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April 9 – Five Stories You Missed Today!

This hasn’t been on the radar of many websites but I found them and thought I would share it with my readers:

1. Huffman Pleads Guilty In College Entrance Scam

Huffman was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. According to the criminal complaint, she paid $15,000 to admissions consultant William Singer in order to boost her older daughter’s SAT score.

“I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” Huffman said in a statement. “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.” [Variety]

2. Feds Stop Home Grown ISIS Sympathizer Terrorist From Causing Major Damage

Rondell Henry, 28, of Germantown, Maryland, plotted to drive a stolen U-Haul truck into pedestrians at the popular tourist spot in Prince George’s County, Maryland, according to federal prosecutors.

Henry was inspired by the Islamic State and planned to use the truck as a weapon against “disbelievers,” authorities said.

Henry had been reported missing by the Montgomery County Police Department on March 26 when he walked away from his job. His co-workers were the last people to see him that day, and his family was unable to get in touch with him.

3. Pinterest Goes Public!

Pinterest Inc on Monday set a price range of $15 to $17 per share for its initial public offering of 75 million shares, valuing it below the $12 billion at which the online image-search company sourced its last fundraising in 2017.

At the upper end of its target range, the company could have a market valuation of about $11.30 billion and could raise $1.3 billion in net proceeds, taking into account restricted stock units and options. [Reuters]

4. Tax refunds Down by $6 billion from 2018

Individual tax refunds this year have been only slightly smaller than last year, but those shortfalls are adding up. At the end of last month, the amount of money the government refunded was $6 billion below this time last year, according to IRS figures.

As of March 29, the Treasury had issued 71.8 million refunds. This time a year ago it had issued 73.4 million. So while the average refund, at $2,873, is only $20 less than it was last year, about 1.6 million fewer people are getting refunds, the IRS said.

That shrinking pot of money is showing up in surprising ways, including through lower retail sales. Many families use refunds as a forced saving mechanism, as their IRS refund is often largest single check they receive all year. In the weeks after receiving a refund, families tend to splurge on large purchases such as furniture or appliances; credit-card payments and travel, a JPMorgan Chase study found. [CBS News]

5. It’s Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s Until 8 PM

If you see a massive line outside your local Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop, don’t be alarmed. April 9 is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s locations around the world, and the $0 scoops will be flying.

An international holiday of sorts, Ben & Jerry’s has been putting on Free Cone Day since 1979—back when they were just one shop in a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont—as a way to say thank you to their customers. The tradition lives on to this day, with over 1,000,000 scoops set to be given away across the planet.

Free Cone Day starts at 12 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m., and we suggest getting there early to secure your spot in line.

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