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A collection of Chinese families allegedly paid vastly more than the 33 parents already facing criminal charges in the college bribery scheme, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Driving the news: A Chinese family allegedly paid $6.5 million for their child — Yusi Zhao — whose nickname is Molly — to get into Stanford University, per the Los Angeles Times. The family — who has not been charged — was put in touch with the mastermind behind the cheating ring, William Singer, by Michael Wu, a Morgan Stanley financial adviser. Singer worked to get Zhao onto the school's sailing team, despite no record of her participation in the sport. Zhao's mother — who confirmed the payment — claims she thought the payment was "a donation for scholarships, academic staff and athletic programs," the Wall Street Journal reported based on a statement provided by her lawyer on Thursday.

  • Stanford has stated that the university received $770,000 total from Singer’s charity, Key Worldwide Foundation, determining the sum was tied to 3 applicants.

Details: While some American families involved in the admissions scandal paid between $250,000 and $400,000 to get their kids into top schools, 2 Chinese families paid millions. The other family allegedly paid Singer $1.2 million to secure 21-year-old Sherry Guo's admission into Yale University, where she was accepted as a women's soccer recruit, according to the WSJ. Singer paid Rudolph Meredith, the former Yale women's soccer coach, $400,000 in exchange for Guo's recruited athlete status, according to court filings. Per her attorney, Guo is no longer at Yale, and none of her family members has been charged in the case either, though investigations remain ongoing.

Go deeper: Timeline: The major developments in the college admissions scandal

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NRA files for bankruptcy, says it will reincorporate in Texas

Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association (NRA) speaks during CPAC in 2016. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The National Rifle Association said Friday it has filed for voluntary bankruptcy as part of a restructuring plan.

Driving the news: The gun rights group said it would reincorporate in Texas, calling New York, where it is currently registered, a "toxic political environment." Last year, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, alleging the group committed fraud by diverting roughly $64 million in charitable donations over three years to support reckless spending by its executives.

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Biden: "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution

Joe Biden. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden promised to invoke the Defense Production Act to increase vaccine manufacturing, as he outlined a five-point plan to administer 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations in the first months of his presidency.

Why it matters: With the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warning of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, Biden is trying to establish how he’ll approach the pandemic differently than President Trump.

A new Washington

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday that the city should expect a "new normal" for security — even after President-elect Biden's inauguration.

The state of play: Inaugurations are usually a point of celebration in D.C., but over 20,000 troops are now patrolling Washington streets in an unprecedented preparation for Biden's swearing-in on Jan. 20.