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WATCH: 18-foot-python found at Shark Valley

Researchers have captured what's believed to be the second largest snake ever found in Florida.

  • Overachieving Grandpa Prince Charles Gave George an Unbelievably Epic Birthday Present

    If it wasn't already apparent from the prominently displayed royal-baby pictures and all the bragging—so much bragging that the Commonwealth was like, "OUR EARS"—Prince Charles thoroughly enjoys being a grandpa. To further spoil his precious little Georgie, Grandpa Charlie had a $31,248 handmade artisan shepherd's hut constructed in the meticulously trimmed and manicured gardens of his stately home, the Daily Mail reports. Prince Charles has reportedly gifted his grandson a rather extravagant birthday gift.

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  • Meth ringleader 'stunned' by 17yr sentence

    The ringleader of a Wellington meth ring run out of an upscale apartment is "pretty stunned" after being jailed for up to 17 years. Kevin Chea was sentenced in the High Court at Wellington on Friday to 17 years in jail with a minimum non parole period of eight and a half years for importing, possessing and supplying a Class A drug. Chea's lawyer Tony Rickard-Simms told NZ Newswire the sentence was "significantly higher" than they'd expected.

    NZ Newswire
  • Plane debris on remote island points to breakthrough in MH370 mystery

    SAINT-DENIS, Reunion (Reuters) - Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviation experts said, potentially the biggest breakthrough in the search for missing Flight MH370. Malaysian investigators are expected in Reunion on Friday and the object, identified by aviation experts as part of a wing, would then be sent to a French military laboratory near Toulouse for checks, French police sources said. National carrier Malaysia Airlines was operating a Boeing 777 when the ill-fated flight disappeared in March last year en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, creating one of the most baffling mysteries in aviation history.

    Reuters
  • The country's youngest killers

    NEW ZEALAND'S YOUNGEST KILLERS:1991: A 13-year-old Wellington schoolboy who has permanent name suppression was convicted of murdering nurse Rachel Bennett, who was stabbed 16 times.1994: Anthony Alfred Afu, 14, beat John Wahanui to death with a piece

    NZ Newswire
  • Richest Kiwi earnt $5m a day last year

    The minimum wage may be $14.75 an hour, but the richest New Zealander Graeme Hart took home $63 a second last year - even when he was asleep.Mr Hart has once again topped the National Business Review's rich list released on Thursday, with his estimated

    NZ Newswire
  • Aust need Agar-like miracle from tail

    Australia require a miraculous knock of Ashton Agar proportions to make a game of the third Ashes Test, with an embarrassing loss looming large. Australia avoided a two-day defeat at Edgbaston on Thursday, but hold a lead of just 23 runs after slumping to 7-168 at stumps. Recalled paceman Steve Finn snared a five-wicket haul for England, while first-innings destroyer Jimmy Anderson limped off with a side injury.

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  • Julia Roberts’ marriage ‘on the rocks’

    Julia Roberts’ relationship is reportedly on the rocks.The 47-year-old beauty has been married to cinematographer Daniel Moder since 2002 but he is said to have “had enough” of the star.A source told US’ OK! magazine: “Danny just doesn’t feel like they

    Bang Showbiz
  • Trump's call for mass deportations runs into messy realities

    In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump calls for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally while allowing the "really good people" to return. Such an effort may be more difficult than Trump realizes because deporting so many people means finding them first. Locating immigrants who don't have a legal immigration status has stymied officials for decades.

    Associated Press
  • Galaxy S6 fails to reverse profit decline at Samsung

    Samsung Electronics suffered a fifth straight drop in quarterly earnings as the Galaxy S6 failed to reverse its declining fortunes in global smartphone sales. The sharp profit drop in the mobile business came despite its ambitious start to the quarter with the launch of two flagship smartphones: the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge featuring a curved side display. "Total sales of the S6 and S6 Edge during the second quarter were below expectations," Park Jinyoung, a vice president at Samsung's mobile communications team, said on a conference call Thursday.

    Associated Press
  • Kris and Caitlyn Jenner meet for first time

    Kris Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner have met for their first time. The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star and the 65-year-old former Olympian - who was known as Bruce Jenner before undergoing a gender transition - have met up at Caitlyn's Malibu house, where they talked about any issues they had. According to gossip website TMZ, the 59-year-old momager was upset that the exes never speak despite having daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner together and being married for 24 years.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Ex-NBA center now working at ... Starbucks?

    Life has taken a very surprising turn for former NBA player Vin Baker. The Providence Journal reported the four-time NBA all star is training to manage a Starbucks (SBUX) in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Schultz is the former owner of the team, which is now the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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  • Hunters fight back after Cecil the lion killing

    Bucking against international outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, professional hunters argue that their industry follows strict rules aimed at preserving wildlife and supporting local people. While many hunters acknowledge Cecil was likely killed illegally, they say the vitriol directed towards them is misplaced. "Animal lovers tend to forget the benefit that can be derived by properly managing a resource," said Emmanuel Fundira, president of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe (SOAZ).

    AFP
  • Large rock may have part in fatal crash

    Police say the driver of an eastbound Holden Commodore sedan may not have seen the boulder, causing him to strike it and career off into the path of a westbound Peugeot. The female passenger of the other car was taken to Waikato Hospital with serious injuries while the other driver suffered minor injuries. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash but alcohol has been ruled out at a factor, Inspector Freda Grace says.

    NZ Newswire
  • Afghan Taliban confirm leader Mullah Omar's death

    The Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of their elusive leader Mullah Omar, paving the way for the first transition of power for the fractious militant movement waging a bloody war in Afghanistan. The Taliban now face the daunting task of choosing a successor to the near-mythical figure, with militant sources telling AFP current deputy Mullah Akhtar Mansour is leading the race although no final decision has been taken. Omar's death marks a significant blow to the Taliban, which is riven by internal divisions and threatened by the rise of the Islamic State group, the Middle East jihadist outfit that is making steady inroads in Afghanistan.

    AFP
  • Italy’s army bringing down the cost of getting high on medical marijuana

    In a heavily-guarded lab in Florence, many hundreds of a new type of marijuana plant are being grown. General Giocondo Santoni directs the business unit at the military pharmaceutical facility in Florence. “We expect to make this drug available by the end of this year in a quantity of about 100 kilos (220 lbs), which is double the amount that we are currently importing from the Netherlands.” Italy legalised the use of medical marijuana in 2007, meaning patients suffering from cancer, sclerosis and chronic pain have relied on the plant for relief.

    Rightster - EuroNews
  • Kiwi declines as greenback gets boost

    The New Zealand dollar has fallen as a combination of Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler's depreciation message and a more optimistic US labour market view from the Federal Reserve weighed on the local currency. The local currency continued its decline from Wednesday after Mr Wheeler said the kiwi was too high given the deteriorating outlook for New Zealand's external accounts, with slumping milk prices weighing on the nation's biggest exported commodity.

    NZ Newswire
  • Boko Haram 'slits throats of 10 fishermen' near Lake Chad

    Boko Haram Islamists slit the throats of 10 fishermen in villages near Baga on the shores of the Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, a leading fisherman and a resident said Thursday. "On Monday around 4 pm (1500 GMT), Boko Haram attacked three villages on the shores of Lake Chad where they slaughtered 10 people, all of them fishermen," Abubakar Gamandi, head of the fishermen's union in Borno State, told AFP. The account was confirmed by a local fisherman, Buhari Dan-Malam, who lives in Doron Baga.

    AFP
  • 5 Reasons Not to Retire Early

    Early retirement is a long-term goal that requires discipline and perseverance. If you focus only on the finances you might end up surprised when retirement isn't what you thought it would be. It's better to enter retirement with a list of things to do.

    U.S.News & World Report
  • $50k reward for info on West Auckland murder

    The murder of a West Auckland man has police so stumped they've put up a $50,000 reward. Brett Fraser, 51, died in October last year after he and his flatmate were attacked in the warehouse where they lived in Westech Place, Kelston. "We are determined to find whoever is responsible for Brett Fraser's death," Detective Inspector Bruce Fraser said.

    NZ Newswire
  • Khloé Kardashian, an 'animal'

    Khloé Kardashian is an "animal" according to her personal trainer. The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashian' star's fitness guru Gunnar Peterson has praised the 31-year-old beauty for her love of intense work outs. Meanwhile, Khloé recently revealed she is "in love" with her fitness wardrobe.

    Bang Showbiz