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Hollywood continues to sever ties with Harvey Weinstein
Chance Yeh/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Hollywood is up in arms over the allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein and the company he co-founded, The Weinstein Company.The Producers Guild of America's national board of directors and officers voted on Monday to expel Weinstein after numerous women claimed the movie mogul and producer sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them."This morning, the PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership,” co-presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary said in a statement on behalf of the board. “As required by the PGA’s Constitution, Mr. Weinstein...
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Woman tests the limits of hotel's pet policy by bringing in her horse
Lindsey Partridge/Harmony Horsemanship (LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- One horse lover wanted to test a hotel's pet policy after discovering one receptionist said it didn't discriminate.Lindsey Partridge, who in 2015 created Harmony Horsemanship, an organization that helps riders better understand their horses, told ABC News she was driving down from Pontypool, Ontario, to Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, when she decided to check into her hotel.The riding coach was there to compete in Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover, in which hundreds of retired racehorses compete in categories such as field hunter, polo, ranch work and trail, among others."We left at like...
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Inside Johnny Carson's $81.5M Malibu mansion
Mary E. Nichols/TopTenRealEstateDeals.com (MALIBU, Calif.) -- It's no secret the late Johnny Carson loved California, and his beloved Malibu beach home is now on the market for $81.5 million.The former "Tonight Show" host famously moved the late night series from New York to California in 1972. Soon after, in the mid-1980s, Carson himself made California his home, buying a property overlooking Point Dume Beach, according to Top Ten Real Estate Deals.Carson lived there until his death in 2005. He was 79.The home, which also features a guest house and sits on four acres, was designed by architect Ed Niles.The main...
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Financials lead US stocks to hit new records
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The major indexes closed at record highs on Monday with large gains in financials.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 85.24 (+0.37 percent) to finish at 22,956.96.The Nasdaq gained 18.20 (+0.28 percent) to close at 6,624.00, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,557.64, up 4.47 (+0.18 percent) from its open.Crude oil was about 0.76 percent higher with prices at about $52 per barrel.Winners and Losers: Shares of JPMorgan Chase jumped 2.07 percent. The financial services company announced Monday it would use blockchain technology in a new global payments process.News of Sears investor Bruce Berkowitz's departure from the...
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Man builds massive King Kong display in yard for Halloween
iStock/Thinkstock (SALT LAKE CITY) -- A Utah man has created a gigantic King Kong statue to sit centerstage in his front yard for Halloween.Ammon Smith, 33, has impressed his Salt Lake City neighborhood in the past, but this year he expects his 39-foot display to attract thousands of trick-or-treaters.In 2014, Smith created a pirate ship, followed be a skeleton train in 2015 and a giant dragon prop complete with Viking ship in 2016."People thank me a lot for building the community and that's the biggest compliment they can give me," Smith told ABC News.This year, with help from his wife,...
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13 'newlydeads' tie the knot in haunted HalloWedding on Friday the 13th
Six Flags Fright Fest St. Louis (ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- On Friday the 13th this year, 13 “newlydeads” tied the knot in a haunted HalloWedding event at Six Flags' Fright Fest in St. Louis.The ghoulish grooms and macabre brides said till death do they part in the Missouri group ceremony that each said meant the “afterworld” to them, for different reasons.“It meant a lot to us. Her favorite holiday is Halloween,” George Johnson told ABC News of his new wife, Shelby Waid-Johnson. “We never really did anything traditionally anyways, so to get married in such an unorthodox way was very...
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Harvey Weinstein expelled from motion picture academy
Drew Angerer/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to expell Harvey Weinstein, following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against the former movie mogul and producer, the film academy announced on Saturday in a statement."The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy," the statement read."We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues...
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Bob Weinstein says 'sick and depraved' brother Harvey Weinstein abused him
Mathew Imaging/WireImage via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Bob Weinstein is opening up amid the scandal over sexual misconduct allegations against his brother, claiming he was a victim of abuse by Harvey Weinstein."I was also the object of a lot of his verbal abuse — at one time physical abuse," the co-chairman of The Weinstein Co. told The Hollywood Reporter in a wide-ranging interview."And I am not looking for one bit of sympathy from anyone," the younger brother of Harvey Weinstein added. "I do not put myself in the category at all of those women that he hurt. But it's...
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Following criticism, Twitter CEO says 'new rules' on abusive tweets coming soon
Gokhan Balci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Twitter has come under fire in recent days for what some critics claim is a permissive attitude toward abusive content on the social media platform.But on Friday night, CEO Jack Dorsey said change is coming.In a series of tweets, Dorsey acknowledged that Twitter is "still not doing enough" to restrict abusive or harassing content."We’ve been working intensely over the past few months and focused today on making some critical decisions," he tweeted."We decided to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them," he wrote. "New rules around: unwanted...
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Bob Weinstein insists 'business is continuing' amid brother's scandal
Mathew Imaging/WireImage via Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, told ABC News in a statement Friday that the studio remains unaffected by the scandal involving his older brother, Harvey Weinstein.Though the Wall Street Journal reported that the production company was likely to be shuttered or sold, Bob Weinstein insists that that information is false.Their current focus is on three upcoming films: "Polaroid," which will be released Nov. 22; "Paddington 2," which comes out Jan. 12; and "War With Grandpa," which is scheduled for Feb. 23, he added."Our banks, partners and shareholders are fully supportive...
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Feds, 11 states crack down on companies selling student debt relief
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Federal and state authorities are cracking down on multiple purveyors of so-called “student loan debt relief,” alleging that the companies took in more than $95 million in illegal up-front fees from American consumers in exchange for little or no help.The actions, announced Friday as “Operation Game of Loans” by the Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general in 11 states and the District of Columbia, include five new cases, one new judgment in favor of the FTC and a preliminary injunction entered in a case filed earlier this year.Student loan debt is reaching crisis levels, with 42...
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US stocks close slightly higher, Nasdaq hits new record
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The Nasdaq Composite reached a new record on Friday as U.S. stocks closed slightly higher.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 30.71 (+0.13 percent) to finish at 22,871.72.The Nasdaq gained 14.29 (+0.22 percent) to close at 6,605.80, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,553.17, up 2.24 (+0.09 percent) from its open.Crude oil was about 1.46 percent higher with prices at $51 per barrel. Winners and Losers: After President Donald Trump announced the government would end subsidies to insurers under the Affordable Care Act, health care stocks took a hit including Tenet Healthcare (down 5.10 percent). Hostess Brands...
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