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WATCH: 18-foot-python found at Shark Valley

Researchers have captured what's believed to be the second largest snake ever found in Florida.

  • Overachieving Grandpa Prince Charles Gave George an Unbelievably Epic Birthday Present

    If it wasn't already apparent from the prominently displayed royal-baby pictures and all the bragging—so much bragging that the Commonwealth was like, "OUR EARS"—Prince Charles thoroughly enjoys being a grandpa. To further spoil his precious little Georgie, Grandpa Charlie had a $31,248 handmade artisan shepherd's hut constructed in the meticulously trimmed and manicured gardens of his stately home, the Daily Mail reports. Prince Charles has reportedly gifted his grandson a rather extravagant birthday gift.

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  • Bell steers England to victory, hosts take 2-1 Ashes lead

    Ian Bell guided England to an eight-wicket victory over Australia in the third test at Edgbaston on Friday to put the hosts 2-1 up in the series with two matches to play. Bell (65 not out) and Joe Root, with an unbeaten 38, anchored the chase after England were set to 121 to win on the third day at Edgbaston where a dominant performance banished memories of a heavy defeat at Lord's. England lost Alastair Cook (7) and Adam Lyth (12) to set a few nerves on edge but Bell, dropped on 20 by Australia captain Michael Clarke, made his second 50 of the match to spark raucous celebrations after Root hit the winning runs.

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  • Meth ringleader 'stunned' by 17yr sentence

    The ringleader of a Wellington meth ring run out of an upscale apartment is "pretty stunned" after being jailed for up to 17 years. Kevin Chea was sentenced in the High Court at Wellington on Friday to 17 years in jail with a minimum non parole period of eight and a half years for importing, possessing and supplying a Class A drug. Chea's lawyer Tony Rickard-Simms told NZ Newswire the sentence was "significantly higher" than they'd expected.

    NZ Newswire
  • SANZAR appeals Hooper rugby ban

    SANZAR has appealed the severity of a one-game ban handed down to Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper, who is at risk of being rubbed out of Saturday week's Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks in Sydney. The announcement by SANZAR late on Friday came a day after Hooper's initial two-match ban was halved by the governing body at a judicial hearing because of his clean record and he was to serve the suspension by missing Manly's Sydney club semi-final on Saturday against Randwick. Hooper was found guilty of striking Argentine five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez in an off-the-ball incident during Australia's 34-9 weekend win over Argentina in Mendoza.

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  • Get ready to relive the 2008 crisis: Albert Edwards

    Central banks in the Western world have set the scene for an "even bigger version" of the 2007-2008 global financial crisis, Societe Generale's bearish strategist Albert Edwards has claimed. In a research note on Thursday, Edwards said that China's intervention to stabilize its volatile stock market was part of a larger global story, in which "rock bottom" interest rates and large fiscal deficits in the western world were pushing the global economy towards a fall. "QE (quantitative easing) will be stepped up to such a pace that you will hear the roar of the printing presses from Mars," Edwards said.

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  • Kimberly Stewart's intimate tattoo regret

    The socialite - and the daughter of Rod Stewart - has admitted she wishes she hadn't got an inking near her "vajayjay" when she was younger. Speaking of getting body art at a young age, she said: "All my other friends were getting tattoos and I don't really know why that was the tattoo I decided to get but, for some reason, that's what I got.

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  • Dionne Warwick to boycott Bobbi Kristina funeral?

    Dionne Warwick is threatening to boycott Bobbi Kristina's funeral. The 'Walk On By' hitmaker - who was Bobbi's godmother - is allegedly unhappy about the "sweet 16-themed" funeral and disapproves of her aunt Pat Houston who is enforcing the theme. The 22-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston died at a hospice last weekend after several months in a coma and her family are now planning to pay their respects to her with a funeral at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia on Saturday (01.08.15), before her body is flown to New Jersey to be buried alongside her mother.

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  • Kylie Jenner Says Her New Curves Are Results of Lotions

    Recent photos have shown Kylie Jenner looking curvier, which has prompted speculation that the 17-year-old star has undergone plastic surgery. Well the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is here to set the record straight on where her newfound curves have come from - and no, she didn't get it from her mama. According to Kylie, her fuller butt and breasts are the result of Pure Leef's butt enhancement cream and breast plumping lotion.

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  • Dentist posed for photo with body of Cecil the lion, says hunter

    Professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst told AFP Friday he did nothing wrong on the hunt that killed Cecil the lion, adding he was shocked to find the animal was wearing a tracking collar. Bronkhurst's client, US dentist Walter Palmer, has gone into hiding amid a global outpouring of anger after he used a bow and arrow to shoot Cecil, a popular draw for tourists at Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. Bronkhorst also revealed that Palmer, who paid $55,000 for the hunt, had posed for a photograph next to Cecil's body as is normal for trophy hunters.

    AFP
  • Teen slapped in attempted abduction

    The 13-year-old fled to a relative's house but found no one home and was forced to make her way to Fruitvale Primary School with the man following her almost the entire way. The victim was left upset and shaken with scratches to her face and arm and a sore neck.

    NZ Newswire
  • Microsoft says 14 million computers now running Windows 10

    Microsoft says its' new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download. Microsoft says it's releasing the software in waves to make sure downloads go smoothly. In a blog post late Thursday, Microsoft said it has not yet delivered Windows 10 to everyone who requested a free upgrade for computers running older Windows versions.

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  • Qld coal mine bought for $1

    A Queensland coal mining company has bought the recently mothballed Isaac Plains mine in the Bowen Basin for just $1. Stanmore Coal plans to re-start production at Isaac Plains in the first half of 2016, more than a year after about 300 jobs were lost when production was halted. At current coal prices, the mine could operate for another three years, the company said.

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  • Kendra Wilkinson 'playing with fire'

    Kendra Wilkinson is "playing with fire" by texting other men. The 'Kendra On Top' star's marriage to Hank Baskett went through a rocky patch last year when her husband was accused of cheating on her with a transgender model but the 30-year-old beauty has insisted she is ready to have "fun". "I'm playing with fire, but I won't let it burn.

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  • Clarkson and 'Top Gear' presenters sign with Amazon for new car show

    Britain's former BBC "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson has signed an exclusive deal with Amazon to present a new motoring show for the online retailer's subscription service alongside co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May. Clarkson had generated both controversy and profits for Britain's publicly-funded broadcaster. With "Top Gear" aired in more than 200 countries and watched by 350 million viewers worldwide, his dismissal made headlines around the world.

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  • Building boom shifts to Auckland

    The building boom is shifting from Canterbury to Auckland and the government expects the trend to continue for the next two years. The latest building data shows Canterbury consents fell to 544 in June from 623 a year earlier while Auckland permits rose to 704 from 599. Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith says residential building in Auckland is at its strongest in a decade as activity shifts from Canterbury.

    NZ Newswire
  • Large rock may have part in fatal crash

    Police say the driver of an eastbound Holden Commodore sedan may not have seen the boulder, causing him to strike it and career off into the path of a westbound Peugeot. The female passenger of the other car was taken to Waikato Hospital with serious injuries while the other driver suffered minor injuries. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash but alcohol has been ruled out at a factor, Inspector Freda Grace says.

    NZ Newswire
  • Richest Kiwi earnt $5m a day last year

    The minimum wage may be $14.75 an hour, but the richest New Zealander Graeme Hart took home $63 a second last year - even when he was asleep.Mr Hart has once again topped the National Business Review's rich list released on Thursday, with his estimated

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  • What could the TPP mean for New Zealand?

    WHAT IS THE TPP? New Zealand was one of original four member nations of a previous form of the agreement, called the TPSEP or Pacific 4, which then turned into the TPP after the United States decided to enter talks in 2008.

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  • Police march kids out of house at gunpoint

    Police "gave very little consideration to women and children" during a raid in which shots were fired and people were unlawfully detained after being marched out of an Auckland house at gunpoint, the police watchdog says. The Independent Police Conduct Authority on Thursday said it had found police unlawfully detained two women and three children after an armed raid on a Mangere home in November 2013. Police had gone to the house looking for a man who breached his home detention conditions, but a fight broke out and a police officer fired his weapon when the man's father took out what officers thought was a shotgun.

    NZ Newswire
  • Speaker's `shut up' remark upsets NZ First

    NZ First is considering laying a formal complaint against parliament's Speaker, David Carter, claiming he insulted party leader Winston Peters. The party's deputy leader, Ron Mark, says Mr Carter muttered "Ahh, shut up Winston" during question time on Wednesday. It wasn't heard at the time, but Mr Mark says it's "as clear as a bell" on the official video recording of question time.

    NZ Newswire