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Image copyright PA Hundreds of schools across England and Wales have closed due to snowy weather. More than 400 schools are shut in Wales. And in Birmingham, the city council has closed all of the schools it runs. Hundreds more have closed in counties across huge swathes of central England…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The cost of Christmas: Some seasonal favourites have gone up in price since last year From boxes of chocolates to mince pies and even Brussels sprouts, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a table piled high with food. But the price of the festive grocery…

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Image copyright Getty Images Bitcoin has begun trading on a major exchange for the first time in what is being regarded as a step towards legitimising the digital currency. Trading opened at 23:00 GMT Sunday on the Cboe Futures Exchange in Chicago, valuing Bitcoin at $15,000. The currency’s futures were…

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Image copyright Getty Images The overall pupil absence rate is 4.5%, according to the latest figures from the Department for Education. One in 10 of those school children are classed as “persistently absent”. A persistently absent child is one who misses school for at least 10% of the time. Secondary…

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Image copyright Northwestern University Image caption The mummy has a portrait of the buried child placed over its face Scientists at a leading laboratory in the United States are using a cutting-edge form of X-ray to scan inside an Egyptian mummy that has never been unwrapped since its excavation a…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Motherwell, Greenock Morton and Falkirk football clubs all had to refund workers who were underpaid Three Scottish football clubs have been “named and shamed” for underpaying staff. Motherwell, Greenock Morton and Falkirk were on a list of employers not paying the minimum wage. A…

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Image copyright Shazam Apple is close to buying the music recognition app Shazam for about $400m (£300m), media reports say. Shazam, a UK company founded in 1999, allows people to use their smartphone or computer to identify and buy music through a snippet of sound. Shazam, which says it has…

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Image copyright Getty Images Children and young people in England are to be able to access mental health support at school or college under government plans to improve services. The proposals include introducing a four-week waiting time for youngsters needing specialist support and new mental health support teams in schools….

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More students will be encouraged to take degrees in two years Students in England are going to be offered degrees in two years with a £5,500 saving in tuition fees, says the universities minister Jo Johnson. Undergraduate courses will be condensed into “accelerated” degrees,…

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