VMAs: What Nicky said to Miley

3:07 PM  A pop power play has just taken place involving Nicky Minaj, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift.

Kanye tells VMAs he'll run for president

Predator targeted girl

Max Lee Fenstermaker was arrested after New Zealand police teamed up with the FBI.

8 min ago  US man, 56, spent months chatting explicitly with a 9-year-old NZ girl.

Airlines in price war video

8 min ago  Air NZ offers its own $9 fares after Jetstar opens a sale on its new regional routes. 'North Palmerston, North Plymouth'

Dad let boy drive in 100kmh zone

3:47 PM  A boy, 10, asked his father if he could drive. His "extremely foolish" dad said yes.

Taylor Swift evicts Sir Ian

Peter Jackson's NY apartment was home to Ian McKellen, until Taylor Swift bought it.

Sex-site users extorted for cash

7 min ago  Waikato Police warn surfers of online adult internet sites to be wary.

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national

Man found dead in state house

A man's body was found in this state house in Porirua. Police say it had been there for weeks.

4:18 PM  Neighbours noticed a smell which led to the discovery of a body in state house in Porirua.

Single punch 'unsurvivable'

Cruz Murray's single punch shattered Bruce Coker's skull and led to his death, court told.

From left: Ben Mulvey, Susie Townshend, Tom, Martin and Luci Schweitzer with a snowman they made in the Silverpeaks forest north of Dunedin.

Floods, tornadoes and snow video

4:10 PM  The winter of 2015 had a powerful grip, with multi-decade lows and black ice.

Video

$9 airfares spark price war

Air NZ offers its own $9 fares after Jetstar opens a sale on its new regional routes.

world

Slow-melting ice cream

Has science found a way to stop sticky summer hands?

4:02 PM  Scientists in Scotland discover a way to make ice cream last longer in the heat.

Highest US peak gets new name

Barack Obama aims to boost Native American relations by renaming Alaska's Mt McKinley.

Security forces inspect the site of a blast in central Bangkok, Thailand on August 17.

Police find bomb material

4 min ago  Probe of Bangkok's deadly bombing discover bomb-making materials during raid on city's outskirts.

business

Economy at 'stall speed'

Bagrie said "on the whole" the economy was still moving forward, but there was need for caution.

3:20 PM  Business confidence slips to a six-year low amid warnings growth could grind to a halt.

Fishpond fined $50K

Internet marketplace sold unregulated electronics products, despite five warnings.

Veritas Investment is reinvesting money to expand its Nosh Food Market chain

Nosh opens new store

8 min ago  Owner of the Mad Butcher and Nosh Food Market books a 23 per cent fall in annual net profit.

money

Studying on the breadline

The University of Auckland, Grafton Campus

More students are having to live with their parents to make ends meet.

Rich-listers lose millions

Some of NZ's top business people saw over $40m wiped off their own company shareholdings.

Fuel prices down, margins up

Power shop and save

small business

Wheelchair design a winner

Kevin Halsall's award-winning wheelchair.

An Otaki man has won an innovation contest by designing a life-changing wheelchair.

Flower power drives business

A new subscription flower business backed by upmarket grocery chain, Farro, proves a hit with romantic men.

On a right royal roll

A quilter's haven

technology

Kaspersky's threat to 'rub out' AVG

Russian tech entrepreneur and Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky speaks with Reuters during the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit in Cancun Feburary 2, 2012. Kaspersky, who runs the world's fourth-biggest maker of anti-virus software, is parting ways with a group of U.S. investors who bought 20 percent of his company a year ago when he was considering taking it public. Picture taken February 2, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS)

Security company founder told workers they should attack rival antivirus by "rubbing them out in the outhouse".

Uber hires Jeep hackers

Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have resigned from their jobs and will join Uber this week.

John McAfee talks to the media after being expelled from Guatemala in December, 2012.

The strange life of John McAfee

He's been called everything from "charismatic" to "paranoid wild man" to downright "bonkers".

life & style

Best & worst dressed: The VMAs gallery

Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen and Miley Cyrus all rocked some pretty memorable outfits on the VMA red carpet.

4:11 PM  Chrissy wears the naked dress to end all naked dresses, Kim goes camo, and Miley's bares pretty much everything.

'Kids more alike than different'

US fashion retailer Gap's newest runway star is 9-year-old girl with Down syndrome.

Good news for Chandler Bing - researchers have now said that sarcasm in fact displays the highest form of intelligence.

Lowest form of wit? Yeah right

Oscar Wilde was partly right – it turns out sarcasm is the highest form of intelligence, Harvard says.

well & good

$2b can't buy him happiness

Minecraft creator Markus Persson may have billions in the bank, but he's revealed his struggles with finding meaningful human interaction.

Billionaire video game creator has everything he wanted in life - but yet he's "never felt more isolated".

GPS trackers doing harm?

Are you addicted to training with a GPS device? Like any addiction, it could be doing damage.

Elora Harre's post-surgery body. The Christchurch woman had 2.5kg of excess skin removed after losing 55kg over 3 years.

'I don't have to tuck skin in' video

Elora Harre has emerged from excess skin-removal surgery with a new stomach that has "changed her life".

home & property

The world’s most amazing pools

The Twilight Star development in India will have a transparent pool on the 12th floor.

From storeys-high wraparound plunge pools to ones found in the wine cellar, here's some of the most wonderous concepts we've seen.

How Kiwis can help save bees

September is National Bee Month - and we're calling on gardeners to plant more pollinator-friendly flowers.

Thin walls, scratchy cats and singing neighbours. Living life so close together can be hard.

Lack of privacy in flat life stuff nation

Thin walls, scratchy cats and singing neighbours. Living life so close together can be hard.

food & wine

Now's good: Cabbages fit for kings

Pick your savoy cabbage on the condition of its leaves, not its weight.

Spring's savoy cabbage has a mild, sweetish flavour - and these two recipes showcase it perfectly.

Recipe: Coconut banana bread

This moist, gluten-free loaf makes a great addition to school lunch boxes.

Fewer eateries forced to shut

Foodie festival 'huge' success

nz farmer

Room for more bull beef

Bull beef is a "very saleable product" says Tony Egan.

NZ's bull beef exports jump nearly $250m this year with one processor suggesting there is market room for more bull beef farming.

Farmers hit with $157k bill

Family feels persecuted after resource consents and associated costs for a dairy conversion totalled $157,000.

'Stripey' rain relief for some

Taking venison to market

entertainment

Kanye for president

Kanye West rambled onstage about "rolling up a little something" and claiming he would run for President.

3:21 PM  Kanye West ranted at the VMAs as he apologised to Taylor Swift claiming he would run for president in 2020.

Backstage at the VMAs

There really is a method to the madness that is the MTV Video Music Awards.

Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift

Swift debuts new music video video

3:54 PM  Taylor Swift revealed her new video for "Wildest Dreams", minutes before she joined Nick Minaj at the VMAs.

travel

Jetstar gets new routes wrong video

The Australian airline makes up some new destinations during their announcements on Monday.

2:43 PM  Have you ever heard of North Plymouth? No, we haven't either.

This could turn you vegetarian

It's hard to think of an economy class meal that was better than this one.

Dancers are covered in bubbles at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Britain, August 30, 2015.                     REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

Europe's biggest street party

London's colourful Notting Hill Carnival kicked off on the weekend with two days of Caribbean-flavoured fun.

stuff nation

Midwives worth weight in gold stuff nation

Something should change, midwives are worth their weight in gold.

12 min ago  Something should change, midwives are worth their weight in gold.

ABs' biggest threat? Themselves stuff nation

3:48 PM  If we are looking for a threat to our World Cup defence, we need to look in the mirror first.

LONG BEACH, CA - APRIL 19: Scott Dixon of New Zealand driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Dallara during the Verizon IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 19, 2015 on the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Top 5 comments of the day

4:06 PM  Stuff readers weigh in on Scott Dixon's latest win, clubbing for oldies and that ABs lineup.

motoring

'Race wife' gets Ferrari gift

Ferrari FXX K birthday gift for Christine Sloss.

Google vice president Benjamin Sloss subscribes to the "happy wife, happy life" theory.

Audi almost a self-driver

Audi has just launched its latest-generation Q7 SUV, with its importer claiming it is the closest yet to a self-driving vehicle.

2015 Ford Mondeo

Sedans we hardly hear about

Traditional four-cylinder sedan, wagon and liftback can still provide great transport options.

sport

Dixon wins IndyCar series video

New Zealand IndyCar driver Scott Dixon clinched his fourth IndyCar title in a dramatic finale in California.

Kiwi IndyCar ace seals his fourth IndyCar title, winning a dramatic GP of Sonoma in California.

Read feels for unwanted mates

All Blacks No 8 admits he felt nervous for his team-mates ahead of the RWC squad announcement in Wellington.

Waisake Naholo was named in the All Blacks squad on Sunday.

Naholo treatment questioned

Surgeon sceptical about natural remedies used in the treatment of All Black winger's fractured leg bone.

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good reads

After Katrina: Nebraska is nowhere

Troy Williams likes to keep the apartment cold as he sweats because of his cancer treatment. His daughter Taja plays a game on a tablet.

"Are you sure it wouldn't help to get some fresh air?" she asked. "You know there's nothing for me out there," he replied.

Living history on Norfolk

Emily Bay, a curve of golden sand sheltered by a reef and the temperature of a warm pool, is great for swimming and snorkelling.

Breathtaking beauty plus a fascinating past adds up to a memorable family holiday.

Music and redemption

Joel Bolton formed Nelson's Youth Orchestras to give children the joy that he found in music.

The head of Nelson's youth orchestras found music and art as an escape from a miserable and abusive childhood.

Fly my pretties

Falconer Conal Dixson with one of his charges.

Reginald is giving me the evil eye. The hulking 24-year-old hawk glares at me from his perch.

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Hipster house creeps out UK media video

This so-called "ghost" might actually just be a hipster.

An eerie-looking hipster house for sale in Sydney has UK media in a spin.

Monk relaxes atop wind turbine

Brother Joseph Byron like the view from this turbine in Rhode Island.

A Benedictine monk tired to find solitude on top of a wind turbine.

D.Dog for president

Bailey the dog shows he's got what it takes to be President of the United State, with owner Jacob Rubin, 14.

Running for president of the free world is so easy, even a dog can do it.

Most beautiful city, best loo

The beauty of Hastings is surely evident to every casual observer.

Hastings won NZ's most beautiful city, as well as best toilet - which had more entries.

Parenting

Kids edit 'selfies' for approval

Think there's nothing wrong with teens editing their online images? Time to have a re-think.

Children are measuring their worth in the amount of likes or comments they get.

Worth their weight in gold stuff nation

Something should change, midwives are worth their weight in gold.

Something should change, midwives are worth their weight in gold.

How to talk to teens about sex

It seems many teenagers feel school sex education focuses too much on risk prevention and not enough on communication in relationships.

They understand the mechanics, but want to know more about building relationships.

'Realistic' Disney princesses

Belle from Beauty and the Beast with a fuller, and some would say, more realistic figure.

From beards to 'real life', Disney princesses have been re-imagined too many ways to count.

kiwi traveller

What sight to see in HK?

For amusement-park-loving teens, Hong Kong Disneyland is the place to go.

There's something for all the family to enjoy in Hong Kong, from markets to theme parks.

Expat tales: The great outdoors

Simon Dilks with his wife and daughter against the mountainous scenery of their home.

Simon Dilks ditched the rat race for a life of adventure in Yangshuo, China.

Lost and found in Italy

Passport, credit card, phone, the Holy Trinity of travel.

Travel is full of heart-stopping moments, not all of which are about ogling scenic wonders.

The reality of London life stuff nation

Living and working in London is challenging and exhausting, but it's also one of the most enriching experiences you can have, says Amelia.

There are heaps of opportunities in London, writes Amelia Abplanalp. You just have to be patient, network like crazy and work damn hard.