February 20, 2020
LAS VEGAS (AP) — New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg played defense in his presidential debate debut, as Democrats savaged the former mayor with questions about his record and past comments related to race, gender and his personal wealth. Bloomberg was firm and unapologetic about his wealth and how he has used it to affect change important to Democrats. While Bloomberg was the shiny new object in Wednesday night’s debate, the Democratic candidates also raised pointed questions about Bernie Sanders’ take-no-prisoners politics. The ninth debate of this cycle featured the most aggressive sustained period of infighting in the Democrats’ yearlong search for a presidential nominee.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says three more people have been infected by the new coronavirus that originated in central China following an announcement a day earlier that two people had died of the virus in one of Iran’s largest cities, Qom. The two deaths reported on Wednesday were both Iranian citizens. Iran says it has shut down religious Shiite seminaries as a precautionary measure in the holy city of Qom. That’s according to the official IRNA news agency. Iran recently evacuated 60 Iranian students from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicenter of the new virus.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jury deliberations in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial are set to continue for a third day on Thursday. So far, jurors have been focusing a lot of attention on Annabella Sciorra’s allegation that the once-heralded Hollywood mogul raped her in the mid-1990s. Sciorra’s allegation is too old to be charged on its own because of the statute of limitations, but it’s a key component of the most serious charges that jurors are weighing in the closely watched #MeToo case. Weinstein has maintained that any sexual contact was consensual.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An investigation found five former patients allege a late University of Michigan physician sexually abused them during exams going back decades. The school in Ann Arbor said Wednesday it set up a hotline for others to come forward with information about Robert Anderson. The former director of University Health Service was a team physician at Michigan from 1966 until his retirement in 2003. He died in 2008. A former student contacted the university’s athletic director in 2018, alleging misconduct during medical exams. Several others have since alleged similar abuse from the 1970s to the 1990s. A law firm is investigating.