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BREAKING NEWS - Police charge man with two counts of murder, one of attempted murder, after Ashburton deaths

Shooting victim a 'lovely lady' who will be missed

Members of the police forensics team leave the Ashburton Work and Income office, where three women were shot, two fatally.

One of the women who died in the Ashburton Work and Income shootings yesterday was a "lovely lady" who knew everyone in the town, one of her clients says. (AUDIO)

NZ First would demand full inquiry

Winston Peters said the PM should have been alerted immediately.

Election 2014 - A Royal Commission into the government's conduct will be a bottom line for New Zealand First if it is in a position to negotiate forming a government. (AUDIO)

Man United sign Falcao for $NZ12m

Radamel Falcao, who has been signed to Manchester United.

Manchester United Football Club have agreed to sign 28-year-old Colombian striker Radamel Falcao in a $NZ12 million season-long loan deal from Monaco.

Ashburton - reaction over the killings

Minister for Social Development Paula Bennett addresses the media in Ashburton.

There's been a widespread response to events in Ashburton. John Key said he was shocked and dismayed, while minister Paula Bennett described it as a tragedy. (VIDEO)

Countdown to polling on 20 September

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Go to our Election 2014 page for the latest on the campaign trail, Poll of Polls, Power Play, our party leader VIDEOS, Fact or Fiction?,Ask Away and The Big Issues.

Head of IRD scam Katrina Briggs jailed

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The head of a sophisticated online IRD scam that cost tax payers $700,000 has been jailed. Katrina Briggs pleaded guilty to a representative charge of causing loss by deception. (AUDIO)

Pro-Russian rebals advance in Ukraine

A Ukrainian prisoner-of-war.

Ukrainian forces have suffered a series of setbacks, including being forced to withdraw from Luhansk airport, as pro-Russian rebels advance in the east of the country.

Retired judge likely inquiry head - Key

John Key

Prime Minister John Key says an independent person, probably a retired judge, will chair an inquiry into allegations surrounding former Minister Judith Collins. (VIDEO)

Auckland plan hearings start today

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The country's biggest planning hearing begins today to consider the Auckland Council's 30-year development blueprint, the Unitary Plan. Hearings will cost $12 million.

Fighting in Golan where Fijians held

European members of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force.

Activists have reported renewed fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces in the Golan Heights, where 44 Fijian peacekeepers were taken by the rebels on Thursday.

Top seeds advance in NY

American tennis player Serena Williams

Top seeds Novak Djokovic of Serbia and American Serena Williams have both scored emphatic 4th round victories at the US tennis Open to move into the quarter-finals in New York.

Funding for group fighting for kokako

North Island kokako.

A Waikato conservation group fighting to bring back North Island kokako to Mount Pirongia says it is pleased its efforts will be boosted by Government funding.

APN considering asset float

The New Zealand Herald

APN News & Media may float its New Zealand assets and list them on the local stock exchange. APN's assets include the New Zealand Herald, and Newstalk ZB and ZM.

Farmer-owned wool co-op on agenda

The Primary Wool Co-operative will take a 5 percent stage in Wool Equities if shareholders agree.

A single, farmer-owned wool operation is still on the agenda for the Primary Wool Co-operative. The co-operative will take a 5 percent stake in Wool Equities, if shareholders agree.

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