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George Michael 'died of accidental drugs overdose', his cousin says

George Michael's cousin has said he suspects the star died of an accidental drugs overdose.

Music
Cilla Black statue. Picture by PA

Statue of Cilla Black unveiled in Liverpool

A bronze statue of Cilla Black has been unveiled in her home city of Liverpool.
Offbeat 1

Britain's oldest Olympian celebrates his 100th birthday

A whisky every evening is the key to a long life, according to Britain's oldest living Olympian who is celebrating his 100th birthday.

More Sport
Will you be putting the Lottery on for Wednesday?

Lotto jackpot rises to £12.2million after nobody wins top prize

There will be an estimated £12.2 million jackpot in Wednesday's National Lottery draw after nobody scooped Saturday's top prize.

Business
Beware the bats!

Health concerns sparked after vampire bats start sucking human blood

It sounds like the stuff of horror fiction, but scientists have raised health fears after a species of disease-carrying vampire bat, previously thought to mostly diet on birds, has been discovered feeding on human blood.

Health 5
Man claims Cadbury stole his idea for Oreo creme egg

Man claims Cadbury stole his idea for Oreo creme egg

Sweet-toothed Nick Allam is claiming to have invented the Oreo Creme Egg - TWO YEARS before Cadbury put their latest creation on the shelves.

Offbeat
A sad dog on Blue Monday.

Pets suffer from ‘Blue Monday’ too - and how you can help

Every year we’re told that the third Monday in January is ‘Blue Monday’, supposedly the saddest day of the year.

News 1
Have you bought the toy set?

Disney toys recalled over safety concerns

A popular Disney toy set has been recalled by its manufacturer over safety concerns.

Business
Will you be feeling blue this Monday?

Banishing the 'Blue Monday' myth

January 16 is Blue Monday. But does it exist? We look at the maths formula behind what is considered to be the most depressing day of the year… and hear that it’s “scientifically ridiculous”.
Offbeat

13 ways to stay lucky on Friday 13th

Today is Friday 13th, known as one of the unluckiest days of the year.
News 1

Your pictures: Walking in a winter wonderland as snow arrives in the North East

We didn't dare to believe it when they said it was coming - but the white stuff has FINALLY arrived in the region.

News
Princess Diana died in 1997. Picture: PA.

Princess Diana celebrated throughout 2017 to mark 20th anniversary of her death

The 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, is to be marked by a year-long celebration of her qualities of kindness, compassion and service.

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Skywalker gibbon

New gibbon species named after Star Wars' Luke Skywalker

A new species of gibbon identified in remote forests in China has been named after Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.
News
Do you want to take part in Naked Attraction? The show is looking for contestants.

Channel 4's Naked Attraction looking for North East contestants

Looking for love? Give the old-fashioned methods a break and try something totally new for 2017 ...

TV and Film
Do you fancy applying?

North East couples wanted for 2017 series of Don't Tell the Bride

North East couples wanting to tie the knot this year are being invited to apply for a new series of Don't Tell the Bride.

TV and Film 1
Will you be looking for ways to save money this year?

Five really easy ways to end up with more money in 2017

January may be a tight month, but it is also one where you can take a few simple steps to have a better financial start to the year.

Business 1
The safety warning notice for Playtime Beds.

Parents urged to stop using Playtime Beds NOW after baby's death

Parents are being urged to stop using a range of cots and children's beds IMMEDIATELY after they were linked to the sudden death of a baby.

News
Working in an office can be an expensive business, according to new research.

How working in the office can cost you £1,000 a year

Office workers can expect to spend £1,000 a year on things like teas and coffees, socialising and chipping in to whip-rounds for colleagues.

Offbeat
Can you beat this spelling test?

Quiz: Can you spell better than a 9-year-old?

You might be able to spell Mississippi, but can you keep up with the brightest young spelling talent in the UK?
Education
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Rescue dog adoption film goes viral

A mini-film promoting rescue dog adoption has taken the internet by storm.
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