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McClatchy asks whether US spied on its reporter

The McClatchy news organization asked National Intelligence Director James Clapper on Tuesday whether U.S. intelligence agencies monitored cellphone calls between a McClatchy freelance reporter and his sources in Afghanistan. Full story

Experts: Unlikely US helped NZ spy on reporter

A U.S. official said Monday that the National Security Agency did not monitor phone conversations between a New Zealand journalist and his Afghan sources, following claims by the journalist that his reporting was monitored by the U.S. intelligence programs revealed by NSA leaker Edward Snowden on be Full story

Hackers attack New Zealand government party websites to protest spy law

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers disabled several websites of New Zealand's ruling party on Tuesday, protesting a planned law to widen the surveillance powers of the country's spy agency but the action was criticized by Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom as counter-productive. Full story

Penske Automotive to buy truck distributor

Penske Automotive Group plans to buy a business that distributes trucks, spare parts and related services across Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Full story

Dollar struggles as traders wary ahead of Fed meeting; NZD shines

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) - The dollar languished near one-month lows against a basket of major currencies on Friday, having suffered a setback overnight as traders were wary of the Federal Reserve turning more dovish at next week's policy meeting. Full story

Dollar tumbles on tepid U.S. data; euro touches one-month high

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar fell across the board on Thursday, undercut by less upbeat U.S. economic data which contrasted with positive economic reports from the euro zone and expectations of tighter monetary policy in New Zealand. Full story

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The survival expert talks about his new reality show, “Get Out Alive,” which he says is not about who finishes the competition first but about character, determination, and humility in the face of adversity.

  Rescuers abandon search for missing Americans

A group of Americans is among those on board a 70-foot schooner that left New Zealand for Australia five weeks ago. Officials believe the boat sank in a violent storm.

  Family vanishes during round-the-world voyage

Officials fear a schooner carrying six Americans and a Briton on a voyage around the world sank three weeks ago somewhere off New Zealand. Despite a massive search that turned up nothing, some family members have a flicker of hope. NBC’s Sara James reports.

  Authorities fear boat with 6 Americans has sunk

A family sailing around the world and three others are feared to be lost at sea after their boat went missing three weeks ago after communicating with a meteorologist about an incoming storm. Search-and-rescue teams continue to look for signs of the historic schooner along the coast of New Zealand.

  7 people, 6 Americans missing in boat off New Zealand

“Nina,” a historic schooner built in 1928, was last seen in the South Pacific off the north coast of New Zealand three weeks ago.

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