May 13, 2019

Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Actor Felicity Huffman outside Boston courthouse, April 3. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Actor Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty to fraud conspiracy in federal court Monday after admitting to paying $15,000 to boost her daughter's SAT scores and better her chances of college acceptance, according to AP.

The big picture: Huffman is one of more than a dozen parents who agreed to plead guilty in an FBI sting case called Operation Variety Blues. The operation revealed a long line of wealthy parents who paid fixer William Rick Singer millions of dollars to increase their children's chances of getting admitted into prestigious colleges.

What to watch: Actor Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli pleaded not guilty after they were accused of paying $500,000 to a fake charity to improve their daughter's chances for acceptance into the University of Southern California.

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

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Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucus

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders waves to supporters at a campaign rally on Friday in Las Vegas. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to handily win the Nevada Democratic primary caucus, becoming the clear frontrunner among 2020 Democratic presidential primary election candidates.

Why it matters: Nevada is the first state with a diverse population to hold a nominating contest, highlighting candidates' abilities to connect with voters of color — particularly Latino voters.

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South Korea and Italy see spikes in coronavirus cases

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus has spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting these are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the United States.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,362 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel and Lebanon, while Iran reported its sixth death from the virus. South Korea's confirmed cases jumped from 204 Friday to 433 on Saturday and Italy's case count rose from 3 to 62 by Saturday.

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America's rundown roads add to farmers' struggles

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

American farmers are struggling to safely use the roads that cut through their fields; decades of neglect and lack of funding have made the routes dangerous.

The big picture: President Trump has long promised to invest billions in rural infrastructure, and his latest proposal would allocate $1 trillion for such projects. Rural America, where many of Trump's supporters live, would see a large chunk of that money.