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Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein's legal team said in new court documents that Ashley Judd struck "a bargain" with him in which she would allow him to touch her "if she won an Academy Award in one of his films."

Weinstein is asking the court to dismiss Judd's defamation lawsuit against him.

The assertion drew an instant denial from Judd’s attorney who said the actress was trying to escape Weinstein's clutches.

"Mr. Weinstein’s arguments seeking to escape the consequences of his despicable misconduct are not only baseless, they are offensive," Theodore Boutrous said in a statement provided to ABC News. "We look forward to opposing his flawed motion, moving forward with discovery into his outrageous behavior, and proving to a jury that Mr. Weinstein maliciously damaged Ms. Judd’s career because she resisted his sexual advances."

Judd filed a lawsuit against Weinstein earlier this year, alleging he "torpedoed" her career after she refused his sexual advances. In particular, she faulted Weinstein for "ruining" her chances of landing a role in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Weinstein’s attorney said the producer and actress had no professional relationship and Judd’s accusations are outside the statute of limitations.

"Her failure to file a timely complaint is due to her own lack of reasonable diligence and not any affirmative misconduct on Weinstein’s part," court records said.

Judd told ABC News' Diane Sawyer last year that when Weinstein invited her to a breakfast meeting 20 years ago, she didn't know about his reputation.

In her defamation lawsuit she said when she arrived at the Los Angeles hotel room, he appeared "in a bathrobe and asked the Plaintiff whether he could give her a massage." When she refused, she said in the court documents, Weinstein asked her to pick out his clothes and watch him shower.

She said she tried to sidestep his advances by striking a "mock" bargain: Judd "would consider letting him touch her only if she won an Academy Award in one of his films."

The statement continued, "Weinstein negotiated, 'when you get nominated,' to which Plaintiff replied, 'No when I win.'"

Judd told Diane Sawyer she had mixed feelings about the bargain she made in haste.

"I'm of two minds. The part that shames myself says 'No,'" she said. "The part of me that understands the way shame works says, 'That was absolutely brilliant. Good job, kid, you got out of there.'"

In Weinstein's new legal response, the producer claimed he took the bargain seriously.

"Weinstein then attempted to live up to his part of the bargain by trying to cast Plaintiff in as many roles as possible that could earn her an Academy Award," court records said. That included his attempt to suggest she play opposite Matt Damon in "Good Will Hunting." Minnie Driver won an Academy Award for the role.

Weinstein’s attorneys said the effort "reflects his motivation to advance her career, not ruin it, and undermines Plaintiff’s defamation claim."

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Courtesy Max Bawarksi(NEW YORK) -- This can be your summer to lean into your side hustle.

A side hustle can be something that fuels your passion, fills up your bank account or, ideally, does both.

Teachers are especially known for having side hustles. Across the United States, 18 percent of public school teachers earn income outside the classroom, according to a National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report released in June.

While teachers have the summer to lean into their side hustles, many hustle all year long.

And not all teachers are doing the side hustles that first come to mind, like tutoring.

Here are four teachers from across the country who have turned their passions into unique side hustles and, in one case, into a new career.

2 teachers make Pinterest dreams come true

Katie Garcia and Garrett Sheskey are best friends with a combined nearly 15 years of teaching between them.

They opened their side hustle -- Pin-It LIVE, a first-of-its-kind do-it-yourself studio and bar where people can complete Pinterest projects -- by following the advice they give to their students.

"This is us doing what we tell our students every day to do, which is to follow their passions," said Sheskey, a middle school reading and writing teacher.

The teachers spent around six months developing the idea and creating a business plan together while still working full-time.

"I feel my confidence has built up with creating this business," Garcia said. "Absolutely it’s a passion. We don’t look at it as a job quite yet because it’s new and exciting."

Garcia and Sheskey both plan to continue teaching as they grow Pin-It LIVE. Nearly two years into the business, they said they are now starting to recoup some of their investment and hope to franchise the business in other cities.

"We’re both teachers through and through and this is just a new classroom for us," Sheskey said. "We're continuously growing and learning to balance both passions, our classrooms and the studio."

A ceramics side hustle turns into a new career

Naomi Singer, a mother of three, spent 15 years teaching art to high school students in a New York City suburb.

She decided to pursue her passion for pottery by taking a course and going to open studio hours. Within a few years, she opened her own Etsy shop, Modern Mud, and was working on her side hustle nonstop.

"Once I started selling, it became my whole day and night," she said. "I was teaching five hours a day and doing ceramics the other 15 [hours] I was awake."

Singer quit teaching in 2016 and runs her own business, including a studio where she still teaches art classes, out of her home. Her work has appeared on the shelves of retailers across the country and even on the holiday displays at Macy’s.

"I’m probably making close to twice as much in this business as I was teaching," she said. "But I’m also working double or triple the hours now than I was when I was teaching."

"It’s the first thing you think about when you wake up and the last thing you think about when you go to sleep," Singer said of being self-employed.

Singer's advice to other budding entrepreneurs is to establish yourself before making the leap.

"Get your side hustle and make it successful before you quit your day job," she said. "I am so grateful and lucky that I fell into something that really works for me, but at the beginning, I couldn’t have quit my job."

Physical education teacher by day, gourmet food truck owner at night

Catch Max Bawarski during the day and he's a beloved physical education teacher at a Fairfax, Virginia, elementary school.

In the evening and on weekends, Bawarski, 35, owns and operates two beloved food trucks, called Two Smooth Dudes for the pineapple smoothies they are famous for, in addition to gourmet tater tots.

Bawarski's first side hustle was starting a running company that operated local road races. When he saw the lines for the food trucks at the finish lines and the joy the trucks brought people, he found a new passion.

"People love this and it’s really making me happy too," he said of his food truck business.

Bawarski's side hustles came out of a need to supplement his teacher's salary. He said he has been an entrepreneur his whole life but has no plans to give up his first love of teaching.

"Sports and fitness and health are my passion and I love working with kids," he said. "There really isn’t a better job."

Upcycling furniture into a 2nd business


There are no lazy days of summer for Kayla Becker, a special education teacher who works nonstop on her furniture design business when she's off from school.

Becker, of Olathe, Kansas, started her furniture business around three years ago when she spent a summer refurbishing furniture she inherited from her grandparents' house.

She rented space in a local store to sell her finished products. She now makes enough money from her side hustle to help pay for her three kids' college educations.

"I’m pretty proud of what it’s turned into," Becker said. "I’m still surprised at it, to have my own business. It makes me feel more confident and makes me want to continue doing it, for sure."

Becker spends much of her summer scouring flea markets, estate sales and auctions for furniture.

During the school year, she spends two to three hours each evening in her garage studio transforming discarded pieces of furniture into works of art.

"I try to be as creative as I can and make things one-of-a-kind," Becker said. "It's a creative outlet for me, a meditation after my long days at work."

Becker is also eyeing growing the furniture business she's built into her future full-time income.

"I am 47 and retirement is something I think about," she said. "[The furniture business] is something I can do for much longer."

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Chesnot/Getty Images(MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Mark Zuckerberg says when it comes to fake news -- even from extremists like Holocaust deniers -- Facebook will not ban people from expressing their opinion, but will seek to stop it from spreading across their services.

Zuckerberg was responding to an interview published Tuesday by the online technology news website Recode, in which the Facebook CEO discussed so-called fake news and said that while he found the holocaust "deeply offensive," deniers will not be banned from Facebook.

But after a significant social media backlash, Zuckerberg sent a follow up email to Recode on Wednesday, saying he "didn't intend" to defend people who deny the Holocaust when he said Facebook would not take down false content.

"Our goal with fake news is not to prevent anyone from saying something untrue — but to stop fake news and misinformation spreading across our services," Zuckerberg wrote. "If something is spreading and is rated false by fact checkers, it would lose the vast majority of its distribution in News Feed. And of course if a post crossed line into advocating for violence or hate against a particular group, it would be removed. These issues are very challenging but I believe that often the best way to fight offensive bad speech is with good speech."

In the initial 90-minute podcast interview Tuesday, Zuckerberg spoke with Recode's Kara Swisher on several topics, including privacy, news and how he believes that controversial and false content published on Facebook has attracted criticism.

Zuckerberg said that while "It's hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent," Facebook won't necessarily distribute the false content widely.

"I just don’t think that it is the right thing to say, 'We’re going to take someone off the platform if they get things wrong, even multiple times,'" Zuckerberg said. "What we will do is we’ll say, 'Okay, you have your page, and if you’re not trying to organize harm against someone, or attacking someone, then you can put up that content on your page, even if people might disagree with it or find it offensive.' But that doesn’t mean that we have a responsibility to make it widely distributed in News Feed."

When reached for comment, Facebook referred ABC News back to the Zuckerberg's interview and subsequent statement.

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A government audit released to Congress on Wednesday said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's poor oversight of recalls may have left dangerous vehicles on the road for longer than necessary, including those affected by exploding Takata air bag inflators.

The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General report, requested by Congress in 2015, says managers within the government office charged with monitoring defective vehicles and their recalls did not hold employees responsible for sufficiently monitoring "the remedy or scope of Takata recalls."

In the event that a vehicle is recalled for a safety defect and customers are slow to remedy the problem, NHTSA may order a manufacturer to send a second recall notification. But the report found staff were not verifying completion rates.

Additionally, an Inspector General analysis of 36 Takata recall reports found that manufacturers did not include the required information in more than 40% of initial reports -- and NHTSA rarely notified the manufacturers of the incomplete information.

The agency fully agreed to three of the six recommendations made by the report and partially agreed to the others.

“This is further evidence that the federal auto safety regulator isn’t doing enough to protect the public,” said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee that oversees NHTSA.

The Senate is expected to vote soon on NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King's confirmation to become the head of the agency.

At least 23 people have died worldwide as a result of the exploding airbag inflators and about 300 more have been hurt. It's turned into the largest safety recall in auto industry history, with about 100 million inflators in vehicles made by 19 major automakers.

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Crocs(NEW YORK) -- Love it or hate it, ugly fashion is making serious strides and if the high-heeled Crocs that went viral and sold out is any indication, then the trend could be making moves towards becoming a staple.

This is not a crock -- well not in the joking sense of the word. Casual, comfort-centric shoe company Crocs debuted its newest high heels and the strappy shoe already sold out.

Social media users freaked out when photos the 3.75-inch foam wedge heel went viral on Twitter and subsequently sold out.

The Women's Cyprus V heel was originally listed for $44 on the Crocs website before going on final sale for $17.99, but the shoe is no longer available.

Crocs also make a variety of other heel styles including wedges, block heels and slingbacks. The footwear company did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

The ugly fashion trend has put its best foot forward and high-end designers are embracing the moment and leaning in with riffs of their own.

Balenciaga paid homage in the past with their own Croc-inspired designs like platform clogs that debuted last October at Balenciaga's spring 2018 Paris Fashion Week show. And now the luxury fashion house teased pictures on Instagram of a hot pink pair of stilettos with a familiar look.

The high heels made to look like a pair of the comfort clogs have holes adorned with various charms from a pink macaron, a cat and shooting star.

It is not clear whether the item was directly inspired by the sustainable shoe company, but it sure bears a striking resemblance.

Balenciaga did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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Joshua Lott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tesla CEO Elon Musk apologized on Wednesday for derogatory comments he made toward one of the cave divers who helped rescue the trapped Thai soccer team last week.

In a series of tweets early Wednesday, Musk said he had “spoken in anger” last week when he called British diver Vern Unsworth a pedophile in a now-deleted tweet, sparking public outrage and questions about a potential libel suit.

“My words were spoken in anger after Mr. Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub, which had been built as an act of kindness & according to specifications from the dive team leader,” Musk said.

Unsworth told reporters on Monday he was considering legal action against Musk after the tech billionaire tweeted he was a “pedo guy” on Sunday.

The two got into a public war of words when Unsworth said Musk tried to carry out a "PR stunt" by sending a mini-submarine to aide divers in the rescue mission.

Unsworth also told CNN that Musk’s plan “had absolutely no chance of working,” and said he told Musk to “stick his submarine where it hurts.”

Authorities said Unsworth played key role in rescuing the soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave.

Tesla investors urged Musk to apologize in an open letter on Tuesday, warning him that his actions were “shaking investor confidence.”

Gene Munster, a managing partner at venture capital firm Loup Ventures, said he wrote the letter on behalf of Tesla investors due to Musk’s “concerning” behavior over the last six months.

“The exchange with Vern Unsworth crossed the line. I suspect you would agree given you deleted the string from Twitter, but it will take more than that to regain investor confidence,” Munster, a longtime tech investor, wrote. “Your behavior is fueling an unhelpful perception of your leadership – thin-skinned and short-tempered.”

Musk acknowledged that his actions were unjustifiable.

“His actions against me do not justify my actions against him and for that I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader,” Musk said. "The fault is mine and mine alone.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Before you say, "no, thank you" to vegan ice cream, take another look. Van Leeuwen's Artisan Ice Cream has developed a cult following around their vegan ice cream that rivals the traditional dairy treat.

"Being able to serve as many people as possible was part of our mission," the company's founder Ben Van Leeuwen told "GMA." "Ice cream is an inclusive thing. It's for everybody and we wanted to be able to do that."

It all started out as a labor of love for Van Leeuwen, who said had never made ice cream before he started experimenting in the kitchen of his Brooklyn apartment in 2007.

"The inspiration behind Van Leeuwen came from our own experiences tasting extraordinary food," he said. "Not necessarily fancy food, but single ingredients that made the food really great and shook our core. We thought it was incredible and wanted to find a way to make that more accessible to others. But [we] knew that we wanted to use extraordinary fresh ingredients in addition to unique ingredients from all over the world."

The base ingredients of Van Leeuwen's vegan ice cream is cashew milk and cocoa butter, or a coconut milk base. Their traditional ice cream consists of fresh milk and cream, cane sugar, and egg yolks. The company sources some of its key ingredients from places like Sicily, Italy, where they get their pistachios, and Piedmont in Italy, where they find their hazelnuts.

Fast forward to today, 10 years later, when their stores and their canary yellow trucks are popping up all around New York City and Los Angeles.

One of the most Instagrammable flavors from their menu is Planet Earth, which is a sky blue ice cream made with cashew and coconut base, matcha green tea cake made with Kettl Tea matcha, and topped off with colorful sprinkles.

The Vegan Passionfruit is a special flavor the shop created in honor of its 10-year anniversary. This colorful flavor has a coconut, cashew, and cocoa butter vegan base, and chunks of pastel almond and vegan matcha cakes.

Not so basic ice cream sandwiches

Van Leeuwen also serves a fun spin on the classic ice cream sandwich. This comes in vegan and non-vegan flavors but you’ll want to try it with the Hot Brooklyn Summer scoop. Mike’s Hot Honey and Van Leeuwen collaborated on this flavor, which is the perfect blend of spicy and sweet caramel, a swirl of homemade mulberry jam, and pieces of gluten-free corn cake.

Or try the Gianduja X flavor, one of the first flavors Van Leeuwen ever made.
“This is a very Van Leeuwen flavor in that it’s only made with exceptional ingredients,” Van Leeuwen said. "It’s made with Piedmont hazelnuts, chocolate chips, and white chocolate swirl."

All of these special flavors and more are available throughout the summer at Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream locations in New York City and Los Angeles.

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Michael Hickey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The founder of Papa John's said he made “a mistake” when he agreed to step down as chairman of the company’s board last week amid “mischaracterized” reports about his use of a racial slur earlier this year.

In a letter addressed to members of the company's board, pizza chain founder John Schnatter said board members pressured him to resign without "any investigation" and based its decision on “rumor and innuendo.”

“The board asked me to step down as chairman without apparently doing any investigation. I agreed, though today I believe it was a mistake to do so,” Schnatter said, according to a copy of the letter obtained by ABC News on Tuesday. “I have checked with corporate governance experts who tell me that this was not a proper action by the board.”

Patty Glaser, an attorney representing Schlatter to the board, wrote in a separate letter on July 15 that the “board had no authority to remove Mr. Schnatter as a director” and called for “an independent investigation and fully inform itself as to what actually occurred.”

Glaser warns that “the failure to conduct a complete and independent investigation” would render “individual Board members liable for all resulting harm to the Company and to Mr. Schnatter.”

Schnatter faced fierce backlash last week after Forbes reported that he used the N-word during a May conference call while discussing the national anthem protests in the NFL.

“Colonel Sanders called blacks n------,” Schnatter said, referring to Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Harland Sanders, according to the Forbes report.

Schnatter apologized for the remarks last Wednesday and agreed to step down as Papa John's chairman just a few hours later.

He also resigned from his position on the University of Louisville’s board of trustees last week, according to the school. He had served on the board for two years.

The Kentucky-based pizza chain had been testing advertisements to see if Schnatter should be reintroduced "with significant success," according to his letter to the board, but the company seems to be reconsidering that relationship now.

“Racism and any insensitive language, no matter what the context simply cannot -– and will not -– be tolerated at any level of our company,” CEO Steve Ritchie said in a statement over the weekend. “It has also been decided he will no longer be in any of the advertising or marketing materials associated with the brand.”

Schnatter, currently the company's largest shareholder, didn’t disclose details on the current status of the relationship in the letter.

He accused the company of lacking the ability to “handle a crisis based on misinformation.”

“The corporate governance experts with whom I consulted said this is not the proper action of either a director or the board,” the letter said. “I am confident that an examination of the facts will bear out what I have written in this letter and show that once again our company has demonstrated that it does not know how to handle a crisis based on misinformation.”

Schnatter, 56, stepped down from his role as CEO late last year after saying NFL players should stand for the national anthem and that their protests had hurt the company’s sales. Those comments had precipitated his initial removal from advertisements.

He is still a member of the company’s board.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Not only do most women make 80 cents on the dollar compared with their male counterparts, new research from the Census Bureau also shows that both women and men lie about how much women actually get paid.

A new report that compares census data to tax forms shows that in heterosexual married couples where the wife earns more than the husband, both husbands and wives tend to report that the man earns more than the wife.

The research examined the results of the self-reported household earnings that the Census Bureau collected and compared those to those individuals' respective tax data, which includes their employers' reporting of their earnings.

The report found that, on average, in households where the wife earned more than the husband, the reports to the Census Bureau showed that women either docked their own pay when they reported it or their husband docked their wife's pay in their own reporting. Both men and women also increased the man's reported pay if the wife earned more.

"The fact of the matter is both husbands and wives do this. It's not a phenomenon that is specific to one spouse or the other," the report's co-author, Misty Heggeness, a senior adviser in the Census Bureau’s research department, told ABC News.

The report, titled "Manning up and womaning down: How husbands and wives report their earnings when she earns more," states that if the husband was the one who responded to the Census Bureau request to report individual earnings in the household, the men would inflate their own pay by, on average, 2.9 percent. By contrast, women would deflate their pay by about 1.5 percent.

In a blog post about the report on the Census Bureau's website, Heggeness wrote that if in a case of a couple in North Dakota, where the wife earned $40,000 to the husband's $30,000, the wife would typically say she earned $39,400 and the husband would report being paid $30,870.

According to the report, the changes come when a couple "violate[s] the norm that husbands out-earn their wives," and the couples "appear to minimize the violation by inflating the earnings of the lower-earning husbands and deflating the earnings of the higher-earning wives."

Toni Van Pelt, president of the National Organization of Women, said that she is "not surprised" by the findings, but "it makes me sad."

"Women have been taught all of their life that they have to take a step back when it comes to men, that men have fragile egos and to keep peace in their families they have to make themselves appear lesser than they really are," Van Pelt told ABC News.

"Women have got to start stepping up and putting themselves first -- that's what's most important," she added. "They have to be healthy, physically and mentally, so that they can advance and take care of their families, and this is one way that they can do that, by being able to tell the truth about who they really are and what they earn."

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Not only do most women make 80 cents on the dollar compared with their male counterparts, new research from the Census Bureau also shows that both women and men lie about how much women actually get paid.

A new report that compares census data to tax forms shows that in heterosexual married couples where the wife earns more than the husband, both husbands and wives tend to report that the man earns more than the wife.

The research examined the results of the self-reported household earnings that the Census Bureau collected and compared those to those individuals' respective tax data, which includes their employers' reporting of their earnings.

The report found that, on average, in households where the wife earned more than the husband, the reports to the Census Bureau showed that women either docked their own pay when they reported it or their husband docked their wife's pay in their own reporting. Both men and women also increased the man's reported pay if the wife earned more.

"The fact of the matter is both husbands and wives do this. It's not a phenomenon that is specific to one spouse or the other," the report's co-author, Misty Heggeness, a senior adviser in the Census Bureau’s research department, told ABC News.

The report, titled "Manning up and womaning down: How husbands and wives report their earnings when she earns more," states that if the husband was the one who responded to the Census Bureau request to report individual earnings in the household, the men would inflate their own pay by, on average, 2.9 percent. By contrast, women would deflate their pay by about 1.5 percent.

In a blog post about the report on the Census Bureau's website, Heggeness wrote that if in a case of a couple in North Dakota, where the wife earned $40,000 to the husband's $30,000, the wife would typically say she earned $39,400 and the husband would report being paid $30,870.

According to the report, the changes come when a couple "violate[s] the norm that husbands out-earn their wives," and the couples "appear to minimize the violation by inflating the earnings of the lower-earning husbands and deflating the earnings of the higher-earning wives."

Toni Van Pelt, president of the National Organization of Women, said that she is "not surprised" by the findings, but "it makes me sad."

"Women have been taught all of their life that they have to take a step back when it comes to men, that men have fragile egos and to keep peace in their families they have to make themselves appear lesser than they really are," Van Pelt told ABC News.

"Women have got to start stepping up and putting themselves first -- that's what's most important," she added. "They have to be healthy, physically and mentally, so that they can advance and take care of their families, and this is one way that they can do that, by being able to tell the truth about who they really are and what they earn."

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New Trailer Buzz/YouTube(BEIJING) -- "Asura," the most expensive film ever produced in China, has been pulled from theaters just a few days after it opened.

The movie reportedly brought in less than 50 million yuan, or $7.4 million, in ticket sales during its opening weekend.

It was a disappointing showing for a movie that took 750 million yuan, or $112 million, and six years to produce. The film was highly publicized in Chinese state media and backed by large companies such as Alibaba Pictures, Zhenjian Film Studio and Ningxia Film Group.

July is also generally a successful month for Chinese films, due to the annual "Hollywood blackout" period during which foreign films are not allowed to be shown.

Despite the monumental production costs and heavy publicity, moviegoers were not impressed with "Asura."

The film earned only a 3.1 out of 10 rating from 12,000 reviewers on the Chinese movie rating site Douban.

One reviewer, noting the millions that had been poured into the film wrote, "It’s not poverty that limits your imagination, but rather lack of imagination that determines your poverty."

"Hurry and come see it!" another wrote. "One of the top three worst movies of 2018 has been born."

The plot, which is based on Chinese mythology, follows a shepherd tasked with protecting the kingdom of Asura from attack. Several Chinese viewers criticized this plot as boring and unoriginal.

On social media, several labeled parts of the film as a copycat of the popular American TV series, "Game of Thrones."

On the Chinese microblogging site Weibo, users wrote lengthy lists of holes in the plot of "Asura."

The announcement from the "Asura" official Weibo account did not mention the reasons the film had been pulled from theaters. It is unclear what comes next for the film that spared no expense.

Some reports have said that producers are reworking the film, to release it again at a later date.

The film would need to achieve much greater success the second time around, or it's likely to go down as one of the biggest flops in Chinese movie history.

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Apple(NEW YORK) -- Whether you're celebrating with a smiley face, a confetti ball, or a shrug, today marks World Emoji Day.

The holiday falls on July 17 because it's the date displayed on the calendar emoji and the date that Apple first unveiled iCal for Mac in 2002.

Apple is recognizing the day by unveiling 70 new emojis, including a cold face, party face, pleading face, and a face of hearts.

There will also be bald, grey, ginger, and curly-haired faces added. These will be accompanied with a lobster, peacock, parrot, and other colorful animals in addition to new food options like lettuce, a mango, and a cupcake.

Several characters and symbols will be launched later this year as well, including a new superhero emoji that can help save the day and an infinity symbol that might describe the next line you're stuck waiting in.

The 70 new emojis will be rolled out in a free software update later this year.

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Amazon(NEW YORK) -- Amazon's own online shopping holiday -- Prime Day -- was off to a rocky start when some shoppers found problems using the website when the hyped-up sales were supposed to begin.

Often dubbed the "Black Friday" of Amazon, Prime Day, which kicked off Monday at 3 p.m. ET, is a 36-hour savings event offered by the online retailer for its Prime members.

This year, when shoppers visited Amazon's website, many were greeted with error messages saying "Sorry something went wrong on our end," and featured photographs of the "dogs of Amazon."

While the site seemed to be up and running again within an hour or so for most people, social media exploded with disappointment at opening Amazon's website and finding the dogs instead of deals.

Amazon eventually responded, saying in a statement posted on their official Twitter account that they are "working to resolve this issue quickly," while assuring customers Monday afternoon that there "are hundreds of thousands of deals to come and more than 34 hours to shop Prime Day."

Amazon added that in the first hour of Prime Day in the U.S., "customers have ordered more items compared to the first hour last year."

For those still looking to score some deals as Prime Day continues, "GMA" has a roundup of everything you need to know to score the biggest bargains.

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Camilla Hudson(CHICAGO) -- CVS Health Corp. apologized to an African-American woman on Monday after a manager of one of its Chicago stores, who was also president of the Illinois Log Cabin Republicans chapter, wrongly accused her of using a counterfeit coupon and called the police on her.

Two employees who were involved in the Friday night incident "are no longer employed by CVS Health,” the national drugstore chain added in a statement.

One of the employees was identified as Morry Matson, a candidate for alderman in Chicago's 48th Ward. He was also president the Illinois chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans until Monday.

Gregory T. Angelo, national president of the Log Cabin Republicans, issued a statement to ABC News on Monday saying that the group's Illinois chapter "has been terminated" over Matson's conduct.

"Log Cabin Republican Chapter Leaders have a duty to conduct themselves in a manner becoming of an organization advocating equality and inclusion of all Americans -- whether or not they are acting in an official capacity on behalf of LCR or otherwise," Angelo said in his statement. "As news articles highlighting Mr. Matson's actions from this past weekend show, not doing so can have detrimental consequences not only for individuals chapters, but for the national organization as a whole."

Matson declined to comment when reached by ABC News.

He and another CVS employee were fired after customer Camilla Hudson, 53, posted a cellphone video on Facebook of Matson calling 911 on her and accusing her of using a phony coupon.

"We have sincerely apologized to Ms. Hudson for her experience in one of our Chicago stores," CVS, a Rhode Island-based company, said in its statement. "Our Region Director in Chicago contacted her as soon as we were made aware of the incident.

"We have completed our investigation, and as a result the two colleagues who were involved are no longer employed by CVS Health."

Hudson's video captured Matson, who is white, calling 911 on her and describing her to a dispatcher as "African American."

In the background, Hudson can be heard saying, "Black. No, I'm not African American. Black isn't a bad word!"

Chicago Police confirmed to ABC News that they received a 911 call from the CVS store on North Broadway, just south of Loyola University, Friday night and that the store employee claimed that an "assault" was in progress.

A police spokesperson said a dispatcher was "informed that a female was inside the store threatening the staff and refusing to leave."

But in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday, Hudson denied making threats and said she thought the manufacturer coupon she was trying to redeem was legitimate.

"They never tried to process the coupon. They never scanned it," Hudson said.

She said Matson told her he couldn't accept the coupon "because it looked fraudulent." He then called 911.

"He says to me, 'You should probably leave because I called the police,'" Hudson said.

The second employee fired by the company over the incident has not been identified and the company did not explain what role the person had in the matter.

Since Hudson's video was posted, Matson has since been dubbed "Coupon Carl" by social media users.

"CVS Health does not tolerate any practices that discriminate against any customer and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming and diverse environment in our stores," the chain said in its statement. "We have firm non-discrimination policies in place to help ensure that all customers are treated with respect and dignity. Profiling or any other type of discriminatory behavior is strictly prohibited."

Hudson's ordeal marked the latest in a string of recent incidents in which police have been called on African Americans for just going about their everyday routine.

In April, two black men were arrested on suspicion of trespassing at a Starbucks in Philadelphia after they occupied a table without making a purchase. The charges were later dropped against the men and the police commissioner and Starbucks' top officials apologized for the incident.

In May, the president of Norstrom Rack apologized in person to three young black teenagers who say they were racially profiled and wrongfully accused of shoplifting at one of the retail chain's St. Louis stores.

Also in May, a white woman called police on a group of African Americans for barbecuing in a park in Oakland, California.

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ABC(CONIFER, Col.)-- A Colorado couple is urging other parents to check the child safety settings of their washing machines after rescuing their 3-year-old daughter from the water-filled washer while it was running.

Lindsey and Allan McIver, of Conifer, Colorado, said they were woken up early on the morning of July 10 by the tears of their 4-year-old son.

“He was crying so hard I couldn't understand the words he was saying,” Lindsey McIver told “Good Morning America.” “It was then that the realization hit. He had said, ‘Khloe inside washer.’”

Alan McIver rushed to the family’s basement laundry room, where he saw their 3-year-old daughter, Khloe, locked inside the washing machine as it tumbled and filled with water.

“I could tell she was screaming, but the machine's airtight,” Alan McIver recalled. “I yanked on the door. I pulled so hard I moved the machine from the wall, but it's locked. You can't get it opened."

The couple, parents of three children, was able to stop the washing machine, which they had installed just days earlier, and pull Khloe to safety.

She emerged only with minor scrapes and bruises.

“I pulled her outside of it and got the best hug in the world from her,” said Alan McIver. “She was out and was crying, but safe."

Lindsey McIver shared the story on Facebook in a post that now has more than 230,000 shares and more than 100,000 likes.

The couple installed the new front-loading washing machine just one day before Khloe became trapped inside.

The McIvers' washing machine was so new, they said, they had not yet read the entire manual before Khloe climbed in.

They now have secured the washing machine door with a child safety lock. They also activated the child lock feature on the washing machine’s settings.

LG, the company that makes the McIvers' washing machine, responded in a statement to ABC News.

"We applaud Ms. McIver for telling her story and share in her efforts to make sure that consumers are aware of the child safety lock feature," the statement read. "We encourage people to use this important safety setting and to contact our customer support team if they need any assistance. LG customer support can be reached 1 (800) 243-0000."

The couple said they hope their story serves as a warning for other parents.

“We really hope all parents out there evaluate the dangers in their house, and look at the situation and where potential dangers exist,” said Alan McIver.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The "Black Friday" of online shopping, Amazon Prime Day, kicks off Monday afternoon -- and here's everything you need to know to score the biggest deals.

Amazon Prime Day is more than just a "day" of savings, though -- it's actually a 36-hour event. Deals go live at 3 p.m. ET and run through midnight on Tuesday.

The best deals -- 20 percent off or more -- will also be in the form of "lightning deals," or products that go on sale for a limited time. If you've got your eye on something, you can use the Amazon app to scan for what items will soon go on a lightning sale.

Using the app, click into the menu section in the upper left corner and choose "Today’s Deals," then click the "Upcoming" tab. If you see one you like, click "Watch this Deal" to be notified when that specific sale goes live. Be sure to have your notifications turned to "on" in the settings section of the app, however, if you want to receive notifications.

The steepest discounts are anticipated to come on tech gadgets, smart home devices and Amazon-branded products. Amazon tells ABC News they will also have 40 percent off select toys and 30 percent off Amazon Basics like electronics peripherals (cords, etc.), cookware and bedding.

Tips for tech shopping on Prime Day

For tech products, prices will probably be slightly better around Black Friday, but this is a good mid-year opportunity to score some discounts. If you have a higher end product that you have been coveting, it's definitely worthwhile to check its price on Prime Day.

Be sure to comparison shop at Target and Best Buy to see if they are price-matching, or maybe even offering gift cards to sweeten their deals and stay competitive.

It is a great time to look at FitBits, according to the discount site dealnews.com. Last year's Prime Day saw the best price of the year on the fitness trackers and Deal News expects similar discounts this year.

What to know before buying smart home products

Amazon seems to want you to have a seriously high-tech home -- and thus have more internet shopping opportunities around you at all times. So they are incentivizing the makers of Wi-Fi connected lights, locks, thermostats and cameras to drop their process this Prime Day. These products may see discounts in the 30 to 50 percent range.

The gadget site Tom's Guide predicts the following deals as some of the best deals on smart home products:

• TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch for $37.88 ($13 off)
• Neato Botvac D3 Wi-Fi Alexa Vacuum for $199.99 ($100 off)
• Google Home Mini for $34 ($15 off)
• Google Home for $99 ($30 off)

How to snag deals on Amazon-branded products

While the deals on third party products may not be earth-shattering, Amazon usually slashes prices on its own devices, like the Alexa Smart Speaker, Fire stick streaming TV device and their line of Kindles. We already know about two deals Amazon plans to offer, but expect discounts on their entire suite of products.

The Echo Show is expected to be slashed to $129.99 ($100 off) and the Echo Dot will sell for $34.99 ($15 off).

Score some Prime benefits at Amazon-owned Whole Foods

This is the first year that the grocery chain, which was acquired by Amazon late last year, will celebrate Prime Day.

If you have your Prime account linked to your phone number or the Whole Foods Market app, you can score an extra 10 percent off many sale products at Whole Foods on Prime Day.

Plus, if you purchase at least $10 of groceries at Whole Foods on Prime Day, you can get a $10 credit to use online on Prime Day towards any Amazon purchases.

If you have never used the PrimeNow grocery delivery service, they are also offering a promotion for first-time users of $10 off and a $10 credit for a future order.

Can I get any of these deals without being an Amazon Prime member?

You have to be a member to participate in Prime Day, but there are ways to circumvent paying the $119 annual fee, at least initially.

Amazon offers a 30-day free trial for its Prime membership. All you have to do to make sure you are not charged is to cancel within the month. Setting a calendar reminder on your phone or computer might help you not forget to cancel.

Two people in a "household" may also share a membership, and the only requirement Amazon lists on its page to define "household" is having a shared payment method.

From their site: “To share Prime benefits and digital content between adults, both adults must link their accounts through Amazon Household and agree to share payment methods."

How to unlock exclusive deals

You can download the Amazon app, and they are offering a $10 credit for the first time that you use it to make a purchase. You can also use the "camera search" feature in the app to unlock another $5 credit.

Plus, ask your Alexa smart speaker for Prime Day deals and she will list some product deals that are exclusive to voice shoppers.

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