Bear gets a massive shock!

Get off my porch bear!

Looks like this black bear has met its match in the form of a yelling lady - forcing it to scamper off her porch.

  • John Nash, mathematician who inspired 'A Beautiful Mind', killed in car crash

    The couple were in a taxi when the driver lost control, crashed into a guard rail and hit another car on Saturday afternoon on the New Jersey Turnpike, said police. Nash, 86, and his wife, Alicia, 82, were thrown from the taxi and pronounced dead at the scene, New Jersey State Police spokesman Sgt. Gregory Williams added, declining to comment on media reports that they were not wearing seat belts.

  • NZ dollar falls as greenback strengthens after inflation report, Yellen speech

    The New Zealand fell as the US dollar strengthened following signs of rising US inflation and after Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said interest rates were on track to increase this year. The US dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, touched its highest in almost four weeks as investors became more confident that a strengthening US economy would lead to US interest rate hikes this year. While US inflation gained just 0.1 percent in April, a slower pace than the 0.2 percent gain the previous month, the measure of core inflation, which strips out volatile food and energy costs, advanced 0.3 percent, the largest increase since January 2013.

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  • Stokes and Cook tons make New Zealand toil

    Ben Stokes scored the fastest-ever Test hundred at Lord's, while England captain Alastair Cook weighed in with a less spectacular but equally valuable century of his own as the hosts fought back against New Zealand on Sunday. England were 429 for six in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day, a lead of 295 runs, despite having been outplayed for much of this match, the first of a two-Test series. Cook was 153 not out -- his fourth and highest Test century at Lord's -- after Stokes had struck a truly thrilling hundred against the country of his birth in just 85 balls, including 15 fours and three sixes.

  • Spark is grumpy about the budget levy

    One of New Zealand's biggest telecommunications companies is so grumpy about a levy in the budget it's going to highlight it separately on its bills. The government raises $50 million a year from a telecommunications development levy but was supposed to reduce it to $10m by 2016. In Thursday's budget the levy was kept at $50m, annoying telecommunications companies, including Spark New Zealand, the former Telecom New Zealand.

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  • Mariah Carey 'lives in a bubble'

    Mariah Carey "never has any normal interactions". Damion Young, the star's ex-boyfriend who worked with Mariah, 45, on hits such as 'I Still Believe' and 'Irresistible', has revealed the multi-platinum selling artist lives her life in a "bubble", claiming she doesn't have normal social interactions with others because of her fame. Damion said Mariah leads a surreal existence that he ultimately found "frightening".

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  • Rosberg takes Monaco hat-trick after Mercedes gaffe

    Germany's Nico Rosberg celebrated a surprise hat-trick of Monaco Grand Prix victories on Sunday after Mercedes blew championship-leading team mate Lewis Hamilton's chances with a needless pitstop. The result, with Hamilton finishing third after leading most of the way, slashed the double Formula One world champion's overall lead to 10 points after six of the season's 19 races. "I've lost the race haven't I?" the disconsolate driver enquired over the team radio after rejoining in third place behind Rosberg and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, neither of whom pitted.

  • Shi'ite militias advance on Islamic State insurgents near Iraq's Ramadi

    BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Shi'ite Muslim militiamen and Iraqi army forces launched a counter-offensive against Islamic State insurgents near Ramadi on Saturday, a militia spokesman said, aiming to reverse potentially devastating gains by the jihadi militants. The fall of Ramadi, the Anbar provincial capital, to Islamic State on May 17 could be a shattering blow to Baghdad's weak central government. The Sunni Muslim jihadis now control most of Anbar and could threaten the western approaches to Baghdad, or even surge south into Iraq's Shi’ite heartland.

  • Matt Bellamy enjoyed countryside walks to get over Kate Hudson

    Matt Bellamy says walking rather than songwriting has helped him get over his split from Kate Hudson. The Muse frontman has confessed he turned to countryside strolls after ending his four year romance with the 36-year-old actress - who is the mother of his three-year-old son Bingham - instead of expressing himself through his music.

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  • I want an apology: Teina Pora

    Teina Pora says his compensation claim isn't about money, but an apology. Mr Pora, now 39, spent more than 21 years in prison for the rape and murder of Auckland woman Susan Burdett in 1992, before his conviction was quashed this year by the Privy Council in London. Mr Pora in April put in a claim for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment and could be claiming more than $2 million.

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  • French adventurer seeks Pacific record with 'flying' boat

    Skimming across the surface of the vast Pacific, Alain Thebault scans the horizon with his blue Breton eyes. "It's like a magic carpet," Thebault said aboard the cutting-edge "Hydroptere" sailboat, which he hopes to pilot halfway across the Pacific from Los Angeles to Honolulu in record time. Off the California coast under azur-blue skies, Thebault accelerated the hydrofoil supercraft to 30 knots as the 18-meter (60-foot) boat stands on three foils that claw the waves, lifting the hull fully out of the water.

  • Hawaii groups plant coconut trees, protest against Monsanto

    Demonstrators planted coconut trees and waved signs in rallies across the Hawaiian Islands as part of an international day of protests against agriculture business Monsanto. The protesters on Saturday complained about the effects that companies like Monsanto have on the community when they spray fields with chemical pesticides. "Get off the island," said Diane Marshall, a Honolulu teacher.

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  • Boats NZ found in Southern Ocean nabbed

    Two of three fishing vessels intercepted by the Royal New Zealand Navy in the Southern Ocean in January have been boarded elsewhere. Foreign Minister Murray McCully says the Songhua and Yongding have been boarded by authorities in Cabo Verde, an island country in the Atlantic Ocean. "We are encouraged by the action taken by the government of Cabo Verde, and New Zealand has offered its full assistance in taking action against these vessels," Mr McCully said in a statement on Saturday.

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  • Tennis-Colourful Federer's mood darkened despite easy win

    Roger Federer enlivened a routine day at the office with a violet and pink outfit and a several dabs of brilliance to launch another French Open quest but his mood darkened after a security breach on Sunday. The evergreen Swiss was in full control against Colombia's Alejandro Falla, marking the start of his 62nd consecutive appearance at a grand slam tournament with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory on court Philippe Chatrier. It happened yesterday in the practise, too," a ruffled Federer told reporters, adding that organisers had apologised.

  • Niall Horan left embarrassed

    Niall Horan went "white as a sheet" when he angered a crowd of One Direction fans. It is not just Niall who has made the faux pas as bandmate Liam Payne revealed he, too, had made a similar mistake before. Meanwhile, the band have recently been rocked by the departure of Zayn Malik from the group but the 22-year-old singer's close pal Naughty Boy has insisted there is no "bad blood" between Zayn and the four remaining members - Niall, Liam, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles.

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  • German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65

    A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth.

  • One-sided death toll in Mexico gunfight raises questions

    Puddles of blood and bullet shells are some of the remnants of an intense gunfight on a western Mexico ranch that killed 42 criminal suspects and one police officer. The authorities say superior training and equipment explains the one-sided death toll in one of the bloodiest battles in Mexico's nearly decade-long drug war. The gunfight with suspected henchmen of the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel occurred in a region considered a bastion of the gang, which has killed 28 police officers and soldiers since March.

  • Australia to introduce counter-terrorism citizenship changes

    Australia is set to introduce new counter-terrorism laws, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday, with the package expected to include stripping dual nationals who are linked to terrorism of their citizenship. There has also been speculation that the plan to amend citizenship laws, which was disclosed in February, could affect second-generation Australians who carry only one passport. "It's long been the case that if you have served with the armed forces of a country at war with Australia, you automatically lose your citizenship," Abbott told reporters.

  • Olsen twins to skip 'Full House' reboot

    Twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not appear in the rebooted version of hit US sitcom "Full House," US media reports said. Robert Boyett, executive producer of the new show -- "Fuller House" -- scheduled to air on Netflix next year, told the Hollywood Reporter neither of the Olsens would star in the follow-up series. The series, about a widowed news reporter, Danny Tanner, who enlists the help of his best friends to raise his three daughters after his wife is killed in a car crash, ran for 192 episodes.

  • Skelton adds bash to his rugby flash

    NSW Waratahs enforcer Jacques Potgieter says it's good for Australian rugby that giant lock Will Skelton is getting aggressive and angry. The 203 centimetre 140 kilo second rower was one of the stars of the Waratahs 32-22 Super Rugby home win over the Crusaders on Saturday. Renowned for his ball playing skills, 23-year-old Wallaby Skelton displayed plenty of bash as well as his trademark flash, making several bone-rattling tackles.

  • Helicopters take to Auckland skies

    The New Zealand Defence Force says it's conducting urban flying operations training of air force and army personnel from Sunday until next Thursday. The training is focused in and around the Kaipara air weapons range and in the Auckland central business district. The public may see NH90 and A109 helicopters flying over the city in formation during the day and at night but all flying will be finished by 10pm.

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