The allegations are eerily similar. A powerful man exposes himself or undresses in front of a female coworker or acquaintance. The high-profile names so far include Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., Charlie Rose and most recently Matt Lauer. While Lauer and NBC haven't explained the sexual harassment allegations that lead to his dismissal this week, "Variety" reported the allegations include Lauer dropping his pants in front of a female employee. NBC News' Stephanie Gosk said as many as eight accusers have stepped forward. Since the block-buster news broke, many cringe-worthy videos of Lauer are resurfacing. But why do powerful men expose themselves? It's often about power, clinical psychologist Steve Graubard said. They are "acting out a fantasy that's based on needs for attention" and "control," he said. As the list grows of Hollywood players and others accused of sexual harassment, many are asking, whether the situation will change?
401(k) investors rejoice: Dow closes above 24,000 for first time
Finally some good news. The Dow surged 332 points Thursday and passed another milestone by topping 24,000 — adding to this year's sizable gains for stock investors. It was the Dow's best day of the year and biggest one-day point gain since November 2016. How does this affect me? If you had a 401(k) with $100,000 invested in the Dow at the start of 2017, that's now worth an estimated $123,000. And some stocks are better than others. Why is the stock market doing so well? The 2017 rally was fueled by a global economic recovery that has been a boon for corporate profits and lifted consumer confidence to its highest levels since 2000. We'll take it.
Nancy Pelosi calls on Rep. John Conyers to resign as more allegations surface
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday its time for Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., to resign amid increasing sexual misconduct allegations. Pelosi fell short of criticizing Conyers, but said "the brave women who came forward are owed justice." Conyers, who is longest serving member of Congress, was hospitalized this week, though its unclear why. On Thursday, a former staff member appeared on "Today" and accused him of "violating my body" among a number of sexual misconduct claims. Pelosi isn't the only one calling on Conyers to step down; House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., also called for Conyer's resignation Thursday. Will he go? Conyers' lawyer, Arnold Reed, said the decision is "completely up to the congressman."
To do list: Clean out desk. Turn in parking pass. Deactivate Trump's Twitter account
The ex-Twitter employee who deactivated President Trump's Twitter account has revealed himself, saying he shut down the commander in chief's feed on his last day of work. Bahtiyar Duysak of Germany described his legendary exit to TechCrunch. He worked in the Twitter office tasked with fielding terms of service violations. So, when someone reported Trump's account for abusive language, he deactivated it then left the building. He claims he did nothing wrong: "I didn't do anything that I was not authorized to do." Trump's account was down for 11 minutes on Nov. 2, sending the Internet into a tizzy.
Best companies in Boston, Chicago, New York, Salt Lake City, Seattle
Looking for a job? It's all about location, location, location. An annual Best Companies by Region list from compensation and career website Comparably, breaks down well-admired companies in cities across America. If you're looking for a job in Boston, Washington, Chicago or Salt Lake City, to name a few cities, this list is for you. If your city isn't on the list, we've got you covered. Find the top 25 companies for diversity here, and more on finding a job in sales with little experience here.
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