New Zealand

Wranglers say 'Hobbit' animals died on unsafe farm

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Animal wranglers involved in the making of “The Hobbit” movie trilogy say the production company is responsible for the deaths of up to 27 animals, largely because they were kept […]

11/19/2012

Air New Zealand finds magic in hobbit safety video

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Perhaps hairy-footed hobbits can teach us all something about safety. Most regular travelers pay little attention to those snooze-inducing inflight safety videos. But Air New Zealand has found some magic […]

11/02/2012

SoCal kayaker finds New Zealand message bottle

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) – A San Diego County kayaker has found a message in a bottle that floated all the way from New Zealand. The North County Times says 77-year-old Sonja van Hall kayaks nearly […]

10/18/2012

New Zealand city renames itself 'The Middle of Middle-earth'

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – The capital of New Zealand is billing itself as the capital of all things Hobbit. Wellington, New Zealand, will unofficially rename itself “The Middle of Middle-earth” for three weeks surrounding […]

10/08/2012

Facebook will charge to 'promote' user posts

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook has long declared that it’s “free and always will be.” And it still is – unless you want more friends to see what you have to say. The social media […]

10/03/2012

Teen pot use linked to later declines in IQ

NEW YORK (AP) – Teens who routinely smoke marijuana risk a long-term drop in their IQ, a new study suggests. The researchers didn’t find the same IQ dip for people who became frequent users of […]

08/27/2012

New Zealand Olympic venue evacuated over BBQ fire

(AP) – London’s Fire Brigade says about 300 people have been evacuated from New Zealand’s Olympic hospitality center after gas cylinders connected to a barbecue caught fire. The fire brigade said nobody was injured in […]

08/08/2012

'Spartacus' to end revolutionary run next season

(AP) – Starz network says it is ending its highly successful “Spartacus” saga next season. In an unusual move announced Monday, Starz will conclude this action-adventure series while it’s still a big hit, and after […]

06/04/2012

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