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Husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein Admits Helping Well-Connected Applicants to University of California: ‘No One Ever Told Me It Was Wrong’


The husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) admitted on Thursday to sending an inappropriate letter identified in a state audit that appeared to help an applicant to the University of California, Berkeley, get accepted to the school.

The California State Auditor issued a scathing report on Tuesday that found the University of California system admitted 64 students from 2013 through 2018 based on those students’ connections to university staff or donors, instead of their academic records.

“These inappropriate admissions decisions…denied more qualified applicants educational opportunities,” the report states...

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Meghan Markle, Jessica Mulroney Are ‘Still Friendly’ But ‘Not as Close’

There’s hope! Meghan Markle had a falling out with Jessica Mulroney, but the Duchess of Sussex has not exactly given her onetime BFF the cold shoulder.

“Jessica and Meghan are still in communication,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly. “Meghan didn’t want to cut Jessica out of her life completely. They are still friendly but not as close as before.”

The pair’s friendship became strained in June over the celebrity stylist’s racially charged feud with lifestyle blogger Sasha Exeter. After the So Sasha founder called out Mulroney’s “textbook white privilege” via Instagram, the TV personality threatened a libel lawsuit. Mulroney, 40, later apologized, telling Exeter that she has witnessed her “closest friend” Markle, 39, experience racism “front and centre.”

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Man who drove into California protesters used vineyard as 'tactical training camp,' officials say

An armed California man who is alleged to have driven his truck into a crowd of peaceful racial justice protesters this year was using his family’s vineyard as a “training camp” to prepare for “civil disorders,” federal authorities said Wednesday.

Benjamin Hung, 28, was charged with one count of conspiracy to transport firearms and making a false statement in acquisition of firearms, according to a criminal complaint filed this week in U.S. District Court for Central California.

In the complaint, an FBI agent named Diamond Outlaw said that Hung was arrested after he accelerated a Dodge Ram adorned with several flags embraced by right-wing extremists and a license plate that read “WAR R1G” into a crowd in Pasadena, northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Image: Benjamin Hung (U.S. District Court for Central California)
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Rebel Wilson and Rumored Beau Jacob Busch Make Red Carpet Debut

Sparks are flying! Rebel Wilson fueled speculation about her rumored relationship with Jacob Busch by walking the red carpet with him in Monaco.

The actress, 40, cozied up to the businessman at Prince Albert’s Planetary Health Gala on Thursday, September 24, in photos published by the Daily Mail. She showed off her recent weight loss in an off-the-shoulder metallic evening gown, while he dressed the part in a black tuxedo.

Rebel Wilson and Rumored Boyfriend Jacob Busch Make Their Red Carpet Debut
Rebel WIlson and Jacob Busch. PA Images/INSTAR; Milla Cochran/Startraks

Earlier on Thursday, the pair became Instagram official with a friendly photo, in which they were joined on a helicopter pad by Kate Beckinsale and Helen Mirren. “Quick Helen, get to the chopper!” Wilson wrote. “#TeamMonaco.”

Busch previously dated Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum Adr...

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‘Good guys are demonized, criminals are canonised’: One of the officers in Breonna Taylor raid speaks out in fiery email


An officer involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor has broken his silence (Breonna Taylor)
An officer involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor has broken his silence (Breonna Taylor)

A Louisville sergeant at the centre of the Breonna Taylor investigation sent a mass email on Tuesday defending police actions as “legal, moral and ethical”.

It comes as Louisville police declared a pre-emptive state of emergency in anticipation of findings from the state’s attorney general, who has been investigating possible criminal charges against the officers involved Ms Taylor’s death.

In the email sent to more than 1,000 colleagues about 2 am on Tuesday morning, Jonathan Mattingly said the next few days would be tough whatever the outcome as they were pawns in a political game.

“Regardless of the outcome today or Wednesday, I know we did the legal, moral and ethical thing that night...

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Kim Kardashian Calls Herself a ‘Stage Mom’ After North’s Paris Performance

Momager alert! Kim Kardashian revealed she cried when watching her daughter North close out her husband Kanye West’s Paris Fashion Week show earlier this year.

The Skims creator, 39, reflected on the proud mom moment during the Thursday, September 24, episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians after watching West, 43, take the stage.

“I had no idea what the fashion show was gonna look like in itself,” the KKW Beauty founder explained. “But then when Kanye asked North, ‘Do you want to sing?’ I just … the nerves that I have now … you know, I see her at Sunday Service, but to do something on her own in front of all these people for the first time — she’s never even been up on a stage and practiced, so to see her up there … my nerves.”

Kim Kardashian Cried When Daughter North Performed at Kanye West Show
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Powerful Vatican Cardinal Becciu resigns amid scandal

FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2017 file photo, Mons. Giovanni Angelo Becciu presides over an eucharistic liturgy, at the St. John in Latheran Basilica, in Rome. The powerful head of the Vatican’s saint-making office, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, has resigned from the post and renounced his rights as a cardinal amid a financial scandal that has reportedly implicated him indirectly. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

ROME (AP) — The powerful head of the Vatican’s saint-making office, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, resigned suddenly Thursday from the post and renounced his rights as a cardinal amid a financial scandal that has reportedly implicated him indirectly.

The Vatican provided no details on why Pope Francis accepted Becciu’s resignation in a statement late Thursday...

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Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich Split: What Went Wrong?

On different paths. Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich‘s busy schedules got in the way of their relationship before they eventually called it quits, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively.

“In the beginning, Max was super careful about self-promotion [and] things with his career, but once they got engaged, he really hit the gas pedal and wanted to make the most out of his career opportunities,” the source says. “He felt more comfortable doing so after they were fiancés and had a little bit more of a leg up.”

Us confirmed on Thursday, September 24, that the former couple, who confirmed their engagement in July, had pulled the plug on their six-month romance.

Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich What Went Wrong
Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich Courtesy of Max Ehrich/Instagram

In March, Us broke the news that the former Disney Channel star, 28, had...

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Vaccination effort will not be complete until July, CDC director says

WASHINGTON — Even as private companies rush to test a coronavirus vaccine and both federal and state governments prepare for a massive distribution effort, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautioned on Wednesday that mass vaccination of the American public is still many months away. 

“I think that’s going to take us April, May, June, you know, possibly July, to get the entire American public completely vaccinated,” CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield told the Senate health and education committee in a Wednesday hearing. 

Hopes are running high for a vaccine that will allow Americans to return to normal economic and social activity. Those hopes have been stoked by President Trump himself, who has promised a vaccine as early as October...

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Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich Split 2 Months After Engagement

Demi Lovato is giving her heart a break. The singer and her fiancé, Max Ehrich, have called it quits on their six-month relationship and two-month engagement, Us Weekly confirms.

“The relationship has ended,” a source close to Lovato says.

Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich Split
Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich Courtesy Max Ehrich/Instagram

Us Weekly broke the news in late March that the “I Love Me” singer, 28, was dating the Young and the Restless alum, 29, after her fling with model Austin Wilson. They confirmed their romance in May by slow dancing in Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s “Stuck With U” music video; the couple filmed their cameo while quarantined together amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lovato and Ehrich fell for each other quickly, with a source exclusively telling Us in April that the Daytime Emmy nominee ...

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