Larry Nassar being escorted in a courtroom. Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images

Michigan State University has begun the process of removing the former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and former boss of Larry Nassar, Dr. William Strampel, reports AP.

Why it matters: Dr. Strampel along with Suresh Mukherji, the chairman of the Department of Radiology at Michigan State who has recently been suspended, led a 2014 Title IX probe that cleared Larry Nassar of sexual assault allegations. Although the school advised Nassar to have a chaperone in the room when treating athlete’s “sensitive areas,” the request was not enforced nor looked into by Strampel.

The details: MSU has stated that Strampel will not receive any financial support from the university to cover lawsuits filed by victims of Larry Nassar. He is the latest person to lose their job following the sentencing of Nassar who is facing up to 175 years in prison.

Go deeper: FBI had "little evident urgency" while investigating Nassar, NYT finds

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and his wife, Pamela, both tested positive for coronavirus, his office announced on Friday.

The state of play: The Northams were tested after one of their staff "who works closely within the couple's living quarters" tested positive. The governor is asymptomatic, while his wife is "experiencing mild symptoms." They plan to isolate at home for 10 days.

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Amazon wants to flood America with Alexa cameras and microphones

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The big picture: Updating popular products and expanding its range to car alarms and in-home drones, Amazon extended its lead in smart home devices and moved into new areas including cloud gaming and car security. The new offerings will also fuel criticism that the tech giant is helping equip a society built around surveillance.

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Oil's turbulent long-term future

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