Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital assistant editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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White House takes wait-and-see position on Saudis

by Harvest Prude & Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/18/18, 01:31 pm

WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told President Donald Trump on Thursday that the United States should await the results of a Saudi investigation before responding to the disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The president has hesitated to condemn Saudi Arabia outright, but Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Thursday he would not attend an upcoming global economic summit in the country. Many business executives and diplomats have pulled out of the meeting over concerns about Khashoggi’s disappearance from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct.

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Former gymnastics chief arrested in abuse scandal

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/18/18, 11:51 am

Police arrested former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny on Wednesday, adding another name to the list of accomplices to Dr. Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of hundreds of young gymnasts. Nassar is serving a sentence of at least 40 years in prison for molesting girls in Michigan under the guise of medical treatment. Penny, who resigned in 2017, was indicted in Walker County, Texas, on allegations of working to thwart a criminal investigation into abuse by Nassar at the world famous Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville. The ranch served as the training center for the U.S.

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/16/18, 10:06 am

Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates, has died. He was 65. Two weeks ago, Allen announced that the non-Hodgkin lymphoma he was treated for in 2009 had returned. “Personal computing would not have existed without him,” Gates said in a statement, adding that Allen’s “second act” as a philanthropist was “focused on improving people’s lives and strengthening communities in Seattle and around the world.” Allen gave more than $2 billion to conservation causes, homeless charities, and other organizations over the course of two decades.

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