Dec 15, 2018

Senate panel asks FBI to investigate U.S. Olympic chief over Nassar scandal

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A Senate subcommittee referred its investigation into the sexual abuse scandal of the U.S. Olympic Committee to the FBI on Friday after the panel learned a former head of the committee told them “materially false statements," Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The move comes after a report from the USOC on Monday detailing that former Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun falsely stated that he reported the allegations of team doctor for USA Gymnastics Larry Nassar. Blackmun did not inform anyone else at the USOC of the allegations, the report says.

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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