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February 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
L.A. rap collective Odd Future will have to unpack: Authorities in New Zealand have refused to allow the group into the country for a scheduled appearance Saturday opening for Eminem after deeming it a threat to public order. "It's not a decision we take lightly and not one that happens often,” Border Operations Manager Karen Urwin told reporters after announcing that the government would not approve visas for six members of the group. Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator tweeted “OF is banned from New Zealand, again.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Two of Hollywood's most anticipated -- and most expensive -- forthcoming movies have wrapped production in New Zealand. Shot together, a pair of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy book "The Hobbit" have completed principal photography following a 266-day shoot in New Zealand, director Peter Jackson announced on his Facebook page Friday. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first of the two movies, hits theaters on Dec. 14 of this year, followed by "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" on Dec. 13, 2013.
SPORTS
September 12, 2013 | By David Wharton
Emirates Team New Zealand moved a step closer to capturing the America's Cup on Thursday, winning two more races over defending champion Oracle Team USA. Neither race on San Francisco Bay was particularly close as the challenger opened a convincing lead of six races to minus-one, Oracle still in negative territory after incurring a two-race penalty before the competition began. Emirates needs only three more wins for the Cup. "Very happy with the day," New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2012 | By Ryan Faughnder
A New Zealand judge has ruled that investigators obtained evidence unlawfully in a search of Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom's home, dealing a huge blow to the U.S. case against the online file-sharing company.  High Court Chief Justice Helen Winkelmann said in the ruling Thursday that warrants used by New Zealand authorities to conduct the search at the FBI's behest were too broadly defined and “did not adequately describe the offenses...
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