BBC North West political editor Arif Ansari explains all
Thieves smash through a brick wall at a Cheshire primary school and steal tablet computers from a classroom.
Fire crews spend the night tackling a "difficult" blaze at a former college building in Wigan.
The NHS trust which runs Salford Royal Hospital is rated as "outstanding" following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.
Salford Red Devils move fourth in Super League with a dominant 36-8 victory over Widnes Vikings at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Macclesfield Town complete the loan signing of Morecambe striker Jack Sampson on loan until the end of the season.
Ryan Jennings joins Accrington Stanley from Wigan on loan, while goalkeeper Tony Warner signs a short-term deal at the club.
Promotion-chasing MK Dons sign 21-year-old Bolton forward Rob Hall on loan until the end of the League One season.
A man is arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of an assault victim who suffered serious head injuries at a pub in Rochdale.
David Flitcroft's Bury sign Bolton defender Rob Holding on loan until the end of the League Two season.
Team news as Wigan host Wakefield in Friday's Super League fixture at DW Stadium (20:00 GMT).
Team news as Warrington host Huddersfield in Friday's Super League fixture at Halliwell Jones Stadium (20:00 GMT).
Huddersfield Town sign Manchester United defender Reece James on loan until the end of the season.
A Wigan soldier awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery at Gallipoli in World War One has a new street named in his honour.
Bolton Wanderers sign 20-year-old Liverpool midfielder Jordan Lussey on loan until the end of the Championship season.
A man who has lived in the UK for 53 years says he is facing deportation to the United States because he has not formally applied for residency.
Thirteen suspected members of a Manchester gang responsible for the theft of "money and goods worth up to £400,000" are arrested in police raids.
Captain Sean O'Loughlin's absence is a factor in Wigan's mixed Super League start, say Warrington's Tony Smith.
The husband of a Manchester-based woman who died with their son in the Alps air crash pays tribute to her.
A viaduct connecting three Manchester railway stations is approved by the Transport Secretary.