LANSING (CCN) — With the Michigan State University's Board of Trustees poised Thursday morning to fire John Engler as its interim president, Michigan's former governor submitted his resignation. Engler came under fire for comments earlier in the week where he said victims of the Larry Nassar sex assault scandal were enjoying the limelight. Engler, a graduate of MSU, took the interim role to help steer his old university through the recovery period after the national scandal which eventually led to criminal action against outgoing President Lou Ann Simon for her part in the cover-up. MSU's trustees turned to Engler after firing Simon from her post. They still paid her nearly $800,000 last year in a consulting role while giving her an office on campus. They gave Engler an annual salary of $510,399 but he donated it to organizations on campus.
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA (CCN) — Cassius Winston exploded for a career-high 29 points to help Michigan State's basketball team make history Thursday night. Winston's big night led the Spartans to a 70-64 road victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers for their school record 19th consecutive Big 10 Conference victory. Winston also surpassed 1,000 points for his career at MSU by handing out 6 assists to go with his 9-of-15 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 accuracy from the free throw lines. Winston also committed only 4 turnovers while directing MSU's offense from his point guard position. Nick Ward added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans who improved to 7-0 atop the Big 10 standings where the Michigan Wolverines are 6-0. READ MORE
NEW YORK (VOA) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen admitted Thursday that he paid a man in 2015 to rig online opinion polls to favor Trump as he began running for the presidency. Cohen confirmed a Wall Street Journal report that in early 2015 he paid the head of a small technology firm, John Gauger, to write computer script that would place multiple votes for Trump in an online poll of news broadcaster CNBC. They repeated the effort in an online poll of website Drudge Report, which is popular with conservatives. Cohen, who also paid Gauger to create a social media account to promote himself, confirmed the main elements of the Journal story. "What I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of @realDonaldTrump @POTUS. I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn't deserve it," Cohen wrote on his Twitter account.
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