Top 10 stories for Tuesday, March 25

Kim Dotcom, the scene after a chemical spill in Auckland, and Oscar Pistorius. Photos / Norrie Montgomery/Brett Phibbs/AP
Kim Dotcom, the scene after a chemical spill in Auckland, and Oscar Pistorius. Photos / Norrie Montgomery/Brett Phibbs/AP

Here are the top news stories today, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about tomorrow:

1. Why time is short in the missing plane hunt

More than two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, searchers are racing to locate the jet's black boxes before the battery-powered ping they emit fades.

Photo / AP

2. Grieving father's warning after hospital failure

The father of a young Auckland mother who died in hospital two days after complaining of a sore arm says Middlemore Hospital staff failed to tell him how serious her condition was.

3. Mega backdoor share partner facing charges

One of the main shareholders of the company Mega plans to use to achieve a listing on the stock exchange is facing market manipulation charges in Australia. The online-storage company Mega - launched by Kim Dotcom last year - is doing a back-door listing on the New Zealand stock exchange.

Read more: What is a back door share market listing?

4. Auckland acid spill

Cordons have been lifted in parts of Auckland affected by a serious chemical spill today. Fire communications shift manager Scott Osmond said 15 fire crews were still at the scene cleaning up hydrochloric acid at the Waterview tunnel construction site, however residents are returning to their homes.

Emergency Services at the scene after the chemical spill. Photo / Brett Phibbs

5. Drunken passenger banned from Jetstar

A drunken airline passenger who lit a cigarette and claimed to have an AK-47 assault rifle in his bag has been fined $500 and banned from the airline for his return trip home. The man, an Australian aged in his 30s, was escorted off the Jetstar flight by police officers once it landed at Christchurch, from Melbourne, on Monday morning.

6. More than 500 face death after mass trial in Egypt

The suspected Morsi backers, accused in a deadly police station attack, represent the biggest batch of death sentences in the world in years, Amnesty International says.

7. Who feared Oscar Pistorius before slaying

In the weeks before Oscar Pistorius fatally shot her, Reeva Steenkamp texted him to say: "I'm scared of u sometimes."

Oscar Pistorius leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo / AP

8. 'You just kind of go in shock'

That's how volunteer searcher Cory Kuntz describes the Washington state mudslide that claimed the lives of at least 14 people and left some 100 others unaccounted for amid piles of debris.

9. How the Chicago train derailment may have happened

The operator of the train that jumped the tracks and scaled an escalator at one of busiest airports in the US could have dozed off, the transit union says.

A Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator. Photo / AP

10. Vogue editor defends Kimye cover

Editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has defended her decision to put Kanye West and his fiancee Kim Kardashian on the cover of US Vogue magazine.

Read more: The five most controversial magazine covers


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