1. Sir Paul Holmes dies after a public life

"Top-rating radio and television broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes has died. Family were gathered around him when he died at his home in Hawke's Bay aged 62."

2. Girl who performed for Obama shot dead

"A 15-year-old girl who performed at President Barack Obama's inauguration last week has been shot dead in Chicago by a gunman who opened fire on a group of kids hanging out in a park, police say."

3. Doctor's naked exam unnecessary: HDC

"A doctor who carried out an unchaperoned examination of a naked patient may face legal action."

4. Dead man's car found on birthday

"Police have found a car belonging to an Auckland man whose badly burnt body was discovered in bushes on Thursday."

5. Teacher pays to watch teen have sex

"A former Tauranga teacher has admitted paying to watch two people, one a 16-year-old girl, have sex."

6. Internet wonders which monkey Iran sent into space

"Iran's announcement that it had successfully sent a monkey into space stirred questions on the Internet, with people pointing to differences between official images of the primate before takeoff and after landing."

7. Fears for abducted Dunedin toddler

"Police are concerned for the wellbeing of a two-year-old girl who was taken from her caregiver in Dunedin on Saturday."

8. Woman found floating down Whanganui River

"A woman has been taken to hospital after being found floating down the Whanganui River in Taumarunui."

9. Freak accident kills Kiwi in London

"A New Zealand man has been killed by a falling betting shop sign in London."

10. Four dead, dramatic rooftop rescues in Australia floods

"Helicopters plucked dozens of stranded Australians to safety in dramatic rooftop rescues Monday as severe floods swept the northeast, killing four people and inundating thousands of homes."

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