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Cocaine Bust - Screwdriver Gang - Peter Ellis - Exoderm - Cot Death - LA Plane Crash - US Primary Race

COCAINE BUST: Bay of Islands suddenly became the focus of the cocaine smuggling investigation. TV3 were there. Yacht which could have been the transfer boat found in Opua. Three men crew - Columbian - have abandoned the yacht. Police suspect the yacht may have delivered the 500kg cocaine cargo to the kiwi yacht seized in Australia. Tonight it is unclear whether the transfer took place in NZ. Police have set up hotline 09 359 6501.

SCREWDRIVER GANG: Screwdriver gang caught. Reporters staking out police station. The trio are accused of five robberies in which $100,000 was allegedly taken. The robbers were caught after a brief car chase.

PETER ELLIS: Judith Ablett-Kerr attends the Beehive to encourage Justice Minister Phil Goff to order a Royal Commission of inquiry into the Peter Ellis case. Goff has promised an inquiry - he said he would take Ablett Kerr's views on board. Ablett-Kerr was happy with the meeting. The Minister says he will wait for officials advice.

EXODERM: Cosmetic company fined $12,500 in Christchurch District Court for a facial treatment which killed a Christchurch woman.

COT DEATH: Major Cot Death conference in Auckland looks set for scientific cross-fire. British researcher says he has found no evidence that toxic mattress syndrome kills baby. NZ doctor Jim Sprott is not attending and has threatened the British researcher with litigation.

LA PLANE CRASH: The voice recorder from the Alaska Airlines MD80 has been recovered. However the cause of the accident has not yet been determined.

US PRIMARY RACE: Texas Governor George Bush lost the New Hampshire primary race for the Republican candidacy by a landslide to John McCain. McCain says it is the beginning of the end of the "truth twisting politics of Clinton and Gore". He has promised to launch a crusade. Democrat Al Gore narrowly won his race against Bill Bradley.

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