• Co-pilot hid sick note for crash day

    Searches of Andreas Lubitz's homes had netted “medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment”, including “torn-up and current sick leave notices, among them one covering the day of the crash”, they said totay. Officers had on Thursday combed through a flat Andreas Lubitz kept in Duesseldorf as well as the house where he lived with his parents in the small western town of Montabaur. At a press conference last night, French prosecutor Brice Robin said co-pilot Lubitz 28, was alone in the cockpit and had locked out the pilot.

    AFP
  • Venezuela sends letter of protest to US

    Venezuela said Friday it has sent a letter of protest to the United States over Washington's new sanctions on officials accused of an opposition crackdown. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said Venezuela had sent an "emphatic note of protest" against President Barack Obama's March 9 executive order, which imposed an asset freeze and US travel ban on seven senior Venezuelan officials. Obama's order declared Venezuela a "threat to the national security of the United States" -- language that US officials said was a formality for imposing sanctions, but to which Venezuela has strongly objected.

    AFP
  • 'Ex-friend' whose recording led to Clippers sale to testify

    Before V. Stiviano's recordings toppled Donald Sterling from ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, she boasted she would be the next Mrs. Sterling. "She defrauded him and I feel that she is not entitled to any of these gifts or whatever they call them," Shelly Sterling testified. Stiviano, 32, will have her own chance to testify Thursday in the nonjury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court as to why she should keep gifts that included a duplex, Ferrari, jewelry and designer clothes.

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  • New Zealand teen has 10 million fans

    One New Zealand girl has amassed 10 million followers on Facebook just by being herself. Ms Curry's online video blog began as just a bit of fun with her friends but it has gained a massive global fanbase. "My friends wanted me to make videos for them and post them on the internet just for them, so I made a Facebook page just for that and then other people caught on to it," Ms Curry tells NZ Newswire.

    NZ Newswire
  • The Latest: Friend of 2 crash dead feels 'impotence, rage'

    The chief executive of Lufthansa says he is "stunned" by a French prosecutor's conclusion that the co-pilot of a Germanwings plane intentionally caused Tuesday's crash which killed 150 people. Germanwings is Lufthansa's budget-price subsidiary. Germany's top security official says that there are "no indications of any kind of terrorist background" to the Germanwings crash, which a French prosecutor has blamed on the German co-pilot.

    Associated Press
  • Don't count on the 4% rule for retirement

    Perhaps you have even managed to sock away a decent retirement nest egg. Those with financial advisors may have the benefit of expert advice, but even with that, there are no longer any set rules of thumb for how to draw down savings-many advisors caution that the so-called 4 percent rule won't suffice-and at what pace. "It's obvious [a lot of] people are not getting advice if they are doing what they are doing" with their retirement savings, said Robbie Hiltonsmith, a senior policy analyst at Demos.

    CNBC
  • Kate Upton's Ego is Harming Her Career

    Photo: Kate Upton could be described as the greatest modeling success post 2011. After a video of her dancing at a basketball game went viral,she has graced the pages of some of the biggest publications in Hollywood, including Sports Illustrated, GQ and Vogue.

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  • Lundy's brother-in-law did it: defence

    Mark Lundy's defence counsel has implicated his brother-in-law for the murder of Lundy's wife and daughter. Lundy, 56, has pleaded not guilty to bludgeoning to death his wife Christine, 38, and the couple's seven-year-old daughter Amber in the family's Palmerston North home in 2000. David Hislop QC on Friday on Friday finished his closing statement at Lundy's High Court retrial in Wellington, saying the Crown's case shows the only safe verdict is to find Lundy not guilty of murdering his wife and daughter.

    NZ Newswire
  • Ambrose: Why I walked from V8s

    It was the decision that left V8 Supercars fans cold and stunned the racing grid. Marcos Ambrose, once the undisputed king of the category, was leaving the sport just two races into his long-awaited return. With the support of one of the world's racing titans, Roger Penske, and legendary touring car driver Dick Johnson, Ambrose occupied a privileged position.

    AAP
  • Here's how pilots lock down cockpits

    Video has resurfaced showing the reinforced cockpit doors that regulators mandated Airbus to install following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. An Airbus spokesman confirmed to The New York Times on Thursday that the company had produced the

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  • The Bachelor NZ’s Lisa O’Loughlin: “It gets a little bit heated”

    The day after her onscreen elimination, Lisa O’Loughlin is ready to jump into the dating scene. Lisa, who was chosen by More FM listeners as the ‘Wild Card’ entry on The Bachelor NZ, says she applied for the show after she and her friends thought it would be a laugh to see someone they knew on the first Kiwi version of the international The Bachelor franchise. Setting a show like The Bachelor in a small country like New Zealand means it is entirely likely that you know someone who knows someone who knows one of the bachelorettes and Lisa thinks this chainlink community of viewers makes the show exponentially more fun to watch.

    Yahoo Entertainment
  • Baddeley's crazy birdie at Texas Open

    It's been dubbed the craziest birdie in golf history but Aaron Baddeley isn't complaining. Baddeley is outright second in the Texas Open, behind Charley Hoffman, and the talk of the golf world thanks to his bizarre mix of dreadful and sublime on the par-4 17th hole at TPC San Antonio. After checking it out, Baddeley took an unplayable lie penalty and went back to the tee.

    AP
  • Helena McAlpine: My pain and My fears

    Terminally-ill Helena McAlpine has opened up about her worries for her family when she dies – and hopes her husband of just three months will eventually find happiness with a new wife. Mum of Shannon, 14, and new wife of banker husband Chris Barton, 36, is not afraid of speak of the inevitable.

    New Idea
  • Superhighway from Europe to the US planned

    According to a report in The Siberian Times, Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin has proposed a very ambitious plan for a massive trans-Siberian highway that would link his country's eastern border with the U.S. state of Alaska, crossing a narrow stretch of the Bering Sea that separates Asia and North America. Dubbed the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development (TEPR), the project calls for a major roadway to be constructed alongside the existing Trans-Siberian Railway, stretching about 20,000 kilometres. Oil and gas pipes would run alongside the highway, and plans have been mooted already for a rail tunnel connecting the far flung Russian region of Chukotka - where football tycoon Roman Abramovich once served as governor - and Alaska.

    Total Travel
  • Battling homeowners sell up as prices rise

    Soaring property prices are prompting struggling mortgage holders to sell up rather than face financial strife, ratings agency Moody's says. As house prices rose 7.6 per cent nationally in 2014, mortgage delinquency rates fell to their lowest level in eight years, a Moody's report shows. "A borrower in stress has a better option to cure those delinquencies if they choose to sell the property," Moody's assistant vice president Alena Chen said on Thursday.

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  • Investors warned of housing bubble risks

    Property investors are being warned to tread carefully amid fears that overinflated house prices could drop in some areas, leaving them high and dry. The Reserve Bank on Wednesday fired warning shots about the continued strength of investor activity, which has driven property prices to record highs, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. It fears the run-up in property prices could rewind sharply later on with damaging consequences for all households - a sentiment echoed by economists and industry experts.

    AAP
  • Grandma Cissy prays for Bobbi Kristina but 'not a great deal of hope'

    Cissy Houston, the grandmother of Bobbi Kristina Brown, who was found unresponsive in a bathtub in January, is praying for her recovery but she admitted there was little hope. In an interview with WBLS radio in New York City, Houston, 81, said her granddaughter, the only child of the late pop star Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, had been transferred to a rehabilitative center and her condition remained "the same".

    Reuters
  • No murder charge for woman accused of cutting baby from womb

    A Colorado woman accused of luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly will not be charged with murder, prosecutors said Thursday night. Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, said prosecutors won't bring the charge in the baby's death. Investigators say Lane lured Michelle Wilkins, 26, to her Longmont home March 18 with an ad on Craigslist offering baby clothes.

    AP
  • Authorities go after crooked car deals in national crackdown

    A nationwide crackdown on auto dealers has turned up widespread evidence of false ads, deceptive loans and fake odometer readings, the government said Thursday. Last year, the agency announced 10 cases of deceptive advertising and loans. Officials say the more recent investigation in U.S. and Canada involved the Justice Department and state prosecutors.

    Associated Press
  • Hurricanes safe on top as Super shake-up looms

    The Wellington Hurricanes are poised to open up a huge lead in the Super 15 competition this weekend, despite resting a galaxy of stars when they tackle the struggling Melbourne Rebels. The 'Canes, already two points clear of the non-playing Brumbies and six ahead of the Western Stormers, have made six changes for Friday which include giving All Blacks Beauden Barrett, Julian Savea and Ben Franks a break while hooker Dane Coles is injured.

    AFP