'Dramatic gesture' in cruise death

2:41 PM  Paul Rossington and Kristen Schroder's love was most obvious in their final moments.

Super sabotage bids

Rugby fans keen to get their hands on a ticket to the Hurricanes vs Highlanders rugby game have gone online to try their luck.

2:46 PM  Angry fans strike back at scalpers with absurdly priced bids for the Super Rugby final, including one of $56m.

Money-saving changes kick in

2:14 PM  Cheaper car registrations and free GP visits for kids among changes starting tomorrow.

Kirsty Bentley's father dies of cancer

3:26 PM  Kirsty Bentley's father, who maintained he had nothing to do with her death, has died.

Tourist missing for 5 years found

2:52 PM  It was the ultimate game of outback hide and seek.

The drivers we hate the most

2:46 PM  Kiwis get most upset at tailgaters and drivers who fail to indicate.

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national

Historic hut trashed

Cone Hut was originally built by Tararua Tramping Club in 1946, using local totara timbers, adzed into framing and split into slab walls.  It was rebuilt in the 1980s.

2:58 PM  Tararua hut left "a pig sty", with mattresses slashed and dumped in a pool of paint.

Phil Rudd cleared to fly

2:34 PM  AC/DC drummer's long-running court battle over his pilot's licence is over.

An 11-year-old girl was allegedly threatened and  assaulted while walking to school.

Hunt for man in white van

Police are hunting for a white van with the ''F'' word written across its back doors with black spray paint.

Video

Hua decision 'win for freedom of speech'

Sean Plunket says he regards the BSA's decision upholding his use of the word "hua" as a win for freedom of speech.

world

US executions 'like burning alive'

Clayton Lockett died after a botched execution. In effect, after half an hour of torture the US state of Oklahoma inadvertently killed an inmate.

2:12 PM  After half an hour of torture, the US state of Oklahoma inadvertently killed an inmate.

US cop airs dirty police laundry

Ex-cop tells all on policing in Baltimore, including how officers urinated and defecated on suspects' beds.

Brisbane man Ashley Dyball, aka Mitchell Scott, is fighting against Islamic State.

'Die in battle or face jail'

2:46 PM  Australian man Ashley Dyball has been warned his fight against IS will not end well.

business

NZ not safe from Greek woes: PM

The Greek flag flies near the Parthenon in Athens. Prime Minister John Key says NZ is not immune to the financial crisis facing Greece.

John Key warns that Kiwis aren't immune to the turmoil from Greece's impending loan default.

Powerless to stop image abuse

Businesses can't stop their images being used by a company under investigation by the consumer watchdog.

Briscoes boss Rod Duke said he was excited by the potential created by bringing together the two retailers.

Briscoes eyes Kathmandu

Briscoes surprises the outdoor clothing firm with news of its takeover bid.

money

More homes in Tauranga

Tauranga will get as many as 210 new homes in Special Housing Areas.

Up to 210 new homes will be built after Cabinet approves Special Housing Areas in Papamoa and Ohauiti.

Staying warm this winter

Secrets to staying toasty this winter without racking up a huge power bill.

You can save and have fun stuff nation

Where to turn for money advice

small business

Fear of the taxman

Some people will argue that once you figure out what you've got to do, managing your finances yourself is a piece of cake.

Erin Reilly's accountant had some great advice for a budding self-starter.

Launch-pad for businesses

Nelson's Start Up Weekend helped firms design and create a business model from scratch.

Family businesses need love

Dutch delights at cosy inn

technology

Driverless car cuts off another

A Google self-driving car is shown in this handout photo released to Reuters March 15, 2015. Google will put 25 prototype self-driving ???pod??? cars on the roads in and around its Silicon Valley headquarters in Mountain View, California. These prototypes, built in Detroit, will have ???removable??? steering wheels and pedals so that drivers can assume manual control if needed in sticky situations. REUTERS/Google/Handout via Reuters

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2:49 PM  One of Google's self-driving cars cuts off competitor's prototype about to change lanes.

Statute threatens free speech

New statute designed to curb cyber bullying goes too far.

US Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta rubs her eyes, as she testifies before a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the data breach of OPM computers.

Union sues govt over hack

2:52 PM  Employee union says negligence contributed to one of the most damaging cyberthefts in US history.

life & style

Does she have the best job ever? gallery

Camilla on assignment in Western Australia for a Chinese travel magazine.

She follows extreme athletes around in NZ's most beautiful environments for a living. So that's a yes then.

Awkward date gone very wrong

"I am only capable of erotic attraction to badgers. And members of the Beatles. You know, in tandem."

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg changed his profile picture shortly after the Supreme Court announcement.

Can this actually effect change?

Rainbow pictures didn't persuade US court to legalise gay marriage, but it's not a useless exercise.

well & good

Foods behind 'irritable bowels' 

As a general rule onions, garlic, legumes, apples and oats tend to cause the most issues.

Unexplained tummy cramps and digestive issues? You might want to cut out the sugars found in these foods.

5 big fitness myths busted

How much of what we believe about fitness training is really true?

Grace Payne has lost 100kg in two years after doctors warned her she was headed for an early grave.

Great-granny loses 100kg

She was faced with a sobering reality: lose the weight or meet an early grave.

home & property

Roof repairs are 'insufficient' gallery

30062015 news photo, 95-113 Greys Ave (aka lower reys ave, HNZ housing. water damage caused by inadequate roofing and down pipes. Photo: Tom Carnegie.

Tenants of Housing New Zealand apartments in Auckland's CBD are fed up with living in water-damaged properties.

What their bookshelf tells you

Why Harry Potter means you've found a keeper, but you should run if you see a Lonely Planet.

This bucolic cabin is located on a roof in Manhattan.

New York's hidden houses

From a rooftop cottage to a converted substation, these are six of the city's best-kept secrets.

food & wine

The best DIY tandoori chicken

Tandoori chicken with mint and coriander - marinate overnight for best flavour.

Master that tempting gently spiced taste at home with this easy marinating recipe.

Pizza of dreams (or nightmares)

Behold The Vulcan, a hexagonal heart attack that's blowing our minds.

A souped-up pumpkin recipe

The sweetest little love tarts

nz farmer

Foreign buyers snap up vineyards

Foreign ownership of land in Marlborough continued to increase

Overseas companies continue to buy up land in Marlborough for vineyard expansion.

Livestock reach Mexico

The livestock carrier Nada has reached Mexico, according to vessel tracking website, Marine Traffic.

A question of milk

Wanting farmers to diversify

entertainment

Sorry for oral sex comments

Happier than ever: Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas.

It was meant to be tongue in cheek. Or something. But Catherine didn't see the funny side.

MKR spoiler outrages fans

My Kitchen Rules fans have taken to social media to vent their frustration at a gaffe by TVNZ during Monday's show.

Bone Thugs 'N Harmony play two shows in New Zealand this week – but where is Flesh'n'bone?

Bone Thugs arrive in NZ

2:17 PM  American hip hop group Bone Thugs ’N Harmony turn up – but where is Flesh'n'Bone?

travel

5 ways to play on Coronado Island

The iconic Hotel Del Coronado was built in 1887 and used as the setting for "Some Like It Hot".

Channel your inner Marilyn - or Dorothy - at this sunny spot in California.

England's new foodie mecca

Cartmel may be just a small Cumbrian village, but it's also home to Britain's best restaurant.

Mourners left bouquets and cans of tuna at the Shinto-style ceremony for Tama.

Stationmaster cat mourned

1:53 PM  Thousands turn up to pay their respects to Tama, the cat that saved a small railway line.

stuff nation

Top ticket scalper comments stuff nation

Rugby fans keen to get their hands on a ticket to the Hurricanes vs Highlanders rugby game have gone online to try their luck.

3:05 PM  "It's rampant opportunism by extremely self centered people." Tempers flare over Super Rugby tickets.

'Religion has hijacked morality' stuff nation

A danger of religious moral instruction is that it discourages independent moral thought, writes Johann Go.

SweetPee Rambo, a two-year-old Chihuahua Chinese Crested mix

Is your pet an 'ugly' beauty? stuff nation

2:28 PM  Do you have a pet with a face or attitude that only a mother could love? Celebrate them here.

motoring

The best motor show gallery video

A classic McLaren races up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Dynamic displays have replaced static stands in Britain's best automotive gathering.

Lotus unveils its fastest

Lotus unveiled its quickest production car ever at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Aston Martin's track-only supercar, the Vulcan.

Astons revel at speed fest gallery

Aston Martin showed off several new models at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

sport

NZ 'nervous' about day-nighter

MATAMATA, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 09:  Sir Richard Hadlee during a backyard cricket match, captained by Kiwi cricket greats Sir Richard Hadlee and Stephen Fleming, - under the famed 'party tree' at Hobbiton Movie Set  on March 9, 2015 in Matamata, New Zealand.  (Photo by Joel Ford/Getty Images for Tourism New Zealand)

15 min ago  Sir Richard Hadlee says NZ should give day-night test cricket a go and see what happens.

1st5R: Barrett vs Sopoaga

3:21 PM  With Super Rugby spoils on the line, Beauden Barrett and Lima Sopoaga are set to go head to head.

The Hurricanes' Julian Savea in action at the Cake Tin.

No action over ticket scalping

Government says it can't do anything about Super Rugby final scalpers, but Labour says it can and should.

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good reads

US cop airs dirty police laundry

Former Baltimore policeman Michael Wood has revealed the dark side of policing in the US city.

Tales of officers urinating and defecating on beds, and other bad behaviour.

How she silenced her father

Anastasia Lin says her human rights advocacy work as Miss World Canada has resulted in threats being made against her father in China.

I won Miss World Canada and now my father is afraid to speak to me. Here's why.

Why we need to all talk about poo

It's time to flush our toilet anxiety.

We need to relieve the verbal constipation around 'number twos'. Many of our lives depend on it.

How one family escaped Syria

Ahmed Jinaid and his family are among the thousands fleeing the Middle East for Europe each month. From here, the Macedonian border is only a kilometer ahead and they must cross this hill without being spotted by any of the armed gangs and paramilitaries operating in the area.

They travelled 2500 kilometres by boat, train, car and foot, joining a historic exodus out of the Middle East to Europe.

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Google car cuts off another driverless car

A Google self-driving car is shown in this handout photo released to Reuters March 15, 2015. Google will put 25 prototype self-driving ???pod??? cars on the roads in and around its Silicon Valley headquarters in Mountain View, California. These prototypes, built in Detroit, will have ???removable??? steering wheels and pedals so that drivers can assume manual control if needed in sticky situations. REUTERS/Google/Handout via Reuters

ATTENTION EDITORS - NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO COMMERCIAL USE. 
      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

One of Google's self-driving cars cuts off competitor's prototype about to change lanes.

It started with a uterus video

Luck has made anything from waffles with banana, blue berries and maple syrup to a pair of lungs (pictured).

Gypsy Apple Luck was wondering what to make her son for Christmas last year. She settled on crocheted organs.

Mystery woman's bizarre memories

Do you know this woman? Maybe where
she is from or how she got where she is now?

She remembers eating breakfast at Perth's Cottesloe beach, dining out in Byron Bay and has dreams of Sydney's Bondi.

Lake vortex could swallow a boat

Giant Intake Vortex LAke Texoma VIDEO Massive Intake Vortex Swirled in Oklahoma’s Lake Texoma.

A huge vortex 'capable of sucking in a full-sized boat' forms on a lake in the United States.

Parenting

Siblings 'done some sexing'

This mother has a warning for other parents out there.

Beth* first realised something was wrong when her daughter complained of a rash "down there".

Baby's head shape discovery

Matthew before his operation, and while wearing his special helmet afterwards.

Mother shocked to discover son's head shape was instead linked to a dangerous condition.

New face for 4-year-old boy

Yahya

Little Yahya given a chance at a "normal life" after the kindness of one stranger led to life-changing surgery.

When tears don't work

Piper enjoys a beach-side version of Peppa Pig's "muddy puddles".

OPINION: Mark Hotton would like to think he'd have this parenting thing sorted, five years in. Yeah, right.

kiwi traveller

No fancy camera? No problem

The historic Wall of Kabul.

With the right handset and apps, anyone can capture superb travel photos using just their smartphone.

Readers' travel pics of the week gallery

This image was taken at an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. Although the treatment of the animals here was much better than in other parts of Asia it was still a sobering experience seeing the business exploitation evident.
This shot was of a baby elephant interacting with tourists and involved me lying on the ground waiting for the right shot while avoiding being trampled.

Paintball, Paris and a baby elephant feature in this week's travel photo entries.

A gold-class taste of Tanzania

Blake Worsfold and wife Toni outside Geita Gold International School, where they teach, with their daughters Tiaki, 2, Anahera, 7, and Amani, 4 months.

Blake Worsfold and his family are enjoying an international take on life in Tanzania's multi-cultural Geita.

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Take London at your own pace with a Hop-on-Hop-off tour.

Planning a group holiday to Blighty but not a fan of youth hostels? Read on.