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Gender pay gap: How Hartlepool companies rank

Companies in Hartlepool with more than 250 employees have revealed the difference in pay between men and women, following last night’s deadline.

Business
The Oscars are being held tonight.

The Shape of Water leads Oscar nominations as Gary Oldman tipped for best actor

The Shape Of Water is widely tipped to be the big winner at Sunday night's Oscars as Gary Oldman leads British hopes.

TV and Film
Theresa May has concerns about a system that leaves the poorest students in England with the highest debt.

Theresa May announces 'sweeping review' of student finance scheme in England

Theresa May will announce a sweeping review of post-18 education as she admits to serious concerns about a system that leaves the poorest students in England with the highest debt.

Education
Would this Valentine's bouquet with a difference win your heart?

Would this Valentine's bouquet with a difference win your heart?

Flowers aren't for everyone. But would a bouquet full of beef be the way to your heart?

Offbeat
Solo: A Star Wars Story is due for release in May.

First full-length Solo teaser features young Chewbacca

"I'm going to be a pilot, the best in the galaxy," a young Han Solo declares in the first full-length teaser trailer for the Star Wars film.
TV and Film
Would you like to see Cheryl return to the X Factor?

Bookies suspend betting on X Factor return for Cheryl amid reports

Bookmakers have suspended betting on Cheryl making a return to The X Factor following reports that she is "in talks" with show bosses.

TV and Film
Would you pay an extra 1 a week?

Vote: Would you pay £1 extra a week to support the NHS?

More than 70% of people would be prepared to pay an extra £1 a week to be able to use the NHS, a national poll has suggested.

Health

In pictures: your photos of the Super Blue Blood Moon

An extremely rare lunar event called the “super blue blood Moon” has dazzled astronomers and skywatchers around the world.

News
Virgin Airlines. Picture by PA

Airline makes refund pledge if it can't cure passengers who are afraid of flying

An airline has pledged to cure passengers who are afraid of flying or refund their air fare.

Transport
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Morrisons cheers 'especially strong' Christmas and New Year sales

Supermarket Morrisons has said it enjoyed an "especially strong" festive season as it posted a 2.1% hike in sales after keeping a lid on price rises for cash-strapped shoppers.

Business
Brenda Blenthyn, who stars as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope in ITV's Vera

Vera fans complain about 'awful' North East accents as detective series returns to TV

Detective drama Vera has been criticised by viewers who claim the North East accents on the programme are not accurate and can be "tough to hear".

TV and Film
Have you booked your holiday yet?

Travel firms ready for busiest day as Britons book 2018 bookings

Saturday is set to be the busiest day of the year for travel firms as thousands of people book trips after returning to work following the festive period.

Travel
Newcastle United coach Peter Beardsley.

Peter Beardsley under investigation after bullying allegation made at Newcastle

Newcastle have launched an investigation after an allegation of bullying was made against Under-23s coach Peter Beardsley.
Newcastle United
Zara and Mike Tindall are expecting their second child.

Queen's granddaughter Zara and husband Mike Tindall expecting second child

The Queen's granddaughter, Zara Tindall, and husband Mike Tindall are expecting their second child, a spokeswoman for the couple has said.

News
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Average person will start (and fail) 189 diets in their lifetime

The average Briton will start - and fail - a staggering 189 diets in their lifetime, according to a new study.

Health
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Poll: Aldi rakes in £10billion with record Christmas sales - where do you prefer to shop?

Aldi raked in over £10billion in sales last year for the first time after notching up record sales over Christmas as festive shoppers snapped up luxury products and cut-price vegetables.
Business
Will you be searching for a white Creme Egg?

Hunt is on as Cadbury hatches secret white chocolate Creme Egg

Cadbury has produced a white chocolate version of its Easter Creme Egg for the first time - but consumers will not know if they have bought one until they unwrap it.

Offbeat
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How to double your days off work in 2018

With most workers now back to it after the festivities, many minds will be turning to their next lot of time off - and tactical holiday planning can pay dividends.
Offbeat
A screen grab from the Ticketmaster Platinum website.

Ban on Ticketmaster's claims that Platinum tickets are 'best available'

Claims by Ticketmaster that its Platinum tickets are the best available have been banned after a watchdog found they offered no tangible benefits compared with general seats.

Business
There is a spike in the number of couples considering ending their marriage after the festive period.

'Divorce Day' looms with sharp post-festive rise in couples considering split

Lawyers have dubbed January 8 "Divorce Day" because of the spike in couples considering ending their marriage after the festive period.

Family
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