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KILLER FIRE: Two youngsters who died in a blaze in Whangarei were last seen playing outside. Neighbour says the flames engulfed the house in minutes. The kids were found upstairs under a bed where they went to shelter from the flames. The mother of one if the children is flying back from Australia. The Fire Service suspects the children may have lit the fire in the basement while playing with matches.

HEALTH REPORT: Health report says lack of exercise and obesity are big killers of Kiwis. The Ministry of Health report says that inactivity is the number three killer after smoking and high blood pressure. The report says 2.5 hours of exercise a week is invaluable. Obese people have risen from 11 to 17 percent. Prime Minister says that smoking is bringing about a horrible death toll - especially in the Maori community.

BIG RAPPER DIES: A 316kg rap music artist has died of a range of conditions related to being to fat.

HIJACK DRAMA: Four people made a dramatic escape from a hijacked plane at Stanstead Airport in the UK. UK Police have not confirmed that one of the escapees was the pilot.

LISA BLAKIE MURDER: Police release more details concerning murder victim Lisa Blakie. Mother and sister arrive back in country. Inspector Rob Pope says that Lisa was involved in the massage parlour scene in Queenstown. Lisa's body was found on Sunday dumped in a high country river. Inspector Pope says there are no links to the Kirsty Bentley inquiry.

COT DEATH: A study suggests sucking on a dummy may help prevent cot death. Several studies have found the link a conference in Auckland has heard. But while there are benefits in dummies for cot deaths there may be a greater risk of infection and other conditions. Dummies have not yet received official backing for avoiding cot death.

MONGOLIAN HELMET: A very valuable 700 year old helmet stolen from Christchurch Museum on Monday has been recovered by police.

BALLOON DRAMA: Devonport was the scene of a drama for a balloon which had planned to land near the harbour bridge but was blown off course. Eventually the pilot found a landing spot on a golf course after hovering over bemused people's houses for an hour.

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