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Police Cost Cutting – Body Found – Jet Boat Accident – Health Review – Creatine Danger – Mendelson Resignation – Bush Security Breach

- POLICE COST CUTTING: One News has obtained a confidential memo from police chiefs calling for more cost cutting. The memo contains a list of money savers, including: cutbacks on overtime, cutbacks on use of cars, cutbacks on transfers.

- BODY FOUND: Detectives are converging on Maungakino, where a badly decomposed body has been found. It is understood the body may have been in bush for as long as a year, and could belong to somebody as young as 12.

- JET BOAT ACCIDENT: Korean holidaymakers have been hurt in a jet boat accident near the Huka falls on the Waikato river. The driver lost control of the craft after clipping a tree, and the tourists on board suffered minor and moderate injuries. The accident comes after a Dutch tourist drowned while white water rafting on Monday.

- HEALTH REVIEW: Another cancer programme is under fire. A review has called for major improvements in how breast cancer is screened at Otago Hospital. The review say screening must be made fail-safe, and the programme needs clearer lines of responsibility. The Otago Health Board must implement the recommendations of the review by June.

- CREATINE DANGER: A French study says creatine users may risk developing cancer. The legal substance has been advertised as the natural steroid. The substance boosts performance and can help build muscle mass in athletes. The Ministry of Health says it has no specific guidelines on the use of creatine.

- MENDELSON RESIGNATION: Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson, one of British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s best friends in cabinet, has been forced to resign after covering up his part in an Indian businessman’s bid for British citizenship. The departure is a blow to the peace process in Northern Ireland. Mr Mendelson is credited with masterminding Labour’s 1997 election win.

- BUSH SECURITY BREACH: It is alleged a man breached security during new US President George W. Bush’s inauguration ceremony, and touched Mr Bush, and handed him a coin. Police recognised him as a man who broke security four years ago to meet former President Bill Clinton. The man was not charged, as he had broken no law.

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