USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy
USA Gymnastics is turning to bankruptcy in an attempt to ensure its survival. The embattled organization filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in an effort to reach settlements in the dozens of sex-abuse lawsuits it faces and to avoid its potential demise at the hands of the U.S. Olympic Committee. USA Gymnastics faces 100 lawsuits representing more than 350 athletes in various courts across the country who blame the group for failing to supervise Larry Nassar, a team doctor accused of molesting them. Nassar, 55, is serving effective life sentences for child porn possession and molesting young women and girls under the guise of medical treatment.
Marine plane, fighter jet crash into ocean
A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan’s southwestern coast after a midair collision, and rescuers found one of the seven crew members in stable condition while searching for the others, officials said. The U.S. Marine Corps said the crash took place during regular training after the planes took off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima in western Japan.
Arrest warrants issued for Saudi officials
Istanbul’s top prosecutor filed arrest warrants for two senior Saudi officials who are close to the Saudi crown prince, accusing them of masterminding the killing of dissident Jamal Khashoggi, according to a senior Turkish official familiar with the investigation and state-run media. The two Saudis, Maj. Gen. Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud el-Qahtani, are both close aides of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the kingdom and designated heir to the throne, and Western and Turkish officials have said that Khashoggi’s killing could not have been conducted without the crown prince’s approval.
Powerful earthquake hits in south Pacific
A powerful earthquake that struck in the southern Pacific Ocean sent jitters around the region after authorities warned of possible tsunamis, but there were no initial reports of destructive waves or major damage. The magnitude 7.5 quake hit in the afternoon near the French territory of New Caledonia at a shallow depth, where earthquakes are generally more damaging. It was felt as far away as Vanuatu, about 390 miles away.