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For devotees of the NFL, this is as good as it gets – the divisional round of the play-offs, four games pitting the regular season’s finest against four challengers already battle-hardened by victory in last weekend’s ever-treacherous wild-card round. And in 2014 there’s an extra twist: the prospect that one of the longest, most painful droughts in US sport might be near an end.

Be reborn in the USA

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Traveller's guide: Gourmet USA

The nation that finessed fast food also boasts a world-class culinary scene. By Andy Lynes

Pitching well above par

These quirky courses will change your game, says James Cusick

New York goes from a 'Summer of Blood' to a day with no violent crime as city records first day in memory where no one was shot or knifed

The rare occasion came as New York approached the end of a year when the city's murder rate is on target to hit its lowest point since 1960

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Mental troubles give way to romantic concerns in David O Russell's suburban comedy-drama

PlayStation’s All-Stars meet their match in artist Aled Lewis

Aled Lewis releases art inspired by PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

Anish Kapoor goes Gangnam Style for freedom - and Ai Weiwei

Turner prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor has made a tribute Psy "Gangnam Style" video in support of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei.

Virgin Atlantic to resume New York flights

Virgin Atlantic said today it would be resuming its flights to and from storm-lashed New York with its first flight due to leave Heathrow around noon.

Justin Cronin: 'It's not the end of the world, you know...'

The author of the best-selling vampire thriller 'The Passage', tells Stephanie Cross why he finds post-apocalypse stories so hopeful

Bob Brooks: Director and photographer behind noted TV ads

They peel them with their metal knives... then they smash them all to bits... they are clearly a most primitive people".

An ‘alcohol-fuelled’ fight between two rival wedding receptions has left one man dead.

Video: 'Did they just deck the bride?' - Mass 'alcohol-fuelled' wedding brawl leaves one man dead

The whole incident was filmed by a guest at the hotel, who was angry that his own birthday celebrations were being ruined by the noise from the duelling wedding receptions.

Kimpton opens Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia this Thursday. The colourful 268-room retreat will have a Red Owl Tavern restaurant with a deli and classic American dishes, plus a rooftop cocktail lounge on the 11th floor overlooking the Liberty

Camouflage war-paint could protect soldiers from blast burns

A new camouflage war-paint could also protect soldiers from the searing heat of bomb blasts.

Luke Treadaway is a challenge for Niamh Cusack at the National

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The best-selling novel about a sleuthing boy with Asperger's syndrome loses something in adaptation, yet still moves

Philadelphia, Here I Come! Donmar Warehouse

Josie rourke’s varied and rewarding first season at the donmar Warehouse comes to a close now with this strongly affecting revival by Lyndsey Turner of the play that put Brian Friel on the map back in 1964.

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Today in the Premier League, Everton face Manchester United, and Arsenal take on Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium. A victory for Jose Mourinho's side, and they could win the Premier League title as soon as Wednesday with a win over Leicester.

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

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Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
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How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

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A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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