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Larry Nassar gets 40-175 year sentence

LARRY NASSAR, convicted of sexual molestation of female gymnasts, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison on Wednesday.

Larry Nassar, 54, the former doctor of sports medicine convicted of sexually molesting many top-flight female gymnasts, was sentenced Wednesday in Lansing, Mich., to 40 to 175 years in prison.

“I just signed your death warrant,” said Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, according to the Associated Press.

Nassar has admitted to the offenses, committed under the premise of medical treatment. He was previously sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography offenses. Nassar was employed by USA Gymnastics as an osteopathic physician.

Over 150 victims of Nassar accused him of assaults that included groping, fondling and penetrating the victims with his hands.

The scandal surfaced in September 2016 when eight former members of the U.S. national women’s team accused him of misconduct. He is set to be sentenced next week on other assault charges in a nearby county.

Starbucks will be giving raises, stock grants

Starbucks, the upscale gourmet coffee giant, announced on Wednesday it was going to raise the pay of its workers and extend other benefits, all in response to the recently-passed tax bill.

The changes will apply to about 150,000 employees at 8,200-plus stores owned by the company but not at licensed shops – estimated at 5,700 – found inside markets, banks and stores. Workers will get at least $500 worth of Starbucks stock this spring. Managers will get $2000.

THREE AREA stores will be closed in 2018, Toys R Us, Inc. announced on Tuesday evening.

“Toys R Us” to close 14 SoCal stores, three in OC

Twenty-seven California stores – including 14 in Southern California – will be closed in 2018 by Toys R Us, Inc. including Toys R Us and Babies R Us locations, the company announced Tuesday night.

A total of 182 stories will be closed across the U.S. Included in the list for closures are stores in Brea, Santa Ana and Westminster, according to USA Today. The firm filed for bankruptcy in September. The company’s problems have been tied to competition from, Target and Walmart. It’s still the seller of about one-fifth of toys sold in the nation, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Elton John taking off after “Yellow Brick Road”

Elton John, one of the top pop singers and pianists of the past half-century, announced on Wednesday that he will no longer tour after he concludes his three-year “Farewell, Yellow Brick Wall Road Tour.” It is scheduled to begin this September.

John, 70, said he expects to continue recording and writing music. Another popular music icon, Neil Diamond, 77, announced on Tuesday he would no longer be touring.

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