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Travel chaos continues in snow hit United States

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US Senate lifts gay soldier ban

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Dark nights on Broadway

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Album: Gavin Bryars, New York (GB)

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Sister, By Rosamund Lupton

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Military recruiters told to accept gay applicants

The military is accepting openly gay recruits for the first time in U.S. history, even as it tries in the courts to slow the movement to abolish its ban on gays serving openly.

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