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Ex-USC soccer coach to plead guilty in college admissions scandal

Ex-USC soccer coach to plead guilty in college admissions scandal A former University of Southern California assistant women's soccer coach has agreed to plead guilty to engaging in a racketeering scheme in which she accepted bribes to help wealthy parents get their children into the school as part of the largest college admissions scandal in U.S. history. Laura Janke, who worked at USC until 2014, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiring to commit racketeering, according to a plea agreement filed in federal court in Boston on Tuesday. "Full House" star Loughlin has pleaded not guilty, while "Desperate Housewives" actress Huffman is due to plead guilty on May 21.


Supreme Court conservatives sympathetic toward Trump census citizenship query

Supreme Court conservatives sympathetic toward Trump census citizenship query During an extended argument session that lasted about 80 minutes, the court's liberal justices voiced skepticism over the administration's stated justification for the citizenship question - that it would yield better data to enforce the Voting Rights Act, which protects eligible voters from discrimination. Lower courts have blocked the question, ruling that the administration violated federal law and the U.S. Constitution in seeking to include it on the census form. The court has a 5-4 conservative majority, and conservative justices signaled support toward the administration's stance.


The Latest: UNICEF says 45 children killed in Easter attacks

The Latest: UNICEF says 45 children killed in Easter attacks COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local):


Twitter profit rises as Trump demands 'fairer' social media

Twitter profit rises as Trump demands 'fairer' social media SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter Inc. on Tuesday trumpeted strong quarterly growth in earnings and users while President Donald Trump tweeted criticism of the social media site for allegedly discriminating against him politically.


Islamic State group claims Sri Lanka bombs that killed hundreds

Islamic State group claims Sri Lanka bombs that killed hundreds The Islamic State group on Tuesday said it was behind a devastating string of suicide attacks against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed more than 320 people on Easter Sunday. The claim emerged more than 48 hours after the near-simultaneous blasts tore through three high-end hotels popular with foreigners and three churches packed with Christians marking Easter. It came after Sri Lanka's government said initial investigations suggested the attack had been carried out as "retaliation" for shootings at two mosques in New Zealand last month that killed 50 people.


How Does the Geely Geometry A Measure Up to the Tesla Model 3?

How Does the Geely Geometry A Measure Up to the Tesla Model 3? Is the Chinese automaker capable of making a Tesla Model 3 fighter? We do the math.


Islamic State Says Its Fighters Carried Out Sri Lanka Attacks

Islamic State Says Its Fighters Carried Out Sri Lanka Attacks "Those who carried out the attack that targeted citizens belonging to the alliance countries and Christians in Sri Lanka are fighters with the Islamic State," according to a statement on IS news agency Amaq carried by SITE, which tracks jihadist groups. ‘Alliance countries’ refers to those involved in the U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State in Syria, which includes 79 nations from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, although Sri Lanka is not among them. Just last month the U.S. declared the last swath of territory once held by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has been liberated.


Parkland high school, scene of 2018 massacre, wins prize for its prom

Parkland high school, scene of 2018 massacre, wins prize for its prom The Parkland, Florida high school, whose prom is scheduled for May 11, was the winner of this year's Prom X Hollister Contest grand prize, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel said. The contest prize, sponsored by Hollister, a brand of fashions popular with teenagers, will enable the school to hire high-priced talent for its prom, which is to take place in Fort Lauderdale, the newspaper said, citing a company representative.


Sony's latest TVs range in price from $650 to $70,000

Sony's latest TVs range in price from $650 to $70,000 On Monday, Sony announced the pricing of the flagship Master Series televisions as well as that of its new LCD and OLED models originally revealed at CES earlier this year. While the smaller three televisions of the Master segment, the A9G TVs, measure in at 65", 55", and 77" and feature 4K OLED displays with over eight million pixels, the two larger models -- the Z9G TVs -- are 8K HDR televisions with 33 million pixels.


Trump news - live: President launches series of wild attacks on 'enemy of the people' US media as impeachment threat grows

Trump news - live: President launches series of wild attacks on 'enemy of the people' US media as impeachment threat grows Donald Trump has lashed out at The New York Times, Morning Joe, CNN, the Democrats and the EU on Twitter \- as well as the social media platform itself - during a busy morning in which a new state visit to Britain was also confirmed.As the president continues to gloat over the outcome of the Mueller report, the opposition are busy formulating their response, with 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren the most vocal among a growing choir calling for his impeachment: “If any other human being in this country had done what’s documented in the Mueller report, they would be arrested and put in jail.”President Trump yesterday ignored plummeting approval ratings to take part in the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll in characteristic style, bragging to an audience of children about his rebuilding of the US military and stressing the need for his forthcoming border wall.Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load


Google, Facebook, Twitter have to do more to fight fake news: EU

Google, Facebook, Twitter have to do more to fight fake news: EU The monthly reports follow a pledge made by the tech giants and advertising trade bodies in October last year to combat the spread of fake news and avoid more heavy-handed regulations. The EU has warned of foreign interference during campaigning for the European Parliament elections and national elections in Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Poland, Portugal and Ukraine in recent and coming months. "Further technical improvements as well as sharing of methodology and data sets for fake accounts are necessary to allow third-party experts, fact-checkers and researchers to carry out independent evaluation," the EU executive said.


Wisconsin woman taught bomb-making online for Islamic State: prosecutors

Wisconsin woman taught bomb-making online for Islamic State: prosecutors Waheba Issa Dais, 46, of Cudahy, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty to one count of "attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization," the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Wisconsin said in a release. "Remember Boston Marathon bombing?" prosecutors said she posted to an undercover F.B.I. agent on Facebook.


Libya PM Says Foreigners Are Arming Strongman’s Tripoli Push

Libya PM Says Foreigners Are Arming Strongman’s Tripoli Push Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj declined to identify the countries. Sarraj says he won’t negotiate until Haftar withdraws his forces, and that he’s disappointed by the muted international reaction to the assault. U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to Haftar last week, recognizing his role in combating terrorism, as Washington and Russia stymied a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire.


The Latest: Buttigieg: It's clear Trump deserves impeachment

The Latest: Buttigieg: It's clear Trump deserves impeachment MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on a series of town halls with five 2020 Democratic presidential candidates (all times local):


Six dead in crash of twin-engine plane in Texas

Six dead in crash of twin-engine plane in Texas The pilot of the Beechcraft BE58 was preparing to land at Kerrville Municipal Airport when the plane went down, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash. The flight had departed earlier on Monday from West Houston Airport in Texas, Lunsford said in an email.


Medicare hospital fund reserves likely to be exhausted in 2026: U.S. report

Medicare hospital fund reserves likely to be exhausted in 2026: U.S. report The report from the board of trustees for Social Security and Medicare also projected that Social Security funds could be depleted by 2035, leading to potential reductions in expected payouts to retirees and other beneficiaries. Senator Bernie Sanders, among a large field of contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, has unveiled a "Medicare-for-All" plan that would eliminate private insurance and shift all Americans to a public healthcare plan. "At a time when some are calling for a complete government takeover of the American health care system, the Medicare Trustees have delivered a dose of reality in reminding us that the program's main trust fund for hospital services can only pay full benefits for seven more years," Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), said.


Dow locks union workers out of Houston-area plant

Dow locks union workers out of Houston-area plant Dow Inc locked 226 employees out of its Houston-area chemical plant in Deer Park, Texas, on Monday afternoon after United Steelworkers union (USW) workers rejected the latest labor contract proposal, USW officials said. Dow has twice made contract proposals it called "last, best and final." The first was rejected by 96 percent of the membership and the second by 98 percent, said Lee Medley, president of Local 13-1, which represents the Dow workers.


Kentucky Derby a magnet for human trafficking, officials warn

Kentucky Derby a magnet for human trafficking, officials warn The Derby, the best-known horse race in the United States, takes place this year on May 4 and is expected to draw more than 150,000 people to Louisville, Kentucky. Law enforcement officials and anti-human trafficking activists told a news conference that like most major sporting events, the world-famous race would also attract predators looking for victims and buyers of sex, sometimes known as johns. "By raising awareness with partners, our community will be better prepared to stop traffickers at this Derby,” Kentucky's attorney general, Andy Beshear, said in a written statement.


'Saddest day' as Sri Lanka mourns blast victims

'Saddest day' as Sri Lanka mourns blast victims Devastated relatives collapsed into the arms of bystanders at memorial services Tuesday, as Sri Lanka began burying victims of deadly weekend suicide blasts that claimed over 320 lives. "We haven't felt this sad since the war," said 36-year-old Rashmi Fernando, referring to the civil conflict that ravaged the country until a decade ago. "I lost three cousins in the attack and another one is in ICU," said Fernando, who was attending a service at the heavily damaged St Sebastian's Church in Negombo with her daughters, aged three and eight.


Mexican police detain hundreds of Central American migrants

Mexican police detain hundreds of Central American migrants PIJIJIAPAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexican police and immigration agents detained hundreds of Central American migrants Monday in the largest single raid on a migrant caravan since the groups started moving through the country last year.


Washington student, Denver man among the dead in Sri Lanka blasts

Washington student, Denver man among the dead in Sri Lanka blasts A fifth-grade student at an exclusive private school in Washington, D.C., and a Denver man on a business trip were among the U.S. residents killed in the Sri Lanka Easter attacks, a media report and the man's employer said on Monday. Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa, a fifth-grader at Sidwell Friends, died in one of the blasts, the school emailed to friends and family, according to WJLA television in Washington.


Oil prices jump as Trump cracks down on Iranian exports

Oil prices jump as Trump cracks down on Iranian exports Oil prices jumped to near six-month highs on Monday as the Trump administration cracked down on Iranian oil exports, announcing it would no longer grant waivers from US sanctions.


Ask for American democracy ... : Today's Toon

Ask for American democracy ... : Today's Toon Want to keep up with USA TODAY's editorial cartoons? Bookmark this page. We'll update it frequently.


Leader of armed group at U.S. border boasted of assassination training: FBI

Leader of armed group at U.S. border boasted of assassination training: FBI LAS CRUCES, N.M./TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) - The head of an armed group that stops migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally allegedly boasted of training volunteers to kill former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an FBI agent said in court papers. Larry Hopkins, leader of the United Constitutional Patriots, appeared in court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Monday to face charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The FBI said it found guns during a 2017 visit to his home.


Police Say Mother of Missing Illinois Boy Continues to be `Uncooperative`

Police Say Mother of Missing Illinois Boy Continues to be `Uncooperative` The search continues for Andrew "AJ" Freund, a 5-year-old boy reported missing last week, as Crystal Lake police say say there are no updates, arrests, or new developments in the case on Monday.


White House Easter Egg Roll rolls on for 141st year, the third for Trumps

White House Easter Egg Roll rolls on for 141st year, the third for Trumps It's first lady Melania Trump's third White House Easter Egg Roll, a 141-year-old tradition that attracts thousands of kids.


U.S. appeals court denies Manning's bail request, upholds contempt finding

U.S. appeals court denies Manning's bail request, upholds contempt finding The ruling is a blow to Manning, who has been detained since March after she declined to answer questions in connection with the government’s long-running investigation into Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange. In a comment released by a spokesman, Manning said that while disappointing, the appeals court ruling will still allow her to "raise issues as the government continues to abuse the grand jury process." "I don't have anything to contribute to this, or any other grand jury," Manning added. Assange was arrested on April 11 at Ecuador's Embassy in London, after U.S. prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia unsealed a criminal case against him alleging he conspired with Manning to commit computer intrusion.


Six dead in crash of twin-engine plane in Texas

Six dead in crash of twin-engine plane in Texas The pilot of the Beechcraft BE58 was preparing to land at Kerrville Municipal Airport when the plane went down, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash and Federal Aviation Administration investigators are also on their way to the scene. The flight had departed earlier on Monday from West Houston Airport in Texas, Lunsford said in an email.


Cardi B rejects plea deal in strip club brawl case, facing up to one year in jail

Cardi B rejects plea deal in strip club brawl case, facing up to one year in jail Cardi B rejected a deal to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count in strip club brawl, even though it would keep her out of jail.


Boys now allowed to dance on Minnesota high school teams

Boys now allowed to dance on Minnesota high school teams The change announced on Friday night by the Minnesota State High School League followed a March 6 decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota blocking the rule's enforcement. Roughly one-third of U.S. states offer competitive dance as a high school sport, but Minnesota had been the last to restrict it to girls. In a memo to school activities directors and posted on its Facebook page, the league said the settlement avoids protracted litigation, and will allow boys to join competitive dance teams beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.


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President Trump Bragged About the Border Wall to a Group of Children at the Easter Egg Roll

President Trump Bragged About the Border Wall to a Group of Children at the Easter Egg Roll 'Oh it’s happening, it’s being built now,' he said while coloring with kids


Medicare hospital fund reserves likely to be exhausted in 2026: U.S. report

Medicare hospital fund reserves likely to be exhausted in 2026: U.S. report The report from the board of trustees for Social Security and Medicare also projected that Social Security funds could be depleted by 2035, leading to potential reductions in expected payouts to retirees and other beneficiaries. Senator Bernie Sanders, among a large field of contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, has unveiled a "Medicare-for-All" plan that would eliminate private insurance and shift all Americans to a public healthcare plan. "At a time when some are calling for a complete government takeover of the American health care system, the Medicare Trustees have delivered a dose of reality in reminding us that the program's main trust fund for hospital services can only pay full benefits for seven more years," Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), said.


Should Catholics keep their faith? Sex abuse scandals prompt more to personally question ties to church, poll finds

Should Catholics keep their faith? Sex abuse scandals prompt more to personally question ties to church, poll finds Amid the latest spate of allegations of sexual abuse by priests, an increasing percentage of Catholics are re-examining their commitment to the religion, new poll shows.


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Elizabeth Warren’s Student Loan Relief Would Lift Black, Latino Borrowers

Elizabeth Warren’s Student Loan Relief Would Lift Black, Latino Borrowers The policy would also help close racial wealth gaps in the U.S., according to an estimate provided to the campaign by Arizona State University assistant professor Raphael Charron-Chenier and Brandeis University law professor Thomas Shapiro. “Gains to net worth for households of color would be meaningful under the policy, increasing median wealth by roughly $6,741 for Black households as a whole and $3,280 for Latino households as a whole,” they wrote in the analysis. High levels of student debt have become a drain on the economy, said David Bergeron, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, who worked with the U.S. Department of Education for 35 years specializing in higher education.


U.S. Supreme Court takes up major gay, transgender job discrimination cases

U.S. Supreme Court takes up major gay, transgender job discrimination cases The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether U.S. law banning workplace discrimination on the basis of sex protects gay and transgender workers, as the conservative-majority court waded into a fierce dispute involving a divisive social issue. At issue in the high-profile legal fight is whether gay and transgender people are covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex as well as race, color, national origin and religion. President Donald Trump's administration has argued that Title VII does not cover sexual orientation or gender identity.


'Today' show's Dylan Dreyer opens up about miscarriage and secondary infertility struggle

'Today' show's Dylan Dreyer opens up about miscarriage and secondary infertility struggle The 'Today' show meteorologist and her husband decided to talk about their struggle to have a second baby in an effort to get rid of the stigma attached to secondary infertility.


Philadelphia can exclude foster agency that won't work with same-sex couples: court

Philadelphia can exclude foster agency that won't work with same-sex couples: court In a 3-0 decision, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Catholic Social Services failed to show that the placement freeze amounted to religious persecution or bias, violating its First Amendment rights to free speech and religious freedom. Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro said Philadelphia was trying merely to stop what it considered a "clear violation" of a city anti-discrimination law covering sexual orientation, making a preliminary injunction inappropriate.


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