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Fans photograph actress Felicity Huffman, center with back to camera, as she departs federal court in Boston on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, where she faced charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photos/Steven Senne)
April 03, 2019 - 4:25 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on court appearances for prominent parents, including Hollywood actresses, charged in the sweeping college admissions scam (all times local): 4:20 p.m. A California entrepreneur has become the first of 33 parents charged in a college admissions scam to agree to plead guilty...
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April 03, 2019 - 3:15 am
BEIJING (AP) — The former governor of the restive Xinjiang region has been formally arrested on accusations of taking bribes following a monthslong investigation, the government said Wednesday, showing no letup in the President Xi Jinping's drive to bring the bureaucracy to heel. Nur Bekri, who...
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FILE - In this June 3, 2017 file photo North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes speaks during the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention at the Wilmington Convention Center in Wilmington, N.C. Hayes won't seek re-election to the post after all, the former congressman announced Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike Spencer, File)
April 03, 2019 - 1:55 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina GOP Chairman Robin Hayes and investment firm founder Greg Lindberg are among four people facing federal bribery and wire fraud charges. In federal indictments, prosecutors say that in a series of clandestine meetings in closed restaurants and small airport...
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FILE - In this June 3, 2017 file photo North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes speaks during the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention at the Wilmington Convention Center in Wilmington, N.C. Hayes won't seek re-election to the post after all, the former congressman announced Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike Spencer, File)
April 02, 2019 - 6:14 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chairman of North Carolina's Republican Party, an insurance magnate and two of his associates are facing federal charges for a plan to shower the state's top insurance regulator with campaign contributions to ensure special business treatment, a criminal indictment unsealed...
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FILE - This combination photo shows actress Lori Loughlin at the Women's Cancer Research Fund's An Unforgettable Evening event in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2018, left, and actress Felicity Huffman at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 17, 2018. Loughlin and Huffman are among at least 40 people indicted in a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal. Both have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud and are scheduled to make their initial appearances in Boston federal court. (AP Photo, File)
April 02, 2019 - 12:11 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A wide-ranging college admissions cheating scheme allowed wealthy parents not only to get their kids into sought-after schools but to write off the bribes on their taxes, federal authorities say. Now some parents who are already facing possible prison time could be hit with additional...
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Election officials start counting ballots at a polling station during the presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March 31, 2019. Ukrainians choose from among 39 candidates for a president they hope can guide the country of more than 42 million out of troubles including endemic corruption, a seemingly intractable conflict with Russia-backed separatists in the country's east and a struggling economy. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
April 01, 2019 - 12:52 pm
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president was holding off a long-time rival in a bid to claim the other spot in a runoff set for later this month, while a comic actor with no political experience was leading strongly in the election, according to results released Monday. With nearly 92% of the...
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Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, reacts as he responds to a journalist question during a press conference, after the presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March. 31, 2019. Exit polls indicated Zelenskiy would get about 30 percent of the vote, far short of the absolute majority needed to win the first round. Most exit polls said incumbent Petro Poroshenko received the second-biggest support, which would put him and Zelenskiy in a runoff on April 21. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
March 31, 2019 - 9:07 pm
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Early results in Ukraine's presidential election showed a comedian with no political experience with a sizable lead over 38 rivals but far from a first-round victory, while the incumbent president and a former prime minister were close contenders to advance to the runoff. The...
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FILE - This Tuesday, March 12, 2019 file photo shows the University Village area of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The university says a review of students possibly connected to a college admissions bribery scandal could lead to expulsions. The university said in a statement Monday, March 18, 2019, it has placed holds on the accounts of those students, which prevents them from registering for classes or acquiring transcripts while their cases are under review. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon,File)
March 29, 2019 - 11:26 am
BOSTON (AP) — A procession of wealthy parents, from a Napa Valley vineyard owner to a Hot Pockets heiress, are due in court Friday on charges they paid bribes to get their children into top colleges. More than a dozen parents, including CEOs, investment executives, real estate developers and...
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Ukrainian artist Dasha Marchenko adds a chocolate wrapper to her portrait of Ukraine's President and chocolate tycoon Petro Poroshenko at her studio in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, March 28, 2019. The artist bought around 20 kilograms of chocolate using the wrappers to create his face. The framework was constructed using 4000 gun shells from battlefields in the country’s east that has been hit by conflict with Russia-backed separatists since 2014. Poroshenko is running for the second term as president in elections to be held on March 31. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
March 29, 2019 - 10:18 am
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's interior minister has accused both the president and a former premier of waging campaigns that involve bribing voters ahead of Sunday's presidential election — a blunt claim seen as part of the increasingly vicious infighting in the top echelons of the Ukrainian...
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FILE - In a September 2016 file photo, Yale's women's head soccer coach Rudy Meredith gives pointers to players during a scrimmage in Ocala, Fla. Meredith is expected to plead guilty in federal court, Thursday, March 28, 2019, to taking bribes in exchange for pretending applicants were athletic recruits. (Doug Engle/Star-Banner via AP, File)
March 28, 2019 - 3:59 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A former women's soccer coach at Yale University pleaded guilty Thursday to taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for pretending applicants were recruits to boost their chances of getting into the school. Rudy Meredith, 51, is the third person to plead guilty...
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