Lori Loughlin among parents facing new charges in college bribery case

Money laundering charge against some parents comes after others, including Felicity Huffman, agreed to plead guilty The Full House star Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and 14 other parents were hit on Tuesday with a new money laundering charge in the sweeping the actor Felicity Huffman, 12 other parents and a coach agreed to plead guilty, signaling an escalation in the case against those parents who are continuing to fight the allegations against them. Loughlin and Giannulli were among 33 prominent parents accused of participating in a scheme that involved rigging college entrance exams and bribing coaches at elite universities. They were arrested last month on a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. …

Trump federal budget plan would cut all funds for the Special Olympics

Congress is unlikely to approve the plan, as House members call Betsy DeVoss proposed funding cuts appalling The Trump administration has come under fire for a budget proposal that would eliminate federal funds for the Special Olympics. The education departments federal budget plan, is unlikely to actually become law, since Congress must approve a federal spending plan and lawmakers have dismissed Trumps blueprint as dead on arrival. But House members grilled Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, over the plan at a asked DeVoson Tuesday if she knew how many children would be affected by the cut. When she said she didnt know, the Wisconsin Democrat said the answer was 272,000 noting that the administration has also proposed cuts to special …

‘Embarrassing and strange’: Boxer kisses female reporter on lips during interview

Kubrat Pulev had distinguished himself by knocking out Bogdan Dinu in Las Vegas on Saturday night. What was to follow was less glorious Bulgarian heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev had distinguished himself by knocking out Bogdan Dinu in Las Vegas on Saturday night, his 27th victory in his 28th professional fight. What was to follow was less glorious. He was interviewed by Vegas Sports Daily reporter Jennifer Ravalo after the bout. At the end of the interview Ravalo asked Pulev if he deserves a shot at Britains former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury. The 37-year-old responded with a firm Yes, before forcibly kissing Ravalo on the lips and walking off camera. Ravalo was later asked about the incident on Twitter and …

It’s Mueller time but don’t forget: Trump has undermined the very idea of America | Robert Reich

Partisan fury over the special counsels report may obscure the ways the president has damaged our democracy We may report, whatever it shows, will almost surely be overwhelmed by a fog of alt-interpretation and epistemological confusion. Whats collusion? Whats illegal? Whats unethical? Has Trump been vindicated or not? The real danger is that as attention inevitably turns to the 2020 campaign, Douglas Southall Freeman, explained, the first president believed he had been entrusted with something of immense intrinsic worth, and that his duty was to uphold it for its own sake and over the long term. He led by moral example. Few of our subsequent presidents have come close to the example Washington set, but none to date has been …

Facebook acknowledges concerns over Cambridge Analytica emerged earlier than reported

Company confirms suspicions of separate incident following Washington DC attorney general court filing Facebook employees were aware of concerns aboutimproper data-gathering practices by Cambridge Analytica months before the court filing by the attorney general for Washington DC and were subsequently confirmed by Facebook. The new information could suggest that Facebook has consistently mislead [sic] British lawmakers about what it knew and when about Cambridge Analytica, stated that Facebook learned from journalists at The Guardian that Kogan had shared data from his app with Cambridge Analytica in 2015. The Washington DC sued Facebook over its failure to protect user data from Cambridge Analytica in late 2018. Facebook has sought to have the case dismissed and to seal a document currently redacted …

Iditarod 2019: Alaskan Native musher Pete Kaiser wins race in one of closest finishes ever

Pete Kaiser reached the finish line just 12 minutes ahead of second-placed Leifseth Ulsom, 32, in one of the closest finishes in Iditarod history The 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race ended in a predawn close finish on the snow-covered streets of Nome on Wednesday, with Alaskan Pete Kaiser and his dogs barely holding off defending champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom of Norway. Kaiser, 31, reached the finish line just 12 minutes ahead of second-placed Leifseth Ulsom, 32, in one of the closest finishes in Iditarod history. It was Kaisers first Iditarod win. Crowds of cheering fans packed the city of Nomes Front Street to watch Kaiser and his team sprint under the wooden arch that marks the end of the …

US and China must focus on striking a deal for the sake of both economies

Worsening financial data on both sides of the Pacific should bring both sides together on trade In 2010 almost one in five Chinese people lived in poverty. By 2017 that figure had fallen to a little under one in 30, according to the World Bank. Its an astonishing decline in poverty achieved with a mix of authoritarianism, competitive markets and a huge increase in corporate and state borrowing. Trump has accused Beijing of subsidising its exports and artificially depressing its currency to aid that effort. In addition, the US wants Chinese companies to be banned from demanding technology transfers as the price of entering Chinese markets. It is difficult to make a case for currency depreciation when the Peoples Bank …

Amy Klobuchar tells ‘dirty joke’ about Robert Kraft prostitution charge

Presidential hopeful speaks to Gridiron dinner in Washington, where Ivanka Trump says father enjoys poking fun at the press Amy Klobuchar, the US senator from Minnesota who is a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, was her partys speaker at the 134th annual Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner in Washington on Saturday night. Klobuchar promised the audience of politicians and media figures at the Renaissance Washington Hotel her remarks would be shorter than a Robert Kraft visit to the Orchids day spa. Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots and a friend of Donald Trump, has been the New York Times reported on what it called a $3bn-a-year sex industry that relies on pervasive secrecy, close-knit ownership …

Andr Previn, the classical maestro who knew the value of pop culture | Petroc Trelawny

His charismatic TV appearances won the conductor huge fame and introduced millions to Mozart and Grieg In 1977, Andr Previn was so famous that he had his own chatshow on BBC1. In one episode, wearing an expensive-looking brown suede safari jacket with big collar, and clutching his oversize glasses in his hands, he introduces the studio audience to Jonathan Miller. They discuss Millers new production of The Merchant of Venice, the director going on to predict the slow disintegration of English theatre. Its a real spirit-of-the-age moment. There is no apology for the elevated tone of their conversation; the format is simple two cultural polymaths ruminating on the arts on primetime television. Television was a medium that the conductor understood …