• Playboy Mansion hid tunnels to celebrity homes

    It should come as no surprise to anyone to find the Playboy Mansion holds more than a few dark secrets. “So, according [to] this blueprint, tunnels were built to the homes of “Mr. J. Nicholson,” “Mr. W. Beatty,” “Mr. K. Douglas” and “Mr. J. Caan,”” the magazine wrote. “We’ll go ahead and assume they’re talking about Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas and James Caan – all of whom lived near the Playboy Mansion during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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  • Titan Bird speaks about cocaine saga

    Gold Coast forward Greg Bird says he's been disappointed with people making snap judgments about him after he was caught up in the NRL club's cocaine scandal. The NSW State of Origin star is set to return to a Gold Coast court on May 8 on two charges of supplying cocaine. Bird's lawyer has indicated his client as well as the seven other current or former Titans facing charges will all plead not guilty after they were implicated in a Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission investigation.

  • Euro zone deflation top risk for world ratings: Fitch

    Deflation in the euro zone is a bigger risk to corporate and sovereign credit ratings across the world than the fall in the price of oil, Fitch Ratings reported Monday. "As the world's second-largest economy, largest importer and largest source of cross-border bank lending, deflation and weakness in the euro zone will have knock-on effects on other regions," said Fitch in its quarterly "Risk Radar" report. Prices in the euro area fell by an annual 0.3 percent in February, slightly less than the 0.6 percent decline seen in January, but nonetheless raising the threat of Japanese-style growth-sapping deflation across the euro zone.

  • Dirty business of restaurants: Confessions of a New York waiter

    If your bill is $100 and you tip 20 per cent on a credit card, eight to 10 per cent goes to the federal government for taxes. “Some waiters, if you leave the second copy of the receipt, will change the tip numbers, and — should you notice the discrepancy on your credit card bill, which you probably wouldn’t — you won’t have proof of what you wrote in, if you don’t have a receipt,” Fred says, shaking his head.

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  • Lion jumps in car and mauls man on safari

    Australian tourist Brendan Smith got a lot more up close and personal with the wildlife than he expected while on safari in Johannesburg, South Africa. Just a day and a half after arriving in Joburg, Smith was on a safari when a lion jumped through the window of his car and started mauling his legs.

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  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth dissolves parliament

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth has dissolved Parliament. Royal commentator Alistair Bruce told Sky News: "She is the one who can give permission to dissolve Parliament - only her - and the Prime Minister is asking her to exercise that authority.

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  • McPharlin’s strong pre-season doesn’t please everyone

    Veteran Fremantle defender Luke McPharlin says he is as surprised as anyone about how well his pre-season has gone. McPharlin said retiring crossed his mind when he sustained a string of soft tissue injuries during last season, but had believed he had more football left in him.

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  • Netherlands too strong for lacklustre Spain

    The Netherlands once again proved too good for an under-par Spain as goals from Stefan de Vrij and Davy Klaasen handed the hosts a 2-0 friendly win in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Spain were hoping to exact revenge for the 5-1 thrashing they suffered at the hands of the Dutch at last year's World Cup, but their chances were undone by two goals in the opening 15 minutes. De Vrij rose highest to head home Wesley Sneijder's in-swinging cross before Klaasen was given an alarming amount of space inside the box to fire home on the rebound after David de Gea had saved his initial effort.

  • Deposits tax will 'hurt ordinary Aussies'

    Banks and building societies have condemned a bank deposits tax plan as a burden on ordinary Australians and retirees. Treasurer Joe Hockey is pressing ahead with a proposal for a 0.05 per cent levy on deposits of up to $250,000, even though he criticised the former Labor government when it floated the idea ahead of the last election. A bank deposits insurance levy is likely to be unveiled in the May budget as part of a move to raise $500 million a year.

  • Podiatrist wife blows kisses in court

    The jailed Australian wife of murdered millionaire podiatrist Phillip Vasyli has blown kisses and told supporters "I'll be out" during a court appearance in The Bahamas. Donna Vasyli is charged with stabbing her husband to death at their Caribbean home in the exclusive gated community of Old Fort Bay. "It is claimed that you, on Tuesday, February 24, at New Providence, by means of unlawful harm, did intentionally cause the death of Phillip Vasyli," Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt told Vasyli during Monday's court appearance, The Bahamas' Tribune newspaper reported.

  • Qld mother speaks out after horror birth

    A Queensland mother is demanding answers after doctors at Gold Coast University Hospital sent her home because they didn’t believe her water had broken. Brittany Spriggs says she nearly died after giving birth to daughter Jasmine on January 13. Ms Spriggs said staff only realised their mistake as she was giving birth.

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  • Justin Bieber scraps new album

    Justin Bieber dumped the majority of songs he had recorded for his upcoming album because he is no longer in the "dark place" he was in when he first started work on the project. Over the past few years, the Baby hitmaker became more known for his bad boy behaviour than his music due to a number of legal issues, arrests and nightclub scuffles, plus convictions for vandalism, careless driving and resisting arrest. Bieber has now revealed he had to scrap most of the tracks from the follow-up to 2012's Believe because he wanted his new album to reflect his radical change.

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  • Six Expert Tips For Making The Best Pork Crackling

    It's time to get crackling for Crackle Day. Thursday, April 2, has been declared Crackle Day! To help celebrate this momentous occasion, we caught up with PorkFest ambassador and award-winning chef Colin Fassnidge, who has shared with us his top six tips for making the BEST crackling at home as part of his Roast Pork Loin with Crackling and Colcannon recipe.

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  • Mother kicked off plane for breastfeeding son

    FIRST ON 7: Virgin Australia has come under fire for calling federal and local police after a woman refused to stop breastfeeding her son. As the plane taxied down the runway, Virginie Rutgers started breastfeeding her crying 10-month old son. Virginie said staff refused to explain why the baby carrier was a safety hazard.

  • Malaysian sentenced to hang for murder of students

    A Malaysian court convicted and sentenced a local fishmonger to death on Tuesday for the murder of two British medical students last year, his defence lawyer said. Zulkipli Abdullah, 24, was found guilty of stabbing to death Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger in the city of Kuching last August after an argument in a bar. The judge accepted the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses," Zulkipli's lawyer Anthony Tai told AFP.

  • Weatherman discovers coat hanger in his jacket on air

    A weatherman had the whole newsroom laughing after he whipped a wire coat hanger out of his jacket on air in the United States. Weatherman Steve Frazier was standing by the news desk with the two anchors when he realised something was wrong with his suit jacket. Needless to say, the news anchors couldn’t keep their cool and started laughing on set.

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  • Jamie Oliver regrets heating up Gordon Ramsay food feud

    British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver said Tuesday he regretted saying rival cook Gordon Ramsay was jealous of his success and brushed off their simmering food feud as "no big deal". Both are successful celebrity television chefs and have traded barbs before - with Ramsay recently chiding the younger Oliver for not attending the launch of his own Hong Kong eatery, Jamie's Italian. Oliver, in Australia as part of his "revolution" to champion food education in schools, hit back on Sunday.

  • The World’s ‘Most Beautiful Faces’ Revealed

    "For the male face of beauty, women drew a more feminine face than men - women rate a softer jaw-line, slimmer face, fuller lips and clean-shaven look as the most attractive, compared to the more masculine appearance that is considered the most attractive by men," said researcher Dr Soloman. The "ideal" faces, shown above, are said to most resemble Natalie Portman and David Gandy, though Soloman cautions that they represent the views of British citizens only.

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  • Builder levy rise hits new homes

    Building a new house or renovating will become more expensive under a State Government levy rise that amounts to a "cash grab", the building industry says. Industry bodies warned yesterday that a 52 per cent increase in the building services levy would be passed on to customers and add to WA's housing affordability problem. From July 1, the levy, which is paid by builders and funds the Building Commission, will increase from 0.09 per cent of the cost of the work being done to 0.137 per cent. For a $350,000 house, the levy would increase the price by $165.

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  • Robin Williams's Widow and Children Agree to Mediation in Fight Over His Estate

    The legal battle between Robin Williams's widow and his children appears to be nearing a peaceful conclusion. Attorneys for Williams's widow, Susan Schneider, and his three children from previous marriages, squared off in probate court in San Francisco on Monday (US time) and agreed to private mediation, hoping to settle a dispute regarding the contents of his estate. Schneider and Williams's children – Zachary, Zelda and Cody – have disagreed over who can claim certain the contents of the couple's Tiburon, California, home.