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9.01am:

That's us for this morning. Thanks for joining me on Morning Rush. We'll be back tomorrow with the live blog from 6am. Have a good Thursday - and make the most of the weather before the rain hits!

8.58am: There's a couple of chuckles in today's Sideswipe to leave you with - including this spoon found embedded in a pine tree which one reader has put on a plinth.
(Check out the image below).

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A reader sent in this image of a spoon embedded in a pine tree which blew over, saying:
A reader sent in this image of a spoon embedded in a pine tree which blew over, saying: "We liked it so much we put it on a plinth."

8.55am:

Before we wrap up for the day, here's the big stories we will be covering:

It's

D Day for Solid Energy

- we'll have the latest as the announcement breaks.

The All Blacks are getting sick of being asked about the haka, as the

World Cup lead up

continues. We'll have updates on how the men in black are doing.

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The

weather's looking pretty wet

for many at the weekend - we'll let you know what to expect.

And the

latest in breaking news

- all at nzherald.co.nz

8.51am: The Warriors are speaking out against rumours suggesting coach Andrew McFadden's job is under threat - denying the club has targeted Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney as his replacement.
8.47am: Former All Black Ian Uttley and his wide Christine were killed in a head-on collision with a logging tuck on the Naperi-Taupo Highway on Tuesday.
The pair died at the scene of the crash at the bottom of the Titiokura Hill.

Ian Uttley played two matches at centre for the All Blacks against England in 1963.
Ian Uttley played two matches at centre for the All Blacks against England in 1963.

8.44am:

Traffic is still slow around Auckland this morning - keep calm!

8.41am:

Do you get muscle aches the day after you exercise? Do you know why?

8.38am:

A member of a family fighting to remain in New Zealand as "climate-change refugees" is in police custody.

8.35am:

The tussle over the Red Peak flag is the subject of today's cartoon by Rod Emmerson:

8.31am:

A

crash

on the

Churton Park

off-ramp in

Wellington

is partially blocking traffic, NZTA says. Be patient out there drivers.

8.27am: Is convenience food making your pets fat? Read more from a vet about why you should consider feeding your pet more raw meat and bones.

Domestic cats, like their wild relatives, benefit from a diet of raw meat and bones. Image/ Shutterstock.com
Domestic cats, like their wild relatives, benefit from a diet of raw meat and bones. Image/ Shutterstock.com

8.24am:

A multimillion-dollar

Work and Income

scheme to get beneficiaries with mental health conditions and sole parents back to work appears to have flopped.

8.20am:

- the 14-year-old boy who brought a homemade clock to school but it was mistaken for a bomb.

8.17am:

State Highway 39

near

Whatawhata

has

reopened

following the crash this morning.

8.14am:

Aucklanders

should expect cloudy periods and some sun before

showers

move in this afternoon - and it is set to be wet until next week with

rain

on the radar through to Monday. Maybe a weekend to tuck up indoors?

8.11am: A US comedian and actor has admitted lying about working in New York's World Trade Centre when terrorists attacked on September 11, 2001.
Steve Rannazzisi had previously told the New York Times a detailed story about working for Merrill Lynch on the fatal day, and escaping after the tower next to him was struck - but he has since apologised for the lies.

I don't know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry.

8.08am:

Looks like the weather's relatively clear in

Johnsonville

but traffic around the capital is slowly building:

8.05am:

An Auckland

firefighter

who has been to thousands of call-outs has found out in the worst way possible what it's like to be on the other end of the emergency.

Smoke alarms alerted the Boswells' three children who followed their escape plan to their safe meeting place outside.
Smoke alarms alerted the Boswells' three children who followed their escape plan to their safe meeting place outside.

8.01am:

Goats! In trees!

Here's something to brighten up your Thursday morning. More than 15 million people have viewed Michael Chinnici's footage of "hanging with tree goats" in southwestern Morocco - check it out:

Video from Michael Chinnici's Facebook page:

In less than 4 weeks I'll be back in Morocco. One of the many amazing experiences in Morocco... hanging with the Tree...

Posted by Michael Chinnici on Thursday, September 10, 2015

7.57am:

This week's announcement of the proposed

$261 million

investment by a Chinese company in

Silver Fern Farms

has been heralded as a game-changer. What are your thoughts?

.

7.53am: The All Blacks may be the favourites but that doesn't mean England can't win the World Cup, All Black legend Jonah Lomu says. The famous winger also showed the Brits how the haka was done - and we've got the pics.

Lomu believes England fans can make the difference for the home team. Photo / Getty Images
Lomu believes England fans can make the difference for the home team. Photo / Getty Images

7.48am:

A

rain

band is set to bring heavy falls for the

West Coast

of the South Island today - with thunderstorms and spillover to the rest of the island possible too.

Storms

are also possible in

Taranaki

tonight.

7.45am: Is online shaming the new public flogging? What are your thoughts?

7.42am: Chris Brown fan? The R&B bad-boy is heading for NZ shores, performing in Auckland on Dec 18.

Singer Chris Brown. Photo / AP
Singer Chris Brown. Photo / AP

7.38am:

Court records show

Caitlyn Jenner

- born as Bruce Jenner - has filed paperwork to make her name and gender transition official.

The Olympic gold medalist filed a

name

and

gender

change petition

.

7.35am: Riot police are using tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons to beat back hundreds of people massed at the Hungarian border with Serbia.
Several people have fainted in the chaos. Here's the latest.

Hungarian police use pepper spray at a border crossing. Photo / AP
Hungarian police use pepper spray at a border crossing. Photo / AP

7.32am:

Here's the latest drive times in

Wellington

-

traffic

is building up a bit, but not out of the ordinary.

7.28am:

It has been nine months since 48-year-old Leeann Scott went missing and police say it is "very unlikely" she is alive.

- and it's a chilling story.

Leeann Scott was last seen on December 12 2014. Photo / Supplied
Leeann Scott was last seen on December 12 2014. Photo / Supplied

7.24am:

The

White House lockdown

has been caused by an "

unattended package

" in nearby Lafayette Park, ABC News reports.

7.21am: A photo of a young Florida boy and a sheriff deputy has gone viral after the youngster offered to pay for the officer's breakfast.

Here's the post, thanks to the Broward Sheriff's Office Facebook page:

We had to share this post from Deputy Jackson. With so much negative attention around law enforcement, we were so happy...

Posted by Broward Sheriff's Office (Official) on Saturday, September 12, 2015

7.17am:

Pretty warm morning out there -

New Plymouth

has the country's high of

13.1C

while

Hastings

is the coldest at just under

4C

.

7.13am: "Please don't ask us any more questions about the haka" - that's the call from the All Blacks being bombarded by international media about the tradition, in light of the 'Hakarena' parody. Here's the story.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw during the All Blacks team training session, held at The Lensbury, Teddington, Middlesex, London. Photo / Brett Phibbs
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw during the All Blacks team training session, held at The Lensbury, Teddington, Middlesex, London. Photo / Brett Phibbs

7.11am:

A

crash

on

SH39

just north of

Whatawhata

, near Hamilton, is causing delays. Emergency services are at the scene. Drivers should avoid the area if possible, NZTA says.

7.08am: An Auckland Transport worker has landed in hot water after being busted doing 121km/h on the Northern Motorway - and 126km/h on the way back. Here's the story.
7.04am: Traffic building up in the windy city:

7.02am:

BREAKING

: It is understood the

White House

is in

lockdown

, TV3 has reported. The reason is not clear. We will have more soon.

7.00am: Citybound Auckland traffic is starting to build up. Current drive times: 35mins from Oteha, 35mins from Westgate, 45mins from Papakura.

6.57am: More tragic news from the fatal South Auckland tank explosion - the 24-year-old who died was meant to be home sick but was helping out his mother's partner work on the gas tanks instead.

He was meant to be at home and now he is dead - he should never have been there.

6.53am:

Fan of

Soundgarden

?

6.51am:

Almost 30,000 rugby fans - including ex-All Black Piri Weepu and TV3's Hilary Barry - have had a go at picking the winning teams at the Rugby World Cup in the hope of pocketing $1 million.

Close to 30,000 rugby fans - including ex-All Black Piri Weepu (left) had a go at picking the winning teams at the Rugby World Cup in the hope of pocketing $1 million. Photo / NZME.
Close to 30,000 rugby fans - including ex-All Black Piri Weepu (left) had a go at picking the winning teams at the Rugby World Cup in the hope of pocketing $1 million. Photo / NZME.

6.48am:

The missing pair are both from

Owaka

and were on a

fishing trip

in their silver 5.2-metre pontoon-style Kiwicraft. Their

vehicle

and

trailer

remain at the launch site.

6.45am: The Wellington breakdown on the Ngauranga off-ramp is now clear.

6.42am: It's a big day for Solid Energy, with the coal company's shareholders deciding whether to accept the board's proposal of a gradual sell-down.
The Buller District Mayor said a sell-off would be "manageable", Newstalk ZB reported.

6.38am: A beautiful sunrise in Auckland - check it out!

6.36am:

Looks like a wet old day in

Wellington

- but drivers aren't suffering too much yet. Here's the latest

drive times

:

6.33am:

6.29am:

A

breakdown

is causing issues for

Wellington

commuters:

6.26am:

Here's the latest from our RWC coverage -

And there's a pic to prove it.

Sonny Bill Williams. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Sonny Bill Williams. Photo / Brett Phibbs

6.21am:

A 14-year-old boy was

arrested

in Texas when his

homemade clock

was mistaken for a

bomb

at school,

And President Obama has come out in support of the teen, Ahmed Mohamed.

6.18am:

6.15am:

One of the world's leading

copyright

experts, Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, has reviewed the

Kim Dotcom

case and says there is no ground for

extradition

.

Kim Dotcom. Photo / Richard Robinson
Kim Dotcom. Photo / Richard Robinson

6.12am:

Make the most of the

warmth

today!

Cold southerlies

are expected to push their way onto the South Island on Friday and into the North Island on Saturday.

6.08am:

It is understood

fog

is hampering police efforts to

search

for a missing boat off the

Caitlins coast

in the South Island. A 79-year-old man and a woman in her 60s are missing. We'll have more for you here.

6.04am: A strong read to kick things off this morning - A vindictive predator from Denmark who allegedly blackmailed an Auckland teen has been charged.
Here's the exclusive.

Young people should not divulge private details online, experts say. Photo / Getty Image
Young people should not divulge private details online, experts say. Photo / Getty Image

6.01am:

Morning all! And happy Thursday. Lauren here, bringing you all the latest news as well as catching you up on what you missed overnight. Send in your tips!