A view down High Street on the Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut, with Harkness Tower at left and Linsly-Chittenden Hall at right.,less

A view down High Street on the Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut, with Harkness Tower at left and Linsly-Chittenden Hall at right.,Dwight Hall lies beyond Linsly-Chittenden; both are part of the ... more read more

NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - More than 50 people, including two celebrities and a lawyer from Connecticut, face charges for their suspected involvement in a college bribery scheme.,Investigators said more than 30 wealthy parents, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, Connecticut lawyer Gordon Caplan, and nine coaches were involved.,Among those coaches was a former soccer coach at Yale.,Investigators said Singer mailed former Yale soccer coach Rudy Meredith a check for $400,000.,According to court documents, Singer would take "Yale applicant 1's art portfolio" then "'revise' the materials to 'soccer.'"

Two USC athletic department employees a high-ranking administrator and a legendary head coach were fired Tuesday after being indicted in federal court in Massachusetts for their alleged roles in a racketeering conspiracy that helped students get into elite colleges and universities by falsely designating them as recruited athletes.Senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and mens and womens water polo coach Jovan Vavic were fired after allegedly receiving bribes totaling more than $1.3 million and $250,000, respectively, to help parents take advantage of the relaxed admissions standards for athletes at USC even though their children were not legitimately being recruited as athletes.Former USC womens soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin, who was fired in 2013, and his former assistant coach, Laura Janke, who left the school in 2014, were also named in the indictment for allegedly fabricating athlete profiles for the prospective students.,Khosroshahin and Janke allegedly received payments totaling nearly $350,000 sent to their private soccer club.Federal prosecutors on Tuesday indicted dozens of people including UCLA mens soccer coach Jorge Salcedo and actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin in connection with an elaborate scheme aimed at getting students into elite colleges.The scheme centered around the owner of a for-profit Newport Beach college admissions company that wealthy parents allegedly paid to help their children cheat on college entrance exams and falsify athletic records of students to enable them to secure admission to elite schools for which they otherwise might not qualify, according to court records.We are aware of the ongoing wide-ranging criminal investigation involving universities nationwide, including USC, the university said in a statement.,Donna Heinel and Jovan Vavic have been terminated and the university will take additional employment actions as appropriate.USC is in the process of identifying any funds received by the university in connection with this alleged scheme.,Additionally, the university is reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward.The other athletic departments named in the alleged racketeering conspiracy are Yale, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Stanford, Texas and the University of San Diego.,The indictment states that, by accepting bribes to falsely designate students as recruited athletes, the coaches and administrators were in the violation of the duty of honest services owed to their employers, thereby facilitating the childrens admissions to the universities.Heinel was USC athletics chief administrative officer and senior woman administrator.Vavic led the Trojans water polo teams to a combined 16 national championships and is a 15-time national coach of the year.Vavic was arrested without incident in Hawaii.

With the first contests unfolding next year in South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire, small-town voters will play a critical role in choosing the next Democratic nominee.,Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders lamented rural decline during an Iowa swing this weekend.,Several candidates plan to attend a March 30 rural issues forum at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa — population 10,600.,AP VoteCast, a national survey of more than 115,000 voters, found rural and small-town residents cast 35 percent of midterm ballots; 56 percent of those voted for Republican House candidates, compared to 41 percent for Democrats.,Sanders noted that many Vermonters, as in the rest of rural America, view guns differently than most big-city residents, but Clinton successfully used the issue against Sanders, particularly with black women.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution in Florida, a result of a multi-agency investigation into an alleged human trafficking ring, police said Friday.,Kraft, 77, is one of 25 individuals being charged in Jupiter with soliciting prostitution in connection with the law enforcement sting, police said.,“Our concern in this investigation centers around the possibility of victims of human trafficking, the appearance maybe of that,” Jupiter Police Chief Daniel J. Kerr said Friday during a press conference.,At a Tuesday press conference, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said the overall investigation began last July, when detectives responded to a complaint from the county’s health department reporting signs of potential human trafficking at a local massage parlor.,Because Kraft is not a resident of the state, an arrest warrant will be issued for him in Florida related to the charges, police said.

I’ve been writing about Juliana vs. US for over three years—slightly less time than the plaintiffs in the case have been waiting to have their day in court.,In the US judicial system, political questions are answered—or not—by the executive and legislative branches of government usually after their trial in the court of public opinion.,Interlocutory appeals are typically permitted when the trial judge certifies to the appellate court that there are substantial differences of opinion over an important question of law that once decided would substantially affect the final outcome of the case.,The trial court judge, Anne Aiken, issues an order certifying Juliana v. United States for interlocutory appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.,The “AH, HA” moment when the future of Juliana came clear to me was the day after Christmas while reading that the Ninth Circuit Court Appeals panel of three judges granted the DOJ lawyers permission to bring the interlocutory appeal.

BOSTON (CBS) — If the Patriots win the Super Bowl, fans in New England can celebrate Monday with a $1 coffee from Dunkin’.,Fans need to be a DD Perks member to take advantage of the deal.,The “Raise a Cup if the Patriots Win” promotion offers medium hot or iced coffees for just a buck the day after the big game.,Dunkin’ says you can get the coffee at participating locations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, (excluding Fairfield County), Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

A new method developed by researchers at RMIT University in Australia has mastered Atari video games 10 times faster than state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI), with a breakthrough approach to problem solving.,A 2015 study showed Google’s DeepMind AI learning to play Atari video games such as ‘Video Pinball’ to a human level.,However, the algorithm notoriously failed to learn a path to the first key in 1980s video game ‘Montezuma’s Revenge’ due to the game’s complexity.,To tackle the challenge, the new breed of algorithms – developed by researchers from the university based in Melbourne – saw computers set up to autonomously play ‘Montezuma’s Revenge’, learn from mistakes and identify sub-goals 10 times faster than Google DeepMind to finish the game.,Last July, DeepMind developed a neural network capable of engaging with human players in a multi-player video game, Quake III Arena’s ‘Capture the Flag (CTF)’, through an adapted approach to machine learning.

Seymour High School indoor track team members Amber Recine, left, Patty Jurkowski, center, and McKenzie Collins.,Seymour High School indoor track team members Amber Recine, left, Patty Jurkowski, center, and McKenzie Collins.,Photo: Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media

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