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17:02 UK time, Wednesday, 18 May 2011

A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.

Joel Klein has been chancellor of New York City's school system for eight years. In a popular Atlantic article he explains why his schools are still failing. He says he has learnt a few painful lessons about how corrupt politicians abuse the schools system. He also thinks that people tolerate bad education of the neediest children because they believe either that we can't do any better or that these children are "irredeemable".

The New York Times' most popular article asks if happiness is overrated. It says the founder of the positive psychology movement - who focuses on the keys to happiness - regrets creating happiness measurements. Martin Seligman's positive psychology movement has inspired David Cameron's policy to survey people's state of mind, the article explains. It goes on to say Dr Seligman now thinks the surveys are flawed and give inaccurate results.

A British tourist faces year in Dubai jail after calling the Islamic prophet Muhammad a "terrorist" according to one of the Daily Mail's most popular stories.
The article says the 40-year-old was in the Mall of the Emirates when he "got into an argument" a 21-year-old salesman from Pakistan. He allegedly said that "Muslims in Pakistan are not normal because they kill each other and kill people outside Pakistan".

A popular Guardian story says a picture of the space shuttle Endeavour has been taken by an iPhone user. They took the picture from a passing the plane and the image has gone viral across the web. Stephanie Gordon took the picture as the shuttle hurtled away from its launch pad at the Kennedy Space Centre. The article quotes her as commenting "Dad is finally ok with me being on twitter".

Russia Today's most popular story says a former CIA agent is claiming Osama Bin Laden died in 2006. It quotes Berkan Yashar who said on Russian TV Station Channel One that Bin Laden was seriously ill before his death and had he faded away to skin and bon. Mr Yashar added that they had washed his body before burying it.

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