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News quiz: Stars go Gaga, Mark Cuban sounds off

News quiz: Stars go Gaga, Mark Cuban sounds off
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Musician Lady Gaga speaks at the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Hilton on March 14, 2014, in Austin, Texas.

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