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Cost cuts rob our police of mobiles - Manhunt after boy dies in car - Energy woes extend to people in power - School out at St Stephen's - Egg farmers face jail for hen neglect - Two heroes tell their tales - Slippery Freeman's Bay python just a slip

COST CUTS ROB OUR POLICE OF MOBILES - Dozens of police officers are being told to return their cellphones as part of a Government-ordered cost-cutting drive which their union says is turning the force into a laughing stock.

- MANHUNT AFTER BOY DIES IN CAR - Sydney police found little Leo Nguyen, unconscious and dying, strapped in the back of his parents' black BMW in temperatures hotter than Death Valley.

- ENERGY WOES EXTEND TO PEOPLE IN POWER - No one is above the fray in the world of power competition - even the Consumer Affairs Minister has been threatened with debt collectors by her electricity company.

- SCHOOL OUT AT ST STEPHEN'S - St Stephen's School in Bombay will close at the end of this week after months of uncertainty.

- EGG FARMERS FACE JAIL FOR HEN NEGLECT - The owners of a Huapai egg farm could face prosecution and six months' imprisonment or a $25,000 fine after thousands of their chickens were discovered dead or starving.

- TWO HEROES TELL THEIR TALES - A security guard screamed abuse at a dozen bystanders before one would help him save a driver trapped in a crashed car upside down in the water. - An Auckland restaurant owner's leg was broken in three places and his face savagely beaten when he came to the defence of a waitress being abused by two men.

- SLIPPERY FREEMAN'S BAY PYTHON JUST A SLIP - Freemans Bay residents can put away the saucers of milk and quit nightly checks under the bed. The snake skin found in the inner Auckland suburb was shed from a coat, not a python.


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