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Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has resigned. The State News student newspaper was the first to report her impending resignation. Simon has been under pressure for not acting after allegations were raised against Larry Nasser, the doctor who assaulted gymnasts during his time at the university.

"As president, it is only natural that I am the focus of this anger...I urge those who have supported my work to understand that I cannot make it about me now.  Therefore, I am tendering my resignation as president according to the terms of my employment agreement."
— President Simon in a statement

Why it matters: The Detroit Free Press reports Simon "received a report in 2014 of Nassar being cleared...in a sexual assault claim." It's not clear when an interim leader will take her place.

  • Rachael Denhollander, the first person to file a report against Nassar, said in court to Simon: "We've been telling our stories for 18 months, and you've yet to answer a single question I have...You issue a press release ... playing word games, saying there was no cover-up because no one believed. The reason no one believed, is because no one listened."
  • Go deeper: The overwhelming case against Larry Nassar.

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  1. Health: Large coronavirus outbreaks leading to high death rates — Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high ahead of Election Day — U.S. tops 88,000 COVID-19 cases, setting new single-day record.
  2. Politics: States beg for Warp Speed billions.
  3. World: Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases.
  4. 🎧Podcast: The vaccine race turns toward nationalism.

Technical glitch in Facebook's ad tools creates political firestorm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: SOPA Images / Contributor

Facebook said late Thursday that a mix of "technical problems" and confusion among advertisers around its new political ad ban rules caused issues affecting ad campaigns of both parties.

Why it matters: A report out Thursday morning suggested the ad tools were causing campaign ads, even those that adhered to Facebook's new rules, to be paused. Very quickly, political campaigners began asserting the tech giant was enforcing policies in a way that was biased against their campaigns.

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States beg for Warp Speed billions

A COVID-19 drive-thru testing center yesterday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Photo: David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP

Operation Warp Speed has an Achilles' heel: States need billions to distribute vaccines — and many say they don't have the cash.

Why it matters: The first emergency use authorization could come as soon as next month, but vaccines require funding for workers, shipping and handling, and for reserving spaces for vaccination sites.