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    Teenager baked grandfather's ashes into cookies

    Teenager baked grandfather's ashes into cookies


    A US high school student mixed her cremated grandfather's ashes into homemade sugar cookies and shared them with several classmates, police in Northern California said...

    A US high school student mixed her cremated grandfather's ashes into homemade sugar cookies and shared them with several classmates, police in Northern California said Wednesday.
    Poll: Just 1 in 4 thinks US Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh told entire truth

    Poll: Just 1 in 4 thinks US Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh told entire truth


    Just 1 in 4 people thinks Brett Kavanaugh was completely honest when as a Supreme Court nominee he gave sworn testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, with Republicans and Democrats holding starkly distinct opinions of his credibility,...

    Just 1 in 4 people thinks Brett Kavanaugh was completely honest when as a Supreme Court nominee he gave sworn testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, with Republicans and Democrats holding starkly distinct opinions of his credibility, according to a poll released on Friday (Saturday NZ Time).
    Donald Trump: 'Severe' consequences if Saudis murdered Jamal Khashoggi

    Donald Trump: 'Severe' consequences if Saudis murdered Jamal Khashoggi


    US President Donald Trump has acknowledged it "certainly looks" as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened "very severe" consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. His warning came as the administration...

    US President Donald Trump has acknowledged it "certainly looks" as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened "very severe" consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. His warning came as the administration toughened its response to a disappearance that has sparked global outrage.
    US lottery jackpot hits $1.5 billion - and it's not even the highest ever

    US lottery jackpot hits $1.5 billion - and it's not even the highest ever


    A lottery draw in the US has hit a record US$970 million (NZ$1.476 billion), the second-largest US lottery pool ever, trailing only the US$1.59b Powerball prize in...

    A lottery draw in the US has hit a record US$970 million (NZ$1.476 billion), the second-largest US lottery pool ever, trailing only the US$1.59b Powerball prize in 2016.
    Cleaning crews find more remains hidden in old US funeral home

    Cleaning crews find more remains hidden in old US funeral home


    Several cremated remains have been found by cleaning crews at a former Detroit funeral home where mummified remains of 10 foetuses were discovered last week in a ceiling, state licensing inspectors said...


    Several cremated remains have been found by cleaning crews at a former Detroit funeral home where mummified remains of 10 foetuses were discovered last week in a ceiling, state licensing inspectors said Thursday.
    Senior Trump advisers in 'profane shouting match' outside Oval Office

    Senior Trump advisers in 'profane shouting match' outside Oval Office


    US President Donald Trump's chief of staff and his national security adviser have engaged in a heated argument outside the Oval Office, according to three people familiar with the...

    US President Donald Trump's chief of staff and his national security adviser have engaged in a heated argument outside the Oval Office, according to three people familiar with the episode.
    Canadian cannabis users may be banned at US border

    Canadian cannabis users may be banned at US border


    The US Border Patrol may be asking Canadians another question as they pass through ports of entry to the country: Do you smoke...

    The US Border Patrol may be asking Canadians another question as they pass through ports of entry to the country: Do you smoke cannabis?
    US man dies of self-inflicted gunshot after firing on first responders

    US man dies of self-inflicted gunshot after firing on first responders


    A 65-year-old man who set fire to his home laid in wait to ambush arriving firefighters, firing repeatedly at emergency responders before killing himself with a...

    A 65-year-old man who set fire to his home laid in wait to ambush arriving firefighters, firing repeatedly at emergency responders before killing himself with a shotgun.
    'Gardens' searched for Jamal Khashoggi's body

    'Gardens' searched for Jamal Khashoggi's body


    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged the White House to allow "a few more days" for Saudi Arabia to issue its own findings in the disappearance of writer Jamal Khashoggi, even as Turkish police sharply expand their...

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged the White House to allow "a few more days" for Saudi Arabia to issue its own findings in the disappearance of writer Jamal Khashoggi, even as Turkish police sharply expand their investigation.
    US, European officials join top business executives in boycotting Saudi summit

    US, European officials join top business executives in boycotting Saudi summit


    French president Emmanuel Macron said France has suspended political visits to Saudi Arabia in coordination with the US, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands as he awaits "clarifications" on the disappearance of Saudi...


    French president Emmanuel Macron said France has suspended political visits to Saudi Arabia in coordination with the US, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands as he awaits "clarifications" on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
    American Dream in a box: Sears once also sold mail-order prefab kit homes

    American Dream in a box: Sears once also sold mail-order prefab kit homes


    Southern California was just beginning to develop a taste for suburban sprawl in 1923 when an enterprising property owner built a charming Craftsman home in the Venice neighbourhood using plans and materials purchased from the Sears, Roebuck &...

    Southern California was just beginning to develop a taste for suburban sprawl in 1923 when an enterprising property owner built a charming Craftsman home in the Venice neighbourhood using plans and materials purchased from the Sears, Roebuck & Co mail-order catalogue. Or so the story goes.
    6 Disney parks on 2 US coasts in 1 day

    6 Disney parks on 2 US coasts in 1 day


    Heather and Clark Ensminger breathed sighs of relief when their Los Angeles-bound plane took off from Florida on time: Their biggest hurdle was now eliminated for achieving their goal of visiting six Disney parks on two US coasts in one...

    Heather and Clark Ensminger breathed sighs of relief when their Los Angeles-bound plane took off from Florida on time: Their biggest hurdle was now eliminated for achieving their goal of visiting six Disney parks on two US coasts in one day.
    Police: Two dead, dozens injured in protests across Haiti

    Police: Two dead, dozens injured in protests across Haiti


    At least two people were killed and dozens injured during large protests across Haiti over alleged misuse of government funds, authorities said on Thursday (Friday NZ...

    At least two people were killed and dozens injured during large protests across Haiti over alleged misuse of government funds, authorities said on Thursday (Friday NZ Time).
    Secret recordings offer insight into Saudi attempt to silence critics

    Secret recordings offer insight into Saudi attempt to silence critics


    Omar Abdulaziz hit record on his phone and slipped it into the breast pocket of his jacket, he recalled, taking a seat in a Montreal cafe to wait for two men who said they were carrying a personal message from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin...

    Omar Abdulaziz hit record on his phone and slipped it into the breast pocket of his jacket, he recalled, taking a seat in a Montreal cafe to wait for two men who said they were carrying a personal message from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
    Stolen teddy bear holds dead daughter's ashes, US mum says

    Stolen teddy bear holds dead daughter's ashes, US mum says


    The teddy bear looks like any other. But not to La'Quinta McKinney - because it holds the ashes of her daughter,...

    The teddy bear looks like any other. But not to La'Quinta McKinney - because it holds the ashes of her daughter, La'Vea.
    US President Donald Trump has given every despot on the planet a licence to kill

    US President Donald Trump has given every despot on the planet a licence to kill


    OPINION: The late, great historian David Fromkin wrote a book called In the Time of the Americans, about the leaders - he focused on Roosevelt, Truman, Marshall and MacArthur - who created the American-led world order out of the ruins of World War II. A...

    OPINION: The late, great historian David Fromkin wrote a book called In the Time of the Americans, about the leaders - he focused on Roosevelt, Truman, Marshall and MacArthur - who created the American-led world order out of the ruins of World War II. A future historian writing about today's world might title the book In the Time of the Authoritarians.