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Harvey Weinstein to take leave of absence amid sexual harassment accusations

Harvey Weinstein to take leave of absence amid sexual harassment accusations

Entertainment
Oct. 5 (UPI) --Harvey Weinstein said Thursday he's taking a leave of absence from his production company after an investigative report laid out years of sexual harassment allegations against the film executive.The New York Times detailed multiple accusations, including one from actor Ashley Judd, who said Weinstein asked her to give him a massage or watch him shower in a Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel room."How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?" she said she thought during the incident 20 years ago.Other former employees of Weinstein Co. and Weinstein's former company, Miramax, made similar allegations. The Times viewed documents indicating he settled with at least eight of his accusers.Weinstein, 65, issued a statement to the Los Angeles Times...
Google Pixel 2 phones take portrait-mode selfies

Google Pixel 2 phones take portrait-mode selfies

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceGoogle's second-generation Pixel mobile phones are able to take "portrait mode" photos via both their front and rear single-lens cameras.Other handsets have been able to auto-blur image backgrounds for some time, but they typically rely on using two-lens cameras on the phones' backs to create realistic effects.Google said its innovation meant it could make more space for the battery and introduce front-facing speakers.But it has dropped the headphone jack.Instead of using a dedicated 3.5mm port, users will either need to use wireless headphones - Google is selling a pair called the Pixel Buds - or the USB-C charging socket.At the launch of the original Pixel phones, the search firm had mocked Apple's abandonment of the traditional socket and made...
New York Yankees pound Chris Sale, take series from Boston Red Sox

New York Yankees pound Chris Sale, take series from Boston Red Sox

Sports
NEW YORK -- Facing one of the more powerful arms in the majors, the New York Yankees worked the pitch count up, brought some power of their own and made some progress in their pursuit of the American League East title.Chase Headley went deep of Sale in the third inning, Matt Holliday and Todd Frazier hit back-to-back homers in the fourth, and the Yankees chased the Boston Red Sox ace early and coasted to a 9-2 victory Sunday night. New York's Aaron Judge hit his first homer in more than two weeks in the sixth inning against Boston's Addison Reed. The Yankees won three of the four games in the series against the Red Sox, cutting their deficit to 3 1/2 games. New York finished the 19-game season series against Boston with 11 wins. Four of those New York victories occurred in starts made by S...
Cook hits 243 as England take control – report & highlights

Cook hits 243 as England take control – report & highlights

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device First Investec Test, Edgbaston, day twoEngland 514-8 dec: Cook 243, Root 136, Malan 65, Chase 4-113West Indies 44-1West Indies trail by 470 runsScorecardAlastair Cook remorselessly churned out 243 as England tightened their grip on West Indies on day two of the day-night Test at Edgbaston. Cook batted for almost 10 hours, his eventual dismissal prompting England's declaration at 514-8.Dawid Malan, looking to secure a place at number five, scored 65, his maiden Test half-century.West Indies had reached 44-1, 470 behind, when rain forced the players off with 26 overs left to bowl.Cook absolutely critical to Ashes hopes - AgnewMalan 'knew it was going to turn around'TMS podcast: Vaughan reviews...
GM pigs take step to being organ donors

GM pigs take step to being organ donors

Health
The most genetically modified animals in existence have been created to help end a shortage of organs for transplant, say US researchers. The scientists successfully rid 37 pigs of viruses hiding in their DNA, overcoming one of the big barriers to transplanting pig organs to people.The team at eGenesis admits preventing pig organs from being rejected by the human body remains a huge challenge But experts said it was a promising and exciting first step. The study, published in the journal Science, started with skin cells from a pig.Tests identified 25 Pervs - porcine endogenous retroviruses - hidden in the pig's genetic code.Experiments mixing human and pig cells together showed those viruses could escape to infect human tissues.But the researchers then used the game-changing gene-editing t...