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Good morning. It's Tuesday, Oct. 4 and we're covering an investigation into abuse within the National Women's Soccer League, the death of an extremist group leader, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at email@example.com.
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US Women's Soccer Probe
An investigation commissioned by the US Soccer Federation has found emotional abuse and sexual misconduct from coaches were systemic in the National Women's Soccer League, spanning multiple teams and often dismissed by governing bodies. The report (see here), released yesterday, comes a year after women's professional soccer players began speaking out about cases of harassment and abuse.
The findings from the independent probe comprise information from over 200 interviews and highlight disturbing patterns of sexual misconduct within the league, including sexually charged comments and unwanted advances. The report largely focuses on former North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley, former Chicago Red Stars coach Rory Dames, and former Racing Louisville head coach Christy Holly. The report also details a previously undisclosed encounter between then-player Erin Simon and Holly.
The national soccer federation announced actions it plans to take, including forming a safety task force consisting of at least one-third membership of athletes.
Al-Shabab Leader Killed
A US air strike over the weekend in Somalia killed a leader of al-Qaida-linked Islamist militant group al-Shabab, the US military announced yesterday. Somalia's government confirmed the death of Abdullahi Nadir, the group's head prosecutor who was expected to assume leadership from ailing leader Ahmed Diriye. The US had offered a $3M reward for information leading to Nadir's capture.
Formed in the early 2000s, al-Shabab controls portions of southwestern Somalia and has been responsible for carrying out deadly attacks throughout East Africa (see background). As Somali government forces have made advances against the group in recent weeks, al-Shabab launched a string of fresh attacks, including
The US has provided counterterrorism assistance to Somali forces since 2003, conducting over 250 strikes (see numbers). In May, President Joe Biden redeployed 500 US troops to support Somalia's counterinsurgency against al-Shabab.
SEC Charges Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian agreed to pay more than $1M yesterday to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges for failing to disclose money she was paid for promoting cryptocurrency EthereumMax in an Instagram post last year.
The 41-year-old reality TV star and businesswoman was sued in January, along with boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and former NBA star Paul Pierce, for allegedly leading her followers into a pump-and-dump scheme—inflating the price of an asset before selling to investors at a profit. The SEC found Kardashian was compensated $250K to promote the cryptocurrency to her more than 225 million Instagram followers at the time. Although she included #ad in her post, any paid promoter needs to disclose that they were paid, by whom, and how much under the Securities Act.
Kardashian, worth $1.8B, will pay $260K in repayment of her promotional fee plus interest and a $1M fine. She has also agreed to not promote cryptocurrency assets for three years.
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Business & Markets
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Politics & World Affairs
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DC Sniper Shootings
Monster | Tony Harris. (Podcast) A true-crime podcast revisiting October 2002 when a sniper terrorized the Washington, DC, area and left the community living in fear for three weeks. (Listen)
Surviving the Golden Globe Race
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