• The Dress That Sent The Internet Into Meltdown

    The seemingly innocent design sent the internet into complete meltdown as people argued over whether the dress was in fact blue and black or white and gold. "But on the black background some might see it as white." He even speculated, perhaps jokingly, that the white-gold prejudice favors the idea of seeing the dress under strong daylight.

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  • Chan spends precious time with family

    FIRST ON 7: Video has emerged of Andrew Chan sharing tender moments with his family inside Bali's Kerobokan prison. The 31-year-old is one of two Australians on death row in Indonesia for attempting to smuggle drugs from the country in 2005. The pair, dubbed the Bali Nine duo, are waiting for authorities to order their transfer from prison to their place of execution on Nusakambangan island, where the firing squad has been heard training at night.

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  • S. Africa family reunited with child snatched in 1997

    A baby stolen from her sleeping mother's arms shortly after birth has been found by the family through an astonishing coincidence 17 years later, her biological family and South African police said Friday. A 50-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with kidnapping after pupils noticed a remarkable likeness between the 17-year-old and her younger biological sister who started attending the same school this year. DNA tests have confirmed that the older girl is the daughter of Celeste and Morne Nurse, who was snatched from Groote Schuur hospital as a three-day-old baby named Zephany in April 1997, local media reported.

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  • Williamson six gives Kiwis one wicket victory

    Kane Williamson coolly struck a straight six to give New Zealand a one wicket victory over Australia in a dramatic battle between the cricket World Cup hosts at Eden Park on Saturday. Williamson lofted Pat Cummins over the boundary with last man Trent Boult at the wicket to finish on 45 not out in New Zealand's 152 for nine off 23.1 overs. Mitchell Starc scythed through the New Zealand batting after Brendon McCullum had given the home side a flying start with 50 from 24 balls, including seven boundaries and three sixes, to take six for 28 from nine overs.

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  • Islamic State under pressure as Kurds seize Syrian town

    Kurdish forces dealt a blow to Islamic State by capturing an important town on Friday in the latest stage of a powerful offensive in northeast Syria, a Kurdish militia spokesman said. Islamic State has been forced into retreat across parts of the strategic region, a land bridge between territory it controls in Syria and Iraq, even as its fighters have mounted new raids this week on Assyrian Christian villages, abducting more than 200 people. The capture of Tel Hamis was announced by the Kurdish YPG militia and confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the country's civil war.

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  • Obamacare case seen as big threat for hospitals

    For more than a year, hospitals have been enjoying a cash influx from treating newly Obamacare-insured patients. But those same hospitals are now facing the prospect of losing out on billions of dollars of money from those patients because of a major Supreme Court case due to be argued next Wednesday. Among those worried about that possible fallout are the nation's largest for-profit and nonprofit hospital operators. The facilities of both those hospital operators are primarily based in states that will be directly affected the high court's decision in the case called King v. Burwell. Plaintiffs in that case claim that federal financial aid that helps most Obamacare customers in 37 states served by federally run HealthCare.gov pay for their insurance is illegal under the Affordable Care Act.

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  • Jury: Billionaire looted mining firm; trial eyed huge home

    Billionaire Ira Rennert plundered a now-bankrupt mining company to pay for personal luxuries, jurors found Friday after a trial that spotlighted one of the world's biggest private homes. MagCorp's bankruptcy trustee argued the billionaire built the mansion with money improperly milked from the company.

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  • Bill Nighy 'got busted' smuggling Marmite

    Bill Nighy "got busted" trying to sneak Marmite through airport security. The 65-year-old actor, who stars alongside Dame Judi Dench in 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel', has revealed his love of Marmite and Yorkshire Tea, both of which he tried to take with him to India when filming the new movie. "The problem is that I'm addicted to Yorkshire Tea, and for me, nothing else can really hit the spot.

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  • Eight Spanish combatants arrested after returning from Ukraine

    Police arrested eight Spanish men who returned from fighting alongside pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, in what they said was the first operation of its kind in Europe. Officers detained the suspects in six regions across Spain after they returned from predominantly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine, the interior ministry said in a statement. The Spaniards belonged to the far-left and were inspired by the International Brigades, the multinational volunteer forces that fought against Francisco Franco's uprising during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.

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  • Clarke laments Aussie batting woes

    Michael Clarke fears Australia may have spent too much time focusing on power batting instead of sensible batting at training. "Sometimes in T20 cricket and one-day cricket you can get caught up working on the power side of your game," Clarke said. "Because I think you face conditions like that all around the world, not just here in New Zealand," Clarke said.

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  • Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday with million-dollar bash

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday celebrated his 91st birthday with a lavish million dollar bash that was slammed by the opposition as "obscene" in a country wracked by poverty. Thousands of supporters of the ruling ZANU-PF, many wearing party regalia emblazoned with the president's image, sang and danced as he arrived for the jamboree at a luxury hotel in the famed Victoria Falls resort. The party, which comes a week after Mugabe's birthday, was held on the hotel golf course, with white marquees housing the guests.

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  • 6 women accuse hot yoga founder of sex assaults, groping

    A yoga guru who founded a rigorous routine of exercises practiced in steamy rooms around the world is facing lawsuits by six women who claim he sexually assaulted them. The most recent case, filed Feb. 13 in Los Angeles Superior Court, said Bikram Choudhury raped a Canadian woman who had shelled out $10,000 from her college fund for a nine-week class so she could teach the 26-pose technique to others. "Throughout the sexual abuse, defendant Bikram Choudhury offered multiple explanations and justifications for his behavior," the lawsuit said.

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  • Hamm: My big fat divorce check 'got the job done'

    Oil tycoon Harold Hamm told CNBC on Friday his nearly $1 billion check to ex-wife Sue Ann Arnall helped put his divorce "in the rearview mirror." "That became a famous check. Read More Harold Hamm's ex cashes the big check after all "It laid around for a week or so," said Hamm. Mr. Hamm may hope that the 'job is done,' but the Oklahoma Supreme Court, not Mr. Hamm, will determine when this matter is concluded," the attorney said.

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  • Tributes pour in for Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr Spock

    "Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy," said Obama, who recalled meeting the Boston-born Nimoy with the Vulcan salute in 2007. More than a household name, Nimoy was a "lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time," the president added. "I loved Spock," said Obama.

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  • List of dead Kremlin critics grows with Nemtsov murder

    Boris Nemtsov's name was added to the list of Kremlin opponents who have been killed or died in suspicious circumstances in recent years after the slaying of the prominent opposition leader in central Moscow Friday. -- February 27, 2015: leading opposition figure and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov, 55, is gunned down at around 23:15 just metres from the Kremlin, in the very heart of the Russian capital. -- March 23, 2013: former oligarch and fierce foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Boris Berezovsky, 67, is found hanged in a bathroom at his country home in the UK, where he was living in exile.

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  • The dress that broke the Internet

    By some reckonings, Buzzfeed invented "viral," but its deputy news director, Jon Passatino, appeared truly surprised by just how many clicks the dress generated. Neetzan Zimmerman, formerly an editor at another viral content machine, Gawker, and widely considered an expert in virality, tweeted that the dress is a "viral singularity." It appears to have started with a Tumblr post of the photo, headlined "what colors are this dress," and spread from there as those who saw white-and-gold engaged in pitched battles with the blue-and-black camp.

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  • Breakers sweep into ANBL grand final

    New Zealand Breakers skipper Mika Vukona is confident in his team's ability to do the business whether they meet Cairns or defending champions Perth in the Australian NBL grand final series. Cairns hold a 1-0 lead in their semi-final against Perth, who are at home for game two, which tips off on Sunday night. Corey Webster contributed 15 points and Vukona 12, while Tai Wesley came off the bench for 11 points and eight boards.

    NZ Newswire
  • Gas prices soar in California as supply shrinks

    Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest. Average retail gas prices in the state have surged 25 cents a gallon in less than a week, from $2.98 per gallon for regular on Monday to $3.23 per gallon on Friday. In some areas of Southern California, gas station owners were forced to pass price hikes of 24 cents per gallon along to consumers on Thursday after seeing wholesale prices shoot up.

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  • Mazda CX-3 Goes on Sale in Japan

    Mazda CX-3 XD Touring L PackageHiroshima, Japan, Feb 27, 2015 - (JCN Newswire) - Mazda Motor Corporation has launched the all-new Mazda CX-3 compact crossover SUV in Japan. The model goes on sale today at all Mazda, Mazda Anfini and Autozam dealerships nationwide with a manufacturer's suggested retail price ranging from 2,376,000 yen to 3,024,000 yen (tax included). The company expects to sell 3,000 units per month in Japan.

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  • North Korean leader tells army: 'prepare for war'

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has urged his army to prepare for war with the United States and its allies, state media said Saturday, as Pyongyang ramps up the rhetoric ahead of US-South Korea military drills. Kim's comments came after South Korea and the United States Friday conducted a joint naval drill involving 10 South Korean warships and a US Aegis destroyer, ahead of the launch of large-scale military exercises that have enraged the North. "The prevailing situation where a great war for national reunification is at hand requires all the KPA (Korean People's Army) units to become (elite) Guard Units fully prepared for war politically and ideologically, in military technique and materially", he was quoted by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) as saying.

    AFP