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Dozens were killed and buildings were destroyed as bombs rained down on the Black Country.

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Top Wolverhampton school plummets to bottom of league tables

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An accident in Smethwick has closed the Bearwood Road

Council bosses looking to find £40million of savings in the next four years have 'lost the plot', a former mayor has said.

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Businesses have failed to receive full backing for a scheme aiming to boost trade in Halesowen – prompting an angry reaction from the town’s chamber of commerce.

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Delays on the M6 due to a broken down vehicle

From sunshine, to snow, to rain, to sunshine again... What's next for this changeable winter weather?

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Caught on camera: The chilling moment a bank robber pulled a hunting knife on customers at a Black Country bank before demanding cash and fleeing the scene.

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He's a Mr Birmingham model candidate in more ways that one.

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Two brothers from Smethwick have been jailed after a series of attacks on women in Birmingham City Centre with chilli powder, which left one of their victims blind.

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First Milk reassurance over crisis

First Milk is a co-operative owned by British farmers

The UK's largest diary firm reassured farmers today that the financial crisis which led to it delaying a £10 million payment earlier this month is over.

US GDP growth slower than UK

US gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 2.4 per cent in 2014, figures show (AP)

The UK's claim to be the fastest growing major economy last year was today cemented by official figures confirming that US gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 2.4% in 2014.

Ex-Bank chief tells of 'scary time'

Sir Charlie Bean was knighted for services to monetary policy and central banking

A former deputy governor of the Bank of England has described the global financial crisis that brought economies to the brink of collapse as a "very scary time".

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