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A report released on Friday found that Richard Strauss, a former athletic doctor at Ohio State University, sexually abused at least 177 students during his 20-year tenure, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

The big picture: The university's report, authored by law firm Perkins Cole, included interviews with more than 500 individuals and found school officials failed to act on complaints of Strauss' behavior as early as 1979. Strauss died in 2005.

  • 153 of the 177 students abused by Strauss were student athletes, or involved in athletic programs at the school.
  • 38 additional people reported being abused by an unidentified Ohio State employee, but could not name Strauss as that employee.

Context: House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan is a former assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State and vehemently denied last year that he ignored accusations of sexual abuse against Strauss.

  • 3 former student wrestlers told NBC News last year that it was open knowledge that Strauss regularly showered with students and touched them inappropriately during examinations.
  • Mike DiSabato, whose allegations prompted OSU to open this investigation, told NBC News that Jordan "is absolutely lying if he says he doesn’t know what was going on."

Go deeper: Rep. Jim Jordan accused of ignoring sexual abuse claims at Ohio State

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Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that restrictions previously imposed on New York places of worship by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) during the coronavirus pandemic violated the First Amendment.

Why it matters: The decision in a 5-4 vote heralds the first significant action by the new President Trump-appointed conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who cast the deciding vote in favor of the Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues.

USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

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COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

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Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.