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  • 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 board caused shares of Sears Holdings Corp to tumble 11.52 percent.Apple's stock climbed 1.84 percent after getting an upgrade from KeyBanc Capital.
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  • 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, Tera, Smith said he decided to go with a monster theme and build King Kong."[King Kong] is big, burly and scary but he's not gorey," he said. "We want people to not feel scared when they come and ask us for candy."Smith said he built the $140 structure in about 100 hours.The Empire State Building in the piece is made from wood and Styrofoam.King Kong was built from pool noodles, wood, chicken wire and fabric. King Kong's chest is made from a black trash bag while his teeth were made from wood and egg cartons. His eyes are made from little pumpkins.A fog machine was added to simulate clouds above the Empire State Building.Smith's neighbor of six years, Johnny-Mack Barlow, 44, said he helped lift the King Kong up onto the building. In 2016, he helped place the dragon on top of the roof."It's really cool to be able to help him out and be a tiny part of it," Barlow told ABC News. "Everybody that walks by is talking about it. It definitely creates a vibrancy for the area."Smith also said his first 200 or so visitors will receive the large, full-size candy bars before he switches to the smaller, fun-size candy bars.
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  • 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 surreal.”There were also 13 couples renewing their vows —- some of which wed at Fright Fest 15 years ago.The creepy couples toasted to “love, honor and decay” each other until eternity, and had personalized spiderweb cakes to enjoy as their first tantalizing treat.They topped off the ghastly night with a spine-chilling roller coaster ride.Jannea and Alfie Borero of Springfield, Illinois“It was absolutely amazing,” Jannea Borero, 27, told ABC News of their menacing nuptials. “We’re really into horror movies and we’ve been engaged for almost four years, but it was one of those things where it’s so expensive and we kept putting it off.”Friday the 13th is Jannea Borero’s birthday, so she decided having a HalloWedding on the same date was “perfect for us,” she said.The Boreros were dressed as a voodoo priest and priestess, wearing hand-made costumes from materials Alfie Borero’s late mother used in her sewing.“His mother passed away 11 years ago and we incorporated a lot of her old sewing materials into our outfits,” said the black magic bride. “His vest is completely made out of material she used to use. It was very personal to us.”She said they always “go full-out for Halloween.”“We want everything spooky and we always have. That’s how we met, that’s how we bonded,” said Jannea Borero.Shelby Waid-Johnson and George Johnson of Quincy, Illinois“We’re getting married the same way my parents got married 15 years ago,” Shelby Waid-Johnson told ABC News of her mom and stepdad, Terra and Jason Heck, who wed at Fright Fest in 2002. “They’re here renewing their vows so it’s nice to share the same experience with them and have the same back story as them.”Waid-Johnson, 23, said she was “really excited” to share the sinister celebration with her parents.“It’s really cool we’ll be able to look back and laugh and share those memories together,” she said. “My mom is big on haunted houses and dressing up. She always throws a Halloween party every year. She’s the one who really got me into Halloween.”Shelby Waid-Johnson and George Johnson dressed up as Jack and Sally from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” for their big day.“Everyone was treating us like a celebrity. It was great to dress up and be someone else,” she said.Christina and Michael Pasley of St. Elmo, IllinoisChristina and Michael Pasley were renewing their vows 15 years after they wed at Fright Fest in 2002.The hair-raising bride said this ceremony was more fun than the first time they got hitched because they were less nervous.“This one was much more enjoyable. We got to relax and have a fun,” she said. “The costumes have come so far over the years, so it was just better to watch.”Christina Pasley wore one of her daughter’s old homecoming dresses and Michael Pasley got his suit from a thrift store.The hauntingly happy couple said their favorite part of the vow renewals was catching up with two other couples who also got married in a ghoulish way with them in 2002.“We would have not wanted to do our wedding in any way differently. We love it,” said Christina Pasley,
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  • 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 but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over," it continued. "What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify."The 54-member board followed in the footsteps of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, known as BAFTA, which earlier this week also revoked the membership of Weinstein.Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women, including actresses Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie. He was fired Sunday night from The Weinstein Co. he helped to found.The former movie mogul and producer who has two Oscar nominations personally has had a long history with the Academy. During his tenure first at Miramax and then at The Weinstein Co., the companies' films were nominated for 341 Academy Awards and won 81.The Academy's rare meeting on Saturday came after Amazon halted a mafia drama series Weinstein was producing with David O. Russell. The show had already won approvals to run for two seasons. Also, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara A. Hudes publicly announced that they want The Weinstein Co. to release the movie adaptation rights to their hit musical, "In the Heights."Bob Weinstein, Harvey's younger brother and co-chairman of their company, told ABC News in a statement Friday that the studio will survive the scandal."Our banks, partners and shareholders are fully supportive of our company and it is untrue that the company or board is exploring a sale or shutdown of the company," Weinstein said. "Business is continuing as usual as the company moves ahead."A spokesperson for Harvey Weinstein told The New Yorker: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.""Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual," according to the full statement from Weinstein's spokesperson. "Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance."
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  • 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 a complicated situation when it's your brother doing the abusing to you as well. I saw it and I asked him to get help for many years. And that's the truth. He avoided getting the help. We begged him."Harvey Weinstein, 65, has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women, including actresses Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie. He was fired Sunday night by the board of the company he and Bob Weinstein founded in 2005.Since the scandal broke, The Weinstein Co. has been under increased scrutiny and is expected to undergo a name change, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Bob Weinstein, 62, said that he's barely spoken to his brother in the past five years. He emphasized that he was not aware of his brother's alleged sexual misconduct but instead thought Harvey Weinstein was engaged in adultery with one woman after another."I could not take his cheating," he said, referring to Harvey Weinstein's marriage to wife Georgina Chapman, "his lying and also his attitude toward everyone."With the allegations now made against Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein said, "My brother has caused unconscionable suffering ... I want him to get the justice that he deserves."The Weinstein Co. fired Harvey Weinstein on Sunday night, and four board members have stepped down in the wake of the scandal.Bob Weinstein said the board wants to go further and "sever" Harvey Weinstein's ownership interest in the company. "It can't be done that quickly," he said.Earlier, in a statement Friday, Bob Weinstein told ABC News that the studio will survive the scandal."Our banks, partners and shareholders are fully supportive of our company and it is untrue that the company or board is exploring a sale or shutdown of the company," Weinstein said. "Business is continuing as usual as the company moves ahead."A spokesperson for Harvey Weinstein told The New Yorker: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.""Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual," according to the full statement from Weinstein's spokesperson. "Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”
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