• Co-pilot hid sick note for crash day

    Searches of Andreas Lubitz's homes had netted “medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment”, including “torn-up and current sick leave notices, among them one covering the day of the crash”, they said totay. Officers had on Thursday combed through a flat Andreas Lubitz kept in Duesseldorf as well as the house where he lived with his parents in the small western town of Montabaur. At a press conference last night, French prosecutor Brice Robin said co-pilot Lubitz 28, was alone in the cockpit and had locked out the pilot.

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  • Beijing pledges free internet, optimum use of 2008 venues

    Beijing's Olympic experience and infrastructure are key in delivering a successful 2022 winter Games, senior bid official Wu Jingmi said on Friday, pledging also free internet during the event. The bid's Deputy Secretary General told Reuters that the use of the venues from the 2008 summer Games fit with the International Olympic Committee's Agenda 2020 reforms of keeping costs low and using more existing or temporary venues. Beijing, along with the nearby city of Zhangjiakou are jointly bidding for the Games to return to China.

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  • Sinitta: Simon Cowell is 'sad' about Zayn quitting

    Simon Cowell is "really sad" about Zayn Malik quitting One Direction. According to his ex-girlfriend Sinitta, the music mogul is "really proud" of the 22-year-old singer - who quit the band for good yesterday (25.03.15), just days after leaving their world tour with stress - for managing to "stay this long" in the group but feels upset about his decision. Sinitta - who regularly appears on talent show 'The X Factor', on which the band were put together by Simon - said: "Simon just said that he's really proud.

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  • New Zealand teen has 10 million fans

    One New Zealand girl has amassed 10 million followers on Facebook just by being herself. Ms Curry's online video blog began as just a bit of fun with her friends but it has gained a massive global fanbase. "My friends wanted me to make videos for them and post them on the internet just for them, so I made a Facebook page just for that and then other people caught on to it," Ms Curry tells NZ Newswire.

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  • Don't count on the 4% rule for retirement

    Perhaps you have even managed to sock away a decent retirement nest egg. Those with financial advisors may have the benefit of expert advice, but even with that, there are no longer any set rules of thumb for how to draw down savings-many advisors caution that the so-called 4 percent rule won't suffice-and at what pace. "It's obvious [a lot of] people are not getting advice if they are doing what they are doing" with their retirement savings, said Robbie Hiltonsmith, a senior policy analyst at Demos.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

    Total Travel
  • Recording: Woman, ex-Clippers owner discussed hiding gifts

    The woman whose recording of Donald Sterling cost him the Los Angeles Clippers was forced Thursday to answer questions about recordings in which she and the billionaire discussed how to hide a house he bought her. Several of the 500 recordings V. Stiviano made during a nearly four-year relationship with Sterling were played in Los Angeles Superior Court in his wife's lawsuit to reclaim millions of dollars he lavished on the younger woman. Donald Sterling foresaw the trouble the gifts posed for Stiviano, pointing out in one recording that they were community property — owned jointly by him and his wife of nearly 60 years.

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  • The $50 device that symbolizes a shift in North Korea

    A $50 portable media player is providing many North Koreans a window to the outside world despite the government's efforts to keep its people isolated - a symbol of change in one of the world's most repressed societies. By some estimates, up to half of all urban North Korean households have an easily concealed "notel", a small portable media player used to watch DVDs or content stored on USB sticks that can be easily smuggled into the country and passed hand to hand. People are exchanging South Korean soaps, pop music, Hollywood films and news programs, all of which are expressly prohibited by the Pyongyang regime, according to North Korean defectors, activists and recent visitors to the isolated country.

    Reuters
  • 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.

    AFP
  • Hurricanes safe on top as Super shake-up looms

    The Wellington Hurricanes are poised to open up a huge lead in the Super 15 competition this weekend, despite resting a galaxy of stars when they tackle the struggling Melbourne Rebels. The 'Canes, already two points clear of the non-playing Brumbies and six ahead of the Western Stormers, have made six changes for Friday which include giving All Blacks Beauden Barrett, Julian Savea and Ben Franks a break while hooker Dane Coles is injured.

    AFP
  • Italy court told Knox conviction case perfect, ruling delayed

    An Italian prosecutor told the country's top court Wednesday that Amanda Knox's conviction for the sensational murder of British student Meredith Kercher was "beyond reproach". Mario Pinelli said there should be no doubt that Knox, an American, and her Italian ex-lover Raffaele Sollecito were responsible for the 2007 killing, as ruled by a Florence court last year.

    AFP
  • Battling homeowners sell up as prices rise

    Soaring property prices are prompting struggling mortgage holders to sell up rather than face financial strife, ratings agency Moody's says. As house prices rose 7.6 per cent nationally in 2014, mortgage delinquency rates fell to their lowest level in eight years, a Moody's report shows. "A borrower in stress has a better option to cure those delinquencies if they choose to sell the property," Moody's assistant vice president Alena Chen said on Thursday.

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  • Investors warned of housing bubble risks

    Property investors are being warned to tread carefully amid fears that overinflated house prices could drop in some areas, leaving them high and dry. The Reserve Bank on Wednesday fired warning shots about the continued strength of investor activity, which has driven property prices to record highs, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. It fears the run-up in property prices could rewind sharply later on with damaging consequences for all households - a sentiment echoed by economists and industry experts.

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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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  • Father: Woman reported kidnapped dropped off at mom's home

    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 home, police said. 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. An emotional Mike Huskins told The Associated Press his daughter found no one home there, so she walked 12 blocks to his house, where a neighbor met her and called 911.

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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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  • How To Treat Uneven Skin At Every Age

    20sUnevenness at this age usually means acne "like comedones [black/white heads] and open pores," says Dr Manoharan.What to do: Dr Manoharan recommends cleansing twice a day with a soap-free wash containing a low concentration of salicylic acid, "using

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  • Bruce Jenner in tears after will bombshell

    Bruce Jenner was left in tears when Kris Jenner told him he was no longer the executor of her will. The 65-year-old star is seen getting teary in a clip from an upcoming episode of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' as his ex-wife reveals she has put her eldest daughter Kourtney Kardashian, 35, in charge of her affairs should anything happen to her. Speaking on Sunday's (29.03.15) 'KUWTK' episode, Kris says: "For my entire marriage with Bruce he has always been listed as the executor on my living will.

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