• 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.

    AFP
  • The Latest: Friend of 2 crash dead feels 'impotence, rage'

    The chief executive of Lufthansa says he is "stunned" by a French prosecutor's conclusion that the co-pilot of a Germanwings plane intentionally caused Tuesday's crash which killed 150 people. Germanwings is Lufthansa's budget-price subsidiary. Germany's top security official says that there are "no indications of any kind of terrorist background" to the Germanwings crash, which a French prosecutor has blamed on the German co-pilot.

    Associated Press
  • 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.

    NZ Newswire
  • No murder charge for woman accused of cutting baby from womb

    A Colorado woman accused of luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly will not be charged with murder, prosecutors said Thursday night. Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, said prosecutors won't bring the charge in the baby's death. Investigators say Lane lured Michelle Wilkins, 26, to her Longmont home March 18 with an ad on Craigslist offering baby clothes.

    AP
  • 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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  • 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.

    AAP
  • Helena McAlpine: My pain and My fears

    Terminally-ill Helena McAlpine has opened up about her worries for her family when she dies – and hopes her husband of just three months will eventually find happiness with a new wife. Mum of Shannon, 14, and new wife of banker husband Chris Barton, 36, is not afraid of speak of the inevitable.

    New Idea
  • 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.

    CNBC
  • 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.

    AP
  • Authorities go after crooked car deals in national crackdown

    A nationwide crackdown on auto dealers has turned up widespread evidence of false ads, deceptive loans and fake odometer readings, the government said Thursday. Last year, the agency announced 10 cases of deceptive advertising and loans. Officials say the more recent investigation in U.S. and Canada involved the Justice Department and state prosecutors.

    Associated Press
  • Prince Charles secret letters to be made public

    Britain's top court on Thursday ruled that secret letters from Prince Charles to government ministries should be published, in a potential setback for the monarchy seen as a victory for media freedoms. "The Supreme Court dismisses the attorney general's appeal," read the ruling, after the government went to court to prevent the publication of secret letters believed to show Charles interfering in politics. The ruling was immediately praised by the Guardian newspaper, which had brought the case to court, but criticised by the prince's official residence, Clarence House, and Prime Minister David Cameron.

    AFP
  • 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
  • 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.

    AAP
  • 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.

    AAP
  • Lundy's brother-in-law did it: defence

    Mark Lundy's defence counsel has implicated his brother-in-law for the murder of Lundy's wife and daughter. Lundy, 56, has pleaded not guilty to bludgeoning to death his wife Christine, 38, and the couple's seven-year-old daughter Amber in the family's Palmerston North home in 2000. David Hislop QC on Friday on Friday finished his closing statement at Lundy's High Court retrial in Wellington, saying the Crown's case shows the only safe verdict is to find Lundy not guilty of murdering his wife and daughter.

    NZ Newswire
  • Emilia Clarke Nearly Took The Lead Role In Fifty Shades Of Grey

    Emilia Clarke may be used to getting her gear off in Game of Thrones, but the actress drew the line at Fifty Shades of Grey. The 23-year old was screen-tested for the role of Anastasia Steele, the film's protagonist, but said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter that she'd chosen to turn it down. "I'd done nudity before and was concerned with being labeled for doing it again," explained Clarke, adding that she had "no regrets" about her decision, despite the film's massive success.

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  • Key tries to drum up Northland votes

    National looks to be staring down the barrel of defeat in the Northland by-election - a seat it held with a 9300-vote majority at the last election. In a last-ditch bid to drum up support, Prime Minister John Key turned on the charm offensive, hitting the campaign trail with National's candidate Mark Osborne for the second day in a row. With opinion polls showing NZ First leader Winston Peters well out in front, Mr Key is pinning his hopes on National voters turning out en masse on Saturday.

    NZ Newswire
  • England's Richard III gets burial fit for a king

    England's slain king Richard III, exhumed from an undignified grave beneath a car park, was finally buried with honour on Thursday, 530 years after his brutal death on the battlefield. In a poignant ceremony, a coffin containing his bones was gently lowered into the ground at Leicester Cathedral in central England, a short distance from where they were found in 2012. "As we return the bones of your servant Richard to the grave, we beseech you to grant him a peaceful and quiet resting place," Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, England's highest cleric, said in prayer over the coffin.

    AFP
  • 7 Companies With Perks That Will Totally Make You Jealous

    "Employees can take the time they need to feel refreshed and balanced," says Pinterest spokeswoman Jamie Favazza. At the corporate headquarters in Emeryville, California, employees have access to an on-site dance studio, gym and rock climbing wall. Clif Bar & Company workers also receive 2 1/2 hours of paid workout time each week.

    U.S.News & World Report
  • The Bachelor NZ’s Lisa O’Loughlin: “It gets a little bit heated”

    The day after her onscreen elimination, Lisa O’Loughlin is ready to jump into the dating scene. Lisa, who was chosen by More FM listeners as the ‘Wild Card’ entry on The Bachelor NZ, says she applied for the show after she and her friends thought it would be a laugh to see someone they knew on the first Kiwi version of the international The Bachelor franchise. Setting a show like The Bachelor in a small country like New Zealand means it is entirely likely that you know someone who knows someone who knows one of the bachelorettes and Lisa thinks this chainlink community of viewers makes the show exponentially more fun to watch.

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