Stuff's most read stories last week ranged from paralympian Oscar Pistorius being arrested and YahooXtra email accounts being hacked, to the plight of the ship dubbed the "floating toilet".
1. 'Blade Runner' weeps as he faces murder charge
Oscar Pistorius held his head in his hands and wept openly in court as prosecutors said they would pursue a charge of premeditated murder against the Paralympic superstar.
2. Panic as fireball from space hits
With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across the western Siberian sky on Friday and exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs, injuring more than 1000 people as it blasted out windows and spread panic in a city of 1 million.
3. Bikini-clad Kate photographed again
An Italian magazine has published pictures of a pregnant Duchess of Cambridge wearing a bikini on holiday in the Caribbean, angering the British royal family and reigniting a debate over privacy and freedom of the press.
4. YahooXtra email accounts hacked
Telecom has admitted its outsourced YahooXtra email service has been compromised by hackers resulting in some YahooXtra customer accounts being hijacked to send out malicious email.
5. Kate Winslet drops in on Masterton
Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet dropped in on Masterton - along with Sir Peter Jackson - but sleepy locals hardly blinked at the star turn.
6. California cabin shootout: Burnt remains found
A sheriff's spokeswoman says charred human remains have been found in the burned-out cabin where a fugitive former Los Angeles police officer was believed to be.
7. Jones: SBW fight 'seedy, nasty and bogus'
Sonny Bill Williams is an "idiot adrift on a float of publicity" and his fight with Francois Botha was like playing tennis against "elderly women and fat chaps", boxing enthusiast Sir Robert Jones says.
8. Girl thrown 20m as ute hits train
A 15-year-old girl was killed when she was flung from a ute as the vehicle collided with a train near Carterton, police say.
9. Adele tells off Chris Brown
Adele has reportedly given Chris Brown a tongue-lashing for being a bad sport and not joining the standing ovation when his rival Frank Ocean was awarded a Grammy.
10. Ship dubbed 'floating toilet' limps into port
A cruise ship disabled for five nightmarish days in the Gulf limped into port under tow with more than 4000 people aboard, passengers raucously cheering the end to an ocean odyssey they say was marked by overflowing toilets, food shortages and foul odours.
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