort Racing team, the German lined up second on the grid for the last of three races at Oschersleben and made a quick getaway to lead from the start. Schumacher, who leads the rookie standings and is fifth overall in the championship, ended the 30-minute race behind the safety car with Australian team mate Joey Mawson second and fellow rookie Thomas Preining third.

    Reuters
  • Chile begins volcano clean-up under eruption threat

    Residents whose homes were buried under mounds of stinking volcanic ash in southern Chile began the painstaking clean-up Sunday, under the threat of more eruptions from the volatile Calbuco volcano. The specter of heavy rain only added to the anxiety of thousands of people whose lives were turned upside down when Calbuco burst into life twice in as many days last week, having been dormant for more than 50 years. More than 6,500 people living nearby were told to evacuate after Calbuco erupted on Wednesday and Thursday, belching out a massive column of ash and lava, and triggering a spectacular showcase of Mother Nature's formidable powers.

    AFP
  • Death penalty in the US by the numbers

    The US Supreme Court is due to rule on a drug cocktail used in some lethal injections to kill death row convicts, amid growing pressure to abolish capital punishment. Here are facts on the current state of the death penalty and lethal injection in the United States. A total of 18 US states and the US capital Washington have abolished the death penalty, including six since 2007: Alaska (1957), Connecticut (2012), Hawaii (1957), Illinois (2011), Iowa (1965), Maine (1887), Maryland (2013), Massachusetts (1984), Michigan (1846), Minnesota (1911), New Jersey (2007), New Mexico (2009), New York (2007), North Dakota (1973), Rhode Island (1984), Vermont (1964), West Virginia (1965), Wisconsin (1853) and the District of Columbia, home to the capital Washington (1981).

    AFP
  • Robinson backed over NRL diving angst

    Firmly in Trent Robinson's corner, rugby league greats Peter Sterling, Brad Fittler and Darren Lockyer believe video referees are killing the game. Sydney Roosters coach Robinson continued his crusade against players feigning injury and diving to win penalties by accusing St George Illawarra centre Euan Aitken of staying down too long after being tackled by Dylan Napa in the Roosters' extraordinary Anzac Day clash. Napa was placed on report for dangerous contact - having already been sanctioned for a crusher tackle on Josh Dugan - a decision that led to a second-half penalty goal that ultimately won the game 14-12 for the Dragons.

    AAP
  • 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.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Labour Party pledges to control rents if elected on May 7

    The Labour Party said on Sunday it would introduce rent controls if it wins an election on May 7 and ban private landlords from raising rents above the rate of inflation for the duration of new three-year contracts. Left-wing Labour and Prime Minister David Cameron's centre-right Conservatives are neck-and-neck in most opinion polls ahead of the election and both are searching for a policy idea that might break the deadlock. Labour leader Ed Miliband has previously promised he would intervene in other areas, such as the energy market, to keep prices down.

    Reuters