Some students actively participated in the cheating: They had test proctors give them answers to college admissions tests and even "gloated" afterward, prosecutors said. Sometimes, parents came up with elaborate ruses to keep their children in the dark about the cheating. No students have been charged in the sweeping college admissions scandal, in which wealthy CEOs and celebrities are accused of paying up to $6 million to secure slots for their children in some of the nation's most selective universities.
A U.S. Navy veteran from California has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, his lawyer said Saturday, becoming the first American known to be imprisoned there since President Donald Trump took office. Iran, which in the past has used its detention of Westerners and dual nationals as leverage in negotiations, has yet to report on White's sentence in state-controlled media. "Obviously the concern is that the Iranians are using this as a tool against the United States, given the other individuals who are in custody," Washington-based lawyer Mark Zaid told The Associated Press.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen connected Friday's New Zealand mosque attacks with acts of racist violence in the U.S., calling the perpetrators “domestic terrorists” and saying they're an increasing concern for her agency. Nielsen drew a line on Monday between the New Zealand attacks, in a which a gunman who espoused hatred of Muslims killed 50 people at two mosques, and three attacks in the U.S. that authorities have blamed on racism or bigotry. We, too, have seen the face of such evil with attacks in places such as Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, and Charleston,” Nielsen said in a speech at George Washington University in Washington.
Emmanuel Macron, the French president, came under attack on Sunday for failing to prevent “yellow vest” protesters from wrecking Paris's grandest avenue, the Champs-Elysées. The centrist president cut short a skiing break in the Pyrenees and flew back to Paris to chair an emergency security meeting, but critics said the resurgence of violence was predictable and he should never have left the capital. Demonstrators smashed nearly every shopfront on the Champs-Elysées, set fire to a bank and torched cars on the 18th consecutive Saturday of protests against Mr Macron's business-friendly economic reforms.
President Vladimir Putin inaugurated two new power stations in Crimea on Monday after flying into the Black Sea peninsula to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Russia's annexation of the region from Ukraine. The power stations, in the cities of Sevastopol and Simferopol, were partially launched last year, but Monday's inauguration marked the moment they began working at full capacity. The same facilities were at the center of an international scandal after German engineering company Siemens said its power turbines had been installed at them without its knowledge and in violation of European Union sanctions.
Dutch police on Monday arrested a Turkish-born suspect over a possible terror attack on a tram in the city of Utrecht that left three people dead and five wounded. Heavily armed officers later surrounded a building following the bloodshed in the Netherlands' fourth largest city and his arrest was dramatically announced at the end of a news conference. Dutch authorities said they were still investigating a likely terrorist motive for the attack but said they "cannot exclude" other motives, including a family dispute.
Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said Sunday that a study of the flight data recorder retrieved from the Ethiopian plane had shown "clear similarities" to that of the Lion Air flight. While it may take months for definitive conclusions, experts are asking why the MCAS was green lit despite objections by American pilots who had voiced concerns with the system. Boeing employees at the helm - The US Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) is in the line of fire because it authorizes the commissioning of airplanes.
The state's emergency management agency says more record crests are expected in various rivers by Tuesday. Nebraska has had much of the worst of the late-winter flooding that's been seen across the Midwest. Hundreds of homes are damaged and the state says 660 people are staying in shelters.
Erin Foster posts her father's joke about the college admissions scandal to Instagram, which says he'd be in prison if his daughter wanted to go to college.
The College Board, the not-for-profit organization that oversees the Advanced Placement program, recently announced its plans to alter AP registration policies. Since this decision directly affects students who are considering enrolling in AP courses, you must know exactly which changes will take place, as well as when. -- AP exam registration will now take place in November.
Michael Peck Security, Asia Could it happen again? If the only lessons of Task Force Smith was that inexperienced soldiers with poor training and equipment do poorly on the battlefield, or that a nation shouldn't let its army lapse into decay, these would be mere clichés In July 1950, North Korea defeated the United States Army. This first appeared several years ago.
The terrorist attack in New Zealand began and ended on the social media platforms we were told would inaugurate a new era of openness, tolerance and understanding. Apparently radicalized online, releasing his manifesto online, and even livestreaming the attack, the alleged gunman followed in a pattern common to extremists of all kind, turning the massacre of individuals into a gruesome spectacle, available to all. It is time for counter-terrorism specialists to move into the offices of social media giants.
An intriguing area of focus in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Kremlin's role in the 2016 US election is a proposed Moscow real estate deal that Donald Trump pursued while running for president despite denying at the time any links to Russia. The special counsel has revealed in court filings numerous details about the project, which never came to fruition. Further information has come from Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer who was instrumental in the negotiations, in congressional testimony and in his guilty plea to a charge of lying to Congress about the project.
Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh will not appeal a 12-year prison sentence imposed on her last week for "encouraging corruption and debauchery", her husband said on Sunday. "She said she wouldn't want to appeal, and the reason is that the judicial process is unfair and such protests will do no good," Reza Khandan told AFP over telephone. "She does not want to undertake any judicial action since she does not agree with the judicial process.
India's Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) said on Monday it had paid Sweden's Ericsson for a contract in line with a court order but a deal to sell assets to Reliance Jio Infocomm had fallen through. The company, controlled by Anil Ambani who could have faced jail if the Ericsson payment was not made, has struggled under heavy debt. It reported a string of losses and closed its mobile business due to a price war with Jio, which is backed by Anil's elder brother Mukesh Ambani.
As rivers and creeks in flooded eastern Nebraska and western Iowa crest Saturday, officials have begun looking downstream at likely flooding further south along the Missouri River. The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports Missouri Gov. Mike Parson met with emergency management team members Friday to review and update flood-response plans. The Missouri Highway Patrol is preparing additional equipment, and swift water rescue personnel are on standby.
Flight recorder data recovered from the wreckage of Boeing 737 MAX planes that crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia shows "clear similarities," Addis Ababa said Sunday as the US maker announced it was finalizing a software update for its under fire anti-stall system. Pressure was mounting meanwhile on the US Federal Aviation Administration, which insisted it had followed standard procedures in certifying the plane model, even as it was reported to have come under investigation by the Department of Transport. "The 737 MAX certification program followed the FAA's standard certification process," the agency said in an email to AFP.
Ethiopia's transport minister on Sunday said “clear similarities'' were found between the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people a week ago and a fatal Lion Air crash Oct. 29 in Indonesia. Information from flight data and voice recorders, or black boxes, confirmed data indicating the doomed flights — both of which involved the now-grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft — followed comparable paths, Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said. Pilots in both instances encountered problems controlling the plane shortly after takeoff and tried to return to the airport but nosedived before making it back. The death toll in the mosque shootings that shook New Zealand rose to 50 people on Saturday, with victims ranging in age from 2 years old to over 60, according to local news reports.
Cellular phone videos posted on social media showed Hamas security forces beating protesters with clubs, and gunshots could be heard. Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. special coordinator for Middle East peace, said in a statement that "the long-suffering people Gaza" have a right to protest at "the dire economic situation" without fear of reprisal. "I strongly condemn the campaign of arrests and violence used by Hamas security forces against protesters, including women and children, in Gaza over the past three days," he said.
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South Korea said it's considering holding talks with North Korea in efforts to help improve relations between the latter and the U.S. since their summit fell apart in Vietnam last month. South Korea's Blue House presidential office confirmed a Yonhap News Agency report that it's mulling a meeting with its reclusive neighbor. Both the U.S. and North Korea “absolutely don't want” to revert to the situation before 2017 when there was conflict and confrontation, Yonhap cited an unidentified high-level official at the Blue House as saying.
Donald Trump Jr has come to the defence of Chelsea Clinton after students in New York launched an astonishing verbal attack on the heavily pregnant former first daughter blaming her for the Christchurch mosques massacre. The president's son tweeted: “It's sickening to see people blame @ChelseaClinton for the NZ attacks because she spoke out against anti-Semitism. “We should all be condemning anti-Semitism & all forms of hate.
US police on Saturday arrested a man whom they expect to charge with the murder of reputed New York mafia boss Francesco "Frank" Cali. The purported head of the Gambino crime family, also known as "Franky Boy," was shot repeatedly outside his home in the New York borough of Staten Island late Wednesday. Anthony Comello, 24, was taken into custody in neighboring New Jersey, apparently without incident, and had not yet been returned to New York, a New York Police Department official told AFP, on the condition of anonymity.