In our news wrap Wednesday, former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar pleads guilty to sexually assaulting seven young athletes. Four states investigate ride-sharing company Uber after reports that the company concealed a hack of 57 million users. And Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, back in Lebanon, says he will put his resignation on hold, reversing a surprise announcement three weeks ago.
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A former sports doctor pleaded guilty today to sexually assaulting seven girls when he worked for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.
Three of Larry Nassar's victims were under the age of 13 at the time. Some of his accusers were in the courtroom in Lansing, Michigan, today as Nassar entered his plea under a deal with prosecutors.
Dr. Larry Nassar:
For all those involved, I'm so horribly sorry that this is like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control.
And I pray to the rosary every day for forgiveness for their — I want them to heal. I want this community to heal. I have no animosity towards anyone. I just want healing. It's time.
Nassar could face a minimum of 40 years in prison when he is sentenced in January. In all, more than 125 women and girls have accused him. They include Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and Gabby Douglas.
At least four states have opened investigations into a major data breach at Uber. The ride-sharing company confirms that hackers last year stole information on 57 million users and drivers. It says that it paid $100,000 to have the information destroyed. Attorneys general in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York said today that they are examining the company's actions.
In Zimbabwe, the man tapped to be the next president returned from his refuge in South Africa a day after Robert Mugabe resigned. Cheering crowds in Harare greeted former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
In a speech, he appealed for unity to support a new and unfolding democracy.
No one is more important than the other. We are all Zimbabweans. We want to grow our economy. We want peace in our country. We want jobs, jobs, jobs in our country.
(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)
The former vice president is 75. He is to be sworn in Friday.
The prime minister of Lebanon says that he is not resigning after all, reversing a surprise announcement three weeks ago. In Beirut today, Saad Hariri declared that he is putting his decision on hold. Instead, he called for a — quote — "real partnership" with all political factions. In his original statement, Hariri had condemned the Lebanese militia, Hezbollah, and its ally Iran.
A North Korean soldier who defected to South Korea last week has regained consciousness. Doctors in Seoul said today said that he needed two rounds of surgery after being shot during his escape. They also removed large intestinal parasites. Now they say the defector is enjoying American movies and South Korean pop songs on television.
Lee Guk-jong (through interpreter):
His condition has become much better since yesterday. We also turned on the TV for him yesterday. However, he still cannot eat anything properly. He has just started to drink water. The soldier said he felt great pain when he was shot, but he doesn't feel the pain now.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Command in Korea released dramatic video today showing the North Korean's desperate dash to freedom. In one tense scene, other North Koreans run toward the defector after he has crashed his jeep in a ditch. He escapes the vehicle and sprints across the border just before being shot at least four times.
The video also shows one North Korean actually chasing him across the line before turning back.
Eight people have been rescued, with three still missing, after a U.S. Navy plane crashed in the Western Pacific Ocean today. The transport plane went down southeast of Okinawa, Japan, while it was en route to the U.S. aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan. There is no word on the cause of the crash, but it's the latest in a series of accidents involving the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet.
In the U.S., a long-running lawsuit that grew out of the 9/11 attacks is ending. American Airlines, United Airlines and other defendants have agreed to pay $95 million to developers of the World Trade Center site. The settlement follows 13 years of litigation and resolves claims that security lapses led to the attacks.
President Trump officially began his Thanksgiving holiday today in Florida. He spent the morning at his golf club in West Palm Beach. Earlier, he tweeted new insults at LaVar Ball, whose son, a UCLA basketball player, was accused of shoplifting in China, and then released. The president called the father — quote — "an ungrateful fool" for minimizing Mr. Trump's involvement in the release.
On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 64 points to close at 23,526. The Nasdaq rose about five and the S&P 500 slipped two.
And one-time teen idol and pop singer David Cassidy has died. He passed away Tuesday of organ failure at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cassidy shot to stardom as lead singer in the 1970s musical TV sitcom "The Partridge Family." Their hits included "I Think I Love You" and "I'll Meet You Halfway." In later years, David Cassidy battled alcoholism and dementia. He was 67 years old.