Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are ‘not ready’ to make a plea in college admissions scandal

(CNN)Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are “not ready” to enter a plea for their alleged role in the college admissions scandal, a source close to the actress said. Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 to a fake charity to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits, even though the daughters did not participate in the sport. They have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and an additional charge of money laundering. Earlier this week, they were also accused of conspiring to launder bribes and other payments through a charity run by Rick Singer, the mastermind of the scam, as well as transferring money into the …

UCLA gymnast removes Michael Jackson from routine music after ‘Leaving Neverland’

(CNN)A performance by UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi went viral earlier this year as she stunned crowds with her flawless, high-energy floor routine. Now, Ohashi has announced she is making a change to the routine after the release of the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.” “So my final deciding factor to change my floor routine was just that… To stand beside those who know what it is like to be sexually abused, to stand beside those who know what it is like to not be heard, and to stand beside those who have lost a sense of joy.” The senior’s new music features an all-female lineup; including legends such as Tina Turner and Beyonce’s hit song “Run the World (Girls).” “When picking …

What we know so far in the college admissions cheating scandal

(CNN)The massive college admissions scam is a harsh reminder that wealthy families can cheat their way to even greater privilege. And some say this scandal is just the tip of the iceberg. Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among the dozens of parents facing federal charges. Others charged include nine coaches at elite schools; two SAT/ACT administrators; an exam proctor; a college administrator; and a CEO who admitted he wanted to help the wealthiest families get their kids into elite colleges. How did this scheme work? It was all orchestrated by William Rick Singer, CEO of a college admissions prep company called The Key. Singer pleaded guilty to four charges Tuesday and admitted that everything a prosecutor accused him …

Blind runner, guide dog trio makes history in NYC Half Marathon

(CNN)Thomas Panek and his running guide dogs Westley, Waffle and Gus made history on Sunday in the 2019 New York City Half Marathon. According to the race website, Panek’s team finished the race in just shy of two hours and 21 minutes. An avid runner, Panek had no intention to give up the sport, even after losing his eyesight in his early 20s. Thanks to volunteer human guides, he has since completed 20 marathons. Still, Panek missed the feeling of independence, which ultimately inspired him to start a formal training program for running guide dogs. “It never made sense to me to walk out the door and leave my guide dog behind when I love to run and they love …

UFC star Conor McGregor arrested after police say he smashed a fan’s phone

(CNN)A fan just wanted a picture with Ultimate Fighting Championship star Conor McGregor, but Miami police say McGregor wasn’t having it. CNN has reached out to McGregor’s press team, the victim and the UFC. UFC Star Conor McGregor charged with assault McGregor was previously handed a six-month suspension and fined $50,000 after an October post-fight brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov, who scaled the octagon to launch an attack on McGregor’s team after defeating the Irishman to maintain his unbeaten 27-0 record last year. Members of Nurmagomedov’s team were also involved in a fracas with the beaten McGregor. Last April, McGregor was charged with assault, attempted assault and criminal mischief after he and others allegedly attacked a bus carrying UFC fighters at …

Wealthy parents, actresses, coaches, among those charged in massive college cheating admission scandal, federal prosecutors say

(CNN)In what is being called the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted, wealthy parents, Hollywood actresses, coaches and college prep executives have been accused of carrying out a nationwide fraud to get students into prestigious universities, according to a federal indictment. The parents, Lelling said, were a “catalog of wealth and privilege,” including actors, CEOs, a fashion designer and the co-chairman of a global law firm. “This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud,” Lelling said. “There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy, and I’ll add that there will not be a separate criminal justice system either.” He added, “For every student admitted through …

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft accused of soliciting sex, police say

(CNN)New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is facing charges of soliciting prostitution as part of a large-scale sex trafficking crackdown that has led to hundreds of arrest warrants in Florida, police said. A spokesperson for Kraft has denied that he committed a crime. “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further,” the spokesperson said. Kristin Rightler, a Jupiter police spokeswoman, said Friday that Kraft has not been arrested. People wearing football jerseys and others were seen taking group photos and selfies outside the door of the Jupiter spa on Friday. Another billionaire also charged John W. Childs — a billionaire and CEO of the private …

5 things to know for February 22: Jussie Smollett, NC election, Vatican, Venezuela

(CNN)Looking for a new way to beat the traffic? If you live in Mumbai, you can use Uber to summon … a speedboat. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) Actor Jussie Smollett was on the set of his Fox show “Empire” last night, hours after he was arrested and accused of filing a false report in the January 29 incident in which he said he was the victim of a hate crime. The 36-year-old actor called a meeting of the cast and crew and apologized for any embarrassment they might have felt during his …

5 things to know for February 11: Border security, ISIS, Denver strike, snow, Grammys

(CNN)Are you one of those people who wants to know how the sausage gets made? Then the world’s first sausage hotel is for you. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) The chances of another government shutdown shot up over the weekend after talks between Republicans and Democrats on border security broke down. The sticking points in the talks are the level of funding for barriers on the border and how much money to spend on ICE detention facilities. Another partial government shutdown could start at the end of the week if the two …

Five things to know for February 4: Super Bowl, Ralph Northam, Pope Francis

(CNN)Today is Facebook’s 15th birthday. See how this college experiment at Harvard changed the world (for better and worse). Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) Well this sounds familiar, doesn’t it: The New England Patriots are Super Bowl champs. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the gang had to grind out a 13-3 victory over the L.A. Rams in Atlanta in what shockingly turned out to be a defensive battle. Brady and Belichick have now won six Super Bowls together, and the Pats are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most …

5 things to know for January 31: Cold, Russia probe, Foxconn, immigration, Fed rates

(CNN)Step inside the cave in Siberia that sheltered the first known humans 300,000 years ago. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) The Midwest is still stuck in a deep freeze. The temperature is well below zero in many states, thanks to a breakdown in the polar vortex that’s flooding the region with the coldest air it’s seen in years. Chicago set an all-time record low of 27 below zero. And residents are reporting hearing a series of mysterious booms. Those are “frost quakes,” which happen when water underground freezes and expands, causing …

5 things to know for January 22: Shutdown, Trump Moscow project, Davos, climate

(CNN)Looking for a different kind of hotel room? Well, you can stay inside a crane or in an art installation in the shape of a … colon. Those are just two of the quirkiest one-room hotels you can book this year.Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) The GOP-controlled Senate is expected this week to vote on the border security proposal pushed by President Trump to help end the partial government shutdown. This plan would give Democrats temporary protections for DACA recipients in exchange for Trump’s $5.7 billion funding request for a border …

John Coughlin, champion US figure skater, dies after sport suspension

(CNN)John Coughlin, a champion American figure skater recently suspended from his sport, died Friday, his sister and figure skating groups and personalities said. “We are stunned at the news of the death of two-time US pairs champion John Coughlin,” US Figure Skating said Saturday in a statement. “Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies are with his father Mike, sister Angela and the rest of his family. Out of respect to the family, we will have no further comment until a later time.” A US national pairs champion in 2011 and 2012, Coughlin represented the United States at the world championships during those years. He was from Kansas City, Missouri, CNN affiliate WDAF reported. The skating world mourns His former coach, Dalilah …

Winter storm threatens millions with snow and ice in the Midwest and Northeast

(CNN)A fast-moving winter storm will unload a messy mix of heavy snow, strong winds and frigid temperatures across parts of the Midwest and Northeast over the weekend. Just a little cold 🥶 just a little wet. A post shared by Katie Dolittle (@cattywild) on Jan 19, 2019 at 9:24am PST Indianapolis was to get a messy mix of rain, snow and freezing rain Saturday morning, but it was expected to turn into snow by afternoon. Cities on the storm’s southern edge such as Houston, Memphis, Tennessee, and Jackson, Mississippi, woke up to thunder and lightning Saturday. As the storm quickly pushes east, forecasters expect a substantial amount of precipitation Saturday evening through Sunday up and down the East Coast. How …

Winter storm expected to bring snow and ice to millions in Midwest and Northeast

(CNN)The second of a series of storms moving across the country will bring significant snow and ice to the North and heavy rains and severe weather to the South into the weekend. Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, closed for several hours after a Southwest Airlines flight went off a runway while taxiing. The airliner slid onto a runway overrun area, Southwest Airlines said. None of the 150 passengers and six crew members was injured, the airline said. The storm system is associated with the same upper-level energy as one on the West Coast that dumped rain in Los Angeles and elsewhere as well as caused blizzard conditions in the Sierra Nevada. Snow is likely in Kansas City, St. Louis and …

5 things to know for January 14: Trump, TSA, Obamacare, LA teacher’s strike, DC snow

(CNN) 1. President Trump Is the President of the United States a Russian asset? That question, which sounds like the plot for some second-rate geopolitical thriller, was on everybody’s lips this past weekend after a pair of bombshell stories from The New York Times and The Washington Post. The Times reported that law enforcement officials became so concerned about President Trump’s behavior after he fired ex-FBI Director James Comey that the FBI started an investigation into whether Trump was secretly working on Russia’s behalf. Then the Washington Post reported that the President had gone to great lengths to conceal details of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including taking the notes from his interpreter and not allowing him to discuss the details …