John W. Weeks Bridge, Harvard University. Image: Joe Daniel Price via Getty Images

Acceptance rates at top-tier schools involving the "Operation Varsity Blues" scandal — including Harvard, Yale and the University of Southern California — have sunk to record lows, prompting a fresh look at the pressure placed on prospective college students to get into school in an ultra-competitive arena, the NYT reports.

By the numbers: The current 11% acceptance rate at USC is the university's lowest ever, per the Times. Yale’s rate sank to 5.91% from 6.31% last year, from a record-high pool of 36,843 freshman students. Meanwhile, Harvard's acceptance rate fell to a record low of 4.5% this year, downsizing even more from last year's 4.6% rate.

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Justice Department sues Google over alleged search monopoly

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The Justice Department and 11 states Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of using anticompetitive tactics to illegally monopolize the online search and search advertising markets.

Why it matters: The long-awaited suit is Washington's first major blow against the tech giants that many on both the right and left argue have grown too large and powerful. Still, this is just step one in what could be a lengthy and messy court battle.

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  1. Politics: Americans feel Trump's sickness makes him harder to trustFlorida breaks record for in-person early voting.
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In photos: Florida breaks record for in-person early voting

Voters wait in line at John F. Kennedy Public Library in Hialeah, Florida on Oct. 19. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images

More Floridians cast early ballots for the 2020 election on Monday than in the first day of in-person early voting in 2016, shattering the previous record by over 50,000 votes, Politico reports.

The big picture: Voters have already cast over 31 million ballots in early voting states as of Tuesday, per the U.S. Elections Project database by Michael McDonald, an elections expert at the University of Florida.