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Felicity Huffman to plead guilty in college admissions cheating case

Felicity Huffman to plead guilty in college admissions cheating caseThe actor and 12 other parents will plead guilty after being accused of paying to rig children’s test scores and bribe coachesFelicity Huffman leaves federal court in Boston, Massachusetts, on 3 April 2019. Photograph: Brian Snyder/ReutersFelicity Huffman has agreed to plead guilty in the college admissions cheating scandal, the biggest celebrity name so far to admit to her involvement in the scheme. Court documents made public on Monday show that 12 other prominent parents, in addition to Huffman, will also plead guilty in the case.The actor, 56, was accused of paying a consultant $ 15,000 to have a proctor boost her older daughter’s SAT score in order to ease her way into college. Authorities say the actor also discussed going through with the same plan for her younger daughter, but she ultimately decided not to. Other parents charged in the scheme include prominent figures in law, finance, fashion, the food and beverage industry and other fields. It’s the biggest college admissions case ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.The scandal embroiled elite universities across the country and laid bare the lengths to which status-seeking parents will go to secure their children a coveted spot. The consultant, Rick Singer, met with Huffman and her husband, 69-year-old actor William H Macy, at their Los Angeles home and explained to them he “controlled” a testing center and could have somebody secretly change their daughter’s answers, authorities said. Singer told investigators Huffman and her husband agreed to the plan. Macy was not charged although the authorities have not said why. Huffman will plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest-services mail fraud, according to court documents made public on Monday.In her first public comments since her arrest last month, she apologized and said she accepts full responsibility for her actions and “will accept the consequences”. Huffman said in a statement that her daughter did not know about her actions. She said her desire to help her daughter was “no excuse to break the law”.Huffman and TV actor Lori Loughlin had appeared in federal court in Boston last Wednesday afternoon, to face charges that they participated in a wide-ranging college admissions cheating scam that has rocked the US.The actors, along with Loughlin’s fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli and dozens of others, were charged last month in a scheme in which authorities say parents paid an admissions consultant to bribe college coaches and rig test scores to get their children into elite universities.Huffman was among 50 people charged in what authorities have described as the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the justice department.Loughlin and Giannulli are not among those who’ve agreed to plead guilty and haven’t publicly addressed the allegations.Earlier on Monday, Stanford University in California announced it had expelled a student who lied about her sailing credentials in her application, which was linked to the college admission bribery scandal.The university wrote that it had rescinded the student’s admission in a short statement posted on its website on 2 April after determining “some of the material in the student’s application is false”.The statement added: “The student is no longer on campus.”University officials previously said the student was admitted without the recommendation of former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer, who pleaded guilty to taking bribes in exchange for helping students get into the elite university. They said a $ 500,000 contribution to the sailing program was made several months after the student was admitted.The Stanford Daily first reported on Sunday that the student had been expelled.



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Ex-Yale coach set to plead guilty for soliciting almost $1 million in bribes in college admissions scandal

Ex-Yale coach set to plead guilty for soliciting almost $  1 million in bribes in college admissions scandalThe former women’s soccer coach at Yale University is expected to plead guilty Thursday to taking bribes in exchange for pretending applicants were recruits to boost their chances of getting into the school.



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American and British ISIS brides Hoda Muthana and Shamima Begum plead to go home

American and British ISIS brides Hoda Muthana and Shamima Begum plead to go homeHoda Muthana and Shamima Begum fled to Syria to marry Islamic State group fighters. Now they want to come home.



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The Latest: Officer to plead not guilty after man's death

The Latest: Officer to plead not guilty after man's deathNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the criminal case against a white Nashville police officer who shot and killed an armed black man who was fleeing (all times local):



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Judge rejects Kevin Spacey's plea to avoid court appearance as actor confirms he will plead not guilty to sexual assault

Judge rejects Kevin Spacey's plea to avoid court appearance as actor confirms he will plead not guilty to sexual assaultA judge in Nantucket has ordered Kevin Spacey to appear in court next week for his arraignment on sexual assault charges, denying the two-time Oscar winner’s plea for him to be excused from what he described as a media circus. Spacey said in court documents, filed on Monday, that will plead not guilty to indecent assault. The 59-year-old actor is accused of groping an 18-year-old employee of the Club Car, a restaurant and bar on the island of Nantucket, in July 2016. In the court documents, obtained by The Telegraph, he asked the judge that he be exempt from the January 7 arraignment, arguing that his presence would "amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with the case." His lawyer added that his presence would heighten the "prejudicial media interest" in the case and contaminate the jury pool. The judge swiftly denied Spacey's request, ordering that he attend the court proceedings.   Kevin Spacey, pictured during his time as director of the Old Vic theatre in London Credit: Clara Molden for The Telegraph His lawyers have been trying for some time to avoid the spectacle of the two-time Oscar winner appearing in court. On Thursday Michael Giardino, the Cape and Islands assistant district attorney, filed a motion saying that the prosecution did not agree to the defence’s request that Spacey be allowed to stay away. The prosecution argued that Massachusetts state rules for criminal procedure require that a defendant appear at arraignment. Lawyers for both sides agreed on the January 7 arraignment date during a December 20 hearing, at which Clerk-Magistrate Ryan Kearney found probable cause to charge Spacey. This allegation was first made public by the accuser’s mother, former news anchor Heather Unruh, in November 2017. Former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh speaks at a press conference in Boston November 8, 2017 during which she accused actor Kevin Spacey of allegedly sexually abusing her son in July 2016  Her son told investigators in the autumn that he was the one who approached Spacey that summer night, wanting a photo, and proceeded to drink heavily with the House of Cards actor after finishing his shift before the alleged assault took place, some time after midnight, police reports in the case show. Spacey’s lawyers on December 20 argued that there were “inconsistencies” in the accuser’s story, and claimed that he didn’t pull away from the actor for three minutes. The accuser has admitted telling Spacey he was 23 – the legal age for drinking in the state is 21. Spacey has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen men — some of them teens at the time of the alleged incidents — but the Nantucket case is the first to result in criminal charges. It carries a possible five years in prison.  



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Thousands of Ohio schoolkids plead with GM CEO Mary Barra to keep Chevy Cruze plant open

Thousands of Ohio schoolkids plead with GM CEO Mary Barra to keep Chevy Cruze plant openAbout 20 school districts in Ohio near GM's Lordstown plant launched a letter-writing campaign to GM CEO Mary Barra asking her to save the factory.



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Reports: Accused Russian agent Maria Butina ready to plead guilty and cooperate with U.S. prosecutors

Reports: Accused Russian agent Maria Butina ready to plead guilty and cooperate with U.S. prosecutorsMaria Butina, the Russian national charged with acting as an agent for her country, will plead guilty to conspiracy, according to ABC News and CNN



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At U.S. Marine base, families plead for housing help after Florence

At U.S. Marine base, families plead for housing help after FlorenceSome, like Jennifer Maher, said they feel unsafe in their Camp Lejeune homes but were told they will not be moved because assessment crews determined their houses are habitable. Another 267 suffered sustained damage but were habitable.



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The Latest: California congressman and wife plead not guilty

The Latest: California congressman and wife plead not guiltySAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the indictment of U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife (all times local):



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The Latest: California congressman and wife plead not guilty

The Latest: California congressman and wife plead not guiltySAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the indictment of U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife (all times local):



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