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Latest theory: US cover-up

8:46 AM  Just when the MH370 conspiracy line went quiet, up steps a French former airline boss.

Man admits killings

KILLED: Farhat Malik, who was stabbed to death in her home in West Auckland.

7 min ago  An Auckland man weeps as he pleads guilty to murdering his wife and daughter.

Singer Joe Cocker dies gallery video

8:53 AM  English musician Joe Cocker has died, aged 70, following a struggle with lung cancer.

Santa Claws stuck in chimney video

9:27 AM  A rescue operation is underway to free a cat from a chimney and clear the way for Santa.

Couriers snapped kicking goods video

10:12 AM  Drivers filmed kicking and tossing packages will be disciplined, NZ Post says.

Out-of control truck crash kills six

Six dead after a rubbish truck rumbled through Christmas shoppers on a footpath.

national

$10m renewal for building

HISTORICAL HALLMARK: Building owner Maurice Clark, left, and Ministry for Culture and Heritage chief executive Lewis Holden say the building's architecture and internal fittings are too important to Wellington not to strengthen.

10:14 AM  Quake-damaged landmark to get $10m restoration, become home to Culture and Heritage ministry.

Drink-driver nabbed

A man caught drink-driving for the sixth time was marking the anniversary of his wife's death.

"COMPLETELY BOKNERS": To celebrate her 90th birthday, Margaret Fraser decided to experience her first skydive with tandem instructor Lee Barraclough, of Skydiving Kiwis.

Sky's limit for 90-year-old video

Jean "Margaret" Fraser does not let age or disability get in the way of ticking off her bucket list.

Video

Couriers caught on film kicking goods

Video has emerged of CourierPost drivers kicking and tossing packages in their care.

world

S Korea preps for cyberattack

A worker at the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co in South Korea.

9:16 AM  South Korea probes online leak nuclear reactor data, as the perpetrator threatens to continue.

Russia enters 'economic crisis'

Russia's government has pushed country into economic crisis by not tackling financial problems fast enough.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan.

Birth control 'treason'

9:57 AM  Turkish President calls birth control a form of "treason" that threatens the country's bloodline.

business

Ex-employee slapped with costs

An Argentine court has sentenced four former military officers to life in prison for crimes against humanity.

A Hamilton woman who lost a complaint over a "bum slap" is ordered to pay her boss $5000.

Problems with frivolity

Employers warned to take an "arm's length" approach with staff this Christmas.

One of Veronica Morgan's rules is never look for property seriously before your finance is approved. You run the risk of missing out to others who are ready to buy.

Seller shortage to boost prices

10:14 AM  A gap between the number of house buyers and sellers could push up prices, particularly in Auckland.

money

Phone bills cost elderly

Some customers were left without a landline or NBN connection in the September quarter.

Concerns have been raised over what changes to landline costs will mean for the elderly.

Shop smart this silly season

Follow these simple rules to ensure you're not being ripped off this spending season.

Burglary season looms

Financial advisers needed

small business

Hook-up apps hurt gay bars 

bar drinking

Social media apps are killing the gay bar scene, claiming as their latest victim New Zealand's longest-running gay venue.

Be well prepared

This week in Ask The Experts, we look at hiring new staff for a first-timer.

SMEs vulnerable to hackers 

A sign he's getting word out

technology

Pirate Bay flag flies again

Notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay was shut down by Swedish authorities two weeks ago.

9:57 AM  Notorious file-sharing site shut down by Swedish authorities raises its mast in Moldova

AC creator teases next project

The first game for Patrice Desilets' new studio will be a triple-A historical action-survival title.

Peter Perrim has founded SUAVE for drone and UAV enthusiasts

Civilian drones take off video

Despite ties with war and terror, drones are being touted as 'kickass' Christmas gifts.

life & style

Kimye's fashionable pash gallery

Oh they're about to pash? Sorry, we didn't notice ... we were mesmerised by Kim's cheekbone contouring and Kanye's oiled-up chest.

15 min ago  Kim Kardashian and Kanye West continue to make money from their love.

Only one hour apart

They were married for 69 years. They were so inseparable, it seems, that they couldn't live without each other.

BABY NUMBER ONE: Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her husband Christopher O'Neill welcomed their first baby in February.

10 months later, another heir

10:08 AM  Princess Madeleine of Sweden is expecting her second baby, only 10 months after giving birth to her first child.

well & good

How to handle difficult people

HOW TO HANDLE HOTHEADS: Giving them space to vent is often enough.

How do we manage those whose mission is to extract the joy from a situation or put you down?

Having babies in your 30s?

Stop freaking out about it - your great-grandma did it too.

WATCH OUT FOR THE 'EXPERTS': Registered nutritionist and author Claire Turnbull says she's seen a worrying rise in people self-diagnosing or opting for extreme eating plans after getting advisement - online or in person - from 'cowboy nutritionists'.

Be wary of 'cowboy' nutritionists

Green-juice-only diet because an 'expert' told you to? How expert are they though?

home & property

10 most popular home stories gallery

house

10:03 AM  From doer-uppers to the mansions of the famous, these are the top 10 home & property stories of 2014.

Agent did not mislead

Elizabeth Barbalich was not misled into paying $2.78m for her family's Wellington home, a judge finds.

COURTYARD: Despite the house being built into the side of a hill, a.k.a. a volcano, there is a flat, grassy courtyard, and an outdoor entertaining space.

An update on Jon Bridges' home gallery

8:38 AM  Last December, Jon Bridges, his wife Gemma and little Zeno moved into their new house. So how's it been treating them?

food & wine

10 Christmas dessert recipes gallery

raspberry and vanilla bavarois

Are you still stuck for what to have for Chrismas pudding?

Ultimate Xmas dessert mash-up

A smash up of pavlova, Christmas cake, panettone and White Christmas equals a Christmas bombe.

A lighter Christmas pudding

In the blending room

nz farmer

Farmer cops huge fine

Farmer Bas Nelis says the water in this gully is clean enough to drink, after his work replanting the banks.

Farmer known for his environmental work fined $16,875 for disturbing riverbed.

Warning over invasive weed

9:52 AM  Taranaki farmers urged to watch for the invasive weed called yellow bristle grass as summer arrives.

Sale prices hold

Less-gassy cows to arrive

entertainment

Ten shows to watch this Xmas

FAMILY FAVOURITE: The Sound of Music

Star-studded spectacular: Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway are among those testing their vocal talents in Les Miserables.

 Interview deserves to be seen

That I was one of the relative few to see The Interview is not a boast I take any pleasure in.

NOT TO BE TRUSTED: Dr Oz

Don't believe in miracles

A new study has found that halt of Dr Oz's medical advice is baseless or wrong.

travel

In a land of fire and ice

STRIKE A POSE: Bathers pose for a photo as they swim in the geothermal hot springs at Iceland's Blue Lagoon.

8:40 AM  A chance of seeing the Northern Lights has drawn busloads of increasingly cold onlookers to this remote spot.

Inside the Airbus A350 gallery

Airbus engineers thought the Boeing Dreamliner was a joke.

Six months of views from space in six minutes

Video: Space in six minutes video

9:45 AM  Astronaut Alexander Gerst has released a timelapse of some of the best shots from his ISS tenure.

stuff nation

Teach finance to stem poverty stuff nation

CASHING IN: Can education help prevent poverty in NZ?

Our curriculum doesn't prioritise financial literacy, and surprise, surprise, we have poverty, Jamie Banks writes.

Working for your travels stuff nation

8:48 AM  Sometimes the true local experience when travelling is just a couch surf away.

Kite surfer

Your Go Pro whoa moments stuff nation

10:08 AM  Whether it's wind, water, or wild sports in another realm, the Go Pro can provide wicked footage.

motoring

Wrecked Ferrari GTO restored

STUNNING: The rare and extremely valuable Ferrari 250 GTO repaired and restored after a racetrack crash in 2012.

9:40 AM  One of the world's rarest and most valuable cars has been restored to its former glory after a racetrack crash two years ago.

Mazda2 reborn

It's hard to believe that Mazda is one of Japan's smaller car brands when its cars cause such impact on the industry.

One size fits all: Unlike its larger siblings, the Indian Scout can be ridden by anyone over five-feet tall.

World's fastest-selling Indian

The new 1133cc Scout is well on the road to becoming the world's fastest-selling Indian.

sport

Reid downplays contract rumours

COMMITTED: West Ham star Winston Reid says he's not really affected by ongoing speculation about whether he will remain with the English Premier League club.

10:00 AM  All Whites skipper happy at West Ham and says he's unaffected by transfer rumours.

All Blacks can go up a gear

New ABs defensive coach Wayne Smith thinks the team can find improvement to stay ahead of the pack.

COMING HOME: Lydia Ko will be the gallery favourite at next year's New Zealand Open.

Ko to play New Zealand Open

Kiwi golf sensation Lydia Ko will play next year's New Zealand Women's Open in Christchurch.

good reads

10 years on, daughter's body found

Aye Pu, mother of May Aye Nwe, 20, who was lost at sea during the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, wipes her tears during an interview at her home in Seint Paing, Myanmar.

It has taken nearly 10 years for a mother to learn that the body of her daughter did not vanish at sea in the Boxing Day tsunami.

In a land of fire and ice

STRIKE A POSE: Bathers pose for a photo as they swim in the geothermal hot springs at Iceland's Blue Lagoon.

A chance of seeing the Northern Lights has drawn busloads of onlookers to this remote spot.

To Apple or Android?

While Android has a much larger market-share, iPhone uses spend more on apps.

Choosing between iPhone and Android is a common - and crucial - dilemma for startups.

Having babies in your 30s?

A MUM IN HER 30s: The fabulous Drew Barrymore, 39, with her daughers Olive, 2, and Frankie, who turns eight months old today.

Stop freaking out about it - your great-grandma did it too.

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Shayla Gibbons

When Shayla Gibbons left NZ her OE, she never thought she'd end up in a Thai clinic, fearing for her friend's lives.

Kiwis are Christmas Scrooges

BAH HUMBUG: Kiwis are happy to snub their family this holiday season.

Kiwis are a bunch of Scrooges with 50 per cent wanting to leave family members behind this Christmas.

Pasifika welcome

If you slip into "Tonga time" you'll have an amazing experience.

Elizabeth Rine has embraced island life in the Tongan capital of Nuku'alofa.

A different life stuff nation

KENTE WEAVING: A complex system of weaving on a loom with foot pedals.

Avi Duckorjones left his comfortable apartment in Manhattan for deepest darkest Africa.

oddstuff

Drunk naked man rescued from surf

Surf life saver

Beachgoer left red cheeked after being rescued, without togs, by Christchurch lifeguards.

Duo sucked coins from car wash

Double trouble: coin thieves clean up at the Chirnside Park car wash.

Police hunting pair who used their own vacuum cleaner to suck coins from car wash machines.

'Gay marriage caused quake'

gay marriage

Right-wing fringe group outlandishly blames gay marriage for "destruction" of a New Zealand city.

Debauched Santas hire lawyer

Girls dressed as Santa Claus - who may or may not be somewhat inebriated - ride the subway in New York City during SantaCon.

After backlash, NYC pub crawl involving hordes of drunk Santas get lesson on their civil rights.