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Jobseekers to get free bus travel for month

For one month only, finding a job will be made a little bit easier because of a unique deal struck with Britain's bus operators. Companies which between them operate 70 per cent of the country's bus routes have agreed to allow jobseekers to travel free in January as long as they produce a Jobcentre Plus travel card.

Shark attack: The Sale wing Mark Cueto tackles Toulon’s David Smith at the Salford City Stadium

Sharks beaten but it's Toulon who lack bite

Sale Sharks 6 Toulon 17: Sale heartened by performance against big-spending Pool Six leaders

Crest of a wave: The new stadium

Can Cardiff profit from the Welsh feelgood factor?

The Championship's perennial bridesmaids may finally join their Swansea rivals in the top flight

'Outstanding' Ince just needs to add goals to his game, says Pearce

The England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has challenged his winger Tom Ince to replicate his goalscoring form for Blackpool at international level.

League round-up: Ollie sees new side ice Berg

Ian Holloway's appointment as Crystal Palace manager meant that four Championship clubs were under new management yesterday.

Blackpool drug user dies after being infected with anthrax

A drug user has died after being infected with anthrax, health experts said.

Blackpool parks to be declared smoke-free

A number of parks in a town are to be declared “designated smokefree sites”.

Team GB shotputter and discus thrower Carl Myerscough warns young athletes about body-building supplements

London 2012: Team GB's shotputter Carl Myerscough speaks out against body-building supplements

Team GB shotputter and discus thrower Carl Myerscough is warning aspiring athletes to keep clear of body-building supplements after his own haunting doping ban experience.

Album: Karima Francis, The Remedy (Vertigo)

In 2008 that arbiter of popular culture the Daily Mail called Francis "the next big thing". What followed was a debut album that didn't quite deliver and nine months in a hospital bed with anorexia.

Eric Bell: Footballer who scored in the 'Matthews Final'

He nurturedhopes of glory atOld Trafford;Matt Busby saidhe later regrettedletting him go
Big One Rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The rollercoaster index

It's not just about height and speed – big rides can say a lot about the places they're built in. Chris Beanland discovers how ambitious new theme parks reflect economic ups and downs

Two men charged after Blackpool beach body find

Two men have been charged with murder after a man's body was found on a beach. 

Man who stole pensioner's life savings sweet tin jailed

A man who stole a pensioner's life savings after finding the cash in a Quality Street tin on the floor of an amusement arcade has been jailed for four months.

Big Sam has no beef with Tangerines, 16 years on

Sam Allardyce insists he bears Blackpool no grudge as he prepares West Ham for their vital Wembley encounter with his former club.

STEPHEN DOBBIE: The midfielder scored twice in Blackpool’s 3-0 victory over Southampton

Blackpool striker Stephen Dobbie aiming for new Championship play-off record

Stephen Dobbie will go to Wembley a week tomorrow looking to become the first man to earn three consecutive promotions via the play-offs.

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

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Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all