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USC suspends registration for students linked to admissions scandal

The University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles, California.
University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles,. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

The University of Southern California announced late Monday that students who may be connected to an alleged admissions scheme will be prohibited from registering for classes or acquiring transcripts while the institution continues its investigation.

Details: USC did not disclose the number of students affected, but said the individuals have been notified. Last week, federal prosecutors said they had uncovered an admissions cheating scheme targeting USC and other prestigious schools including Stanford, Georgetown and Yale. At least 50 people — including Hollywood celebrities and business leaders — reportedly paid large sums of money to get their children into the schools.

Gov. Newsom will halt executions in California

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the death penalty is discriminatory and immoral.
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom will sign an executive order Wednesday to place a moratorium on the death penalty in the state.

QuoteI do not believe that a civilized society can claim to be a leader in the world as long as its government continues to sanction the premeditated and discriminatory execution of its people"

Details: The indefinite moratorium will annul California’s lethal injection protocol and force the closure of the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison, in Marin County. There are 737 inmates on death row in California.

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