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Gerardus Mercator's maps gave us a truer view of our world and the means to explore it. Library of Congress hide caption

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Six U.S. Secret Service agents have lost their jobs so far after a prostitution scandal that took place at the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia, just before President Obama's arrival at the Summit of the Americas conference earlier this month. Manuel Pedraza/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Red chairs fill a main street in Sarajevo on Friday as the city marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Bosnian war. Officials lined up 11,541 chairs in 825 rows to represent the 11,541 Sarajevans who were killed during the siege. Amel Emric/AP hide caption

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Food professionals will tell you: Eating asks a lot of your body. hide caption

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Actress Junie Hoang is going to court because her IMDB profile reveals her age. IMDB hide caption

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Not even pets can hide from the political caterwauling; a superPAC has attacked the candidacy of Hank the Cat. YouTube hide caption

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Protesters demonstrate against Foxconn, which manufactures Apple products in China, outside an Apple retail outlet in Hong Kong. Antony Dickson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Marine Lt. Col. John Glenn demonstrates operations inside a Mercury capsule on Jan. 11, 1961. AP hide caption

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Trainers help Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy after he took a hit during a game in December. In a series of interviews with The Associated Press, 23 of 44 NFL players said they would try to hide a brain injury rather than leave a game. Don Wright/AP hide caption

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Zambia's tourism minister Given Lubinda bungee-jumped off of a bridge at Victoria Falls to invite tourists back. ITN News via YouTube hide caption

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Participants recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the Hillsborough County Republican Gala Friday in Nashua, New Hampshire. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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A Primary Role: Small States Earn Those Big Stakes

Iowa and New Hampshire might look small and vanilla in a nation of multiplying hues and creeds, but they pay attention to their lead-off responsibilities.

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