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Black Caps v Australia

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  • Gallen calls for independent NRL doctors

    NSW captain Paul Gallen has thrown his weight behind calls for the NRL to introduce independent doctors at matches to assess player concussions. Gallen declared on Sunday there was too much inconsistency in decision-making on whether players should leave the field for concussion checks. Gallen had no doubt their needed to be an independent assessor at each match to decided which players should undergo concussion checks.

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  • 'Co-pilot's personality not the only lead'

    Andreas Lubitz father told the mayor of Prads-Haute-Bléone, a town located close to the crash site, that he carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. Mayor Bernard Bartolini, who met the father at a local vigil held for victims, told French media that the father was a broken man. Meanwhile, investigators say the personality is a "serious lead" in the inquiry but not the only one.

    AFP
  • Ryan Phillippe's daughter embarrassed

    Ryan Phillippe's daughter gets embarrassed when people think he is her brother. The 40-year-old actor - who has 15-year-old Ava with his former spouse Reese Witherspoon - has admitted he regularly gets mistaken for being much younger than he is. Meanwhile, Ryan - who also has Deacon, 10, from his marriage to the 'Wild' star and two-year-old daughter Kai with former girlfriend Alexis Knapp - previously admitted he felt as though his "greatest achievement" was becoming a father.

    Bang Showbiz
  • French pilots suing over leaks in German jet crash probe

    France's leading pilots union said Friday it is filing a lawsuit over leaks about the investigation into the crash of a German jet into the French Alps. After leaks in the media about the crash, a prosecutor announced that cockpit recordings indicate the co-pilot of the Germanwings A320 jet intentionally flew the plane into a mountain. Guillaume Schmid of France's SNPL union told The Associated Press on Friday that the lawsuit is over violating a French law on keeping information about investigations secret while they are ongoing.

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  • How ex-Googlers are building the computing future

    Part of the massive success of Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) is owed to the fact that their engineers built technology that can process quantities of data that no machines could previously handle. And now, with data exploding across every business at a pace that far exceeds the advancements in legacy servers, storage and routers, companies are demanding the types of technology that the computer whizzes at Google, Facebook and Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) built for internal consumption over the past decade. For example, when Bipul Sinha, a venture capitalist, wanted to start a company that would develop systems for modern-day data backup, he naturally looked at the Silicon Valley Web giants housed in Mountain View and Menlo Park, California, for prospective employees.

    CNBC
  • Rome pensioner given $16 mn Picasso 'for act of kindness'

    Italian police are trying to establish the true owner of a Picasso painting worth 15 million euros ($16 million) after confiscating it from a pensioner who says he was given it for free. The Rome resident, a former frame-maker, told detectives he received the work in 1978 as a thank you gift for an act of kindness towards a recently bereaved customer. Two days later, the elderly customer returned to the workshop and presented him with the Picasso, without giving any indication of its value or artistic significance.

    AFP
  • How oil is preparing for a new world order

    A new oil order has arrived and it will be marked by greater uncertainty and generally lower oil prices as the oil industry frantically re-prices as costs decline and gains in efficiency are made, strategists say. And amid heightened uncertainty, oil prices can swing sharply in either direction as developments this week have shown with a crisis in Yemen triggering a spike in crude.

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  • Crowe in McCullum's thoughts before final

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has paid a touching tribute to ailing former skipper Martin Crowe on the eve of the World Cup final. The former batting great, who is terminally ill with a rare blood disease, will be on at hand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday to watch the Black Caps play Australia. "My precarious life ahead may not afford me the luxury of many more games to watch and enjoy," Crowe wrote on the ESPNcricinfo website.

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  • Boko Haram fighters told to 'kill wives' as troops take its 'HQ'

    Nigeria's military on Friday announced that troops had retaken the town of Gwoza from Boko Haram, from which the group declared their caliphate last year. Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told a news conference in the capital, Abuja, that the recapture came after "concerted and well-coordinated land and air operations". "A lot of arms and ammunition have been recovered and the administrative headquarters (of Boko Haram) completely destroyed," he said.

    AFP
  • Deaths of hospital CEO and wife in fire ruled murder-suicide

    A hospital executive who spent decades as an important figure in New Jersey politics and policy killed his wife, set their house ablaze, then killed himself, a prosecutor ruled Friday, finally giving an explanation six months later of the mysterious deaths. The four grown sons of John and Joyce Sheridan released a statement expressing doubt about the findings released by Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano. The sons, including Mark Sheridan, a prominent Republican election law lawyer, said they would be suing under a New Jersey statute that allows next of kin to challenge findings on death certificates.

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  • Duchess of Cambridge makes final public appearances before giving birth

    Britain's Duchess of Cambridge is making her final public appearances today (27.03.15) before giving birth. The 33-year-old royal has travelled with her husband the Duke of Cambridge to south London, where her final three engagements are planned to take place. The Duchess - who was known as Kate Middleton prior to her marriage to Prince William in 2011 - visited the Stephen Lawrence Centre in south London, where she was introduced to Doreen Lawrence, whose son was murdered in a racist attack in 1993.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Baddeley's crazy birdie at Texas Open

    It's been dubbed the craziest birdie in golf history but Aaron Baddeley isn't complaining. Baddeley is outright second in the Texas Open, behind Charley Hoffman, and the talk of the golf world thanks to his bizarre mix of dreadful and sublime on the par-4 17th hole at TPC San Antonio. After checking it out, Baddeley took an unplayable lie penalty and went back to the tee.

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  • JetBlue pilot who yelled during flight sues airline for $16M

    A JetBlue Airways pilot who scared passengers by yelling about Jesus and al-Qaida during a 2012 trip from New York to Las Vegas sued the airline for more than $16 million Friday, saying it jeopardized the flight by failing to recognize he was ill. Clayton Osbon's lawsuit in Manhattan federal court was filed exactly three years after his March 27, 2012, flight, hours before the statute of limitations would have expired. The lawsuit said Osbon, 52, was a flight standards captain who primarily flew Airbus planes and helped JetBlue develop and maintain safety procedures before he suffered a seizure traced to the effects of a childhood traumatic head injury that damaged his brain.

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  • About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

    The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Many are migrant workers abandoned by their boat captains after the government passed a moratorium on foreign fishing five months ago, according to the International Organization for Migration, which released the figure Friday.

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  • Zayn Malik has 'misled' people around him

    People around Zayn Malik feel "misled". On Wednesday (25.03.15), the 22-year-old singer announced he was quitting One Direction for good, saying he wanted "to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight", but was spotted heading into a recording studio yesterday, leading people around the star to feel confused about his real reasons for leaving the band. Since quitting the group, Zayn has given an extensive interview to The Sun newspaper, prompting speculation he may have had other reasons for leaving the band than those he's suggested.

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  • Stephen King gets no apology from Maine governor

    Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he doesn't owe Stephen King an apology. The governor responded to a question about the spat during a public discussion by saying he never stated King moved to Florida to dodge income taxes.

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  • Japan whaling ships return home from Antarctic with no catch

    Japanese whaling ships returned home from the Antarctic on Saturday for the first time in nearly 30 years with no catch onboard, after a UN court ordered an end to their annual hunt, local media reported. It was the first return by Japanese whalers without catching any whales since 1987 when the country began the annual "research" hunt in the Antarctic, the Asahi Shimbun said. Tokyo had said this season's excursion would not involve any lethal hunting.

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  • Authorities: Woman who posed as lawyer almost became partner

    A woman used forged documents to pretend to be a lawyer for a decade and was in line to be named partner when her fraud was discovered late last year, according to charges filed by the state attorney general's office. Kimberly Kitchen, 45, of James Creek, was charged Thursday with forgery and unauthorized practice of law. State prosecutors contend Kitchen fooled BMZ Law by forging a law license, bar exam results, an email showing she attended Duquesne University law school and a check for a state attorney registration fee.

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  • NZ take first step to defending Hong Kong sevens title

    Defending champions New Zealand strode past Scotland as the Hong Kong Sevens kicked off on Friday evening, with competition fierce for an Olympic place. The All Blacks took a 26-7 victory in front of a packed Hong Kong Stadium in their first match of the three-day tournament. New Zealand currently lie second in the Sevens World Series standings behind South Africa, who trounced Argentina 24-0 in their first game.

    AFP
  • Putin's mystery military award points to Ukraine involvement

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded several military units a hugely prestigious title that was given to troops for heroism during WWII, sparking new questions about the Kremlin's involvement in Ukraine. Putin this week bestowed the honorary "guards" title on two air assault brigades and a communications regiment, with the award being seen by some analysts as a tacit acknowledgement that Russian troops have been fighting in east Ukraine. The defence ministry in Moscow says that the honorary title is not given to military units "in times of peace".

    AFP