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Fallout Continues for Lori Loughlin and Others Involved in College Admissions Scandal

Early last week, 50 people were charged in what federal prosecutors have said is the largest college admissions cheating scheme ever prosecuted. The 50 defendants, of which include two SAT/ACT administrators, an exam proctor, nine coaches, one college administrator, and 33 parents are accused of using illegally funneled funds to gain admission to certain universities. Two of those parents include Hollywood stars Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. 

Newport Beach Teens Post Party Photo Featuring Swastika

A group of high school students from Newport Beach are in hot water after a photo of partygoers posed in a Nazi salute surrounding cups in the shape of a swastika circulated the internet over the weekend. At least some of the teens are thought to be students at Newport Harbor High School. 

Jussie Smollett Facing Felony Charge for Filing False Police Report

Television star Jussie Smollett, best known for his role as Jamal Lyon on the Fox series Empire, was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of filing a false police report. Smollett had previously told police that he was attacked on January 29 outside his apartment by two men who yelled racial and homophobic slurs.

Trump Declares National Emergency Over Border Wall

President Trump has declared a national emergency on the Mexican border in a move to access billions of dollars previously unobtainable to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. Critics have voiced concern over the president's latest move, which appears to clash with the separation of powers doctrine. 

El Chapo Convicted, Faces Life in Prison

Joaquin Guzman Loera, the Mexican drug kingpin better known as El Chapo, was convicted on all charges following a three-month trial in New York this week. The charges included drug trafficking, weapons charges, and money laundering. The top count of running in a criminal enterprise carries a life sentence.