The most read story online on Friday is about a 15-year-old "gentle giant" who allegedly stabbed an intruder four times with a knife after finding him in his parents' garage and now may face criminal charges. Other popular stories include the court appearance of Elliot Turner who is accused of murdering New Zealand student Emily Longley, Jonah Lomu criticising England's decision to use an all black away kit at the World Cup, the Norway mass killer asking his lawyer how many people he had killed and Amy Winehouse's family reportedly believe she died because her body could not handle detox. Top stories include various angles on the Norway mass murder, the Christchurch City Council credit downgrade and the Emily Longley case.
The Google News New Zealand lead headline is from nzherald.co.nz and says "Norway gunman faces new questions." The story says Norwegian police said they will question Anders Behring Breivik again today after new information emerged relating to his killing spree, as prosecutors warned he would not go on trial before 2012. It features a nzherald.co.nz story which says a 15-year-old schoolboy "reacted instantly" when he stabbed an intruder four times with a knife early yesterday after finding him in his parents' garage - but he may now face criminal charges. And it carries a stuff.co.nz story which says Elliot Turner, accused murderer of New Zealand student Emily Longley, stared straight ahead and barely acknowledged his tearful mother in a short but raw court appearance in Winchester, England, overnight.
The most popular story is from nzherald.co.nz and is headlined "Emily Longley murder accused back in court."
The nzherald.co.nz lead headline online says "Kiwi grandad mourns youngest victim." The web site says the Kiwi grandfather of a 14-year-old girl killed in the Norwegian massacre has been left devastated after learning yesterday of her death. It says a 15-year-old schoolboy "reacted instantly" when he stabbed an intruder four times with a knife early yesterday after finding him in his parents' garage - but he may now face criminal charges. And it says the US Senate will today vote to reject a Republican plan for a two-stage increase in the nation's debt ceiling, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid said. The most read story says Jonah Lomu has come down heavily against England's decision to use an all black away kit at the World Cup.
The Stuff.co.nz top headline says "Emily Longley murder: mum's tears in court." The web site says Elliot Turner, accused murderer of New Zealand student Emily Longley, stared straight ahead and barely acknowledged his tearful mother in a short but raw court appearance in Winchester, England, overnight. It says leaky-home owners should get a second opinion from a building consultant before they sign up for the Government's compensation package, an expert says. It says a Republican deficit reduction plan heads to a close vote in the US Congress today and the White House has urged divided lawmakers to clinch a compromise deal to head off the risk of a debt default by the world's largest economy. The most read story says Amy Winehouse's family reportedly believe the singer died due to her body not being able to handle withdrawal symptoms from alcohol.
The Radio New Zealand lead headline online says "Christchurch council credit rating downgrade 'realistic'." The web site says Christchurch mayor Bob Parker says a downgrade of the city council's credit rating is realistic and understandable, given the position it is in. It says a new plan to reduce the US deficit and raise the country's borrowing ceiling to avoid default is set to be put to the vote in the House of Representatives. And it says Taliban militants have carried out a major attack in southern Afghanistan using suicide bombs, rocket-propelled grenades and machine-guns.
The 3 News top story online has the headline "Breivik planned Norway attacks for more than a decade." The web site says the man who admitted killing 76 people in a bombing and youth camp massacre last week is a sociopath who acted without accomplices or a network of like-minded right-wing extremists, and kept his plans to himself for more than a decade, Norway's top police official said Thursday. It says the hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault made her first public appearance Thursday, thanking her supporters and saying she and her family had gone through a lot in the last two months. And it says Britain's simmering phone hacking scandal erupted again Thursday as a charity founded by the mother of a murdered child said she was targeted by a detective who worked for the News of the World. The most read story says the Norway mass killer asked his lawyer how many he had killed.
The One News lead headline says "Emily Longley murder accused appears in court." The web site says the man accused of murdering New Zealander Emily Longley in southern England has made a brief court appearance in Winchester overnight. The most popular story says a 15-year-old "gentle giant" who allegedly stabbed a man who was burgling his West Auckland home had been the victim of a break-in a few months before. And it says the well-heeled will not be surprised - packaging magnate Graeme Hart is still the country's richest man.
The Newstalk ZB lead headline says "Employers asked to show goodwill." The web site says businesses who had staff caught by this week's snow storm in the south are being asked to show some goodwill. It says leaky homeowners have five years from today to apply for the government's compensation package. And it says there's been a mass rally in Victoria as Australian apple growers panic ahead of their industry being open to competition from New Zealand. The most read story says Auckland police say they'll take their time investigating after a 15 year old stabbed an intruder who broke into his family's property early this morning.
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