THE number of mortgage approvals made to home buyers surged to its highest level in nearly six years.
The father and sister of footballer Jamie Skinner have joined more than 400 mourners at the funeral of the youngster.
The funeral of a teenage footballer who died after collapsing on the pitch during a match has taken place.
A buzzard found dead in the Highlands may have been killed deliberately, police said.
A man who died after being hit by a vehicle on New Year's Day has been identified by police.
A tidal surge combined with rain and high winds has caused flooding and travel disruption in several parts of Scotland.
Police are investigating a murder after a man was found dead at a property in Glasgow.
A reunion of The Kinks could be on the cards to mark a half-century milestone for the band.
A grandmother was found murdered in her bedroom as she house-sat for friends in a quiet seaside village, police have revealed.
Six porters have been suspended from their jobs at a hospital following allegations they were drinking while on duty.
An indecent assault in the Scottish capital on New Year's Day is being investigated by police.
A woman who was seriously injured when she was gored by a stag remains in a stable condition and doctors are "pleased" with her progress, according to her colleagues
BNP leader Nick Griffin has been declared bankrupt but insisted he will continue as a member of the European Parliament and run for re-election in May.
Former Smiths frontman Morrissey is "mid-way" through writing a novel after the success of his memoirs, which topped the best-seller charts last year.
A BLOCKBUSTER mini-series based on the life of William Wallace has hit problems and will not be aired this year to coincide with the 700th anniversary of the Battle Of Bannockburn.
THE former chief executive of Historic Scotland, who quit after a turbulent 30 months in charge which included allegations from staff of bullying, has been given a £300,000 payoff.
TAXI passengers in Glasgow face being captured on CCTV, with a scheme to target problems from fare disputes to physical assaults expected to be approved next month.
THE economy may still be struggling but classic Scottish art is still seen as a worthy investment, auction houses found in 2013.
MARGARET Thatcher's government had a secret "invisibility" strategy in the 1980s to cut millions of pounds from Scotland's budget in the hope that the public would not notice, newly released official papers show.
A SCOTS-BASED artist murdered while looking after a luxury house in Sussex 'didn't have an enemy in the world', her neighbour has said.
MOST Scots would be willing to pay more council tax in return for better schools and more care for the elderly, a poll has found.
THE rising number of older workers across different professions needs to be addressed after figures revealed more than a third of nurses and midwives are over 50, politicians have warned.
MORE than 400 care home beds in Edinburgh are currently unusable due to concerns about the quality of the accommodation, leaving the city facing a bed blocking crisis.
A TRANSGENDER woman has been left shocked after court officials put a note on her divorce papers with the words "takes all sorts".
POLICE investigating a serious sexual assault on a 21-year-old woman in Edinburgh on New Year's Day have made a fresh appeal for witnesses to come forward.
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OXFAM Scotland is appealing for unwanted Christmas gifts to be donated to their shops.
An ambitious service aiming to remodel traditional sheltered housing is to be expanded across Scotland.
IN 1984, the Tory government was keen to maintain and enhance trade links with Libya, despite the threat of incurring the wrath of the Americans.
MARGARET Thatcher did little to press for the release of Nelson Mandela from prison during her first official meeting with a South African prime minister.