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A Rhode Island middle school this week warned parents that their kids have discovered a dangerous new drug habit: snorting Smarties candy. The email even warns of grisly Smarties side effects, like nasal maggots. The scare, which has spread nationwide, seems to be a result of a 10-year-old email hoax—but you can never be too careful when it comes to nose maggots. If you're a Smartie who's taken a sharp eye to this week's stories, you should ace this week's Slate News Quiz.
Question 1 of 12
What city saw a 21 percent increase in Internet searches for hotel bookings following Sunday's AFC championship game?
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning used the audible call "Omaha" 44 times in the game, apparently sparking the curiosity of home viewers.
Question 2 of 12
A $19,000 New York shopping spree at Oscar de la Renta, Louis Vuitton, and Bergdorf Goodman is just one highlight of this week's 43-page indictment against whom?
Question 3 of 12
Security officials are seeking as many as four suspected "black widow" suicide bombers, women who have allegedly planned attacks where?
Question 4 of 12
President Nicolas Maduro has announced plans to change what in Venezuela, for the first time in almost 20 years?
Gas costs only 6 cents a gallon in oil-rich Venezuela, due to heavy government subsidies, according to an article in the New York Times this week.
Question 5 of 12
Last Friday, a suicide bombing claimed 21 lives at a popular Lebanese restaurant in what world capital?
Question 6 of 12
In a fiery address in Switzerland on Wednesday, who angrily denounced the assembled nations as "interlopers" with "blood on their hands" who live in "mud and backwardness"?
Question 7 of 12
South Africa is up in arms after what problem was discovered with the 30-foot bronze statue of Nelson Mandela erected after his funeral?
"We don't think it's appropriate because Nelson Mandela never had a rabbit on his ear," said a spokesperson. (The sculptors included it as their signature.)
Question 8 of 12
The U.S. military has announced plans to let troops wear what?
Yarmulkes, turbans, headscarves, and even beards will be allowed with service uniforms, when worn for religious purposes.
Question 9 of 12
Government regulators announced a new test this week that will make child car seats safer from what?
The change has been under consideration by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for more than a decade.
Question 10 of 12
In Campomoro, Italy, what unusual honor was given to Pope Francis?
"I did not know I was pregnant," insisted the Salvadoran nun—and new mother to little Francesco. "I only felt a stomach pain."
Question 11 of 12
A Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company has begun Web sales of what 3-D-printed product?
The company can produce a plastic doll based on sonogram photos—either yours, or those of a celebrity baby, like Kim and Kanye's.
Question 12 of 12
Vincent Asaro, of Queens, N.Y., was arrested this week in connection with a 36-year-old heist immortalized in what movie?
Asaro has been linked to the 1978 "Lufthansa heist" at JFK airport, in which mobsters got away with $6 million in currency and jewelry.
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