Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. David Cameron will attempt to sell his EU reform package to Conservative MPs today when he sets out details of the deal hammered out with Brussels to Parliament later today. The Prime Minister's statement in the Commons will be the first chance for him to defend his plans, which have so far drawn criticism from within his own party for being too ''watered down''.

  2. A rare case of the Zika virus being transmitted through sexual contact, not a mosquito bite, has been reported in the US. A patient confirmed to be infected in Dallas, Texas, had not travelled to infected areas but their partner had recently returned from Venezuela. Meanwhile, Irish health authorities last night confirmed their two cases of the virus.

  3. Police investigating the murders of a woman and her two children have discovered the body of a man thought to be their killer. The mother, named locally as store manager Geraldine Newman, her daughter and son were found at their home in Leeds, Yorkshire, yesterday morning.

  4. Plans to remove central markings from roads in a bid to slow down drivers are being drawn up in Norfolk. Research has shown that taking away the white line from the middle of the road can cut the average speed by 13 per cent.

  5. Women are twice as likely to yawn than men, that's according to new scientific research which shows females show more empathy than males when someone else yawns and will start doing it too. Research has already shown this happens with apes, and now this latest study by Italian scientists shows the same is true for humans.

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Myth vs Science: Laura explains Groundhog Day!

According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on February 2, then spring will come early! However, if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and this means the winter weather will persist for six more weeks!

There are many groundhogs and celebrations across America. The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, with the most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil.

You'll be delighted to hear Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early 2016 spring...

But how often is Phil right?

Over the 114 years recorded (with a number of groundhogs called Phil!) he's
predicted 102 forecasts of more winter and 18 early springs. According to data from the Stormfax Almanac, Phil's predictions have been correct only 39% of the time!

Frost family raise awareness of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

The family of Sir David Frost are launching a campaign to highlight the importance of research into heart disease.

Sir David's 31-year-old son Miles collapsed and died "totally and utterly out of the blue" last summer while out running. It turned out he had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

Sir David Frost died from a heart attack in 2013 and a post-mortem examination identified the condition after his death. Yet his sons were not told that each child of someone with HCM has a 50% chance of inheriting it. Now remaining sons Wilfred and George have set up a fund to raise money for research into the condition.

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Half-term holidays up to EIGHT times dearer

Families wanting an affordable escape abroad this half-term might need to consider a staycation at home instead.

New research shows flights departing on February 13 could be almost EIGHT times more expensive than during term time. It's a double whammy, with the start of half-term and Valentine's Day falling on the same weekend.

We spoke to mum Leanne Stairmand who was fined £250 for taking her children out of school for a holiday at Butlins. She was given a grant for the holiday because her son is disabled.

Responding to us, her daughter's headteacher said the family made a holiday request but did not give the reason for the holiday, therefore the school decided not to authorise the request and referred the case to the local authority.

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Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Breaking news from the United States. Donald Trump has narrowly lost out to his Republican rival Ted Cruz in the first vote of the race for the White House, but he remained defiant.

  2. A red card to block unwanted EU laws. Veto powers form a major part of a deal on Europe to be announced today, that could pave the way for an in-out referendum in June.

  3. A Scottish holidaymaker has been killed on an elephant trek during a family trip to Thailand. Gareth Crowe was thrown from the animal and stabbed in the chest with its tusk before being trampled on during a visit to Koh Samui. His teenage daughter escaped with minor injuries and is being treated in hospital

  4. GPs should be paid to measure their patients' body mass index to give them an early indication of those at risk from obesity. A consultation document from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence suggests surgeries should be rewarded financially for being pro-active in protecting patients' health.

  5. The half-term holidays that are up to EIGHT times more expensive - the astronomical costs forcing parents to risk a fine and take their children out of school in term-time

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