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Sign up for 'Wasting time on the Internet' 101

Woman using computer, laptop

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You can now get college credit for watching all those cat videos. The University of Pennsylvania is offering a class next semester titled "Wasting time on the Internet," in which students will "focus on the alchemical recuperation of aimless surfing into substantial works of literature."

UC Berkeley overturns vote to disinvite Maher

Bill Maher

From Christopher DeHaan

The controversy over having TV host Bill Maher speak at the University of California Berkeley has taken another turn. Well, make that two.

Taylor Swift's new single to benefit NYC schools

Taylor Swift at 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival

Steve Marcus/Reuters

Taylor Swift bought a $20 million townhouse in Manhattan this year, and it seems like she really wants her new home town to like her. So the pop star has pledged to donate all the money she makes from her new song "Welcome to New York" to the city's school system.

History Channel to teach college history

Classroom, school, education, desks

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Many college kids spend hours watching The History Channel. Now, students at the University of Oklahoma will be able to get college credit for it.

Dirty tricks of the student loan industry

Student loan receipt

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau put student loan servicers on notice this week with a report detailing industry practices it found suspect.

These companies help collect on the $1.2 trillion in student debt, but the report didn't name names of...

Student drains half-court shot to win $10,000

Student wins $10K

Bryan College Athletics

A soccer player who had never played basketball before sinks a layup, free throw, 3-pointer and a half-court shot to win $10,000.

Suit seeks minimum wage for student athletes

University of Arkansas football

Sean Gardner / Reuters

Should college athletes at least be paid the same minimum wage as the students who usher at their games or sell refreshments to fans?

China catches 2,440 high-tech exam cheats

Apple on top of school books

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Full marks for ingenuity.

Some 2,440 Chinese students taking a national exam have been caught using high-tech cheating gear that wouldn't be out of place in a spy film.

According to state media, invigilators detected abnormal radio signals that were be...

Maryland to coaches: No bonus if athletes failing

High school football


Coaches at state universities in Maryland have a new financial incentive to make sure their players perform in the classroom as well as on the field

Kids successfully petition to extend trick-or-treat hours

Kids successfully petition to extend trick-or-treat hours


Big Creek Elementary students can be pretty persuasive. Last week, 53 first graders from the school in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, marched to city hall to ask Mayor Gary Starr to extend the hours for trick or treating this Halloween.

UNC report finds 18 years of rampant fraud

Poorly written paper earns UNC Chapel Hill student A-minus

For 18 years, thousands of students at the prestigious University of North Carolina took fake "paper classes," and advisers funneled athletes into the program to keep them eligible, according to a scathing independent report released Wednesday.


PhotoMath app solves equations for you


Courtesy Microblink

Say it with us: Kids today have it sooooo easy. A new smartphone app will do their math homework for them, provided it's not too complicated.

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8-year-old tells NC Senate candidates to be nice

Kay Hagan

From Sen. Kay Hagan

An 8-year-old North Carolina girl is sick of the heated Senate race where more than $100 million has been spent on mostly negative TV ads.

Antares operator blew up rocket

Antares rocket explodes, NASA rocket explodes


After it became apparent there was a problem with the launch of the NASA-contracted Antares rocket, the company that operated the flight hit the destruct button, a spokesman said Thursday.

Michael Jordan trashes president's golfing ability

Obama golfs with Ahmad Rashad former NFL player

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

NBA legend Michael Jordan trash-talked President Barack Obama's golf game, telling Ahmad Rashad in an interview earlier this week the president is a "sh***y golfer."

Tim Cook comes out: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Tim Cook at Apple event

Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Apple CEO Tim Cook came out Thursday, acknowledging publicly for the first time that he is gay.

"Let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," he wrote in a column in Bloomberg Businessweek...

Coroner auctioning off guns used in suicides

Bullets, gun magazine


For sale: Guns used in suicides and accidental shooting deaths.

'Zombie' woman arrested twice in 3 hours for DWI

Police lights file 2

Police say a woman dressed as a zombie was arrested for two DWI's within three hours last weekend.

The world is running out of plasma TVs

Plasma TVs

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The last company to make plasma TV screens for U.S. consumers said this week that it would stop production of plasma sets in November. The widely expected announcement by LG has put the final nail in plasma TV's coffin.

Dad teaches kid lesson about acting her age

Dad teaches daughter lesson

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A father who was upset that his 10-year-old daughter was presenting herself as much older on social media decided to give her a unique punishment.

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