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Dustin Hoffman Allegedly Exposed Himself To A Minor, Assaulted 2 Women

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 5:00pm

Dustin Hoffman faces major accusations in a Variety report published Friday that alleges he exposed himself to a 16-year-old classmate of his daughter’s in 1980 and assaulted two other women while working on 1987′s “Ishtar.”

Interior secretary addresses sexual harassment at agency

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 3:50pm

Ryan Zinke called for "culture change" at the Interior Department after it released the results of a survey of its employees.

El Salvador Upholds Three-Decade Prison Term For Woman Who Suffered Stillbirth

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 3:43pm

A Salvadoran court upheld a 30-year jail sentence this week for a woman who was convicted of aggravated homicide after suffering what she said was a stillbirth.

Anthony Bourdain Expresses 'Real Remorse' In Wake Of Mario Batali Allegations

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 3:37pm

In the wake of sexual assault and harassment allegations coming out against celebrated celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, Anthony Bourdain is again reflecting on his own time in the food industry.

Jury convicts woman of murder in teen's starvation death

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 3:29pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jurors on Thursday convicted an Iowa woman of murder in the starvation death of her 16-year-old daughter, who weighed only 85 pounds when she died.

Nephews of Venezuela's first lady sentenced to 18 years in U.S. drug case

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 3:11pm

Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady were sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday following their convictions in New York on U.S. drug trafficking charges. U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty sentenced the two men, Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas, 32, and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, 31, at a hearing in federal court in Manhattan. The two are cousins, both nephews of Cilia Flores, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's wife.

Markets Right Now: Tax plan trouble sends US stocks lower

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 2:12pm

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):

Nikki Haley Slams Iran’s Role In Yemen War, Neglects To Mention U.S. Part In Humanitarian Crisis

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 1:55pm

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, stood before missile remnants that she claimed were covered in Iranian “fingerprints” on Thursday while laying out what she called “irrefutable evidence” that Tehran has violated its international obligations by militarily supporting rebels in Yemen.

Twitter users tell FCC chair Ajit Pai to 'kill himself' after net neutrality vote

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 1:55pm

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is facing backlash online after the government agency voted  Thursday to repeal landmark Obama-era rules that were designed to ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape The plan had not been popular leading up to the vote, with at least one poll from the University of Maryland finding more than 80 percent of respondents opposed the proposed repeal of net neutrality rules ahead of the vote.

North Korea's envoy, Tillerson to attend UN meeting

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 1:45pm

North Korea's UN ambassador will attend a Security Council meeting on Friday where US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will address how to confront the North Korea crisis, diplomats said. The White House and State Department however stressed that the US stance had not changed and insisted North Korea must first show a willingness to halt its nuclear and missile tests.

Can You Get Health Insurance Subsidies If You Buy Off-Exchange?

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 1:40pm

Q: I buy my health insurance privately through an insurance company, not the Affordable Care Act exchanges, and don't get a financial subsidy toward premiums. If I lose my job next year, can I si...

"President Trump's Lies: The Definitive List"

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 1:25pm

The New York Times used a narrow definition of "lie" that discarded many of Trump's falsehoods and still found 103 in 10 months. Under the same rules, Obama had just 18. NYT's David Leonhardt explains why Trump has trouble with the truth.

Texas Mom Allegedly Subjected Her Healthy Son, 8, to 323 Doctor Visits and 13 Surgeries

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 1:20pm

Investigators in Texas suspect a Dallas-area mom has Munchausen by proxy and they have charged her with allegedly seeking unnecessary medical care for her 8-year-old son

How To Know When Your Relationship Is Over

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 1:09pm

Who you choose to spend your life with is an incredibly important decision ― and sometimes, you realize the person you thought was “the one” isn’t the right choice anymore.

Teen and His Classmates Go Crazy as They Learn He Got Accepted Into Harvard

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 12:46pm

More than three million people have watched the joyous moment on YouTube.

5 Years Ago, A Man With A Gun Slaughtered 20 Children. And We Have Done Little About It.

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 12:34pm

“Now is not the time to talk about a gun control.”

Indian minister warns Bollywood heavyweights over sexual exploitation

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 12:33pm

In a rare rebuke, an Indian minister on Thursday warned the country’s Bollywood film industry to comply with strict measures to combat sexual harassment, following the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Maneka Gandhi, India’s federal Minister for Women and Child Development, took the unusual step of writing to 24 powerful Bollywood film producers, demanding they comply with Indian sexual harassment legislation to ensure a "safe, secure and inclusive work environment” for all employees. The letter was sent to major industry players, such as actors Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, as well as director Karan Johar.  “The aim of this law is to ensure that no woman is sexually harassed at her workplace,” Ms Gandhi said in her letter. "It is to be followed in letter and spirit by all organisations in the country," she added. "Bollywood filmmakers are ethically and legally accountable for the safety of not only their direct employees but of all outsourced and temporary staff as well." Britain's Prince William shakes hands with Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan Credit: REUTERS/Rafiq Maqbool/Pool It is understood that more letters will be sent to other film producers.  Bollywood remains hugely male dominated, with men making up the vast majority of directors and veteran stars. The small handful of female directors are mostly confined to regional cinema.  After the Weinstein allegations broke, people in the film business in India were unconvinced they would have a #MeToo moment.   "What can we do?" Mukesh Bhatt, who co-heads production house Vishesh Films said. “We cannot keep moral cops outside every film office to see that no girl is being exploited.” Alankrita Shrivastava, director of critically acclaimed film Lipstick Under my Burkha said a women's protest movement was unlikely to happen in conservative Indian society. “The way men are being called out in Hollywood right now, I don’t know if it can happen in India.”  “In terms of how our psychology is, how patriarchy functions, it is much more entrenched,” she added. However, Ms Gandhi's stark warning gives women in Bollywood hope that their concerns will be heard. Last month Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar told a Mumbai tabloid she had been turned down for "several roles" as she did not give in to "unwanted advances" by producers and directors. Ms Bhaskar, 29, urged aspiring actresses to turn down roles rather than resort to the so-called "casting couch" to exchange sexual favours to advance their careers. Thousands of young Indian girls and boys gravitate to Bollywood every year with the aim of becoming actors. Swara Bhaskar complained of Bollywood's casting-couch culture Credit: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images They are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, not only by unscrupulous agents promising them roles which they never get, but also by lesser known stars, producers and directors making similar promises.   Hopefuls are fearful of reporting inappropriate behaviour in case it ruins their chances of breaking into Bollywood. “It is always very subtle,” Ms Bhaskar said this week. “People try to insinuate that there are 10,000 girls for one role – so what can you do?” In the wake of the #MeToo scandal, actresses including Kalki Koechlin and Richa Chadha called on Bollywood to improve its record in standing up for victims of sexual harassment and exploitation.  Sexual harassment legislation was passed in India in 2013, in response to the fatal gang rape of a 23-year old medical student on a bus in Delhi in December 2012. In November Ms Gandhi launched the online Sexual Harassment electronic-Box (SHe-Box) to register sexual harassment complaints in the workplace and to ensure the implementation of the 2013 law. She also urged all company directors to report sexual harassment cases, but activists said many victims were hesitant to register their complaints, afraid their future careers would be curtailed. Women's rights activists maintain that only 10 per cent of rape and other sexual harassment cases ever get reported in India.

8 Ways Divorce Attorneys Approach Relationships Differently

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 12:05pm

Married divorce lawyers have an interesting perspective on relationships.

The Latest: Kentucky lawmaker's wife wants to replace him

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - December 14, 2017 - 11:52am

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a Kentucky state lawmaker accused of sexual assault (all times local):