“Deep regret and shame”: Felicity Huffman to plead guilty in “Varsity Blues” college admissions scam

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ABC/Fred Lee(BOSTON) — Former Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman is among 14 defendants who have agreed to plead guilty in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scam that rocked elite schools this spring.

Huffman, 56, and the other defendants will each plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, federal prosecutors said Monday.

She faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years probation and a $250,000 fine, based on the prosecutors’ recommendation. 

The actress has also released a statement saying she is “ashamed of the pain” she has caused her family.

“I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those action,”
she said in the statement.

The actress, who was Oscar-nominated for her role in the movie Transamerica, allegedly gave $15,000 to William “Rick” Singer, who prosecutors identified as the ringleader of the nationwide scam, “to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of their oldest daughter,” court documents allege.

Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so,” court documents allege. Macy was not charged in the scam.

“I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly,” Huffman said in her statement.

“My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her,” she said. “This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”

Plea hearings for the defendants have yet to be scheduled.

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Ryan Reynolds, Joel McHale getting into the game show business with ABC

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Both Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds and Talk Soup veteran and Santa Clarita Diet actor Joel McHale are teaming up with ABC for two new game shows.

Reynolds is executive-producing a show called Don’t, “a comedic physical game [that] follows one family of four who must work together throughout five mental and physical challenges with only one rule: Don’t. For example, ‘Don’t Slip,’ ‘Don’t Forget,’ ‘Don’t Laugh,’ ‘Don’t Say It,’ ‘Don’t Scream” and a slew of ‘Don’t’ challenges you didn’t even know existed.”

Reynolds noted, “All my life, the word ‘don’t’ has tortured me. From ‘don’t curse’ to ‘don’t play ball in the house’ to ‘don’t eat the crab salad you left in the sun for three days.’ I cannot wait for my personal trauma to become the next great ABC family show.”

Meanwhile, McHale is producing and hosting a reboot of the popular ’70s and ’80s show Card Sharks, slated to air this summer on ABC. The original show had contestants answer questions based on surveys, then bet on whether the next card in a deck was higher or lower than the one they could see.
 
“Game winners can win tens of thousands of dollars and in an updated twist – losers will be fed to a pen of adult Tiger Sharks,” McHale snarked in a statement.
 
There’s no air date set yet for Reynolds’ Don’t, which is being produced under his Deadpool-referencing production company Maximum Effort.

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American tourist kidnapped on safari in Uganda begins journey home

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Wild Frontiers Uganda(NEW YORK) — U.S. citizen Kimberly Sue Endicott has left Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park, after being kidnapped while on a safari there and held hostage for four days.

Endicott was seen Monday morning being transported by helicopter to Uganda’s capital, Kampala. She is now under care of the U.S. Embassy, according to a spokesperson for Wild Frontiers Uganda, the Uganda-based tour operator that organized her safari.

It was unclear exactly when Endicott would return home to Southern California.

Endicott was on an evening game drive with a Canadian couple and tour guide in the park’s southern Ishasha section Tuesday when they were allegedly ambushed by four gunmen in military uniforms.

The gunmen apparently held the group at gunpoint before snatching the keys to their safari vehicle and fleeing with Endicott and the guide, identified as Congolese national Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo, according to the Uganda Police Force.

The Canadian tourists, identified by Wild Frontiers Uganda as Martin and Barbel Jurrius, were left behind and contacted the camp manager, who brought them back safely to the wilderness compound, police said.

The kidnappers used one of the victim’s mobile phones to demand a $500,000 ransom, which police said they believe was the motive behind the abduction.

After a days-long search operation by Ugandan police, armed forces and wildlife authorities, Endicott and Remezo were “rescued” unharmed from the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo and brought back to Uganda Sunday evening.

But their captors “escaped,” and the operation to track them down continued Monday, according to Ugandan government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo.

Endicott and Remezo were freed in a “negotiated handover, conducted between the Ugandan and U.S. authorities,” according to a press statement from Wild Frontiers Uganda, which has been operating safaris since 1996.

“We have provided as much assistance as possible to the authorities and will now continue to provide support to both Kimberly and our guide Jean-Paul as they work toward returning to their homes and families,” the company said in the Monday statement. “We also are working with the investigating authorities to ascertain precisely what happened and how this can be prevented in the future.”

Uganda Police Force spokesperson Fred Enanga said at a Monday press conference in Kampala he did not believe a ransom was paid. However, a Wild Frontiers Uganda spokesperson told ABC News a ransom was paid. It was unclear who paid or how much was given.

Footage taken by Wild Frontiers Uganda on Sunday showed the moment Endicott and Remezo returned to the company’s Ishasha Wildnerness Camp in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Endicott was barefoot and her pants were torn.

The pair, who were said to be in good health and good spirits considering their ordeal, spent the night at the camp’s lodge.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State told ABC News Sunday, “We are aware of reports that a U.S. citizen hostage was recovered on April 7 by Ugandan security officials. Privacy considerations prevent us from commenting further at this time.”

A U.S. official in Washington familiar with details of the recovery efforts told ABC News earlier that Ugandan police were handling the situation well, with U.S. authorities only providing support as needed.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni applauded the rescue on Twitter Monday morning and vowed to “deal with these isolated pockets of criminals.”

“However, I want to reassure the country and our tourists that Uganda is safe and we shall continue to improve the security in our parks. Come and enjoy the Pearl of Africa,” Museveni tweeted.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted a few hours later, “Uganda must find the kidnappers of the American Tourist and guide before people will feel safe in going there. Bring them to justice openly and quickly!”

Located in southwest Uganda, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations and boasts luxury wilderness camps. Tourists are sometimes accompanied by armed rangers to protect against wildlife or poachers, but it is not required.

A spokesperson for Wild Frontiers Uganda told ABC News Endicott’s group was not accompanied by an armed ranger at the time.

Uganda Wildlife Authority spokesperson Bashir Hangi told ABC News it’s possible the kidnappers are poachers who encountered the group by mistake or “rogue militias” from the conflict-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Still, Hangi said his country and its national parks are known for being safe for tourists, and kidnappings are uncommon.

“This is a one-off incident, it’s an isolated incident. It is not something that happens regularly. It is not something that we are known for,” Hangi said in an interview last Thursday in Kampala. “We call it an accident. It’s very unfortunate, it is regrettable, but it happened.”

“Our parks are very safe right now, tourists are in the parks as I speak,” he added. “We are known to be a safe country for all visitors. We are known to be a country that receives visitors. We are known to be a country with people who are warmly welcoming those they don’t know. That’s what we are known for and that’s who we are, and that’s who we are going to remain to be despite this incident.”

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Tracy Morgan and Whoopi Goldberg discuss appreciating life after health scares: ‘You woke up this morning so you have to thank God’

Nicolette Cain/ABC News/iStock(NEW YORK) — Monday morning on “The View,” comedian Tracy Morgan opened up to Whoopi Goldberg, who is still recovering from pneumonia, about his outlook on life following his near-fatal accident in 2014.

“You don’t have to have pneumonia. You don’t have to get hit by a truck. You don’t have to get shot. You don’t have to get stabbed,” Morgan said.

“You God forbid lay down in your bed and just not wake up, so your best bet is to just run your race.”

Both Morgan, 50, and Goldberg, 63, have grappled with near-death experiences within the past five years.

In 2014, a truck on the New Jersey Turnpike struck the bus Morgan was riding in. The accident left Morgan seriously injured and in a coma for eight days with a traumatic brain injury. His friend, comedian James McNair, didn’t survive the collision.

More recently, Goldberg battled pneumonia that spread to both her lungs, causing sepsis. She was hospitalized and came “very close to leaving the Earth” during her extended absence from the show.

Goldberg echoed something similar to Morgan during her surprise return to “The View” on March 14. “You think you can push through because you have a little cold, and you think because you’ve healed before something crazy can’t happen. Well, it can.”

Morgan — who contemplated suicide following the accident — spoke on “The View” about the deeper meaning of life. “All you can do is love back. That’s all you can do,” he said.

“That’s what we [are] here for… You woke up this morning so you have to thank God, and love each other.”

Prior to Morgan’s interview on Monday, Goldberg revealed she had a 24-hour bug over the weekend that landed her in the hospital again.

“I am here, and I’m much better,” Goldberg said.

“Don’t you leave me,” a worried Morgan said to Goldberg during his interview on the show. “I just get scared. I love Whoopi.”

The two comedians have shared conversations in the past. Morgan said the last piece of advice Goldberg gave him was to “check for red flags” in “whatever relationship” you’re in.

Morgan pointed to his eyes, ears, and nostrils saying, “There’s a reason why they gave you two of these, two of these, two of these, and one of these,” he said pointing to his mouth.

“If you want to learn something about somebody else you gotta learn to be quiet, because they can’t wait to tell you who they are.”

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Three American service members, 1 contractor killed in attack in Afghanistan

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flySnow/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Three American service members and a contractor were killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on Monday, according to Col. David Butler, a spokesperson for U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

Three other Americans service members were also wounded in the attack, which occurred near Bagram Air Base. The wounded were evacuated and were receiving medical care.

Prior to Monday’s attack, there had been a total of four American troops killed in Afghanistan in 2019: Sgt. Cameron Meddock, Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale, Spc. Joseph P. Collette, and Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay.

There are 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, many of whom train, advise and assist Afghan forces in their fight against the Taliban.

In February, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said he had not received orders from President Donald Trump to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by half, but U.S. military planners had been tasked with a possible troop reduction after internal discussions began late last year, according to U.S. officials.

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad has led direct talks with the Taliban which resulted last month on an agreement “in draft” related to American troop withdrawal and the Taliban’s commitment to deny safe haven to terror groups. However, no final decisions have been made.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack pleads guilty in sex cult case, faces 40 years in prison

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Getty Images/Spencer Platt(NEW YORK) — Former Smallville star Allison Mack has pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges in connection to the NXIVM sex cult.

The pleas, made in a Brooklyn federal courtroom Monday morning, including the acts of “extortion and forced labor.” Mack faces a maximum of 40 years in prison: 20 years per each count. She will be sentenced on September 11, 2019. 

She had faced life in prison; Mack had been slapped with a host of charges, including sex trafficking.

Mack’s is the third guilty plea in the NXIVM case. Prosecutors say the supposed self-help group literally branded women with the initials of founder Keith Raniere, who, it’s alleged, used them as sex slaves. 

Among other crimes, Mack was accused of gathering compromising information on some of Raniere’s victims, in an attempt to compel them to acquiesce to “so-called acts of love” with the cult-like group’s founder.

Raniere, heiress Clare Bronfman and Kathy Russell, another person who was part of the group’s leadership, previously pleaded not guilty; Raniere insists any sex was consensual.

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Avengers stars say they’re “just as in the dark” as fans when it comes to the end of Endgame

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday, the Avengers: Endgame cast joined the Good Morning America team to talk about the upcoming blockbuster film, and revealed that despite the fact that they’re in the movie, they haven’t seen it yet.

“If anyone of us asked [to see it], then we probably could,” Captain America’s alter-ego Chris Evans said. “I just think personally I’m actually going to try and enjoy the experience at the premiere.”

And Scarlett Johansson, who plays Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, insists that the cast is “just as in the dark” about the movie as the fans are.

“There’s so many different pieces going on, and there’s like three different [shooting] units happening at the same time,” she explains. “And if you’re not acting with another actor, then you don’t know what else is going on in their world, because there’s so many different parts of this universe.”

However, like Evans, Scarlett says she wants to be surprised.

“That’s part of the real kind of joy and amazement [of it],” she says. “When do you ever get that, these days? To be able to have a genuine surprise and not anticipate anything?”

While Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., said this film would be Marvel’s crowning achievement, he also joked to “bring a bag lunch” because it’s clocking in at almost three hours long.

The Hulk, AKA actor Mark Ruffalo, suggesting fans bring a “box of Kleenex and a diaper.”

While there have been loads of theories regarding spoilers of the film online, directors Joe and Anthony Russo have said none they’ve seen are accurate. 

Avengers: Endgame opens April 26.

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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WrestleMania 35: Becky Lynch defeats Ronda Rousey in first-ever all-women main event

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Santiago Felipe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The world of wrestling reached a major milestone Sunday night when Wrestlemania 35 featured the first all-women main event.

Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch faced off in epic fashion in New York, with Lynch pinning the former MMA star in a match that lasted almost 30 minutes and ran well past midnight. The match also featured Charlotte Flair, but she was eliminated before Rousey was pinned.

Lynch not only won another championship belt but helped to put three women front and center in the final match of the night on wrestling’s biggest stage.

“Today is the day when The Man finally comes around to collect. Today is the day when you and me change how this business works, thinks and progresses. I. Am. Ready. For. This. Day,” Lynch said in a tweet before the match.

She also gave a shout-out to her fans and female wrestlers after the big night.

“Unthinkable to think what was once unthinkable. Those 3 seconds last night were a lifetime in the making. Thank you to all of you who have been on this crazy whirlwind journey with me. We’re only getting started. #becky2belts”

The WWE added, “#WrestleMANia will live FOREVER. @BeckyLynchWWE HAS DONE IT!”

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London introduces Ultra Low Emissions Zone for vehicles with charges up to $130

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BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — London introduced a new Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) on Monday, a radical new step to clean up the city’s air and improve public health that the mayor’s office described as the “world’s toughest vehicle emissions standard.”

The low pollution zone will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, charging cars and motorbikes that do not comply with European Union emissions standards £12.50 ($16) each time they enter central London, while trucks and buses will be charged £100 ($130).

Anyone who does not pay the fine will receive a warning letter, and if they still refuse, will be fined £160 ($208).

This will mostly affect older vehicles that pollute more, according to the Financial Times.

Environmental campaigners and politicians in London have welcomed the move as necessary for both public health and finances, although some small business leaders say the charge is too high.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, described the introduction of ULEZ as “a landmark day for our city.”

“Our toxic air is an invisible killer responsible for one of the biggest national health emergencies of our generation,” he said in a statement. “I simply refuse to be yet another politician who ignores it. The ULEZ is the centerpiece of our plans to clean up London’s air – the boldest plans of any city on the planet, and the eyes of the world are on us.”

Cardiovascular charity British Heart Foundation hailed the move, claiming action was required as U.K. air pollution plays a role in up to 36,000 deaths a year.

“The ULEZ will help reduce the levels of dangerous pollutants in the air Londoners breathe and crucially, it will help to protect the health of the most vulnerable people across the capital,” Sunib Gillespie, the charity’s chief executive said. “Air pollution is a major threat to the UK’s health, and contributes to thousands of heart attacks and strokes every year. … We now need to see other cities across the U.K. following suit.”

However, the Federation of Small Businesses says many of its members have expressed concern that the scheme is an “additional cost burden” and that proposals were not properly communicated to them by the government.

“FSB fully acknowledges that tackling air quality is a critical issue for London,” Sue Terpilowski OBE, London Policy Chair of the FSB said in a statement. “However, the cost of doing business in the capital is already high which is forcing many small businesses to re-evaluate their business activity.”

The group Mums for Lungs, which campaigns on behalf of parents for lower emissions and cleaner air, say while they have “sympathy” for those affected by the cost, ultimately “the health of Londoners cannot be weighed in money.”

“The reduction of air pollution will hopefully result in fewer premature deaths (currently almost 10,000 a year in London alone),” Jemima Hartshorn, the founder of Mums for Lungs told ABC News. “Less hospitalizations because of respiratory illnesses and less occurrence of the many other illnesses linked to air pollution.”

The ULEZ will be in effect in the same area affected by the London congestion charge, which charges drivers £11.50 ($15) when entering the center of the city in order to decrease rates of traffic.

The implementation of the low emission zone comes as the city of New York announced plans to introduce its own congestion charge, the first American city to do so, which will come into effect in 2021.

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Top Russian director freed from house arrest in case that drew international outcry

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Andreas Rentz/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — A Moscow court has released Kirill Serebrennikov, one of Russia’s most celebrated theater directors, from house arrest — a major change in a case widely criticized as a political show trial and that has drawn comparisons with Soviet-era persecution of artists.

Serebrennikov, 41, has been under house arrest since autumn 2017, charged with embezzling from a state funded project. But many in Russia’s liberal elite and a host of international artists have condemned the trial, seeing it as a punishment for his work, which frequently tackles topics that are uncomfortable for Russian authorities.

Moscow’s Meshchansky court on Monday released Serebrennikov on bail, ending his house arrest but keeping his travel restrictions in place. The court also released two co-defendants in the case, one of Serebrennikov’s producers, Yuri Itin, and Sofia Apfelbaum, a former Ministry of Culture employee.

“It’s not yet victory, but it is almost!” Serebrennikov said in the courtroom on Friday, Russian state news agency TASS reported. “We’re close!”

Serebrennikov, who runs the Gogol Center, Moscow’s most prominent contemporary theater, is considered one of Russia’s greatest living directors and arguably the most celebrated internationally. His arrest in 2017 shocked Russia’s cultural elite, many of whom believed a political crackdown under President Vladimir Putin that had previously largely spared artists had now reached them. At Serebrennikov’s first court hearings, hundreds of supporters and leading cultural figures gathered outside demanding his release.

Numerous famous artists abroad joined those calls, including actress Cate Blanchett and legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Prosecutors accused Serebrennikov of embezzling funds from a state grant allocated for a theater project he led between 2011 and 2014. They allege that he worked with a group colleagues at his Seventh Studio company to steal 133 million rubles ($2.04 million) from the funds provided by the Ministry of Culture. Serebrennikov has denied the charges, calling them absurd.

Serebrennikov’s lawyers have pointed out that prosecutors initially claimed Serebrennikov had stolen part of the money by not staging a play, a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His defense then showed the play had not only taken place, but won awards.

But while skepticism about the case is widespread, speculation over why Serebrennikov might have been targeted by authorities has been less unanimous.

Although his plays and films frequently parody a corrupt and cynical Russian state, Serebrennikov has long been at the center of the artistic establishment, and for years was a favorite of some of the Kremlin’s most influential officials. In recent years he has directed ballets at the Bolshoi Theater and top officials frequently attended his premiers. Even the theater project now under investigation was created by Putin’s decree.

Many Russian arts circles believe Serebrennikov fell afoul of a more reactionary atmosphere and the political clampdown that followed Russia’s invasion of Crimea. Some see his arrest as a classic authoritarian message telling artists to remain within bounds.

Another widespread theory is that Serebrennikov upset powerful conservatives close to the Kremlin with his open discussion of homosexuality in his work. Some have linked his arrest to his ballet Nuryev at the Bolshoi, which portrayed the life of Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and was delayed amid claims officials found its depiction of gay themes too frank.

Serebrennikov’s proximity to power, even as he often provided an unflattering mirror to the powerful, has led to the comparisons with the treatment of virtuoso artists under Joseph Stalin, who would take a personal interest in favored creators as he often banned them. It has also led to soul-searching among Russia’s cultural elite about cooperating with the state following his arrest.

Konstantin Gaaze, a well-known journalist, said he believed the trial had been a message to artists who receive state-funding that they must produce the conservative work desired by the state.

It was to say, “‘If you want budget funds then you should conduct yourself with Russian culture in the appropriate way,’” Gaaze said.

The Kremlin on Monday declined to comment on the court’s decision. Observers in Russia had noted a shift recently in the coverage of Serebrennikov’s trial in state media. Last month, Dmitry Kiselyev — known as the Kremlin’s propagandist-in-chief — on his flagship show suggested there was no reason not to release him from house arrest.

Serebrennikov has continued to work while under house arrest, including directing an opera at the Hamburg State Opera in Germany in March, while his Gogol Center in Moscow continues to stage shows. In court on Monday, Serebrennikov told reporters he would try to return to work right away.

“It’s not very easy psychologically, but there’s a lot of stuff to do. We have shows, rehearsals,” Serebrennikov said.

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