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Can't stop taking pictures of yourself? You might have 'selfitis'

Selfitis - or the obsessive taking of selfies - appears to be a genuine condition, research has suggested.

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Here's what prisoners will be tucking into this Christmas Day.

What inmates in our prisons will be tucking into on Christmas Day

Prison bosses have revealed the menu inmates in English prisons can expect this Christmas.
Crime
A dog is for life, not just for Christmas.

Dogs Trust reveals the shocking reasons people give up their pets

Pet charity Dogs Trust has revealed the real reasons people give up their pets as they prepare for the post-Christmas influx of unwanted dogs.

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Do you follow the Slimming World plan?

Popular Slimming World ‘free foods’ now counted as ‘syns’

Slimming World has made major changes to its diet plan with some popular ‘free foods’ now counted as ‘syns’.

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Will you be wearing your Christmas jumper this Friday?

Celebs get behind Christmas Jumper Day this Friday

This Friday is Christmas Jumper Day, which is pretty self-explanatory.

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Do you fancy any of these jokes for your Christmas cracker?

How many of these top 10 Christmas cracker jokes make you laugh?

A gag about Prime Minister Theresa May has won a national competition to write the best modern Christmas cracker joke.

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Peppa Pig has been blamed for contributing to patients' unrealistic expectations of what they can expect from their GP.

Peppa Pig blamed for making patients expect too much of their GPs

Cartoon character Peppa Pig has been blamed for contributing to patients' unrealistic expectations of what they can expect from their GP.

Health
Research found that more fatal motorbike crashes take place on nights where there is a full moon.

Full moons increase chances of fatal motorbike crashes

More fatal motorbike crashes take place on nights where there is a full moon, research has found.

Transport
Rowan Atkinson plays French fictional detective Jules Maigret

Rowan Atkinson returns for new Maigret episode at Christmas

Rowan Atkinson has praised the "freedom" of television ahead of his appearance in the new episode of crime drama Maigret.

TV and Film
Have you got any of these hidden away?

Do you have any of the 10 rarest Star Wars toys in the attic?

With the latest instalment of Star Wars series The Last Jedi due for release next week, the Force could be with Star Wars fans who have valuable vintage action figures.

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Want people to like you more? Nod at them, say scientists

A polite nod of the head can make a person almost a third more likeable, say scientists.

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Warning signs that your child is screen-addicted

Many parents are used to the sight of young children bent over a screen for hours, lost in a digital world.

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Will it be a white Christmas in the North East? Here are odds of snow falling when the big day rolls around

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?

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Santa Paws in Sunderland. Dappy the dog. Picture: Jade McArdle.

Santa Paws is back for Christmas - and we want to see your purr-fect pictures!

Christmas is coming – and that means Santa Paws is back!

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The last supermoon of the year will be visible on Sunday.

When and where can I get the best view of the December supermoon?

Skygazers will be treated to a bigger and brighter moon this weekend as the final 'supermoon' of the year moves closer to Earth.
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Warning to dog owners aver Alabama Rot disease after dog dies

Leading vets are advising dog owners to know the signs of Alabama rot disease after a new case was confirmed in Warwickshire this week.
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Are you freezing at work? This is how cold it has to be before you can legally go home

The North East  is set to freeze this week as temperatures plummet across the country but how cold does it have to be before you can leave work?
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US President Donald Trump.

These are the top Yahoo searches of 2017

Yahoo has revealed its most common search terms of the year for 2017, with US President Donald Trump featuring in several of the key lists.
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Green Flag has issued a list of tips for motorists hitting the road tonight. One of them is to wear a coat.

10 tips for driving on the coldest night of the year

A Yellow weather warning has been issued for across the North East tonight with ice and snow expected to hit the region.
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Are any of these toys on your child's Christmas list?

Santa letters reveal the toys topping this year's Christmas wish-list

Children's letters to Father Christmas have revealed the most wanted presents of the year.

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