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Harvey Weinstein asks court to dismiss Ashley Judd lawsuit, says they had a 'bargain'
Spencer Platt/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein's legal team said in new court documents that Ashley Judd struck "a bargain" with him in which she would allow him to touch her "if she won an Academy Award in one of his films."Weinstein is asking the court to dismiss Judd's defamation lawsuit against him.The assertion drew an instant denial from Judd’s attorney who said the actress was trying to escape Weinstein's clutches."Mr. Weinstein’s arguments seeking to escape the consequences of his despicable misconduct are not only baseless, they are offensive," Theodore Boutrous said in a statement provided...
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Teachers show off their creative summer side hustles
Courtesy Max Bawarksi (NEW YORK) -- This can be your summer to lean into your side hustle.A side hustle can be something that fuels your passion, fills up your bank account or, ideally, does both.Teachers are especially known for having side hustles. Across the United States, 18 percent of public school teachers earn income outside the classroom, according to a National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report released in June.While teachers have the summer to lean into their side hustles, many hustle all year long.And not all teachers are doing the side hustles that first come to mind, like tutoring.Here...
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Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook won't automatically ban Holocaust deniers, but wants to keep 'fake news' from spreading
Chesnot/Getty Images (MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Mark Zuckerberg says when it comes to fake news -- even from extremists like Holocaust deniers -- Facebook will not ban people from expressing their opinion, but will seek to stop it from spreading across their services.Zuckerberg was responding to an interview published Tuesday by the online technology news website Recode, in which the Facebook CEO discussed so-called fake news and said that while he found the holocaust "deeply offensive," deniers will not be banned from Facebook.But after a significant social media backlash, Zuckerberg sent a follow up email to Recode on Wednesday, saying...
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Investigators find faulty U.S. oversight of vehicle recalls, Takata inflators
Stockbyte/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- A government audit released to Congress on Wednesday said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's poor oversight of recalls may have left dangerous vehicles on the road for longer than necessary, including those affected by exploding Takata air bag inflators.The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General report, requested by Congress in 2015, says managers within the government office charged with monitoring defective vehicles and their recalls did not hold employees responsible for sufficiently monitoring "the remedy or scope of Takata recalls."In the event that a vehicle is recalled for a safety defect and customers are slow...
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High-heeled Crocs already sold out online
Crocs (NEW YORK) -- Love it or hate it, ugly fashion is making serious strides and if the high-heeled Crocs that went viral and sold out is any indication, then the trend could be making moves towards becoming a staple.This is not a crock -- well not in the joking sense of the word. Casual, comfort-centric shoe company Crocs debuted its newest high heels and the strappy shoe already sold out.Social media users freaked out when photos the 3.75-inch foam wedge heel went viral on Twitter and subsequently sold out.The Women's Cyprus V heel was originally listed for $44 on...
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Elon Musk apologizes to British cave diver over derogatory tweet
Joshua Lott/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Tesla CEO Elon Musk apologized on Wednesday for derogatory comments he made toward one of the cave divers who helped rescue the trapped Thai soccer team last week.In a series of tweets early Wednesday, Musk said he had “spoken in anger” last week when he called British diver Vern Unsworth a pedophile in a now-deleted tweet, sparking public outrage and questions about a potential libel suit.“My words were spoken in anger after Mr. Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub, which had been built as an...
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Van Leeuwen's ice cream empire is making vegan flavors cool
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Before you say, "no, thank you" to vegan ice cream, take another look. Van Leeuwen's Artisan Ice Cream has developed a cult following around their vegan ice cream that rivals the traditional dairy treat."Being able to serve as many people as possible was part of our mission," the company's founder Ben Van Leeuwen told "GMA." "Ice cream is an inclusive thing. It's for everybody and we wanted to be able to do that."It all started out as a labor of love for Van Leeuwen, who said had never made ice cream before he started experimenting in...
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Papa John's founder John Schnatter says resignation 'was a mistake'
Michael Hickey/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The founder of Papa John's said he made “a mistake” when he agreed to step down as chairman of the company’s board last week amid “mischaracterized” reports about his use of a racial slur earlier this year.In a letter addressed to members of the company's board, pizza chain founder John Schnatter said board members pressured him to resign without "any investigation" and based its decision on “rumor and innuendo.”“The board asked me to step down as chairman without apparently doing any investigation. I agreed, though today I believe it was a mistake to do...
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Both women and men lie about women's earnings, new census report finds
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Not only do most women make 80 cents on the dollar compared with their male counterparts, new research from the Census Bureau also shows that both women and men lie about how much women actually get paid.A new report that compares census data to tax forms shows that in heterosexual married couples where the wife earns more than the husband, both husbands and wives tend to report that the man earns more than the wife.The research examined the results of the self-reported household earnings that the Census Bureau collected and compared those to those individuals' respective...
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Most expensive Chinese movie ever bombs, was pulled from theaters in days
New Trailer Buzz/YouTube (BEIJING) -- "Asura," the most expensive film ever produced in China, has been pulled from theaters just a few days after it opened.The movie reportedly brought in less than 50 million yuan, or $7.4 million, in ticket sales during its opening weekend.It was a disappointing showing for a movie that took 750 million yuan, or $112 million, and six years to produce. The film was highly publicized in Chinese state media and backed by large companies such as Alibaba Pictures, Zhenjian Film Studio and Ningxia Film Group.July is also generally a successful month for Chinese films, due...
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Seventy new emojis are coming soon
Apple (NEW YORK) -- Whether you're celebrating with a smiley face, a confetti ball, or a shrug, today marks World Emoji Day.The holiday falls on July 17 because it's the date displayed on the calendar emoji and the date that Apple first unveiled iCal for Mac in 2002.Apple is recognizing the day by unveiling 70 new emojis, including a cold face, party face, pleading face, and a face of hearts.There will also be bald, grey, ginger, and curly-haired faces added. These will be accompanied with a lobster, peacock, parrot, and other colorful animals in addition to new food options like...
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Amazon's website crashes right as its Prime Day began
Amazon (NEW YORK) -- Amazon's own online shopping holiday -- Prime Day -- was off to a rocky start when some shoppers found problems using the website when the hyped-up sales were supposed to begin.Often dubbed the "Black Friday" of Amazon, Prime Day, which kicked off Monday at 3 p.m. ET, is a 36-hour savings event offered by the online retailer for its Prime members.This year, when shoppers visited Amazon's website, many were greeted with error messages saying "Sorry something went wrong on our end," and featured photographs of the "dogs of Amazon."While the site seemed to be up and...
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