Stuff top 10: 14 - 20 January 2013

Last updated 10:49 22/01/2013

Cyclist Lance Armstrong admits to doping during an interview with Oprah. Julie Noce reports.

Paul Holmes
Governor-general Jerry Mateparae knighting broadcaster Paul Holmes.

Helicopter crashes in central London

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Stuff's most-read stories last week ranged from disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and the newly-knighted Sir Paul Holmes to a giant crocodile's head.

1. Lance Armstrong confesses to doping

Lance Armstrong has ended a decade of denial by confessing to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.

2. Wild weather for North Island

A southerly front, forecast to bring thunder, lightning and even hail, arrived spectacularly in Wellington last week.

3. Sir Paul, the rebel with a title

Just call me Sir - Paul Holmes said after he was knighted at his Hawke's Bay home today.

4. Kawhia cop bashing: Town divided

About 200 worried residents gathered at a Kawhia hall to discuss the violent attack on community constable Perry Griffin.

5. 'Jet-lagged' John Key faints at restaurant

Prime Minister John Key's collapse at a Christchurch restaurant last week may have been due to jet lag.

6. Brothers choose death over blindness

Two identical and deaf Belgian brothers have been euthanised after the inseparable middle-aged pair found out they were going blind and would never see each other again.

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7. Rapist devastates family

The sister of a 13-year-old rape victim helped bring her attacker to justice with her own cunning plan.

8. Whale washes up on Paraparaumu Beach

A 15-metre sperm whale has washed up on Paraparaumu Beach north of Wellington last week.

9. Giant crocodile head found on beach

The reported discovery of a giant crocodile's head on a South African beach has locals fearing a huge great white shark is on the prowl.

10. London helicopter crash 'absolute madness'

British police say it was "something of a miracle" that many more people were not killed when a helicopter crashed into a crane on a construction site in central London while trying to avoid bad weather. 

- Stuff

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