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7 Facts And 3 GIFs: Hellooo Curling

The Olympic sport of curling is a combination of bowling, bocce ball, billiards and chess — all on ice, and with some sweeping involved. NPR's Tamara Keith spent some time learning how to curl, and put together this cheat sheet.

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A Different Kind Of Catholicism Grows In Latino Communities

The "Charismatic" movement involves worshipping with exuberance, miraculous healings, prophesying and establishing a personal connection with God — and the number of converts is growing. According to a recent survey by NPR, about one-third of Latino Catholics in the U.S. identify as "Charismatic."

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First Listen: Gem Club, 'In Roses'

The Boston band's second album provides a perfect soundtrack for thoughtful, beautiful times. Gem Club reveals new intricacies on In Roses, which sounds more resplendent with more ambient passages. The voices and cello merge and weave together perfectly.

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Virginia's New Attorney General Will Not Defend Gay-Marriage Ban

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7 Facts And 3 GIFs: Hellooo Curling

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Not Enough J Mascis

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Spain Exits Bailout In A Sign Of Progress, Not Full Recovery

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Target Hack A Tipping Point In Moving Away From Magnetic Stripes

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A Different Kind Of Catholicism Grows In Latino Communities

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Hear All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen And Robin Hilton On 'In Roses'

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey manages the biggest port on the East Coast, along with three major airports, the key bridges and tunnels across the Hudson River, bus and rail lines, and even the World Trade Center site. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Hudson High Jinks: 2 States, 1 Port Authority, Lots Of Politics

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From The Trenches To The Web: British WWI Diaries Digitized

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