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Town gives emotional apology to Nassar victim

Michigan's Meridian Township manager publicly apologizes to Brianne Randall, who filed a complaint against Larry Nassar in 2004.

Posted: Feb 2, 2018 10:30 PM
Updated: Feb 2, 2018 10:30 PM

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1. FBI memo

That GOP memo alleging misconduct by the FBI in the Russia investigation will probably come out very soon -- possibly today. President Trump indicates he won't stop its release. Two sources told CNN that Trump is telling his friends he thinks the memo helps undermine the Russia probe. Critics say the memo is a mischaracterization of the facts and weaponizes intelligence for a political fight. There's fear in the White House that FBI Director Christopher Wray will quit if the memo is released. His predecessor, James Comey, tweeted amid the controversy that "weasels and liars never hold the field." CNN's Stephen Collinson ponders five big questions about the memo.

2. Cape Town water

Cape Town issued new water restrictions as the South African city inches closer to "Day Zero." Residents aren't supposed to use more than 13 gallons of water per day (a typical bathtub holds about 80 gallons). City officials fear the city will run out of water on April 16, which they're calling Day Zero. Drought, climate change and population growth are blamed for the crisis. Making matters worse: Only about 55% of residents are curbing their water use to daily limits.

3. Larry Nassar

One of Larry Nassar's attorneys said she doesn't believe he could have assaulted so many people -- or that all the women who've confronted him in court were actually harmed. "There were girls who had perfectly normal lives that never questioned the medical treatment done by Larry Nassar," lawyer Shannon Smith told a Detroit radio station. The blowback to her comments was intense. Doctors and physical therapists blasted her, saying she was misrepresenting what they do and could possibly deter people from getting treatment. Even Nassar tried to distance himself from her comments.

Meantime, the town manager of Meridian Township, Michigan, apologized on behalf of his community to Brianne Randall-Gay, one of Larry Nassar's victims. "We failed. ... We let you down," Frank Walsh said. "We felt this needed to be done in public because what happened to you was in public." Randall-Gay complained to police there about Nassar in 2004, but the complaint went nowhere.

4. France clashes

Four people were shot and 18 injured after migrants clashed with each other in the French port town of Calais. It's not clear what sparked the violence. Calais was once home to a so-called "jungle" camp that held hundreds of migrants hoping to make it to the UK. The camp was torn down in October 2016, but about 500 migrants remain in the city. France and Britain signed a treaty last month aimed at speeding migrants' UK asylum applications.

5. Fidel Castro's son

The oldest son of Fidel Castro killed himself. Cuban state-run media said Fidel "Fidelito" Castro Díaz-Balart was 68 and had suffered from depression in recent months. He led Cuba's nuclear program until a falling-out with his father led to his dismissal. When his uncle, Raul Castro, took over as Cuban President in 2008, Fidelito was named as his science adviser.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

3

The number of shootings at middle or high schools so far in 2018. The latest was in Los Angeles, where five people were wounded after a 12-year-old girl opened fire. Police say the gunfire was "unintentional."

BREAKFAST BROWSE

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O(h) Canada

You thought the United States was the only nation having anthem issues? Our nice neighbors to the north fight about theirs, too.

RIP, Connie

You may not know her name, but you've probably seen Connie Sawyer on screen. Hollywood's oldest working actress passed away at age 105.

Hot item

It took Elon Musk just four days to sell out of those $500 flamethrowers. Now, we're all set for the zombie apocalypse.

Shining his light

Meet the 15-year-old delivering hundreds of solar lamps to folks still without power in Puerto Rico months after Hurricane Maria.

Rich get richer

Wait, King James might end up with the Golden State Warriors next year? So, parity in the NBA means one super team and the 29 others are garbage?

Sweet deal

Employees at Hostess aren't just getting bonuses because of the new tax law. They're getting a year's worth of Twinkies and Ding Dongs, too.

WHAT'S FOR LUNCH

Jobs report

The January jobs report drops this morning at 8:30 ET. Economists think it will be another good one, believing 175,000 jobs were gained last month.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We step up every single day and have been doing so for a long time. The fact that you don't realize this means it's time for you to step down."

A letter from more than 20 female artists and music executives, demanding that Recording Academy President Neil Portnow step down for saying after the Grammys that female artists need to "step up"

AND FINALLY ...

Hey y'all

Reese Witherspoon teaches a master class on Southern slang, so all you Yankees will know how to properly use cherished Southern phrases, like "fit to be tied" and "dern tootin'." (Click to view.)

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 118322

Reported Deaths: 3591
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Marion21502767
Lake10688323
Elkhart6707111
St. Joseph6619113
Allen6330205
Hamilton4938109
Vanderburgh378131
Hendricks2766124
Monroe265536
Tippecanoe256613
Johnson2352124
Clark225957
Porter219947
Delaware200162
Cass19559
Vigo186827
Madison170375
LaPorte149141
Floyd139664
Warrick138242
Howard132663
Kosciusko125917
Bartholomew118457
Marshall101524
Dubois99919
Boone99146
Grant95134
Hancock94643
Noble93132
Henry81226
Jackson7739
Wayne77014
Morgan73438
Daviess68028
Shelby68029
Dearborn67528
LaGrange64011
Clinton62314
Harrison59224
Putnam58411
Gibson5355
Knox5289
Lawrence51629
Montgomery51121
DeKalb48811
White48714
Decatur45939
Miami4394
Greene42735
Fayette42313
Jasper4012
Scott39011
Steuben3907
Posey3460
Sullivan33812
Jennings31612
Franklin31325
Clay3085
Ripley3078
Orange28824
Whitley2826
Carroll27813
Adams2763
Wabash2728
Starke2717
Washington2701
Wells2674
Spencer2633
Jefferson2503
Huntington2473
Fulton2442
Tipton22822
Randolph2238
Perry22113
Jay1920
Newton17411
Owen1711
Martin1680
Pike1641
Rush1574
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Fountain1292
Blackford1213
Pulaski1141
Crawford1100
Parke1072
Brown1043
Benton870
Ohio797
Union790
Switzerland690
Warren411
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 151802

Reported Deaths: 4746
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin27119607
Cuyahoga17554656
Hamilton13237315
Montgomery7938164
Lucas7343364
Butler6085111
Summit5366252
Warren311549
Marion311147
Mahoning3095281
Stark2913175
Pickaway267944
Lorain233386
Delaware230621
Fairfield213253
Licking194963
Columbiana194080
Wood192172
Trumbull1916132
Clark183940
Clermont174423
Lake164851
Greene149034
Medina147539
Miami146351
Allen146269
Portage116866
Mercer113218
Erie95947
Tuscarawas94120
Wayne94068
Richland92219
Ross89624
Madison84312
Darke80643
Geauga72649
Athens7242
Belmont72427
Hancock72010
Lawrence67122
Ashtabula66048
Shelby66010
Putnam61923
Auglaize6119
Sandusky58020
Huron5557
Union5512
Scioto5167
Seneca48814
Ottawa47130
Preble44515
Muskingum4383
Holmes3959
Jefferson3384
Henry33414
Defiance33012
Champaign3133
Logan3133
Clinton30213
Perry3009
Brown2922
Knox28815
Washington26223
Jackson2616
Morrow2612
Fulton2591
Hardin25713
Crawford2476
Ashland2464
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Fayette2336
Highland2303
Williams2143
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Pike2020
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Meigs17610
Guernsey1738
Hocking1679
Carroll1527
Adams1364
Van Wert1243
Monroe11018
Paulding1100
Harrison643
Morgan500
Vinton473
Noble340
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