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Current and former USC students who have accused George Tyndall of sexual assault. Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The University of Southern California is coughing up $215 million to settle a lawsuit brought by women who have accused the university's former gynecologist, George Tyndall, of sexual abuse and misconduct, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The details: Former patients of Tyndall will receive minimum $2,500, but those with "the most severe claims" are eligible to receive up to $250,000. That money is available to "thousands of women who were treated" by Tyndall, regardless of whether they have made allegations, WSJ reports. The lawsuit against the university and its board of trustees, along with Tyndall, also accuses USC of violating students' trust, ignoring complaints, and ultimately failing to stop his behavior.

  • Tyndall has continuously denied the accusations, including that he made sexually and racially inappropriate comments, digitally penetrated patients, performed "medically unnecessary pelvic exams," and requested that students undress in front of him, per the WSJ.
  • The university is still facing dozens of lawsuits in state court.

The big picture: This comes after Michigan State University's $500 million settlement with 332 assault victims who said they were assaulted by the former university and USA Gymnastics sports doctor, Larry Nassar.

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"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. (CIRA/RAMMB)

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: The strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood.

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Fauci fires back at Rand Paul for slam on tonight's "Axios on HBO"

Responding to charges by Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday's "Axios on HBO," NIAID director Anthony Fauci told "ABC This Week" that it's "molecularly impossible" for U.S.-funded bat virus research in China to have produced COVID-19.

Why it matters: The issue 0f Wuhan research was reignited on the right last week with a National Institutes of Health letter to Congress disclosing more about the research.

Manchin, Schumer huddle with Biden in Delaware to discuss spending bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (left) and Sen. Joe Manchin at the U.S. Capitol in 2014. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will meet with President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday morning in Delaware as Democrats look to reach an agreement on the massive spending measure.

Driving the news: Democrats are still negotiating what to keep in the bill and how to pay for it, with Biden saying on Thursday that the party does not have the votes to raise the corporate tax rate.

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