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  • Demi Lovato reveals mental illness struggles

    Demi Lovato thinks it's "okay to have a mental illness". The 22-year-old singer has been dealing with bipolar disorder for several years and has, therefore, launched her own campaign aimed at tackling the negative stigma against mental illness.

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  • Cramer: Don't write off Costco, here's why

    Despite the fact that Costco Wholesale delivered mixed quarterly results on Wednesday, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Thursday investors should not give up on the stock. "This is a snap judgment by the market," Cramer said on " Squawk on the Street ," referring to the stock being lower in early morning trading. Still, Cramer added that membership income came in line with most Wall Street estimates at $584 million.

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  • Latham and Ronchi lead New Zealand recovery

    Tom Latham and Luke Ronchi lifted a New Zealand side bristling with attacking intent to 297 for eight at the close on a rain-disrupted first day of the second test against England at Headingley on Friday. Latham made 84 and Ronchi a sublime 88 on his debut, the pair sharing a sixth-wicket partnership of 120 to help their side recover from a dire start after losing the toss. England's James Anderson had Martin Guptill caught at slip by Ian Bell for nought in the third over to claim his 400th test wicket.

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  • Christian beheads jihadist in Syria revenge killing: monitor

    A Syrian Christian fighter has beheaded an Islamic State group (IS) militant to avenge people "executed" by the jihadists in northeastern Syria, a monitor said on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the incident took place on Thursday in Hasakeh province, where IS holds large areas of the countryside. According to the monitor, the Christian fighter, a member of the minority Assyrian community, found the jihadist in the local village of Tal Shamiram.

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  • Rebates drive grass removal frenzy during California drought

    In Southern California in particular, things are poised to get even better for an industry that was battered by the recession and slow to recover. This week, the board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to replenish its turf removal and other water conservation programs with $350 million to meet booming demand. "Where rebates exist, interest is high," said Sandra Giarde, executive director of the 2,000-member California Landscape Contractors Association.

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  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner divorcing

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are getting divorced. A source said: "Jen has actually been preparing herself emotionally for this divorce for some time. The couple, whose 10-year anniversary is coming up on 29 June, haven't been seen together in public for a month, and Ben, 42, has been spotted without his wedding ring in Canada while Jennifer celebrated her 43rd birthday on 17 April without him, but with her friends who think the 'Gone Girl' star is a "horrible fit".

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  • Carter fires Crusaders to win

    All Blacks pivot Dan Carter's return to five-eighth fired the Crusaders to a 35-18 win over Super Rugby leaders the Hurricanes in Nelson. Both teams struggled to win their own lineouts in the opening half-hour, but the Crusaders proved more punishing.

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  • Lena Dunham: Everyone on Girls has seen my vagina

    Lena Dunham's vagina has been seen by "everyone" who works on 'Girls'. The 29-year-old creator, writer and star of the HBO series has revealed she's scrapped wearing nude patches while filming sex scenes for her hit TV show, meaning her private parts have been exposed to those people who work on the set. Lena said wearing the patch was uncomfortable and so she decided to film her sex scenes without one.

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  • Scrap dealer loses battle over stolen cars

    Six years after he was first charged, a disgraced Auckland doctor-turned scrap metal dealer has failed in the country's highest court to get convictions for receiving stolen cars overturned. The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed the appeal of Rhys Cullen, who had been fighting the 15 convictions saying he never knew the cars were stolen. Cullen, who once made headlines as the Papakura GP struck off for prescribing large amounts of cold medicine used to make P, was the sole director of scrap yard Tamaki Metals.

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  • Curtain closes on Campbell Live

    The curtain has closed on Campbell Live after more than a decade on air. Hilary Barry and Mike McRoberts each planted "a sloppy kiss" on behalf of the public on John Campbell ahead of the final show on Friday. Mike McRoberts described him as an "extraordinary" man.

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  • Bobby Brown will 'never' take Bobbi Kristina Brown off life support

    Bobby Brown has denied rumours that he's going to take Bobbi Kristina Brown off of life support. The 46-year-old musician has been rumoured to be removing his 22-year-old daughter - who he fathered with his late ex-wife Whitney Houston - from the machine, four months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her home in Georgia on 31 January. A source close to the Brown family said: "It's background noise.

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  • Michael Jackson's Neverland to go 'on sale for $100 million'

    The sprawling California property that was once the location of the 'king of pop' Michael Jackson's mind-boggling amusement park is going on sale for $100 million, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The late star built up his Neverland Ranch on 2,700 acres outside Santa Barbara to include zoo animals, numerous amusement rides and lavish gardens. Now called the Sycamore Valley Ranch, the Wall Street Journal reports that an investment firm renovated the property and several real estate agents are looking for a buyer at the cool-listing price of $100 million.

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  • Dollar could be getting ready to roar

    With a potential Fed rate hike as a tailwind, the dollar rally looks set to resume and it could be powerful. Since last week, the dollar index has gained more than 2 percent. "I think the markets are rushing to get long dollars again, and I think the FX market is running ahead of rates again," said Vassili Serebriakov, BNP Paribas currency strategist.

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  • Top secret airport lounges for the elite

    Access to a business for first class lounge during our travels is a treat for most of us but is it any different for the the rich and famous customers of commercial airlines? Well Air New Zealand offers an invite-only service that is definitely a step up from the Koru lounge. Subtley named Elite Priority One, invitations can only be issued by Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon and his top executives and details of the lounge locations are top secret.

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  • Tributes paid to Campbell Live

    NEW ZEALANDERS PAY TRIBUTE TO CAMPBELL LIVE ON TWITTER:Tamati Coffey: "It's an absolute travesty that @CampbellLiveNZ is being taken off air. It's been my go to for quality journalism with heart. NZ's loss."Martyn Bradbury: "We are a lesser country for

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  • Paloma Faith regrets not having casual sex

    Speaking to Britain's Cosmopolitan magazine, Paloma said: "I've never had a one night stand and I've always had this romantic idea that love conquers all. Now I'm aware I have sexual needs and I don't think there's anything wrong with it.

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  • U.S. hopes Chinese island-building will spur Asian response

    By releasing video of Beijing’s island reclamation work and considering more assertive maritime actions, the United States is signalling a tougher stance over the South China Sea and trying to spur Asian partners to more action. The release last week of the surveillance plane footage - showing dredgers and other ships busily turning remote outcrops into islands with runways and harbours - helps ensure the issue will dominate an Asian security forum starting on Friday attended by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter as well as senior Chinese military officials. As it pushes ahead with a military “pivot” to Asia partly aimed at countering China, Washington wants Southeast Asian nations to take a more united stance against China's rapid acceleration this year of construction on disputed reefs.

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  • Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart loses control of family trust

    Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart was Thursday ordered by a court to relinquish control of a multi-billion dollar family trust to her eldest daughter, culminating a long and bitter feud. The New South Wales Supreme Court appointed Bianca Rinehart as head of the trust, reportedly worth Aus$4.0-5.0 billion (US$3.1-3.8 billion), which was established by her grandfather, the late mining magnate Lang Hancock. It ordered Gina Rinehart to deliver the trust documents and accounts to her daughter.

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  • The Duchess of Cambridge Is Only Getting Four Weeks Maternity Leave

    The Queen reportedly wants the Duchess of Cambridge to get back to work, only weeks after welcoming her daughter Princess Charlotte. According to OK! Magazine, the monarch thinks one month "is more than enough time for Kate to take off” and she wants her granddaughter-in-law to be front and centre for the monarch's birthday parade on June 13th. Kate will be on show for it, dressed up in a smart outfit, with the eyes of the world on her,” the magazine quotes a source close to the royals as saying.

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  • No sex assault charges for women in massage parlor sting

    Honolulu's top prosecutor is dismissing cases against 16 women arrested in a massage parlor prostitution sting after the sex assault charges they faced drew criticism. The women were arrested this month during an operation involving Honolulu police and federal authorities. "Although the conduct might have constituted a technical violation of the law, proof beyond a reasonable doubt could not be established," Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro said in a statement Wednesday.

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