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.
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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."
Rubber bracelets, that say "I love boobies," have prompted bans across the country. The bracelets, which sell for about $4 in stores, were created by Keep A Breast Foundation, a non-profit group that seeks to increase breast cancer awareness among young people. Some school districts require students to wear the bands inside-out and some ban them, USA Today said. Two mothers in Pennsylvania filed a free-speech lawsuit Monday against the school district after their daughters were suspended for wearing the bracelets, the Associated Press said. "That's the whole idea, it's getting people to talk about breast cancer, it's getting people to share their feelings about how this disease has impacted their life," founder Shaney Jo Darden said. "The bracelet is doing what it's meant to do -- it's making people talk."
An explosion at a resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico left as many as seven people dead Sunday, authorities said. The suspected gas explosion killed five Canadian tourists and two Mexican staff members while injuring 17 other people, the Agence France-Presse said. The accident was likely caused by a buildup of naturally occurring gas that somehow ignited, CNN said. Authorities have ruled out a premeditated attack as the cause.
The al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the two parcel bombs on cargo planes bound for the U.S. October 29. Two parcels that were computer printer cartridges filled with explosives were bound for Chicago and were intercepted. The group is affiliated with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network. The claims were reported by the SITE Intelligence Group, a website that monitors global terrorism, the Hindustan Times said. Security forces in Yemen are searching for the suspected bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, the British Broadcasting Corporation said.
The gunman who fired at four military facilities in the past month is believed to have a "deep grievance" with the Marine Corps, the FBI said. FBI officials spoke after the fourth shooting incident Thursday night at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia, USA Today said. It is believed the shooter has avoided casualties intentionally by shooting at night, John Perren, acting assistant director of the FBI Washington field office, said to the Los Angeles Times. It is believed the shooter has avoided casualties intentionally by shooting at night, Perren said. "It may be that he feels he has been wronged by the Corps in his profession and/or personal life," Perren said. "The subject of his grievance does not appear to be the institution of the Marine Corps and not the individual mena nd women Marines for whom he may feel a deal of respect, admiration and even loyalty."
The Yale University chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity has been criticized after fraternity pledges shouted obscenities and offensive chants towards women on the Yale campus Wednesday. Chants such as "My name is Jack, I'm a necrophiliac, I (expletive) dead women," were shouted Wdnesday night in a courtyard near a freshman women's dorm, ABC News reported. An open forum was held in response to the incident. DKE fraternity members apologized but many are still criticizing the occurrence. Two petitions have circulated urging Yale administrators to take action against DKE. One petition asks University President Richard Levin to publicly denounce the behavior of the DKE pledges, the Yale Daily News said. "What is important to recognize is that DKE has accepted responsibility, opening a new level of discourse on the issue of sexual harassment," Yale Dean Mary Miller said in a statement. "This is an opportunity to seize."
2 people died and others were injured after a commercial tour bus crashed in Arizona Sunday morning, authorities said. The bus with a dozen people in it "drifted off the road and rolled several times," Mohave Country sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter told the Arizona Central. The bus was headed from Las Vegas to the western rim of the Grand Canyon, the Associated Press said. The driver of the bus suffered minor injuries and is cooperating with investigators.
The 33 miners who have been buried alive in Chile for two months were near rescue Friday and might be evacuated beginning next week. It has been more than two months since the 33 miners have been trapped nearly half a mile underground at a mine in San Jose, Chile. Engineers have been drilling a shaft to the miners, but once completed it will still take days to bring each miner one at a time to the surface, Reuters said. The New York Times reported that a drill was about 130 feet from reaching the miners Friday. This would bring the rescue operation to the most dangerous phase. "We are calm. We've already held on for two months. Now we are in the closing stage," Samuel Avalos, whose son is trapped, told Reuters.
The U.S. Department issued an alert Sunday warning citizens to be cautious while traveling to Europe because of possible terrorist attacks. The alert follows indications that al Qaeda terrorists are planning attacks in Britain, France and Germany. The alert called for extra caution but is not meant to discourage Americans from traveling to Europe, the New York Times said. "We work closely with our international partners in countering terrorism and the U.S. advice is consistent with our assessment," Home Secretary Theresa May told Sky News.