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New York state officials announce there will be no changes to state exams until 2019

Those seeking changes to New York’s standardized tests will have to wait at least two more years, State Education Department officials announced …

Video shows staff at China bank being spanked

The president of a Chinese bank has been suspended after a video emerged showing bank employees clearly distressed and in pain being publicly spanked at a company training session.<p>The clip shows a man, who reportedly charges more than £10,000 for his services, brandishing a wooden paddle and asking …

Pakistani men can beat wives 'lightly,' Islamic council says

<b>(CNN) —</b> The leader of a Pakistani Islamic council has proposed a bill that allows husbands to "lightly beat" their wives as a form of discipline.<p>In the 75-page proposal, Mohammad Khan Sheerani suggests a light beating is acceptable should the need arise to punish a woman. The proposal bans forceful …

Chinese kids who climb cliffside ladder home will get stairs

BEIJING (AP) — Just to get home from school, they climb 800 meters (more than 2,500 feet) toward the sky — on a ladder made of bamboo and secured to …

Economic Reform

Almost 500 Students Fall Ill at Posh Chinese School From Toxic Waste Dumped Nearby

The pictures circulating online show young pale skin covered with red, blotchy pustules. The diagnoses reported by state media range from bronchitis …

Why Thousands of Americans Are Lining Up to Get Arrested in D.C. This Week

Chanting, “Money ain’t speech, corporations aren’t people!” and “We are the 99 percent!” around 425 protesters were arrested Monday in a mass sit-in …

Pamela Anderson Models Her New Cruelty-Free Shoes (and Not Much Else)

Pamela Anderson has a reputation for using her body to make a statement, be it giving new meaning to the term "lettuce cups" in a provocative PETA ad or signifying the end of an era as the cover model of <i>Playboy's</i> last nude issue. And now she's letting her feet do the talking.<p>The actress and …

Bowe Bergdahl diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder

<b>(CNN) —</b> Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years, was diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder on his return to the United States, according to documents his defense team released.<p>The diagnosis was included in a document dump orchestrated by …