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Stuff's top 10 stories - week ending 8 July

Last updated 08:39 09/07/2012
Tom Cruise, katie Holmes
SEPARATE LIVES: Tom Cruise apparently caved to Katie Holmes' list of demands in their rapid-fire divorce settlement.
Ewen Macdonald
Mummified possum
MUMMIFIED MONSTER: Finlay Broomhall, 8, with the mummified possum.

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The ten most popular stories on Stuff last week ranged from a magnitude-7 earthquake and the Scott Guy trial verdict, to the break-up of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise.

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1. Deep 7.0 earthquake felt widely

Last week's widely-felt magnitude-7.0 earthquake was the largest in the area for up to 120 years, says a seismologist.

2. Ewen Macdonald found not guilty

The jury considering whether Ewen Macdonald murdered his brother-in-law found him not guilty last week after nearly 11 hours of deliberation.

3. Storm jabs Auckland

High winds cut power to parts of Auckland and brought down trees across the region on Tuesday last week.

4. The Buxom Bandit's revealing robbery

Talk about making a real boob of things. She's been dubbed the Buxom Bandit and she couldn't have got things more wrong.

5. They smelled a rat with this twisted tail

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What was thought to be a monster rat in Tai Tapu is actually a possum, experts have concluded. The mummified carcass, which measures 730 millimetres from nose to tail, was discovered a fortnight ago after property owner Carrie Broomhall saw her dog playing with it on the lawn.

6. Shane Cameron defies odds with Barrett KO

Two bottles of champagne were whisked into Shane Cameron's dressing room after he stunned Monte Barrett with a thundering fourth-round knockout to rejuvenate his heavyweight career in Auckland.

7. Woman's face chewed in latest gruesome attack

A Chinese woman has had to undergo extensive plastic surgery after a crazed bus driver pinned her down and began chewing her face.

8. Katie Holmes escapes 'horror movie'

It's the celebrity divorce of the year and the rumours and counter claims are flying. Katie Holmes announced she was divorcing Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise after nearly seven years of marriage.

9. Child among 15 injured after bus rolls

A witness has described the aftermath of a bus crash which injured 15 Chinese tourists - including a nine-year-old boy - in Southland last week.

10. Sex offender jumps bail, skips country

A convicted child molester facing up to five years in prison for attacks on two young girls has managed to obtain a bogus passport and skip the country ahead of sentencing. 

- Stuff

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