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It's been almost a month since Slate last ran its Friday news quiz, and I've received a lot of anxious feedback from readers wondering about the disappearance. Well, there was a simple explanation for the hiatus: It was all my fault, for going on vacation. But it's time to start paying attention to current events again, my friends. The Slate News Quiz is back.
Question 1 of 12
After Oakland's KTVU-TV announced four implausible faux-Asian puns as the names of the pilots in the Asiana crash, who did the station blame for the racially offensive names?
Question 2 of 12
Last week, the North Carolina State House passed controversial abortion restrictions by attaching them to a unanimously popular bill on what subject?
The title of SB 353 is now 140 words long, with just 17 words describing motorcycle safety and 123 referencing abortion.
Question 3 of 12
Since J.K. Rowling was revealed as the pseudonymous author of the recent crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling, the book's Amazon sales have risen how much?
Question 4 of 12
A former winner of the Nobel Peace Prize was sworn in Sunday as the new vice president of what nation?
Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, supported the military coup against Mohamed Morsi's government.
Question 5 of 12
According to his brother Robert, what newsmaker believes his life to be in danger from people who "want to take justice into their own hands"?
Zimmerman will continue to carry the gun that killed Trayvon Martin when in public, says attorney Mark O'Mara.
Question 6 of 12
What new record-holder, open this month after three years of construction, measures 1.7 million square meters in area, roughly the same size as the country of Monaco?
The New Century Global Center in Chengdu, the world's new largest building, could hold 20 Sydney Opera Houses. Amenities include offices, two hotels, a university, an artificial beach, and even a 24-hour artificial sun.
Question 7 of 12
Rolling Stone magazine stoked a controversy this week by putting Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover. Which of these killers has previously been featured on the cover of the Rolling Stone?
Question 8 of 12
Investigators say that DNA evidence from a water bottle at a construction site has, for the first time, conclusively proven what?
The DNA sample, collected from DeSalvo's nephew Tim, is a 99.99 percent match for the killer of Mary Sullivan, the last "Strangler" victim in 1964.
Question 9 of 12
On Tuesday, Panamanian officials announced that they had uncovered what contraband being smuggled through the Panama Canal beneath 250,000 bags of sugar?
Cuba has admitted that it sent the Soviet-era equipment to North Korea—"for repair," apparently.
Question 10 of 12
Pope Francis announced on Wednesday that, later this month, Catholics may lessen their time in purgatory by doing what?
Catholics will receive "indulgences" for participating in the church's upcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro—even on social media, if they can't make it in person.
Question 11 of 12
Last week, the Associated Press reported that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the architect of the 9/11 attacks, was allowed to design a new type of what while in CIA custody?
Detainees are often allowed to pursue interests to keep their mental condition stable after they face extreme interrogation techniques.
Question 12 of 12
Following a series of embarrassing incidents and YouTube videos, who may be required to undergo random drug and alcohol testing for the first time?
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An intern at the National Transportation Safety Board
An anonymous poster on Reddit
A Chinese shopping mall
A landfill in Florida
Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris
Jimmy Hoffa is buried outside Detroit
Albert DeSalvo was the Boston Strangler
Three thousand endangered parrots
North Korean missile equipment
Demonstrating at pro-life rallies
Reducing their carbon footprint
The gondoliers of Venice
Major League Baseball mascots
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