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Boy, 5, dies from head injuries

A "beautiful, happy-spirited" autistic boy found with serious injuries has died. Homicide probe launched.

Sex trial aborted

12:20pm The trial of a social worker charged with having sex with a boy in her care has been aborted just two days after it began.

Second boy tells of spoon burning

11:43am Witness claims woman burned his tongue with a spoon but defence accuses him of "making it all up".

Fumes bring station to a stop

12:34pm All train services were suspended when welding fumes entered the air conditioning at Wellington station.

Measles scare at SkyCity hotel

12:30pm A case of measles identified in Manawatu has been traced back to Auckland's SkyCity hotel and there are fears other guests may have been infected.

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