FBI was probing Michael Cohen long before raid

Special counsel Robert Mueller began investigating President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, at least nine months before FBI agents in New York raided his home and office, according to new documents. (March 19)

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How Broken The College Admissions Process Is (HBO)

The Justice Department charged 33 parents on Tuesday in a massive cheating and bribing scheme to get their kids into elite colleges. Federal investigators charged 50 people in all, indicting test administrators, athletic coaches and a number of wealthy parents from across the country, including actresses Lori Loughin from Full House and Felicity Huffman from Desperate Housewives. So far, they have not made a comment about the charges.

According to investigators the scam, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues by the FBI, revealed a wide-ranging web of bribery and fraud, including cheating on admissions exams, faking involvement in sports by photoshopping students onto the bodies of athletes and even falsifying learning disabilities.

The pressure to get into elite institutions is high, and the main gatekeepers to these competitive universities are admissions officers.

Sara Harberson, a former Associate Dean of Admissions for UPENN and former Dean of Admissions at Franklin and Marshall College told us, “What would always helps students if they were tagged and their family had a lot of financial resources. You were really looking at seven figure donations 8 figure donations. But sometimes six figures plus a connection with someone on the board was even more powerful.”

VICE News spoke to five of them to find out what it’s really like behind a process that remains closed to most people.

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Maryland police arrest FBI most-wanted suspect

Police in Maryland have apprehended Lamont Stephenson, a man on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list. He’s accused in the 2014 strangulation of a New Jersey woman. (March 8)

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Man on FBI most wanted list arrested

The FBI says a man on on of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted, who was wanted in the slaying of a New Jersey woman, has been arrested in Maryland. (March 7)

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Wife of American missing in Iran faults inaction

The wife of a former FBI agent who vanished in Iran in 2007 says the U.S. hasn’t done enough to try to get her husband back home. (March 7)

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FBI: Most Wanted list suspect is believed killed

Agents shot and killed a man believed to be one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives in North Carolina on Wednesday. Medical examiners must determine if the suspect was Greg Alyn Carlson. He was wanted for multiple armed sexual assaults. (Feb. 14)

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Mystery tunnel discovered near bank in Florida

(30 Jan 2019) The FBI and local police are investigating a Miami-area mystery: Who dug a tunnel that burrowed beneath a road and pointed toward a bank branch office. (Jan. 30)

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FBI: Russia used social media in 2018 US midterms

(29 Jan 2019) FBI Director, Robert Wray, tells a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that Russians continued to interfere in the US elections in 2018. (Jan. 29)

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