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News Wrap: Father of abuse victims lunges for Larry Nassar in courtroom

In our news wrap Friday, chaos unfolded in a Lansing, Michigan, courtroom as a father of three sexual abuse victims of Larry Nassar tried to attack the former sports doctor. Also, there's word of a new migrant tragedy off Libya. The UN migration agency says some 90 people drowned Friday when a smuggler's boat with mostly Pakistani migrants capsized.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In the day's other news, chaos unfolded in a Lansing, Michigan, courtroom, as a father of three victims of Larry Nassar tried to attack the former sports doctor. Randall Margraves spoke up after two of his daughters told the court how Nassar had sexually abused them.

    First, Margraves asked to have five minutes alone with Nassar. The judge said no.

  • WOMAN:

    No, sir, I can't do that.

  • RANDALL MARGRAVES:

    Would you give me one minute?

  • WOMAN:

    You know that I can't do that. That's not how our legal system works.

  • RANDALL MARGRAVES:

    Well, then I'm going to have to…

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Margraves later apologized, and the judge said there is — quote — "no way" she will charge him with a crime. Nassar is to be sentenced next week for abusing young women at a sports club. He is already serving up to 175 years for similar crimes at USA Gymnastics and at Michigan State University.

    There is word of a new migrant tragedy off Libya. The U.N. Migration Agency says that it appears some 90 people drowned today when a smugglers boat capsized. Most of those on board were Pakistanis. Last month, about 250 people died trying to cross the Mediterranean, mainly from Libya to Italy.

    Russia is making a new move to militarize disputed islands off Japan. Moscow announced last night that it is sending fighter planes to one of four islands that Soviet forces seized at the end of World War II. Japan insists the islands are its territory.

    And back in this country, flu season keeps getting worse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today the outbreak is now the worst since the swine flu back in 2009. Last week, 42 states reported high patient traffic for the flu, up from 39 a week earlier.

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