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Shanghai students outscored other countries in reading, math and science, according to the results of a respected exam. However, American and European officials said that the scores from Shanghai are not representative of all of China, the New York Times said. The Shanghai region topped every country in every category. "It is striking," Andreas Schleicher, who oversees the test for the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development, told Bloomberg. "These countries are improving very rapidly." Shanghai was the first city in China to have universal primary and junior-secondary education.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail Tuesday on a rape charge in Sweden. Assange was refused bail out of concern from the judge that he would flee the country. Assange was hiding in London and turned himself in Tuesday, the USA Today said. Assange's case will be reviewed again on December 14, the Guardian said. Supporters, including filmmaker Ken Loach and heiress Jemima Khan, offered to help pay for Assange's bail.
Elizabeth Edwards died Tuesday after battling breast cancer. Edwards was the author of two best-selling books and the estranged wife of John Edwards, a former senator and the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee. Edwards was first diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2004, the USA Today said. "She has lived a life that many women can identify with," Ed Turlington, John edwards' campaign chairman and family friend told the National Public Radio. "She's been a working mom; she's been a daughter caring for elderly parents; she comes from a military family." Edwards is survived by three children: Cate, 28, a Washington lawyer; Emma Claire, 12, and Jack, 10.
Minneapolis residents could have a decrease in their 2011 property taxes. A budget deal completed Monday by Mayor R.T. Rybak and City Council members would limit the increase in the city's 2011 property tax collections to 4.7 percent, the Star Tribune said. The tax will decrease from being 6.5 percent to 4.7 percent. The property tax bill for a typical $196,000 home will be $42 smaller under the 4.7 percent levy increase, the Minnesota Daily said. "Sometimes you stand firmly for the policies you propose even when they're unpopular," Rybak said. "Sometimes when you see the cumulative impact on people's lives of decisions you've made, you listen and take action."
The suspect in a crash that killed a mom and her two sons Sunday faces three felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide. Rufus Onel Victor, 29, of Bloomington, faces the charges for the crash that killed Amanda Jean Thomas, 29, of Fridley, and her sons, Andre Alexanader Lee Mack Jr., 12, and Akeron Jason Lamar Thomas, 3 months. Thomas and her sons were killed when a man driving a stolen car ran a red light while fleeing a state trooper and hitting Thomas' vehicle, the Star Tribune said. "I don't deserve anything good to happen to me," Victor told officers. "I did it and I tried to lie my way out of it." If convicted, Victor faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and/or a fine of $80,000 for each fleeing count, the Pioneer Press said.
Google may make a reported $5 billion bid for Groupon, the daily coupon deals website. The purchase would help Google compete in online advertising against Facebook Inc., the Los Angeles Times said. Google-owned Groupon won't monopolize the deal-a-day websites, Bill Yucatonis, CEO of Groupon competitor CoupMe, told the Boston Herald. "It justifies the industry and legitimizes what we do," Yucatonis said. "It doesn't scare me at all."
Interpol issued a "red notice" Tuesday for Julian Assange, the founder of the website WikiLeaks. Assange is wanted in Sweden on suspicion of sexual crimes. The red notice asks people to contact police if they have information about Assange's whereabouts, the British Broadcasting Corporation said. Assange's current whereabouts are unknown. He moves regularly from country to country, Reuters said. "He's my son and I love him and obviously I don't want him hunted down and jailed," Christine Assange, his mother, said. "I'm reacting as any mother would. I'm distressed."
A 15-year-old gunman shot himself and died Tuesday after a five-hour standoff with police in Wisconsin. The gunman, Samuel O. Hengel, held his social studies class at Marinette High School in northeastern Wisconsin hostage Monday. Hengel had two handguns and ammunition and trapped 25 other students and a teacher. No one else was injured, the New York Times said. Hengel shot himself when authorities entered the classroom after hearing three gunshots, police chief Jeff Skorik told the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Delinquency petitions were fired against four male teens Tuesday, accusing them of crimes from assaults in Powderhorn Park. Charges against the four boys include criminal-sexual assault, kidnapping and armed robbery charges, County Attorney Mike Freeman told the Star Tribune. The boys are accused of sexually assaulting a mother and her young daughter and two teenage girls in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood, the Pioneer Press said. Prosecutors will ask a judge to certify the four boys to stand trial as adults, Freeman said.
Christopher Allen Trautman faces 14 criminal charges after two hit-and-run crashes in Rochester Saturday. One pedestrian was killed and three others were injured. Trautman had a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 percent and was driving 20 mph over the speed limit, a prosecutor told the Star Tribune Monday. Trautman could face 11 felony charges and three gross misdemeanors. The maximum fine could be up to $137,000 and 55 years in prison, the Minnesota Daily said. Trautman ran a red light early Saturday and struck two pedestrians. He then drove away and hit two more pedestrians and hit a light pole. One pedestrian, Austin John Melville, later died at a local hospital.