Aug 23, 2018

Former Michigan State coach charged with lying to police in Nassar investigation

Larry Nassar during his trial. Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images

Kathie Klages, a former gymnastics coach at Michigan State University, has been charged with lying to authorities during the investigation into sexual abuse of athletes by gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: Klages denied that former gymnast Larissa Boyce told her about the abuse she suffered from Nassar in 1997, per the AP, but Boyce alleges Klages "dissuaded her from taking the issue further." Nassar abused hundreds of gymnasts at MSU.

She could face up to four years in prison if "convicted of the felony and misdemeanor charges."

  • Per the AP, it's unclear "if Klages has a criminal defense lawyer." The charges against her were announced by special independent counsel Bill Forsyth.

The University has already reached a $500 million settlement with more than 300 of Nassar's victims.

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Bernie Sanders suspends presidential campaign

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Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday that he is suspending his presidential campaign.

The big picture: It's an end to the campaign of the leading progressive in the race — and the candidate who seemed to be the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination just a few months ago. It also makes Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee four months before the party's convention in Milwaukee.

Indians look to Taiwan amid China's coronavirus missteps

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Many Indians are angry at China and the World Health Organization for their perceived mishandling of the coronavirus. The efficiency and transparency of Taiwan's response to the epidemic, in contrast, has made it a topic of renewed sympathy and interest in India.

Why it matters: The coronavirus crisis is showcasing Taiwan's democratic system of governance on an international stage, the biggest soft power win for the country in years.

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  4. Federal government latest: The U.S. has begun to see "glimmers of hope" despite its highest recorded number of deaths in 24 hours, Anthony Fauci said.
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