• Michael Bublé's sexist selfie

    Michael Bublé has apologised after being branded a "sexist" by outraged fans. The 'Haven't Met You Yet' hitmaker is currently holidaying in Miami, Florida with his wife Luisana Lopilato but has left some of his supporters fuming after he posted a photograph on his Instagram account of a woman wearing short shorts. Aussie comedian Sam Simmons said he'd like to punch him.

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  • Selena Gomez blasts critics

    Selena Gomez is "happy" with her figure.The 22-year-old singer has hit back at critics for suggesting she has put on weight after pictures emerged of her frolicking on the beach in a skimpy pink bikini near Puerto Vallarta in Mexico earlier this week

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  • 'Sea monster' washes up in Otago

    One of the ocean's more unusual fish - a vertical swimming, self-amputating "sea monster" has washed ashore near Dunedin. The oarfish, about 3m long, was found at Aramoana on Thursday. It was one of the most unusual fish the Department of Conservation's David Agnew had ever seen.

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  • Family wins back seized gold coins that could be worth $80M

    A family was awarded the rights to 10 rare gold coins possibly worth $80 million or more on Friday after a U.S. appeals court overturned a jury verdict. U.S. Department of the Treasury officials insist the $20 Double Eagles were stolen from the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia before the 1933 series was melted down when the country went off the gold standard. Langbord's father, jeweler Israel Switt, had dealings with the Mint in the 1930s and was twice investigated over his coin holdings.

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  • Man killed in Coromandel crash named

    Police have named a man who died in a crash in the Coromandel which also left another man critically injured. Emergency services were called to the two-car crash on State Highway 25 between Woody Hill and Timata Roads shortly before 7am on Thursday, Sergeant Jim Corbett of the Thames-Coromandel strategic traffic unit says. Peter Boyce Hutchings, 65, from Whitianga died at the scene.

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  • Physicians want Dr. Oz gone from Columbia medical faculty

    "Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine," said a letter the 10 physicians sent to a Columbia dean earlier this week. Oz first came to public attention as a frequent television guest of Oprah Winfrey. Oz was not reachable Thursday night at his Columbia office number, which played a recorded message explaining how callers could get tickets to his TV show.

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  • China 'building runway in disputed South China Sea'

    China is rapidly building an airstrip on an artificial island in disputed South China Sea waters, recent satellite pictures show, potentially ramping up tensions with several Southeast Asian neighbours. Fiery Cross in the Spratly Islands was little more than a reef when China began land reclamation works to turn it into an island in late 2014. Now satellite images taken last week by DigitalGlobe and shown on the website of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) show the runway -- estimated at 3.1 kilometres (1.9 miles) in total -- more than one-third complete, it says.

  • NZ dollar surges above RBNZ forecast on TWI basis, may prompt 'jawboning'

    The New Zealand dollar trade-weighted index has soared above the Reserve Bank's projections to a nine-month high but traders and strategists say the bank has few options, other than jawboning, to drive the currency lower in the face of stand-out economic growth. The central bank intervened in currency markets last August but may be loathe to use more reserves in another attempt, given the relative weakness of economies such as Australia's and the Euro region. Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler, who has put monetary policy in neutral with a benchmark rate advantage over most major economies, has repeatedly called the kiwi unsustainably and unjustifiably high.

  • Bella Thorne scared of nipple tassels

    Bella Thorne is scared of nipple tassels. The 17-year-old actress has confessed she was freaked out when she saw girls donning the revealing accessories and little else while she attended the Coachella music festival in Indio, California, last weekend. Speaking at the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection launch in New York, she said: "I've witnessed a lot of freaky things at Coachella, but the scariest thing that I witness every time are the girls with the nipple tassels.

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  • Why the US shouldn't worry about the AIIB

    The China-led Asian Investment Infrastructure Bank (AIIB) is a symbolic institution with no real significance for the global financial system, according to some economists. "We keep hearing that this bank is an unprecedented move by China, we've never seen anything like this before, it represents a dramatic change in governance of the global trade and capital flow regime - that's all nonsense," Michael Pettis, finance professor at Peking University, told CNBC on Thursday. Many experts have said the bank is a threat to America's current dominance within international financial institutions like the World Bank.

  • Prosecutors: NY office worker posed as dentist, pulled teeth

    An office manager was arraigned Thursday on charges she posed as a dentist when the real dentist was away and seriously injured patients after pulling their teeth, performing root canals on them and injecting their mouths, prosecutors said. Valbona Yzeiraj, who said she trained as a dentist in her native Albania but isn't licensed or trained in New York, pleaded not guilty in Bronx Supreme Court to five counts of unauthorized practice of a profession, four counts of assault, three counts of reckless endangerment and one count of attempted grand larceny. One of the patients Yzeiraj treated between late 2012 and the summer of 2013 got an infection after a root canal, and another still feels pain two years after being treated by Yzeiraj, prosecutors said.

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  • This will be Asia's next trillion dollar economy

    Indonesia is on track to become Asia's next trillion dollar economy in two years, according to IHS, joining the ranks of China, Japan, India, Australia and South Korea. "The Indonesian economy has the capacity for robust long-term economic growth of around 5.4 percent per year over the 2016 to 2020 time horizon," said Rajiv Biswas, chief economist, Asia-Pacific at IHS. This will take Southeast Asia's largest economy from its current gross domestic product (GDP) of $870 billion to $1.14 trillion by 2017.

  • Work plan possibly ignored in accident that killed family

    Officials in the Washington city where a concrete slab fell from an overpass and killed a young family in a pickup below say they would've closed the roadway if they had known heavy work was being performed on the structure. John Woodcock, chief engineer for Bonney Lake, told KING-TV (http://is.gd/Clcl28) that the contractor, WHH Nisqually Federal Services, and its subcontractors told the city they would be performing work elsewhere on the site Monday. If crews were going to be cutting or dismantling concrete slabs on the overpass, the city would have insisted on closing the road below, Woodcock said.

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  • Chiefs overwhelm Crusaders in Christchurch

    The Chiefs have delivered the Crusaders their second brutal lesson of the season, winning 26-9 in Christchurch to take top spot in the Super Rugby standings. The Crusaders suffered their fifth loss from nine games and look set to drop lower than their current eighth place. Following their loss to the Highlanders in Christchurch last week, the seven-time champions recorded back-to-back home defeats for the first time since 2004.

  • Aussie job fairs net thousands of recruits

    The government's Australian job fairs have netted nearly 4500 potential recruits and it's looking for many more. Employment Minister Steven Joyce says 101,600 skilled workers will be needed over the next three years. "Though we're rapidly growing our domestic skills base we will need some people from across the Tasman if New Zealand companies are going to be able to maintain their current growth rate," he said on Friday.

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  • Ryan Reynolds' Game of Thrones 'obsession'

    Ryan Reynolds' "obsession" with 'Game of Thrones' affected his marriage. Blake Lively - who has 3-month-old daughter James with husband Ryan - joked the 'Deadpool' star's addiction to the popular television show meant he was struggling during the HBO series' off-air time, leading to "tough points" in the couple's marriage.

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  • Pharmacist sentenced for $150k fraud

    Terence John Osborne, 65, used returned or recycled drugs to fill new scripts, but claimed subsidies as if the scripts were for new drugs. Osborne was sentenced in Auckland District Court on Friday to nine months' home detention for dishonest use of documents. The drugs were dispensed through Osborne's Pharmacy, Airport Pharmacy Ltd, and the now defunct Gulf Harbour Pharmacy Ltd, the Ministry of Health says.

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  • What Your Man's Beard Says About Him

    "Beards are an ego thing - it's a sign of masculinity," explains Craig Meggs, master barber for QT Hotels's The Barber Shop in Sydney and Canberra. Whether he prefers designer stubble or a bush, here's what your man's facial hair says about him.SEXY STUBBLE

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  • House boom over in mining towns

    The end of the mining boom is hitting home in Port Hedland, the West Australian mining town where house prices reached dizzying heights. Prices have already fallen by close to 30 per cent in two years, but with a median even now of $932,500 that makes Sydney look "dirt cheap", Propell National Valuers economist Linda Phillips predicts they will come back a long way. "The lucky ones probably sold out a couple of years ago," Ms Phillips says.

  • How I Stopped Worrying About Money and Learned to Love My Budget

    I remember the first time I was introduced to budgeting. It was similar to the first time I met my husband: significant in hindsight but hardly memorable. I was having a conversation with my best friend’s husband. He was a rare person in my life then