• Drew Angerer/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division says it has interviewed a potential victim of a 2013 sexual assault allegedly involving Harvey Weinstein, as the woman's attorney held a news conference on Friday to discuss the investigation.David Ring said his client, an Italian actress, spoke briefly with Weinstein at a Los Angeles-based film festival in February 2013, and later in the evening, the producer allegedly "bullied his way into her [hotel] room.""Her greatest regret is opening that door. She had no idea what was coming,” he said of the allegation. “What happened to her was really horrible. It’s had a humongous, huge impact on her life."Ring declined to identify his client or discuss specifics of the case, except to say that it is under investigation by the LAPD. He added that it was "premature" to discuss a potential civil lawsuit against Weinstein.New York Police Department Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce Thursday said New York City police have referred allegations against the disgraced film mogul to other police departments, though it was unclear whether the LAPD investigation pertained to one of those cases.The referrals were made to jurisdictions in the United States and overseas based on calls to a police hotline about Weinstein, Boyce added.Police declined to discuss specifics.“Several calls have been received on our CrimeStoppers Hotline regarding Mr. Weinstein,” Boyce said. “None of those calls have alleged any criminal conduct within the New York City area.”Complaints about Weinstein cannot be pursued locally if they involve events that occurred outside New York City.More than three dozen women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including harassment and assault, but he has not been charged with a crime.The movie producer has acknowledged inappropriate behavior, but has "unequivocally denied" any allegations of non-consensual sex, his spokesman said.Weinstein, 65, was terminated by the Weinstein Co. in the wake of the allegations, though he later offered his resignation. ABC News confirmed that he is also pursuing a claim that he was wrongfully fired.In addition, he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Producers Guild of America has voted to begin termination proceedings against him. A final determination will be reached next month. On Thursday the board of British Film Institute voted to strip Weinstein of its prestigious BFI Fellowship honor, which he was awarded in 2002."Sexual harassment, abuse and bullying is unacceptable under any circumstances. Everyone working in the film industry – in any industry – should be safe and respected in the workplace. We wholeheartedly support those brave enough to come forward and speak out," the board said in a statement. "The film industry needs more women represented on every level, on and off screen."
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stock indexes reached new records on Friday as investors saw Republican lawmakers' progress on tax reform.The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 165.59 (+0.71 percent) to finish at 23,328.63.The Nasdaq jumped 23.99 (+0.36 percent) to close at 6,629.05, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,575.21, up 13.11 (+0.51 percent) from its open.Crude oil was about 0.72 percent higher with prices under $52 per barrel.Winners and Losers:  A huge jump in footwear sales last quarter caused Skechers shares to skyrocket 41.45 percent.PayPal beat investors' expectations in earnings and revenue in the third-quarter and shares climbed 5.53 percent.Despite earnings in Procter & Gamble's fiscal first-quarter report that were higher than estimates, sales disappointed and its stock tumbled 3.68 percent.
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  • gideonphoto.com(SANTA ROSA, Calif.) -- Rick Grenis and Bonnie Frazier spent more than a year planning a wedding in northern California's scenic Sonoma County that was to include a weekend of activities for their more than two dozen guests.But the couple had to make a last-minute change in plans when their venue in Healdsburg was closed due to wildfires that were among the deadliest in California's history raged across the state.“Our venue’s website said, ‘Closed until further notice,’” Grenis, told ABC News. “That is not what you want to see the week of your wedding.”Grenis, 29, and Frazier, 27, who both live in Oakland, California, got the news just 48 hours before the Oct. 13 date for their nuptials. But they took inspiration from their wedding planner, who was persevering after losing her family's home to the fires this month in Santa Rosa, California.Wedding planner Brittany Hanson, her husband and their three children escaped their home with just the clothes on their backs.Days later, Hanson, who said one of her five employees also lost her home in the fires, was back planning weddings for clients like Grenis and Frazier."We want to survive out of this," Hanson told ABC News. "We know we’re in a really bad situation, but we also know if we were removed from this and it was our wedding, we’d be devastated and stressed.""We love weddings," Hanson added. "That’s what we do. We understand the importance of weddings."Following her lead, Grenis and Frazier went ahead with their marriage ceremony at a different location, near San Francisco.'We're all here. We're all surviving.'The California wildfires have charred more than 217,000 acres of land, forced about 75,000 residents to evacuate and damaged or destroyed at least 5,700 homes and businesses, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection."People removed from here think the whole thing went up in flames, but wine country is very large," Hanson said. "There are still plenty of us here and a big part of our economy -- hotels and restaurants and food tastings -- comes from the wedding industry."In Napa County, 732 marriage ceremonies were held and 1,663 marriage licenses issued last fiscal year, Napa County Clerk John Tuteur told ABC News.Weddings helped to generate $196 million in spending in the Napa Valley area in 2016, according to an economic report released in May by Visit Napa Valley.Darius Anderson owns multiple restaurants and wedding sites in the Napa and Sonoma county areas. He said this year's wildfires hit the region during its busiest month for marriage celebrations."The tragedy of the whole thing is October is traditionally our number one month for weddings," said Anderson. "In this month, we’ve had 57 percent cancellations."Anderson's properties survived the fires and he said the first priority for him and other local business owners has been to make sure their employees are safe and taken care of. Their next priority, he said, is to help rebuild the region and make sure people know its beauty remains."Long-term we have to let people know that we’re open for business and the natural beauty and historic value and what makes Napa-Sonoma so charming to people is still here," he said. "We're still focused on our customer base and making sure their experience here is the best they can possibly have."Many couples are going ahead with their weddings in the area.Hanson said her company typically does 20 weddings in the month of October alone. So far, only two have been canceled and another two have changed their venues."We’re all here. We’re all surviving," she said. "Everyone is here volunteering. For us to keep going is the best thing we can do right now."Hanson said people in the wedding industry are going the extra mile to help each other. Some vendors are offering to drive hours to new wedding locations, she said, and wedding planners like herself are helpi
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Colonel follows exactly 11 users on Twitter and today one social media savvy user found out the hilarious and punny reason why!Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) follows six men named "Herb" and 5 "Spice" girls from the all-girl British pop group in what appears to be an ode to the company's original-recipe blend of 11 herbs and spices.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGLES) -- Playboy is making history again by naming a transgender model a "Playboy Playmate" for the first time in the magazine's 64-year history. French model Ines Rau will get the honor of being the November/December centerfold.It's a notable accomplishment for the 26-year-old model, who used to hide her identity."I lived a long time without saying I was transgender," Rau told Playboy. "I dated a lot and almost forgot. I was scared of never finding a boyfriend and being seen as weird.""Then I was like, you know, you should just be who you are. It’s a salvation to speak the truth about yourself, whether it’s your gender, sexuality, whatever," she continued. "The people who reject you aren’t worth it. It’s not about being loved by others; it’s about loving yourself." Along with this distinction, Rau has been featured in Vogue, Italian Vogue and a Balmain fashion campaign.The decision to make Rau a playmate was decided by Cooper Hefner, Hugh Hefner's son and chief creative officer at Playboy. The elder Hefner died last month at the age of 91. The latest issue will honor his legacy."It very much speaks to the brand’s philosophy," Hefner, 26, told The New York Times of his decision. "It’s the right thing to do. We’re at a moment where gender roles are evolving." "This is really a moment for us to take a step back and say that so much of what the brand stood for in the early years is very much still alive in culture," he added.Playboy was quick to note that it has published photos of transgender women before.In fact, the first transgender woman to "pose for Playboy was Tula in September 1991," according to the magazine's Twitter account, referring to British model Caroline Cossey. Moreover, Rau has been featured in the magazine in 2014.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Blinq(NEW YORK) -- Let's face it: for as cool as fitness trackers and other wearable tech items are, they're not great to look at. And this was the prime mover behind Blinq, beautiful rings made of gold and other luxury materials that subtly hide some serious tech. Not only will the rings count your steps -- sending them and other fitness data to your phone -- but they can be set to inform you of incoming alerts for various apps like Uber, Instagram, and more.The rings vibrate, and their gemstones actually glow subtly to inform you, instead of having you whip out your phone to check, which, let's face it, we all do way too much.
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