MORNING BULLETIN: Motorists urged to take care after overnight freeze; Children plot for two years to escape California couple

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IRELAND: Sub-zero temperatures have brought more snow and ice to parts of the country overnight. A Status Yellow warning remains in place until midday.

IRELAND: There has been an 8% drop in the number of families in emergency accommodation. Department of Housing figures for December show there were 1,408 homeless families, down 122 on the November figures.

IRELAND: Up to 240 homeowners and investors in a Co Clare estate have been told to find €2.25m to pay for fire safety and other defects in their homes or face evacuation.

IRELAND: Several homeless Traveller families who were asked to vacate emergency accommodation in a hotel yesterday refused to leave Cork City Hall until their housing needs were addressed.

WORLD: A California couple accused of imprisoning and torturing their 13 children have pleaded not guilty.

BUSINESS: Apple’s announcement that it will pay $38bn (€31bn) in US tax on its overseas cash will not reduce the $16bn tax bill the company owes the Government here following an EU ruling, the European Commission has said.

SPORT: Chelsea have reportedly turned their attention to Stoke striker Peter Crouch after Andy Carroll suffered another injury blow.

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VIRAL: High winds in Europe are causing chaos on the continent, with the dangers being starkly illustrated by this video of a cyclist being dragged into the road by the extreme weather.

SHOWBIZ: The latest film in the Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi, leads the pack for the Empire Awards with nine nominations.

FEATURES: Naming a baby is a big responsibility — how do parents choose and what are the stories behind those choices? Andrea Mara finds out.


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