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Oh My, Ohio! Five States Named 'Most Likely To Curse'

All those customer service calls — the ones where you wait and wait and maybe even swear a little — get recorded. A recent study revealed which states curse a blue streak best. Topping the charts: those salty-mouthed Buckeyes.

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The Sunday Conversation

U.S. Lawyer Works To Change The Afghan Legal System

7 min

U.S. Lawyer Works To Change The Afghan Legal System

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Princess Vinnea, guardian of plant life (left), and Princess Terra, protector of the land, examine one of many "gulavores" plaguing the land of Hortensis in the children's book Princess Vinnea and the Gulavores. Courtesy Setsu Shigematsu hide caption

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Author Interviews

New Princesses Rescue Girls From A Distressed Damselhood

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New Princesses Rescue Girls From A Distressed Damselhood

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The room of Samantha Alejandra, 18, in Mexico City, doubles as a shrine to her favorite K-Pop boy band, Super Junior. Marlon Bishop for NPR hide caption

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Music News

Meet Latin America's Teenage Korean Pop Fanatics

5 min

Meet Latin America's Teenage Korean Pop Fanatics

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Sunday Puzzle

When Push Comes To Shove

6 min

When Push Comes To Shove

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A French soldier talks to a crowd outside a church in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, on Thursday. Jerome Delay/AP hide caption

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Europe

Why French Troops Are Intervening In Africa — Again

4 min

Why French Troops Are Intervening In Africa — Again

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A polio worker vaccinates a child in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, in October. Arshad Arbab/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Shots - Health News

They Shot For Zero, But Couldn't Squash Polio In 2013

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They Shot For Zero, But Couldn't Squash Polio In 2013

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A rudeness ranking puts Ohio at the top of the list for "Most Likely To Curse," while South Carolina rates as the "Most Courteous" state. Courtesy of Marchex hide caption

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Oh My, Ohio! Five States Named 'Most Likely To Curse'

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Rome's St. Zeno chapel was built by Pope St. Paschal I in honor of his mother. The ceiling, a gold mosaic, was intended as an interpretation of heaven. Stephen Weigel/Courtesy of Basic Books hide caption

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54 Days In The Eternal City: A Christian 'Pilgrimage' For Lent

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Pop Culture

Our Favorite TV Parties

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Our Favorite TV Parties

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