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Charles Ramsey, who responded to shouts for help and triggered the rescue of three kidnapped women, talks to reporters. Scott Shaw/The Plain Dealer/Landov hide caption

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Reps. Bobby Scott of Virginia, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Judy Chu of California pose with President Obama in 2010, during a reception to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Students stand in the back row of a filled chemistry class at the California State University East Bay in Hayward, Calif., in September 2009. Officials from the Cal State system are seeking new prospective African-American students in church pews. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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