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Actress Felicity Huffman leaves the federal courthouse with her husband William H. Macy, after being sentenced in connection with a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme in Boston, Massachusetts, US, September 13, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

>Huffman gets 14 days
Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman became the first parent to be sentenced in the college-admissions scandal in which parents are accused of paying up to $6 million to guarantee their children spots at elite universities.
Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison, fined $30,000, and ordered to do 250 hours of community service. She'll be on supervised release for a year.
Huffman paid the scheme's ringleader, Rick Singer, $15,000 to have her eldest daughter's SAT score falsified so she could get into top colleges.
Another actress involved in the scheme, Lori Loughlin, however, is facing a sentence of up to 40 years in jail.
The difference comes down to their plea decisions: Huffman pleaded guilty, while Loughlin pleaded not guilty.
Huffman pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement with the prosecutor, lowering the length of her sentence.
Loughlin, meanwhile, is going to trial.
If she is convicted by a jury, she could face up to 20 years per charge.


>A way to stop common cold
Scientists think they have found a way to stop the common cold and closely-related viruses which can cause paralysis.
Instead of trying to attack them directly, the researchers targeted an essential protein inside our cells that the viruses need to replicate.
The approach gave "complete protection" in experiments on mice and human lung cells.
"There is increasing interest in developing treatments that target the host proteins, because it can potentially overcome virus mutation - one of the major barriers to developing effective, broadly-active antivirals," according to Prof Jonathan Ball, a virologist at the University of Nottingham. "But of course, viruses are very adaptable and it is conceivable that even a host-targeting treatment might not keep them at bay for long."


Mascot Bing Dwen Dwen. [Photo/Xinhua]
Mascot Shuey Rhon Rhon. [Photo/People.com.cn]

>2022 Olympic mascots debut
An animated giant panda named "Bing Dwen Dwen" and a red lantern baby called "Shuey Rhon Rhon" have been unveiled as the two mascots for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The mascots, revealed on Tuesday night at Beijing's Shougang Ice Hockey Arena, are strongly associated with the host nation's culture.
 "The two mascots combine elements of traditional Chinese culture and a modern international style, as well as emphasizing the characteristics of ice and snow sports, and those of the host city," said Beijing 2022 executive president Chen Jining. "They vividly show the Chinese people's eager expectations for the Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, and China's warm invitation to friends from all over the world," said Chen, who is also the mayor of Beijing.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach expressed his delight at the design of the Olympic mascots.
"From what I have seen, I can say that it is a great choice. The mascot incorporates the best elements and characteristics of China and the Chinese people," Bach said. "It will be a wonderful ambassador for China and the Olympic Games Beijing 2022," he added.

Edward Snowden speaks via video link as he takes part in a discussion about his book "Permanent Record" with German journalist Holger Stark in Berlin, Germany, September 17, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

>Snowden sued over new book
The US Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden seeking to prevent the former CIA employee and National Security Agency (NSA) contractor from profiting from his new book.
The civil lawsuit against Snowden, who is living in Russia after leaking information about the US government's mass surveillance program after 911 in 2013, accuses him of violating non-disclosure agreements he signed with the CIA and NSA.
The lawsuit says Snowden published his book, "Permanent Record", which went on sale on Tuesday, without submitting it to the agencies first for pre-publication review.
In a statement, the Justice Department said it was not trying to block publication but is seeking to recover any book proceeds earned by Snowden, who is facing espionage charges. 
Snowden, who could go to prison for decades if convicted, said in an interview broadcast on Monday with CBS This Morning that he would like to return home - if he can get a fair trial.

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