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Staff at a hotel are branded heroes for opening up following heavy snow which left a number of people stranded on roads in Derbyshire.

Warnings about icy roads are issued for much of the UK and homes are still without power in the East Midlands.

Detectives hunting on-the-run inmates have re-issued an appeal for help in finding the convicts.

A Derby ceramicist's Tower of London poppies is one of the year's more unusual stories.

Why the performance of the economy is crucial in predicting the General Election results in the East Midlands this year.

Derby actor swaps park benches for Tinseltown

Thousands of eggs hatched on Ikea-bought tree

Derby County climb up to third in the Championship with a convincing win over Birmingham City.

Chesterfield survive a Peterborough United fightback to leapfrog their fellow League One play-off chasers.

Goals from Damien McCrory and Shane Cansdell-Sheriff helps Burton move up to third with victory over 10-man Tranmere.

Quick-fire goals from Ben Tomlinson and Marcus Marshall helps Lincoln defeat Alfreton.

Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's League Two game between Accrington Stanley and Burton Albion.

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UK house prices rose by an average of £16,000 - or 8.5% - in 2014, according to the mortgage lender Halifax.

Faster broadband and improved transport could help productivity grow faster in the English countryside than towns, the environment secretary says.

More than 2,000 staff from the collapsed UK parcel delivery firm City Link are to be made redundant on New Year's Eve, the RMT union says.

Spending by tourists to the UK is set to reach record levels in 2015, with the government forecasting overseas visitors will splash out £22bn.

Shoppers across the UK descend on their High Street stores for the annual Boxing Day sales.

Xbox and PlayStation make progress in restoring their gaming sites after a hacking attack that caused severe problems over Christmas.

The Sony Pictures comedy The Interview opens in some US cinemas and online, after a major cyber-attack and threats over its release.

The Nikkei closes the day virtually unchanged, as other major markets around the world remain closed for the Christmas holiday.

A US city government is suing the Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras over investor losses due to a corruption scandal.

The number of people seeking work in France has risen to a record high, official figures show.

UK workers managed to increase their output per hour by 0.6% in the July-to-September period, the Office for National Statistics has said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for a cap on rising vodka prices, fearing they are pushing drinkers towards cheap, illegal substitutes.

About 863,000 people were working on Christmas Day 2012 - 2.9% of the UK's total workforce - according to the most up-to-date figures.

Defence giant BAE Systems is to supply the US Army with a fleet of armoured vehicles, in a contract reportedly worth $1.2bn.

The boss of Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata is to step down, amid widespread criticism of how the company handled recent safety crises.

Special coins issued by Zimbabwe's central bank go into circulation in the run-up to Christmas, to help shoppers who usually get change in sweets.

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The town of Lüliang in Shanxi Province, whose coal helped fuel China’s economic boom, is at the center of a crackdown that challenges the close ties between business and government.

Analysts were skeptical about how much the spending, which avoided issuing fresh debt and included subsidies, merchandise vouchers and lower mortgage rates, could spur growth.

In the wake of this summer’s attack on JPMorgan Chase, the market for insurance against computer breaches is growing. That will help, but companies still need to invest in cyberprotection and detection.

Deal makers adopted new strategies and revived some old ones in 2014, and Steven Davidoff Solomon grades the year’s most notable transactions.

A new fund-raising round by the Carlyle Group is just one indication of private equity’s commitment to Brazil.

The mysterious killing of a top executive is one of many troubles that have shaken Doral Financial and unnerved investors.

Russia’s central bank said its bailout of Trust Bank – the first major lender to fail as a result of the sharp decline in the ruble – would cost about $2.5 billion, far more than previously anticipated.

Companies are highlighting their heritage as a way to attract shoppers who value ritual and tradition.

No one can predict where the economy will land next year, but a handful of factors will help set its course.

It’s a rare shift in a long-opaque industry: A firm is letting investors hire an outside monitor to review a fund’s books and practices.

The North rejected accusations that it was behind the hacking of Sony Pictures and it called President Obama reckless “like a monkey in a tropical forest.”

The ill-fated introduction in Britain of an app to detect predictors of suicide shows what may happen when social media posts are scrutinized for cues about a person’s mental health.

Chinese retailers, trying to appeal to shoppers who prefer goods made overseas, choose brand names that sound foreign, even if they don’t make sense in a foreign language.

Seoul prosecutors indicted Travis Kalanick, the ride-booking company’s chief executive, as well as its local unit and car-rental partner, on charges of violating taxi licensing laws.

As José Sarney leaves Brazil’s Senate, his family dynasty in Maranhão State is showing signs of strain.

By midday on Friday, more than 300,000 people in China had seen the film about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un of North Korea and the reviews, by and large, were favorable.

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