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As people celebrated July 4th this past weekend, we take a look at what it takes to become an American citizen. The U.S. Citizenship test features 100 civics questions, and hopeful American citizens are asked up to 10 of these during an interview. They have to answer six out of the 10 questions correctly to pass the test. http://cnn.it/29aLXCs
  1. How many years do we elect a president for?
    Four years. That's plenty of time for countless puns and pop culture references at the State of the Union address.
  2. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
    435.
  3. Secretary of Interior, Secretary of Communications, Secretary of Energy, or Secretary of Agriculture -- which of these is not a Cabinet-level position?
    While countries from Brazil to Bhutan do, the U.S. does not have a Secretary of Communications.
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  1. Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
    Edward Sotomayor Jr. loved traveling, making new friends and black hats. "Eddie was one sweetheart and I will miss talking and working with him. That smile and top hat is burned in my memory," his friend Nikki Stjames posted.
  2. Stanley Almodovar III, 23
    The pharmacy technician loved his family. And the feeling was mutual. The last video he posted on social media showed him laughing and singing on the way to the club, his mother told the Orlando Sentinel.
  3. Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
    The dancer and barista was one of the youngest victims killed in the shooting.
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This spring, we spoke to a few casting directors, agents and bookers in the industry to find out how issues of diversity, technology, new guidelines and demand are affecting their business. http://cnn.it/1U41KqM
  1. Models with large followings on social media are sought after
    Models like Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner, who are big on social, are sought after. Clients see social media as a new way to advertise, so the number of followers a model has can even be leveraged in negotiations.
  2. New apps are helping models who face financial exploitation -- seen as a serious problem in the industry
    The app Swipecast, for example, puts models directly in touch with brands and offers sign up fees reportedly 30% lower than traditional agencies.
  3. Health guidelines are controversial, and no one in modeling agrees on the same ones
    France has passed a bill banning "excessively thin" models. But some don't believe legislation is right. The British Fashion Council and the Council of Fashion Designers of America don't restrict models' weight but instead promote self-regulation through workshops and education.
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A U.S. Education Department study released Tuesday refutes the notion that equal opportunity is a cornerstone of American life. http://cnn.it/217zOkK
  1. Black students in preschool were 3.6 times more likely to be suspended. I
    And in K through 12, black students were 3.8 times more likely to be suspended.
  2. The more minority students, the fewer advanced classes offered
    Schools with a significant minority population offer fewer algebra II, calculus, chemistry and physics classes.
  3. In gifted classes, where Blacks and Latinos were 42% of the student body, they made up just 28% of students enrolled in gifted classes.
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  1. Zurich, Switzerland
    Zurich is serious about swimming: It has 18 official outdoor bathing spots, all offering crystal-clear water in stunning surroundings. The city has a pool that dates back to 1864 only for men. There's a pool only for women, too, it's an art nouveau gem that has views of the old town.
  2. Hong Kong
    The secret to escaping Hong Kong's humidity is in its cool and refreshing pools. At Repulse Bay (don't let its name repulse you), the water laps gently on the sand, making it the perfect place for an easy dip. Or, go to the world's highest swimming pool on the 118th floor in the tallest building in Hong Kong, the Ritz Carlton.
  3. New York, USA
    Fun fact: New York has more than 50 public pools. If Queens, there's a vast 50-meter Olympic-sized pool. Or, head to the McCarren Park pool in Brooklyn -- the hipsters' watery hangout of choice, which opened in 1936. But the pools don't open until June 29, so try to stay patient.
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For 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, the holy month of Ramadan has just begun. http://cnn.it/1Um5Y7r
  1. What is Ramadan?
    Ramadan is the name of the ninth month in the Hijri, or Islamic calendar.
  2. How important is it?
    Ramadan is the most sacred month in the Muslim year, commemorating the revelation of the Holy Quran - the sacred religious text of Islam - by the angel Gabriel to the Prophet Mohammed, according to Islamic tradition
  3. What does it involve?
    The main obligation of the festival is the Sawm, or fast. Believers are expected to refrain from eating and drinking from dawn until dusk for the entire month, a discipline that is thought to burn away all sins. The Sawm is considered one of the five "pillars," or foundations of Islam
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  1. 1.
    Planes are really heavy
    A fully loaded A380 can weigh 1,268,000 lbs on takeoff. For context, that's more than 462 Honda Civics.
  2. 2.
    The FAA requires airlines to keep an ashtray in plane bathrooms...
    ... even though smoking is not allowed.
  3. 3.
    You can get off a plane fast, if you really need to.
    The FAA requires proof that passengers can get off a plane in 90 seconds or less.
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This International Women's Day, we're celebrating women in science. http://cnn.it/1pvC8oX
  1. Chien-Shiung Wu
    Chinese-American physicist Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) focused her research predominantly on the techniques of experimental physics and radioactivity. She was known for her work on the Manhattan Project, which produced the first nuclear weapon during World War II. Her nicknames included the "First Lady of Physics", "Chinese Marie Curie" and "Madame Wu".
  2. Marie Curie
    Polish-born French physicist Marie Curie (1867-1934) discovered polonium and radium. Her work led to the creation of X-rays -- a crucial component of modern-day medicine. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only woman to win this award in two categories: Physics and Chemistry.
  3. Alice Hamilton
    American Alice Hamilton (1869-1970) was a pioneer in the field of toxicology. She researched the effects of lead poison on factory workers, isolated a typhoid fever outbreak in 1902, and lent her expertise to help crack down on the sale of cocaine to children in Chicago. She was also the first female faculty member of Harvard Medical School.
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  1. Strahov Abbey library, Prague, Czech Republic
  2. The Peabody Library, Baltimore
  3. The Bodleian Library, Oxford
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  1. In a field in Williamsburg, Virginia, a ghostly army of U.S. presidents appears buried chest-deep...
  2. ...as if caught in a nightmarish quicksand.
  3. Welcome to intriguing remains of America's Presidents Park.
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