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Peace Corps to accept same-sex couples

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Price paid by a Chinese businessman for a racing pigeon at an auction in Belgium, surpassing the previous record price of $322,000 for a bird

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Price paid for 530 pigeons at the auction

Peace Corps open to same-sex pairs

The Peace Corps will begin accepting applications from same-sex domestic partners who want to serve together as volunteers overseas. Deputy director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said Tuesday that the change will diversify the pool of applicants who want to help improve the quality of education, health care and economic development in host countries around the world. Married couples have been serving together in the Peace Corps since the organization was founded in 1961. There are more than 8,000 Peace Corps volunteers working in 76 countries.

Britain considers marriage bill

Britain's House of Commons has passed a bill Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales. The legislation, backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, passed by a vote of 366-161. The measure will now move to the House of Lords, whose members are expected to hold their first debate in July. If approved, the law is expected to take effect in 2015, and enable same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, provided the religious institution they choose consents. Such a law also would allow couples who had previously entered into a civil partnership to convert their relationship to a marriage.

Associated Press

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