• Final minutes of doomed Germanwings flight

    The flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit perfectly normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would soon allegedly inflict on the other 149 people on board flight 4U 9525. There was nothing abnormal," French prosecutor Brice Robin told reporters on Thursday.

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  • Cate Blanchett Shuts Down Interview

    If there’s anything a reporter should know by now, it’s that you don’t mess with Cate Blanchett. Unfortunately it seems Jonathon Hyla from The Project didn’t get the memo. After trying (and failing) to engage Blanchett in idle chit chat (he jokingly asked Blanchett if they could share a beer to break the ice) he was told off by the actress, who joked that one of them had to do their jobs.

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  • Stiff and sore Vettori ready for farewell

    There is no more appropriate way for Daniel Vettori to end his New Zealand career than with a hobble. Spinner Vettori developed back stiffness at the bowling crease during the Black Caps' momentous semi-final win over South Africa in Auckland, but it isn't expected to threaten his availability for Sunday's final in Melbourne. The 36-year-old was able to bat - he was at the other end when Grant Elliott struck his winning six on Tuesday - but is likely to experience some pain while bowling to Australia or India in the decider.

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  • The Latest: A320 pilot describes safeguards against lockout

    A pilot who flew the A320 for six years said the cockpit has safeguards in case one pilot inside becomes incapacitated while the other is outside. Normally, he said, someone trying to get inside the cockpit requests access and a camera feed lets the pilot decide whether to accept or specifically deny access. If, however, the person in the cockpit denies access, the door remains locked, said the pilot.

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  • Saudi strikes Yemen rebels as Iran warns of 'dangerous step'

    Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition bombed Huthi Shiite rebels Thursday in support of Yemen's embattled president, who headed to an Arab summit to garner support as Iran warned the intervention was "dangerous". Powerful explosions rocked Sanaa soon after rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Huthi criticised the intervention as "unjustified" and called for supporters to confront the "criminal oppressive aggression". President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi arrived in Riyadh, with officials saying he was on his way to Egypt to take part in a two-day Arab League summit starting Saturday.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • King Richard descendants visit battlefield before reburial

    King Richard III's closest known relatives set foot Wednesday on Bosworth Battlefield where the 15th-century English monarch was slain, feeling the historic clash come to life on the eve of his reburial. All direct female line descendants of Richard's eldest sister Anne of York, they were given a tour of the battlefield by expert archaeologists, and shown artefacts that helped identify the site. University genealogists linked the four relatives to the skeleton found beneath a car park in Leicester, central England three years ago, and their positive DNA tests confirmed the bones belonged to the last English king to die in battle.

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  • North Korean leader urges 'guerrilla-style' sports tactics

    North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-Un has urged athletes to adopt "guerrila-style" tactics in an effort to boost the nation's underwhelming impact on the global sporting stage. In a letter to a national meeting of sportspeople and officials, Kim, who is known to be an avid sports fan, lamented the fact that North Korea was "trailing behind the world" in sports science and strategy. The message -- couched in militaristic rhetoric -- said sport provided a crucial opportunity to promote North Korea overseas.

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  • 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".

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  • Falkland Islands' fears for Russia-backed invasion

    The U.K. has sent extra military support to one of its overseas colonies at the bottom of the world, the Falkland Islands, amid concerns that it is facing increased risk of attack from Argentina, backed by Russia. Two troop-carrying Chinook helicopters and a new surface-to-air missile system have been sent by the U.K. to the remote islands in the South Atlantic, known as Las Malvinas in Argentina . Read More Russia vs. EU: Where next in propaganda war?

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  • Woman reported kidnapped found safe after mysterious ordeal

    A woman whose boyfriend reported that intruders abducted her from their San Francisco Bay Area home and held her for ransom was found safe Wednesday at her father's Southern California apartment. Denise Huskins' father, Mike Huskins, said his daughter called him around 9:30 a.m. to say she'd been dropped off at her mother's house in Huntington Beach. On Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle received an email from an anonymous person claiming to be holding the 29-year-old woman.

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  • 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.

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  • $43K buys a private jet to college visits

    A private jet company hopes to ease stress for families visiting multiple colleges-if they can shell out $43,500. Magellan Jets will offer 10-hour flight cards for college-bound students starting at $43,500, the company said on Wednesday. Families get private car service and can schedule a chauffeured tour of the campus.

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  • 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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  • Sell your home faster? This can make a difference

    "People make a lot of inferences, correct and incorrect, about houses that have been on the market for a long time," said Stan Humphries, author of "Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate." Namely, that there must be something wrong with the property, and that there's room for negotiation in the price. "In every market, there's this sweet spot," said Humphries, who is also the chief economist at Zillow.com.

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  • Dhoni defends cricketing future

    MS Dhoni has been forced to defend his future in the game as Indian fans took to the streets to protest his side's semi-final exit from cricket's World Cup at the hands of Australia. The 33-year-old was run out for 65 by Glenn Maxwell who picked up the ball at midwicket and produced a beautiful throw that connected despite his having just one stump to aim at. Conversely Dhoni looked disinterested in pushing for the run and didn't even bother to ground his bat.

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  • NZ dollar extends slide against euro, greenback as Yellen speech awaited

    The New Zealand dollar extended its slide against the euro after a stronger-than-expected survey of German business confidence left traders short of the European common currency. The kiwi fell to 69 euro cents at 5pm in Wellington, from 69.87 cents at 5pm yesterday. "The market was caught well short of euros," said Mitchell McIntyre, a dealer at NZ Forex.

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