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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Why the coronavirus pandemic is hitting minorities harder

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The coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on black and Latino communities has become a defining part of the pandemic.

The big picture: That's a result of myriad longstanding inequities within the health care system and the American economy.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 6,804,044 — Total deaths: 362,678 — Total recoveries — 2,788,806Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 1,909,077 — Total deaths: 109,497 — Total recoveries: 491,706 — Total tested: 19,231,444Map.
  3. Public health: Some people are drinking and inhaling cleaning products in attempt to fight coronavirus, CDC says Fauci: "Very concerned" about spread of virus amid George Floyd protests — Cities offer free testing for protesters.
  4. Tech: The pandemic is accelerating next-generation disease diagnostics — Robotics looks to copy software-as-a-service model as use of robots accelerates.
  5. Business: Sports, film production in California to resume June 12 after 3-month hiatus.
  6. Education: Students and teachers flunked remote learning.

In photos: George Floyd's North Carolina memorial service

The remains of George Floyd are brought into Cape Fear Conference B Church. Photo: Ed Clemente/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Hundreds gathered in Raeford, North Carolina to honor George Floyd, whose death in Minneapolis nearly two weeks ago has sparked nationwide protests against police brutality.

The state of play: This is the second memorial for Floyd. A number of his family members remain in Raeford, including his sister. He was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, The News and Observer reports.