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Religion

Lessons From The Language Boot Camp For Mormon Missionaries

The Missionary Training Center, which prepares young adults to spread the gospel around the world, is recognized as a model for language instruction. And the program only takes a few weeks.

The addiction of games — from casinos to smartphones — is not just about the thrill of winning. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Stuck In The Machine Zone: Your Sweet Tooth For 'Candy Crush'

The mobile game, with its flow of moving candies, has reeled us in. The endless repetition — without a plot or character development — can be mesmerizing. Psychologically, why can't we stay away?

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey, which has helped fuel a growing demand for butlers around the world. WGBH/PBS hide caption

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Business

'Downton Abbey' Craze Serves Up A Demand For Butlers

Buttling — the proper term for what butlers do — is a booming vocation, mostly in emerging economies. The popularity of the PBS drama series Downton Abbey is helping to revitalize the status symbol.

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