Children pester parents for payday loans after adverts blitz

More than half of ads are shown in the daytime, with cartoons and jingles common

Lady Gaga to perform live in outer space

The US pop star will sing a track at zero gravity for a music festival in 2015

The report says the working week should be cut from 40 to 30 hours

Want to be healthier, save the planet and boost the economy? Then work less - cutting working week would improve well-being and boost economy, say experts

It may be the excuse long-suffering commuters have been waiting for, as new research suggests that working fewer hours each week can be good for your health, protect the environment and even boost the economy.

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Hard-up families risk disaster if they drop cover on homes, cars and holidays, says Chiara Cavaglieri

McDonald’s has admitted 90 per cent of its UK employees are on zero-hours contracts.

They won't be lovin' it: McDonald's admits 90% of employees are on zero-hours contracts without guaranteed work or a stable income

Fast-food chain is potentially the largest zero-hours employer in the UK’s private sector

200,000 victims of Equitable Life collapse may miss out on compensation after Atos slips up again

Under-fire contractor and Treasury criticised by MPs for running ‘arbitrary’ scheme

Video: Woman caught on camera telling ‘hitman’ she wanted husband dead as its ‘easier than divorcing him’

Julia Charlene Merfeld also said she didn’t want to deal with breaking her husband’s heart by separating

Academics at Oxford University pay to be cryogenically preserved so they can be 'brought back to life in the future'

Some staff are having their heads frozen while others are having whole bodies undergo the procedure

Simon Read: In need of protection? Don't jump in and fall for the wrong insurance cover

Look, I know you don't want to talk about this – I'm not all that comfortable discussing it myself – but if you have financial responsibilities then you really should think about protecting your family.

Pennsylvania mother who reappeared 11 years after being declared dead was answering an outstanding arrest warrant

Brenda Heist, from Lititz, Pennsylvania, went missing in 2002 after dropping her children off at school

Investment View: Steer clear of the Pru, but if you do invest, be careful

Getting on the wrong side of your regulator is a bad idea. Particularly  in financial services

James Moore: Royal London looks set to prove a strong mutual is in the interests of all

Outlook Royal London has quietly become a force almost without anyone noticing it. The mutual life insurer has gobbled up the Co-op's life insurance and fund management business, the latest in a series of acquisitions.

Editorial: Equality is for everyone – men, too

Today is a landmark in gender equality – but of a kind that may not be entirely welcome to women. An EU ruling that forces Britain's insurance companies to stop charging men and women different prices is now law. And that means that women drivers – whose safer record behind the wheel than their male counterparts has benefited them for so long – will almost certainly see their premiums rise.

Questions of Cash: I've been having a hard time trying to cancel my Norton software payments

Q. Several years ago, I loaded a Norton Security software package onto my laptop. A charge was debited from my credit card annually. Recently, the laptop failed completely. I tried to cancel my payment but Norton's website does not recognise that I have a subscription.

Women save much less than men for old age

The gap in the amount that men and women are saving for retirement has grown to a record high of nearly £30,000 over the average lifetime, the provider Scottish Widows has revealed.

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