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BOSTON GLOBE, AP (United States)

MIDDLEBOROUGH - When in Massachusetts, watch your language!

Residents in Middleborough, a town of about 20,000 inhabitants outside of Boston, have voted to make the foul-mouthed pay $20 fines for swearing in public.

Town Meeting members, by a 183 to 50 tally, voted to institute as a non-criminal civic violation for excessive swearing in public, at a $20 fine, the Boston Globe reports. The ordinance gives police discretion over whether to ticket someone if they believe the cursing ban has been violated, AP reports.

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How South American Oceans Can Sway The U.S.-China Showdown

As global rivalries and over-fishing impact the seas around South America, countries there must find a common strategy to protect their maritime backyards.

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BUENOS AIRES — As the U.S.-China rivalry gathers pace, oceans matter more than ever. This is evident just looking at the declarations and initiatives enacted concerning the Indian and Pacific oceans.

Yet there is very little debate in South America on the Sino-American confrontation and its impact on seas around South America, specifically the South-Eastern Pacific (SEP) and South-Western Atlantic (SWA). These have long ceased to be empty spaces — and their importance to the world's superpowers can only grow.

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