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The US flooding crisis keeps worsening in southern states. The water is endangering lives in the Houston area, leaving roadways blocked and drivers stranded.

  • Lena Dunham Strips Down to Her Lingerie

    Lena Dunham's latest Instagram photo aims to empower women. Photo: InstagramLena Dunham's latest saucy Instagram post is a celebration of freedom, according to the Girls star.The 29-year-old star shared a photo of herself wearing a lacy lingerie set,

  • UPDATE: Bob Jones ejected from Air NZ flight as fellow passengers applaud

    Property magnate Bob Jones was ejected from an Air New Zealand flight after refusing to take instructions from cabin crew. Jones kept reading when the staff member sought to deliver him and other passengers a routine safety briefing and became argumentative when asked to stop reading, again refusing to be instructed on emergency procedures. Told he could be moved to another seat if he was unable or unwilling to assist in an emergency, he refused to be moved and asked to be left alone, according to passengers in the same row, who witnessed the incident.

  • Prince Harry meets Princess Charlotte for the first time

    Britain's Prince Harry met Princess Charlotte for the first time on Friday (22.05.15). Prior to introducing himself to his niece, Prince Harry revealed he'd be happy to see the newest member of his family join the armed forces one day.

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  • Razzano serves underarm on match point, and misses

    Virginie Razzano astonished the French Open crowd on Monday when she served underarm on match point, and missed. The French wildcard entry, who had dropped the first set to Paraguayan qualifier Veronica Cepede Royg in the first round match, missed her first serve on match point at 5-2. "I wasn't feeling that great today" said the 32-year-old veteran, who is ranked 182 in the world and whose best Roland Garros performance was reaching the fourth round in 2009 and who also stunned Serena Williams in 2012.

  • Sister saves brother from kidnap attempt

    A five-year-old boy was almost abducted at his Hastings school when a man grabbed him by the hand and started leading him down the road. Police are investigating the attempted abduction which took place just before 9am on Tuesday outside St Matthew's Primary School.

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  • Cost of SuperGold Card scheme questioned

    A big increase in the cost of running the SuperGold Card scheme is raising questions about whether it's fair. Finance Minister Bill English says it's costing more to run because more people over 65 are using the card.

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  • Saudi executes 88th person this year, topping 2014 total

    Saudi Arabia on Tuesday carried out its 88th execution so far this year, surpassing the total for all of 2014 despite activists' concerns that trials are not conducted fairly. It accelerated this year under his successor King Salman, in what Amnesty has called an unprecedented "macabre spike".

  • Campbell Live to finish on Friday

    John Campbell will be signing off for good from his eponymous current affairs show on Friday, TV3 has announced. Mediaworks head of news Mark Jennings said on Monday the station would broadcast a special finale for Campbell Live to "see John off in style". Campbell, who's been at TV3 since 1991, had been offered a three-year contract with a co-hosting position on the replacement show for the first year, but turned it down.

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  • Businesses quietly switch to dollar in socialist Venezuela

    It's still possible to buy a gleaming Ford truck in Venezuela, rent a chic apartment in Caracas, and snag an American Airlines flight to Miami. Businesses and individuals are turning to dollars even as the anti-American rhetoric of the socialist administration grows more strident. The latest sign of an emerging dual-currency system came earlier this month when Ford Motor Co. union officials announced the company had reached a deal with officials to sell trucks and sports utility vehicles in dollars only.

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  • New plane engines close in on delivery

    If there's one key selling point that aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing have both been using in marketing their new aircraft, it is fuel efficiency. It is in fact largely down to French company Safran and GE, whose joint venture CFM International is making the LEAP motors that will power most of the next generation of the planes which will be the future workhorses of airlines. The promise of 15 to 20 per cent fuel savings moved closer as LEAP engines made their first flight tests that are a key step for the Airbus320neo to enter service next year and Boeing's B737 MAX in 2017 as planned.

  • The Extravagant Life of Kimye: Diamonds, Private Jets and Multi-Million Dollar Homes

    The year that has followed the lavish wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West was just as – if not more – extravagant than the wedding itself. Over the past twelve months, Kimye have renovated their $11 million Bel Air home and purchased another Hidden Hills property for a cool $21 million.

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  • Row over Maori reps on council continues

    Months of inflamed passions over Maori representation on Rotorua's local council may have not subsided following a council compromise. Rotorua Lakes Council voted 8-5 on Tuesday to give local iwi Te Arawa two places on each of its strategy policy & finance and operations monitoring committees, but stripped those committees of their power to make decisions binding on the full council. Now they will only be able to make recommendations to the council, which will have veto rights over Te Arawa's committee nominations.

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  • Danish radio station kills baby rabbit with bicycle pump

    A Danish radio station killed a baby rabbit with a bicycle pump live on air, prompting a storm of criticism Tuesday despite claims it had simply wanted to highlight cruelty in farming. "We didn't do it for the sake of entertainment," talk radio station Radio24syv wrote on Twitter. The broadcaster said radio host Asger Juhl on Monday killed baby rabbit Allan with repeated blows to the head to highlight "hypocrisy" in Danes' attitudes towards animal welfare.

  • Yasmin Le Bon's 'running battle' with depression

    Yasmin Le Bon is fighting a "running battle" with depression. It's a running battle every day and I've worked very hard at it. The brunette beauty - who is married to Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon - has grown to love her "melancholy" nature.

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  • Older Kiwis get more satisfaction

    Older Kiwis may have more wrinkles than their younger counterparts, but they're also a lot more satisfied with their lot, a study shows. The Statistics New Zealand survey released on Tuesday has found 83 per cent of Kiwis were highly satisfied with their lives last year, while 87 per cent rated their sense of purpose highly. "It's a complex picture, but without a doubt most New Zealanders say they're doing pretty well, have enough money, have good health, and see family and friends," Statistics NZ's Phillip Walker said.

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  • The World Is Running Out Of Prosecco

    This tragic news comes direct from USA Today, who report that a combination of a bad harvest (brought on by too much rainfall last season in Prosecco production areas in Italy) and soaring demand have caused a dearth of everyone’s favourite Italian brunchtime bubbly. Prosecco sales are up 27% according to news site Italy24.

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  • Labour clarifies pension position

    Labour leader Andrew Little has ruled out making changes to the state pension.Mr Little has found himself in hot water over the issue after he said on Friday that it wasn't fair for people to continue working after 65 and still get the pension.He later

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  • Grant faces misconduct hearing

    Silver Ferns defender Katrina Grant faces disciplinary action for alleged misconduct 10 days after her Central Pulse team drew 55-55 with Southern Steel. A Trans Tasman Netball League statement said the Pulse skipper had been referred to the ANZ Championship's disciplinary officer following the round 12 match in Palmerston North. Post-match television footage showed Grant speaking heatedly with match referee Jono Bredin.

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  • Jason Statham likes to 'get drunk'

    Jason Statham likes to "get drunk" with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.The 'Spy' star, who has been in a relationship with the 28-year-old actress for five years, says they enjoy letting their hair down at Los Angeles home when they aren't busy working.Asked

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  • North Korea leader hails 'miracle' missile test

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has hailed the recent test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) -- which was viewed with wary scepticism outside the reclusive state -- as a miraculous leap forward. A fully developed SLBM capability would take the North Korean nuclear threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula and the potential to retaliate in the event of a nuclear attack. Although the North clearly is set on developing a working SLBM, the expert consensus was that it remains years from acquiring such a capability.