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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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In photos: Protesters rally for George Floyd ahead of Derek Chauvin's trial

Chaz Neal, a Redwing community activist, outside the Minnesota Governor's residence during a protest in support of George Floyd in St.Paul, Minnesota, on March 6. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Dozens of protesters were rallying outside the Minnesota governor's mansion in St Paul Saturday, urging justice for George Floyd ahead of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's trial over the 46-year-old's death.

The big picture: Chauvin faces charges for second-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd's death last May, which ignited massive nationwide and global protests against racism and for police reform. His trial is due to start this Monday, with jury selection procedures.

Biden says $1,400 stimulus payments can start going out this month

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President Biden said Saturday that the Senate passage of his $1.9 trillion COVID relief package means the $1,400 direct payments for most Americans can begin going out later this month.

Driving the news: The Senate voted 50-49 Saturday to approve the sweeping legislation. The House is expected to pass the Senate's version of the bill next week before it heads to Biden's desk for his signature.