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Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty in College Scandal

Actress Felicity Huffman appeared in court in Boston Monday morning to plead guilty to fraud conspiracy charges in connection with the college admissions scandal that has dominated recent headlines. Huffman has admitted to paying $15,000 to William Rick Singer in an attempt to raise her daughter's SAT score. 

3 Arrested After Carjacking Ends in Fiery Crash

The Torrance Police Department arrested three suspects after they crashed a stolen care into a retaining wall near Carson Street and Merrill Drive in Torrance. The suspects are believed to have stolen the Nissan Sentra at gunpoint from a woman in the Torrance Target parking lot, less than a mile from the scene of the crash. 

Suspect in Nipsey Hussle Murder in Custody

Following the fatal shooting of Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle in South Los Angeles on Sunday, police have confirmed suspect Eric Holder is in custody after being caught in the Bellflower area. Hussle, whose legal name was Ermias Asghedom, leaves behind his longtime girlfriend, actress Lauren London, and two children. 

All Charges Dropped Against Jussie Smollett

Chicago prosecutors have dropped all 16 criminal charges against actor Jussie Smollett as part of a deferred prosecution agreement. Smollett was previously charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct in connection with filing a false police report and allegedly paying two brothers to stage a hate crime against him. According to reports, Smollett reported the false crime because he was unhappy with his pay for his role on television series Empire. 

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.