July 24 2014, updated 1:35pm

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ScarJo uses all of her brain

Most people believe the premise behind Scarlett Johansson's new movie - but it's nonsense.

Kids' ratings released

School classroom 12:02pm Otago kids best at reading, writing and maths, while others are lagging behind, national standards data shows.

'I'm not scared of a few little papers'

9 min ago Brendan Horan went down to the pub to get served - a $350,000 damages claim.

Major drug haul at routine check

12:42pm Police net "significant" amount of cannabis, ecstasy, LSD and cash after pulling over a car because the driver wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

Inmate takes 2 hours to die

12:41pm Joseph Wood "gasped and snorted" for two hours in the latest botched US execution.

Sweetest fusion of them all

1:11pm L&P chocolate was a fizzer - but has Whittaker's hit the spot with its latest confectionary collision?

Rewa rape inquiry errors

Malcolm Rewa Police made mistakes in the Malcolm Rewa rape case, but there is "insufficient evidence" to say that prevented them catching him sooner.

Ex-cop charged over bust business

Medical assessment for former policeman who fled country after retirement village failed.

Cannabis in train driver

Teen 'critical' after fall

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Clifftop rescue for Pepper

Abseiling SPCA volunteers have rescued a dog called Pepper from a clifftop ledge above a quarry.

Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony

The Commonwealth Games have been declared open by the Queen.

'Make Maori compulsory'

 Maori language week Mana wants Maori made compulsory in all schools and more funding for Maori immersion schools.

Beehive Live: July 24

Another day, another set of valedictory speeches. And, the Reserve Bank decision: to hike, or not to hike?

$21m to improve broadband

ACC levy cut plan benefits drivers

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No crest for Hone's hoardings

Mana leader must remove Parliamentary crest from campaign hoardings after taxpayer funding claims.

'We have BUK missiles'

Buk strap A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile.

Round-the-world teen pilot killed

Teenager on fundraising around-the-world-in-30-days tour killed and his father missing after their plane crashed.

Refusing to be enemies

Plane crash kills dozens

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'We need to live with this every day'

Parents who lost three children on MH17 wouldn't wish their hell on anyone - even the killers.

Rates rise hits homeowners

interest rates Mortgage rates head up, with the latest official interest rate increase passed on to customers.

Beermakers fear tough draft rules

Craft beer faces "disastrous consequences" if beer over 6 per cent is restricted in Auckland.

Trade surplus despite dairy decline

First scares, now tears

Simon Bridges

South Island primed for platinum

Canadian company given go-ahead to search for precious metal in Tasman and Southland.

Veda accepts $10 credit fee cap

Credit control Credit bureau Veda has bowed to pressure to reduce its fees ahead of a change in rules.

A pause after rate rises

After four increases this year, the Reserve Bank looks set to hold the official interest rate at 3.5 per cent for a while.

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Banking in the future

Beermakers fear tough draft rules

golden dawn, beer Craft beer faces "disastrous consequences" if beer over 6 per cent is restricted in Auckland.

Cafe culture at school

Wellington College students won't be falling asleep, now the school has a coffee shop.

Longer parking limits wanted

Store rides the digital revolution

Braille phone printed

Stripped-down handset can be programmed with up to three numbers, each dialled from 3D-printed buttons labelled in braille.

Galaxy Tab S appeals to iPad users

For the first time you may use a non-Apple tablet and not wonder where all your favourite features are.

Twitter's diversity problem

Nathan Drake bumps Spidey

Apple offer million users free beta

Company giving 1 million users early access to a beta version of its new OS X Yosemite.

The return of the man-skirt

Man skirt Despite howls of protest, celebrities and catwalk models are flaunting the last feminine meets masculine style trend.

(Bad) sex still sells

Two viral stories this week - spreadsheets, gunshots & lust (or lack thereof) say a lot about the human condition.

Change is all around us

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Commit to these simple health-saving food swaps and see (and feel) results.

House of the week: Flat Bush

Hotw This couple spent almost a year sourcing design inspiration for their dream home, and the result is impressive.

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Before and after, these little laundries are what sweet smelling dreams are made of.

Let's live in ... Matamata

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Real life reno: The kitchen

On how to get the best bang for your buck in the heart of the home (and the bitchin' our kitchen caused).

Inside a Masterchef judge's kitchen

Gary Mehigan Beer, barley and hot sauce, Gary Mehigan shows us around his home kitchen.

7 signs your gluten allergy is fake

Here's one: 'Oh, no pizza for me, but extra gravy on the beef please'.

Edible pizza faces

Gluten free? Choc on!

Seeds rendered worthless

Carrots in flower for seed Some Canterbury farmers are facing big losses after bad weather ruined their seed crops.

Export suspension lifted

Alliance Group's Pukeuri plant has been given the green light to resume exports to China.

Sheep placenta beauty treatment

Bees knees

GoT author's letter to young fan

George RR Martin All this 13 year old boy wants is to die a grisly death at the hands of George R.R. Mart

Bindi slams 'hurtful' death account

Bindi Irwin slates cameraman's public account of the Crocodile Hunter's painful final moments.

Subtle as a sledgehammer

Snoop smoked it at White House

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Peaches Geldof 'was heroin addict'

An inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof revealed she had recently stopped taking heroin.

Kicked off plane for tweet

Southwest For one American man a tweet did more than get a response from the airline on social media.

#StayStrong

Malaysia Airlines has posted a poignant message to Twitter, winning the support of thousands around the world.

Are you brave enough?

Teen justifies Auschwitz selfie

barcelona

40 scams to watch out for

Check out these common scams before your next trip, so you won't have to learn the hard way.

Highlanders hard core

There's nothing like standing in any weather to watch beautiful blokes play some good, honest rugby.

One drink, lots of vomit

A group of scarfies test the limits of their stomach linings in a game of 'Mysterious Foreign Drink'.

Tache tattoo travel trophy

I survived this scarfie flat

Jazzi and her bestie

Cats' canine bestie missing

Jazzi has been a guardian angel to Cara Thomas' three-legged cat, and they want her back.

The Jay Leno car show

Jay Leno collection To say US television icon Jay Leno is obsessed by cars could be considered a vast understatement.

Darth car 'fully operational'

Life-sized "Darth Vader car" set to create a disturbance in the force.

A dream Ferrari collection

Pintos go from beast to beauty

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ACC levy cut plan benefits drivers

ACC recommends slashing its levies on vehicle licences but cutting less from its petrol levy.

McCaw back for semifinal

Richie McCaw AB's captain named at blindside flanker for the Crusaders battle with the Sharks in Christchurch on Saturday night.

Kiwi sailors slam Rio pollution

Kiwi sailors Alex Maloney and Molly Meech have condemned the polluted waters at an Olympic test event in Rio.

West Ham slammed in press

Sorry, no women allowed

Valerie Adams

On your marks, set, Glas-gow

The 20th Commonwealth Games opens in Glasgow in a blaze of colour, noise, dance and joy.

Moata Tamaira

Weird for art thou?

As a tribute to Mr Yankovic's genius, behold my own song parody.

Cliff Curtis in Dark Horse.

Challenges and chess

Cliff Curtis and Boy star James Rolleston have reunited for a new film about challenges and chess.

Cape Cpd

Jaws tourism on the rise

Despite its reputation as a predator, the great white shark brings in the tourists.

Child abuse

Three very powerful words

Three of the most powerful words we can say to survivors of violence are, "I believe you".

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