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Welcome back to the Slate News Quiz, your weekly 12-question moment of truth. In honor of Harold Ramis, the great comedy writer-director who passed away this week at the age of 69, I grant you permission to keep taking the quiz over and over, Groundhog Day-style, until you get everything just right.
Question 1 of 12
Gay citizens face life prison sentences and their friends are now legally required to report them to the police, due to a strict new law signed on Monday where?
Question 2 of 12
After a fatal explosion at one of their fracking wells in Pennsylvania, Chevron tried to make amends with local residents by doing what?
Each household also got a coupon for a 2-liter bottle of soda! For some reason, many were irked by the gesture.
Question 3 of 12
The United Arab Emirates has issued a fatwa against what, saying it could "never be justified in Islam"?
The planned Mars One mission is so dangerous, say clerics, that it violates the Quranic admonition, "Do not kill yourselves or one another."
Question 4 of 12
In what country, facing its worst unrest in a decade, did an opposition leader refuse to meet with the government this week, saying, "I'm not going to be like the orchestra on the Titanic"?
"This is a dying government," said Henrique Capriles, refusing to attend the conference with President Nicolas Maduro.
Question 5 of 12
The longest-serving member of the House of Representatives announced on Monday that he will retire after almost 60 years. His district is in the suburbs of what city?
Rep. John Dingell has been a Michigan congressman since the Eisenhower administration, but he finds today's House to be "obnoxious," he told reporters.
Question 6 of 12
Last Saturday, who boarded a helicopter and fled a lavish $100 million mansion, headed for parts unknown?
His 350-acre estate outside Kiev, called Mezhyhirya, includes little perks like a private zoo, gold-plated golf clubs, and a full-scale replica of a Spanish galleon.
Question 7 of 12
A new campaign is trying to collect 100,000 signatures this month to persuade Congress to make what spring observance a federal holiday?
Budweiser is backing the petition, pointing out that thousands of Americans already skip work every spring for opening day.
Question 8 of 12
Many were surprised by new government data this week showing that what has dropped 43 percent in young children during the past decade?
Question 9 of 12
While walking their dog, a couple in northern California has made what $10 million discovery, thought to be the largest in U.S. history?
No one knows where the 1,400 coins in the "Saddle Ridge Hoard" may have come from.
Question 10 of 12
Concert pianist Alice Herz-Sommer died in London on Sunday. At age 110, she was the oldest known survivor of what?
Question 11 of 12
A new study in the journal Nature revealed that Yellowstone National Park is losing about 60 tons of what every year?
The gas, which is escaping from the Earth's crust through geysers and hot springs, is enough to fill the Goodyear blimp every week.
Question 12 of 12
Florida law forced a judge to return to John Wayne Rogers the gun he used in 2012 to kill his best friend. Why was Rogers an unusual defendant?
Rogers was accused of first-degree murder but was granted immunity under Florida's "stand your ground" law.
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Buying them each a pizza
Promising not to sue the town
Nudity during sex
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman
Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych
Cesar Chavez's birthday
Rare gold coins
He is 9 years old
He is on the state Supreme Court
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