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    Anna Faris fell for Chris Pratt because of his dead bug collection. The 'Scary Movie' actress has been married to the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' star since 2009 - after they met two years earlier on the set of 'Take Me Home' - and has admitted she first knew she had a connection with the actor when they bonded over their love of insect collecting. James then said: "Wow.

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  • Carter working on goalkicking glitch

    All Blacks veteran Dan Carter says a technical problem has afflicted his goalkicking but he expects a quick fix. Carter hasn't kicked at goal for the Crusaders in their last two games, handing the duties to Colin Slade following a sub-standard return in the loss to the Chiefs on April 17. The highest points-scorer in Test rugby says an issue with his plant foot prompted him to absolve himself of goalkicking duties until it is resolved.

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  • SurveyMonkey CEO died of head trauma in exercise accident

    SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg died of severe head trauma in an exercise accident in the Mexican resort town of Punta Mita, a Mexican state official said Monday. Goldberg, husband of Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, was found lying next to a treadmill on Friday at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita near Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's Pacific coast. The official said he left his room at about 4 p.m. to exercise, and family members went to look for him after he didn't return.

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  • How Duchess Catherine Looked That Good After Giving Birth

    When Duchess Catherine stepped out with her brand new daughter yesterday in London, we could hardly believe our eyes. Clearly the Duchess pulled a few Royal strings before leaving the hospital, even going so far as to sneak her hairdresser in. “Having to look camera ready (for like, all the cameras in the world) a day after giving birth sounds terrifying,” commented

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  • British grandmother prepares for execution in Indonesia

    A British grandmother on death row in Indonesia is writing goodbye letters to her family and believes she could be executed at any time, she wrote in an article. Lindsay Sandiford, 58, said she was expecting to die shortly, after seven foreign drug convicts were executed last week, causing a storm of international protest. Sandiford, originally from Redcar in northeast England, wrote that she planned to sing the cheery popular song "Magic Moments" when facing the firing squad.

  • Mayweather picks off Pacquiao to join greats

    Floyd Mayweather's emphatic win over Manny Pacquiao sealed his status as a boxing great, but triggered an outcry in the Philippines and divided opinion amongst the sports legends. Feinting and dancing his way to a unanimous decision, Mayweather comfortably picked off Pacquiao over 12 rounds to extend his 19-year unbeaten record to 48-0.

  • NFL linebacker's case highlights rise of revenge porn laws

    Amid a national push to punish jilted lovers and others who distribute racy photos, NFL linebacker Jermaine Cunningham will be the most recognizable defendant yet to face "revenge porn" charges when he appears in court Wednesday. The decade-old New Jersey law being used to prosecute Cunningham was the first of its kind in the country, and 16 more states have passed laws since, including 14 in the past two years. At least 10 additional legislatures are considering revenge porn laws.

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  • MP's `dickhead' comment upsets Labour

    A National Party MP's comment that "dickhead bureaucrats" are enforcing stupid rules has upset the Labour Party. Whanganui's Chester Borrows told his local paper, the Whanganui Chronicle, about an incident on a farm where an official saw five farm quad bikes in a shed and five helmets hanging on the wall behind each bike. "Chester Borrows let rip at what he called `dickhead bureaucrats' for their unbending enforcement of health and safety regulations," the Chronicle reported.

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  • Recovery of car linked to missing boy

    A dive squad will enter the surf at Curio Bay in an attempt to recover a car that's been linked to missing Southland boy Mike Zhao-Beckenridge. The 11-year-old has been missing since March 13 when he was picked up from his Invercargill school by his estranged stepfather John Beckenridge, 64, who was in breach of a parenting order. Two weeks later it was confirmed Mr Beckenridge's dark blue Volkswagen Touareg was under water in Curio Bay in the Catlins, east of Invercargill, with signs it was driven off the high cliff at speed.

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  • Key gets legal advice on ponytail-pulling

    Prime Minister John Key has confirmed he's seeking legal advice on the ponytail-pulling incidents. Mr Key is back from Gallipoli and the Middle East to face the music over last month's revelation he repeatedly pulled the ponytail of waitress Amanda Bailey when he visited the Auckland cafe where she works. Ms Bailey, 26, has said she felt humiliated and that Mr Key continued doing it after she told him she didn't like it.

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  • NZ Dollar Outlook: Kiwi may decline amid dairy weakness, greenback strength

    The New Zealand dollar may decline this week amid weaker prices for exported dairy products and as the greenback strengthens. The kiwi may trade between 73.80 US cents and 77 cents this week, according to a BusinessDesk survey of 10 currency advisers. Nine expect the kiwi to fall, one says it will remain largely unchanged and none expect it to increase.

  • Britain's new princess meets royal family members

    The newest member of the royal family, a daughter born to Prince William and his wife Kate, met her grandparents and other family members at the couple's Kensington Palace home in London on Sunday. A statement from Kensington Palace said grandfather Prince Charles, next in line to the throne, and his wife Camilla had visited the newborn. Kate Middleton's parents and sister also travelled to meet the baby.

  • Riviera Casino shutting down after 60 years on Vegas Strip

    The aging Riviera Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip will age no more as of noon. The 2,075-room building and the 26 acres it sits on were sold to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority in February. The publicly funded tourism agency plans to tear down the casino-hotel where Liberace and Frank Sinatra once were headliners and expand the Las Vegas Convention Center to the Strip.

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  • Midwife too slow to save baby's life

    A midwife has been criticised for failing to call an obstetrician to an emergency birth fast enough to save the baby's life. Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill ordered the midwife to apologise to the parents of a baby girl who was stillborn during a late-night emergency birth that breached the health code. In findings released on Monday, Mr Hill detailed how a 34-year-old woman four days overdue with her first child went to hospital in the early stages of labour.

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  • Bruce Jenner sacks Kris

    Bruce Jenner has sacked Kris Jenner as his manager. A source told The Sun newspaper: "Kris is as you see on the show - bossy, nosey and controlling. The decision for Bruce to find a new manager comes just a week after E! announced it had snapped up the show chronicling Bruce's transition, which will be an eight-part series airing this summer.

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  • Man fatally shot by police named

    What Vaughan William John Te Moananui did in the weeks before he was shot by police will be the focus of a thorough police investigation. Mr Te Moananui, 33, died in Thames Hospital on Saturday after being shot by police when he confronted them with a gun. Later that afternoon, police were told Mr Te Moananui was at another house in Thames, and the Armed Offenders Squad was sent to that address.

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  • How To Choose The Right Sunglasses For Your Face Shape

    'What are the trends we should be looking out for this season?Eyewear is looking super bold for the new season with lots of traditional styles finding a new self-expression. Punk is big, with a chaotic energy coming through...lots of smokey grey and black

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  • Americans too fast for Bolt to catch in relay

    Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay powered the Americans to a five-meter advantage through three legs of the highly anticipated race and Ryan Bailey brought the team home in 37.38 seconds. Bolt, who had missed last year's inaugural World Relays, made up ground on Bailey in their anchor leg but could not close the gap as Jamaica, running their 2013 world championship team, finished second in 37.68.

  • Boeing plane error fixed by 'turning it off and on'

    During laboratory testing, the aviation company found that if the plane was not powered down at least once every 248 days, the control units could shut down the power generators. Boeing has suggested that powering down the Dreamliners would eliminate the risk that all the plane’s power generations would shut down at the same time, leading to a possible loss of control and accident. Thankfully, the company revealed the issue - caused by a software error - has only occurred in a testing environment, with none of the 264 active 787 Dreamliners having experienced the effects.

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  • Concern held for missing police dog

    Police are hopeful a missing dog used for tracking people will make his own way out of the Tararua ranges. Three-year-old german shepherd, Thames, became separated from his handler in the Totara Creek - Red Creek area on Mount Holdsworth, west of Masterton, on Sunday afternoon. Thames, who has been in service in 2012, disappeared at the end of a day-long training exercise with Wairarapa search and rescue police staff and volunteers.

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