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They Take a 9-Hour Test in China. Then a Door Opens

June 18, 2018 |

Although high school students in the US might view taking the SAT or ACT as an ordeal, those college entrance exams have nothing on China‚Äôs gaokao, a grueling two-day, nine-hour test that Chinese students spend years preparing for. This year, an estimated 9.75 million students will take the test,…
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Beloved Yorkie Stays With Girl for Entire 12-Hour Ordeal

June 18, 2018 |

A little girl is home in the arms of her mother after reportedly getting lost in a Missouri cornfield for nearly 12 hours, during which her beloved pooch never left her side. Per KFVS , 3-year-old Remy Elliott had a friend in the family’s Yorkshire Terrier, named Fat Heath, when she…
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Cruz Beats Kimmel in Hyped ‘Blobfish Basketball Classic’

June 18, 2018 |

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has triumphed over late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel in their much-hyped charity basketball game that Kimmel dubbed the Blobfish Basketball Classic. With each basket worth a single point, Cruz topped Kimmel 11-9 in a two-hour one-on-one match they agreed to abbreviate Saturday at Texas Southern…
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Egypt’s Goalkeeper Won’t Take Budweiser Award

June 17, 2018 |

An Egypt team official has confirmed goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy declined to receive a player of the match trophy at the World Cup for religious reasons, per the AP. The trophy, an artistic red goblet, is sponsored by Budweiser. Islam prohibits the consumption of alcohol. Egypt team director Ihab Leheta told…
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Border Pursuit Leaves at Least 5 Dead in Texas

June 17, 2018 |

At least five people are dead and several others hurt as an SUV carrying more than a dozen people crashed while fleeing from Border Patrol agents in South Texas. Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd says the SUV went out of control at more than 100 mph and overturned on Texas…
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Germany’s Merkel May Be in Trouble

June 17, 2018 |

The bitter battle over immigration that’s been brewing in Germany since Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the country’s borders to Syrian refugees is pitting some within the leader’s ranks against her in the fight. According to The Atlantic , Merkel’s own interior minister, Horst Seehofer, drew up plans that would turn back…
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Boston Globe Columnist Suspended for Fabrications

June 17, 2018 |

The Boston Globe has suspended columnist Kevin Cullen without pay for three months after inconsistencies were found in his remarks following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing . Per the AP , newspaper publisher John Henry and editor Brian McGrory announced Friday an independent review found Cullen likely fabricated some anecdotes he shared…
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7-Time ‘Jeopardy!’ Winner Faces Prison Time

June 17, 2018 |

A seven-time ‘Jeopardy!’ winner who taught history at a small Michigan college faces up to five years in prison for sneaking into the email accounts of other professors, administrators and students. Per the AP , Stephanie Jass, who taught at Adrian College in southern Michigan, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lenawee…
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A Surprise Turns Up in Hardware Store Work Glove

June 17, 2018 |

An Illinois hardware store is looking for a man who apparently tried on a pair of snug work gloves and left a ring inside, the AP reports. Mark Driscoll, owner of Ace Hardware in Sugar Grove, Illinois, says he found the ring when he went to buy a pair of…
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US Open on Fox Picks Up ‘Rough’ Sex Talk

June 17, 2018 |

The US Open broadcast on Fox Sports took a strange turn Friday when a microphone inadvertently picked up a guy bragging about rough sex with his “ex,” the Sporting News reports. Announcer Joe Buck was setting up a shot by golfer Patrick Reed at around 1:45pm EST when the…
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