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  • Genevieve Shaw Brown(NEW YORK) -- Travel experts tell ABC News what their picks are for "the most romantic place I've ever been."Genevieve Shaw Brown, ABC NewsAs an award-winning travel journalist traveling the world for years, the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday got me thinking about the most romantic place I'd ever been.I started wondering how that compared to other world wanderers' most romantic places, so I asked some travel experts to share with "Good Morning America" the one place in the world that's captured their hearts the most.From Bora Bora to Italy and lots of places in between, here are our various picks for "the most romantic place I've ever been."For me, the most romantic place is Turtle Island, Fiji.The resort where I stayed is only accessible by sea plane and you're greeted by the staff with a welcome song upon landing. But what makes Turtle Island so romantic is the element of privacy. There are only 14 couples booked at any one time and 14 beaches, so guests have a private beach every day of their visit, assigned each morning. Champagne picnics are the norm as are private dinners on pontoons, in the mountains or beachside. If you do want to interact with your fellow guests -- and you probably will, there's nightly group dinners, as well.Aside from the romantic nature of Turtle Island, there's something so special about the staff. From the moment you arrive on the island, you are treated like family. The Fijian people who live and work on Turtle Island are some of the most welcoming, caring people I've ever come across in my travels.Lee Abbamonte, youngest American to travel to every country in the world"The Seychelles has to be the most romantic place in the world. It’s many, varied islands are perfect for couples to explore nature and have some of the worlds best beaches all to themselves. Whether it’s riding bikes on tranquil La Digue or staying in a perfectly cultivated luxury resort on Mahe, the Seychelles just oozes romance. Meet you there?"Lee Abbamonte is a New York City-based travel blogger, on-air travel personality and entrepreneur who has been to all 193 United Nations member states, the North Pole and the South Pole.Yana and Timon Peskin, Beard & Curly"New Zealand is the most romantic place we have ever been. Our idea of a romantic getaway is to escape the crowds and get into nature. We spent a few days at a charming bed and breakfast while searching for our favorite local winery. Most of our time was hiking in the South Island of New Zealand. Nothing says I love you like a hike to an empty mountain hut and cuddling up to a warm cozy fire."Yana and Timon from beardandcurly.com quit their jobs in 2015 to pursue their passion and travel the world. They are travel junkies and love exploring new cultures and mountain peaks. Their blog focuses on photography, country guides, and budget travel tips.Kimia Kalbasi, Founder of Kimia’s Kravings"Hands downs, the most romantic place I’ve ever been to is Bora Bora undoubtedly. Bora Bora simply equates to all of your tropical dreams come to life. There are pristine bluer than blue waters, glistening white sand, and majestic, dreamy bungalows tucked away at every turn. Unlike some other tropical destinations, Bora Bora is truly secluded and feels like your own private island. In fact, it’s so private that the same number of people who visit Hawaii in a week equates to the same number of people who visit Bora Bora annually. Bora Bora epitomizes the perfect romantic getaway."Kimia Kalbasi (@KimiasKravings) is a travel + food + lifestyle influencer, blogger and content creator based in NYC. She is the Founder of Kimia’s Kravings. Kimia’s Kravings is your ultimate tour guide for to where to eat, drink and be merry. She’s visited countless destinations from Bora Bora to Turks & Caicos to Hawaii to Tulum and countless travel spots in between.Johnny Jet, Founder of www.JohnnyJet.com"The island of Taha'a! It&rsqu
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  • Scott Pattenden (copyright 2017)/courtesy RM Sotheby's(NEW YORK) -- Mamma Mia! That’s some price for a 41-year-old, cassette-playing BMW once used by Swedish band Abba, one of the world’s most successful pop groups of all time.The stylish 1977 BMW 633, with nearly 125,000 miles behind it, sold at auction in Paris by RM Sotheby’s for about $42,500, nearly a record for that particular model, according to car specialist Felix Archer of RM Sotheby’s.“An equivalent of this car, with the same mileage of 200,000 kilometers and in such good condition, but without Abba attached to It, would sell for between [roughly $12,400 and $18.600],” he told ABC News. “Abba’s influence is bigger than you can imagine.”Abba -- which turned out hits like “Dancing Queen,” “Chiquitita” and the iconic “Mamma Mia!” -- used the Polaris silver BMW on European tours from 1978 to 1980 and as a discrete everyday car for members Bjorn Ulvaeus or Benny Andersson. They sold it in 1980, according to RM Sotheby’s.Two then-married couples -- Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog, and Andersson and Frida Lyngstad -- formed the quartet in the early-1970s, producing disco-era Swedish-made, English-language pop songs.The car, with leather seats and electric windows, sold last week with copies of the original documents signed by Ulvaeus and Andersson.
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  • Google Maps(INDEPENDENCE, Mo.) -- An Applebee's franchise in Independence, Missouri, has fired three employees after two African-American women alleged they were victims of racial profiling at the restaurant.After an afternoon of shopping at Independence Center shopping mall, Alexis Brison and her friend Asia Hardy stopped at Applebee's for a bite to eat. As the pair enjoyed plates of buffalo wings and mozzarella sticks, Brison said in a Facebook post they were approached by an Independence police officer, mall security guard and Applebee's manager. Brison said on Facebook that the trio accused her and Hardy of skipping out on a bill the night before.During the confrontation, Brison started filming, posting the video to her Facebook page, where it has been viewed over 2 million times as of Monday.In the video, the two women deny the accusation, saying they were not at the restaurant the night before. They suggest they were racially profiled because they are African-American."This is what black people have to deal with," one of the women can be heard saying in the video.The restaurant manager and police ask the women to pay their bill, leave and not come back, which they complied with, Brison wrote on Facebook.In a statement to ABC News, an Applebee's spokesperson said, "After an internal investigation and in-line with our values, the franchise terminated the manager, server and another employee involved in the incident. We do not tolerate racism, bigotry or harassment of any nature and we have taken additional steps to close the restaurant at this time in order for the team there to regroup, reflect, learn and grow from this."On Facebook, Brison wrote, "This is a clear example of RACIAL PROFILING that should not be stood for. Just because we are black does not mean we are all criminals and I will not be treated as such."Brison said she was bothered that their accuser could not remember any defining characteristics about the women they believe skipped out on their check."Our accuser remembered that there was a SKINNY girl and a girl who wore MAKEUP. In 2018 is this really what we're debased to? Our weight and whether or not we wore makeup. She could not recognize any facial features," Brison posted on Facebook.An Applebee's spokesperson said the restaurant is reaching out to the guests involved to apologize directly. "We know rebuilding trust with those affected by the incident will take time, and we look forward to finding resolution in the coming days,” an Applebee's spokesperson said in a statement to ABC News.Simon Property Group, Inc., which owns Independence Center shopping mall, and the Independence Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for comment.
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  • Mark Von Holden/Getty Images for Dimension Films(NEW YORK) -- Harvey Weinstein threatened to "kill" employees at his former company and had "wing women" to satisfy his "sexual conquests," according to a civil rights lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.In the 39-page complaint filed in Manhattan's Supreme Court on Sunday, Schneiderman said Weinstein "wielded his power in a sexually discriminatory manner" and would "sexually harass employees and abuse women."The lawsuit said Weinstein would brag about his connections to the Secret Service, and would threaten employees."I will kill you," he allegedly told them, according to the lawsuit. "I will kill your family."The court papers describe Weinstein as a kingmaker who could "essentially blacklist a person across the industry" if they crossed him and that he could use his roster of powerful people to enact reprisals."You don't know what I can do," he allegedly said.Schneiderman also said Weinstein had a "roster" of women to fulfill his sexual desires."[The Weinstein Company] employed one group of female employees whose primary job it was to accompany [Weinstein] to events and to facilitate [his] sexual conquests," according to the lawsuit.The company, as well as Weinstein's brother, Robert, were also named in the suit. The company is accused of ignoring victims' cries for help.Through it all, the complaint states, the company "failed to adequately investigate any of the claims" and Robert Weinstein and some board members "failed to act" and merely acquiesced because in part doing so "would inflict financial harm.""As alleged in our complaint, The Weinstein Company repeatedly broke New York law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation, and discrimination," Schneiderman said. "Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward, and that neither perpetrators nor enablers will be unjustly enriched. Every New Yorker has a right to a workplace free of sexual harassment, intimidation, and fear."The timing of the lawsuit comes as the company has been fielding bids to reach a sale of its library of award-winning content.But Schneiderman said that it's critical to expose the fact of the "ongoing investigation" now so as to not permit the company's board or anybody else who may have enabled Weinstein to be undeservedly compensated, and to ensure that all of the victims and employees are "protected" and to "prevent future recurrence of such misconduct."Weinstein's attorney Ben Brafman downplayed the detailed accusations lodged against Weinstein and the company's alleged complacency."We believe that a fair investigation by Mr. Schneiderman will demonstrate that many of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein are without merit," Brafman said in a statement. "While Mr. Weinstein's behavior was not without fault, there certainly was no criminality, and at the end of the inquiry it will be clear that Harvey Weinstein promoted more women to key executive positions than any other industry leader and there was zero discrimination at either Miramax or TWC."If the purpose of the inquiry is to encourage reform throughout the film industry, Mr. Weinstein will embrace the investigation. If the purpose however is to scapegoat Mr. Weinstein, he will vigorously defend himself."Attempts to reach Robert Weinstein or The Weinstein Company spokespersons were unsuccessful.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Last week was Wall Street's worst in about two years, but U.S. stocks managed to recover and close in the green for a second straight day.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 410.37 (+1.70 percent) to finish the session at 24,601.27.The Nasdaq jumped 107.47 (+1.56 percent) to close at 6,981.96, while the S&P 500 finished trading at 2,656.00, up 36.45 (+1.39 percent) for the day.Crude oil prices were little changed at about $59 per barrel.Winners and Losers:  DowDuPont and Apple were among the Dow's best-performing stocks. Shares of DowDuPont soared 3.40 percent and Apple climbed 4.03 percent.Clothing brand Guess's stock (-5.25 percent) continues to plummet after supermodel Kate Upton accused co-founder Paul Marciano of sexual misconduct. The brand announced Friday it would investigate the allegations.
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