Dec 10, 2018

U.S. Olympic Committee fires head of sport performance

Alan Ashley, the U.S. Olympic Committee's chief of sport performance. Photo: Claire Greenway/Getty Images

The U.S. Olympic Committee on Monday fired its chief of sport performance, Alan Ashley, in the wake of an independent investigation into sexual abuse in the USA Gymnastics team that revealed that he and former CEO Scott Blackmun failed to address allegations leveled against Larry Nassar, reports AP.

Why it matters: The USOC released a 233-page independent report on Monday that concluded the organization's failure to address allegations of sexual abuse allowed Nassar to assault dozens of other girls over a period of 14 months. Last week, USA Gymnastics said it's filing for bankruptcy to quickly settle complaints from Nassar's victims. And in November, the Olympic Committee said it's seeking to revoke USA Gymnastics’s recognition as the sport's governing body.

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Government will cover uninsured patients' coronavirus treatment

Azar at Friday's briefing. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The federal government will cover the costs of coronavirus treatment for the uninsured, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said at a White House briefing Friday.

How it works: The money will come from a $100 billion pot set aside for the health care industry in the most recent stimulus bill. Providers will be paid the same rates they get for treating Medicare patients, and as a condition of those payments, they won't be allowed to bill patients for care that isn't covered.

More states issue stay-at-home orders as coronavirus crisis escalates

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a stay-at-home order on Friday as the novel coronavirus pandemic persists. The order goes into effect Saturday at 5 p.m. and will remain in place through April 30. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson also issued a statewide social distancing order on Friday.

The big picture: In a matter of weeks, the number of states that issued orders nearly quadrupled, affecting almost 300 million Americans.

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Twitter lifts coronavirus ad ban

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Twitter will now allow advertising containing references to the coronavirus under certain use cases, according to a note from Twitter sent to clients on Friday that was obtained and confirmed by Axios.

Why it matters: The news comes one day after Google lifted its advertising ban on coronavirus-related terms. Groups have argued against the policy, as it restricts them from running messages about relief efforts or policies on the virus.