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27 accusers share their stories of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged advances – ABC News

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Numerous women have come forward with explosive allegations of sexual harassment, and in some cases, assault, by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Oscar winners Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mira Sorvino claimed that they were forced to rebuff Weinstein’s unwanted advances. Others alleged sexual assault. A spokesperson for the movie executive told The New Yorker: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.” “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed…

Inside American Caitlan Coleman’s five-year ordeal as a Taliban prisoner – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

It must have felt like such an exciting time: Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Joshua Boyle, were embarking on a six-month adventure through Central Asia. But their exuberant trip ended in a nightmare: In the fall of 2012, they were kidnapped by Taliban fighters. Over the next five years, relatives and friends could do little but pray for the couple’s well-being. Hope came in the form of short video clips released by…

US Will Withdraw From Unesco, Citing Its ‘Anti-Israel Bias’ – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

“Universality is critical to Unesco’s mission to strengthen international peace and security in the face of hatred and violence, to defend human rights and dignity,” she wrote. In 2011, the United States stopped funding Unesco due to what was then a forgotten, 15-year-old amendment mandating a complete cutoff of American financing to any United Nations agency that accepts Palestine as a full member. Various efforts by President Barack Obama to…

San Juan mayor fires back at Trump: ‘Shame on you’ – The Hill

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Carmen Yulín Cruz, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, fired back at President Trump after he said the U.S. couldn’t keep FEMA, the military and first responders on the hurricane-ravaged island “forever.” “It is not that you do not get it; you are incapable of fulfilling the moral imperative to help the people of PR,” Cruz tweeted Monday. “Shame on you!” “[Y]our comments about Puerto Rico are unbecoming of a Commander in…

The Health 202: Trump’s executive order has a history. And the government says it’s not all great. – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

THE PROGNOSIS President Trump speaks during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Want to understand health policy? Get stories like this here. President Trump intends to sign an executive order this morning expanding association health plans. But 25 years ago, federal watchdogs concluded that such plans ripped off hundreds of thousands of Americans by refusing to pay their medical claims while violating…

Evacuations widened as Northern California wildfires spread to 170000 acres with at least 23 dead – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dennis DeVilbiss had made up his mind. “I’m not leaving,” the former cop and firefighter said Wednesday afternoon as he stood on his front porch in Calistoga, a wine country town under threat from an approaching wildfire. Authorities had ordered its 5,000 residents to evacuate. He glanced at smoke drifting over nearby trees, and smiled. “I’m not stupid,” said DeVilbiss, 60. “If it’s time to run, I’ll run like hell.”…

American Woman and Family Held for 5 Years in Afghanistan Freed From Militants – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

In an unusual moment on Wednesday night, Mr. Trump appeared to telegraph the family’s impending release. “America is being respected again,” the president said during a speech on his tax plan in Harrisburg, Pa. “Something happened today where a country that totally disrespected us called with some very, very important news. And one of my generals came in, they said, you know, I have to tell you, a year ago…

California fires: 23 killed, hundreds missing as flames spread – CNN

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Julianne Moore Praises Harvey Weinstein Accusers: ‘Through Their Bravery, We Move Forward as a Culture’ – IndieWire

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Julianne Moore has been supporting the accusers of Harvey Weinstein ever since the first report from The New York Times broke on October 5. In a pair of statements posted to her Twitter account, Moore praised the likes of Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan for their bravery in revealing Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment, saying, “Coming forward about sexual abuse and coercion is scary and women have nothing to be…

Trump to sign executive order to gut ACA insurance rules and undermine marketplaces – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

President Trump is due to sign an executive order Thursday morning intended to allow individuals and small businesses to buy a long-disputed type of health insurance that skirts state regulations and Affordable Care Act protections. The White House and allies portray the president’s move to expand access to “association health plans” as wielding administrative powers to accomplish what congressional Republicans have failed to achieve: tearing down the law’s insurance marketplaces…

Deadlocked Brexit Talks Take UK Closer to Cliff-Edge – Bloomberg

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

The European Union said talks hit a wall over what the U.K. owes when it leaves, increasing the chances of a messy departure as time is running out to clinch a deal. “No deal will be a very bad deal, huh? And to be clear on our side we will be ready to face any eventualities and all eventualities,” the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, told reporters in Brussels…

Trump to force GOP reckoning on Iran – The Hill

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Republicans in Congress will face a wrenching choice if President Trump follows through on decertifying the Iran nuclear deal. Decertification would unlock a fast-track procedure for Congress to reimpose sanctions, leaving Republicans with two unappealing options. Snap back the sanctions, and Iran likely walks, killing an agreement that top administration officials say is in the national interest. Do nothing, and the deal likely stands, preserving a pact that Republicans have…

Whole towns evacuated as Northern California firestorm grows; at least 23 people are dead, 285 missing – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

By Wednesday evening, the Tubbs fire had reached about 28,000 acres and was 10% contained. Other fires ranging in size from 1,800 to 21,000 acres burned throughout the area and in surrounding counties. ddwere Though some evacuation orders in Yuba and Nevada counties were lifted, officials estimated that upwards of 50,000 people were still out of their homes. More people in Sonoma and Napa counties were asked to leave their…

Weinstein Company Was Aware of Payoffs in 2015 – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

David Boies, a lawyer who represented Mr. Weinstein when his contract was up for renewal in 2015, said in an interview that the board and the company were made aware at the time of three or four confidential settlements with women. Advertisement Continue reading the main story And in the waning hours of last week, as he struggled to retain control of the business in the wake of allegations first…

Proxy War Over Iran Nuclear Agreement Divides US, Europe at UN – Bloomberg

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

As President Donald Trump prepares to announce whether he’ll certify Iran’s compliance with the deal to curb its nuclear program, U.S. and European negotiators at the United Nations are on another collision course — this time over the Islamic Republic’s human rights record. The U.S. is pushing for tougher language condemning Iran for human rights violations in the draft of a UN resolution that’s typically taken up every year, but…

Trump takes tax plan to the public as GOP senators struggle to find agreement – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. — President Trump on Wednesday took his case for massive tax cuts directly to the public, even as Senate Republicans struggle to unite behind the proposal ahead of a key Senate vote that could derail his entire approach. During a speech to truckers and others here, Trump touted what he alleges are the tax cuts’ benefits for the working and middle classes, making grand-but-disputed claims about the additional…

Trump escalates threats against press, calls news coverage ‘frankly disgusting’ – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

President Trump on Wednesday lashed out over a critical news report and escalated his previous attacks on the media by suggesting that news organizations he disagrees with be shut down, alarming free-speech advocates who compared the tactics to intimidation efforts by the Nixon administration. The president’s outbursts, which marred an Oval Office meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, came in reaction to an NBC News report that he had…

We Asked Facebook 12 Questions About the Election, and Got 5 Answers – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Alex Stamos, chief security officer, Facebook: In our April white paper, “Information Operations and Facebook,” we described the activity that we detected from a sophisticated threat actor that was spreading stolen information about specific political targets in the run-up to the U.S. election and using it to feed press stories that they could then amplify. We took steps to disrupt this activity and reported details to the relevant authorities. In…

Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne join the growing list of Harvey Weinstein accusers – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

More and more women are saying that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them. The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow on Tuesday published the result of a 10-month investigation that included several women going on the record to allege that Weinstein, a Hollywood power player who could make or break careers, made unwanted advances and, in some cases, raped them. Soon after, the New York Times published stories of harassment from…

California’s Wildfires: Why Have They Been So Destructive? – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

All of this is happening in a region where more people are building homes tucked into forests. What lit these fires in the first place? Officials are not sure yet. There were 22 major fires burning in the state on Wednesday, and the specific cause of each fire will be investigated, according to Thom Porter, Southern California region chief at the state’s fire agency. In general, the vast majority of…

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