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  • The Duchess And Duke Show Off Their Princess To The World

    Mere hours after giving birth, Kate Middleton stepped out with her brand new baby daughter alongside Prince William. Dressed in a floral yellow and white Jenny Packham dress, a smiling Kate waved at the crowd but declined to comment. After quickly showing the sleeping child to the public, the Royal couple set off to Kensington Palace, where they are expected to stay for at least one night along with their 21-month-old son, before they return to their home, Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

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  • Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods split up

    Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods have decided to call time on their three-year relationship, blaming the pressure of their busy schedules. "After nearly three years together, Tiger and I have mutually decided to end our relationship," Vonn said. Vonn said Woods and "his beautiful family will always hold a special place in my heart".

  • 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.

  • Obama launches foundation to help minority young men

    Acting in the aftermath of Baltimore's unrest, President Barack Obama helped launch a foundation Monday to take up his campaign to help minority young men by improving education, training and job placement in poor communities across the country. Speaking at Lehman College in the Bronx with young men who credited their mentors for overcoming obstacles, Obama praised their success in the face of barriers. "The future will be in good hands as long as we are giving them the love and the support that they need," Obama said.

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  • Five facts on Mayweather's life of greatness and excess

    + Floyd Mayweather, 38, is now unbeaten in all his 48 professional fights and the welterweight and following his triumph over Filipino folk hero Manny Pacquiao has now gone down as one of the greatest fighters in history - admired for his ability to dodge and weave around confused opponents. + Mayweather has an estimated net worth of between $280 million and $300 million and some forecasts say he will pocket up to $200 million following Saturday's Las Vegas clash. The American, whose nickname is 'Money', loves to show off his wealth which includes a Las Vegas mansion, a huge collection of diamond and gold watches, two $40 million private jets and a fleet of supercars.

  • 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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  • Faeces On The Face: What's Hiding In Your Beard

    Pictured: the incorrect method for cleaning your hands. Image via Shuttestock.Batten down the hatches, hipsters: not since allegations of hitting Peak Beard has the follicular-blessed faced such an affront to their way of life.John Golobic, of Quest Diagnostics

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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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  • Freed Nigerian Women Tell Of Horror Kidnapping

    It's been nearly a year since 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by notorious terror group Boko Haram - and while there's still no word on their whereabouts, their plight has been further highlighted by another group of recently freed Nigerian women. Over the weekend, the Nigerian army managed to locate more than 260 hostages in northern Nigeria's Sambisa Forest and drive them to a refugee camp to be fed and treated for injuries. "They didn't allow us to move an inch," said one of the freed women, Asabe Umaru.

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  • Mickey Rourke 'hooked on surgery'

    Mickey Rourke is "hooked on surgery". The actor and retired boxer is reportedly undergoing another set of cosmetic procedures to change his face because he has become obsessive about his appearance and "doesn't like what he sees" when he looks at his reflection. Another source close to Mickey told New York Post newspaper's Page Six column: "He's having bone taken from his hip grafted onto the roof of his mouth so that he can get new teeth implants.

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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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  • Lucy Lawless comes to Salem

    Lucy Lawless talks to us about her terrifying new character on ‘Salem’ and gives us a lesson in the law. “You have to be a little bit tough to watch it and the scenes that are coming up are quite challenging to modern sensibilities,” says Lucy Lawless. Lawless joins season 2 of Salem as Countess Palatine Ingrid von Marburg, a European witch drawn to Salem when local witch queen Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) conducts a ritual that blights the townspeople with the plague.

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  • 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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  • Serial offender Bird faces Origin ban

    Greg Bird is set to become one of the NRL's most suspended players as he faces a ban of up to eight weeks, including the opening two State of Origin games. The NSW enforcer was hit with a grade two dangerous throw charge by the match review committee for his ugly tackle on Kiwi winger Jason Nightingale late in the Kangaroos' Test loss on Sunday. Due in part to a litany of previous offences - totalling 21 weeks suspension from nine charges since his NRL debut in 2002 - the most recent charge carries a six week suspension if Bird takes the early guilty plea.

  • 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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  • Royal name not Diana

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge won't call their new baby girl Diana, a friend has claimed. The new princess was born at 8.34am yesterday (02.05.15) morning and a pal of the royal couple has said they are unlikely to use the baby's name to pay tribute to Prince William's late mother. Elsewhere in the top 10 favourite names, it includes tributes to the little tot's great grandmother, with Elizabeth (8/1) and Diana, which is at odds of 10/1.

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  • Adviser took $1m from elderly and dead

    The elderly clients of a Rotorua financial adviser considered her to be a close friend when she stole almost $1 million from them and their family trusts. On Monday former financial adviser Linnet Bernadine Lewis, 51, pleaded guilty to 15 charges of theft by a person in a special relationship. Lewis had worked for Guardian Trust for seven years before her departure in 2004 prompted several clients to move their trusts, personal investments and expenditure administration into her care.

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  • Assets seized after cannabis find on yacht

    More than half a million dollars worth of boats and residential property have been seized from three people after 25kg of cannabis was found on a 55-foot yacht in the Marlborough Sounds. All three have been remanded in custody on charges of cultivating cannabis, possession of equipment to cultivate cannabis, and possession of cannabis for supply. The younger men have already appeared in Blenheim District Court, while the yacht owner is due to appear before the same court on May 7.

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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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  • How to Get the Most From Your Credit Card

    In fact, credit card ownership is at an all-time low, with 64 percent of those surveyed paying off their balances in full each month, the highest percentage Gallup has recorded. First, the good news: Two out of three credit card holders who ask for a lower interest rate get their request honored. Now the iffy part: Sometimes, a bank may consider this new deal as a request for new credit, which activates a new credit check that can take a toll on your credit score.