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Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CNN

CNN said Saturday evening it has fired one of its star anchors, Chris Cuomo, following new revelations from a legal review made by the company into Cuomo's involvement in the management of his brother's sexual harassment scandal.

Why it matters: Saturday's firing speaks to how much pressure CNN was under by employees and critics to address Cuomo's behavior.

  • New documents released last week showed that Cuomo used his contacts to garner information about the women accusing his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment.
  • "We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately. While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate," CNN said in a statement.

Details: A source familiar with the situation tells Axios that the recommendation to terminate Cuomo came from the law firm, which uncovered the other information and advised the network to terminate Cuomo, rather than keep him suspended indefinitely.

  • Another source tells Axios that the decision to suspend Cuomo this week came in response to employee frustration with the way Cuomo's ongoing scandals have been handled by the network.
  • Attorney Debra Katz informed CNN this week of a new sexual harassment allegation against Chris Cuomo, according to the New York Times.
  • In a statement to the Times, Katz said the allegation was made by a staffer at a different network and "unrelated to the Gov. Andrew Cuomo matter.” A spokesperson for Chris Cuomo denied the allegations to the Times.

What he's saying: "This is not how I want my time at CNN to end but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother," Cuomo said in a statement tweeted out by CNN's media anchor Brian Stelter.

  • "So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at "Cuomo Prime Time" and the work we did as CNN's #1 show, in the most competitive time slot. I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work."
  • Earlier this week, Cuomo said on his radio show that the network's previously announced indefinite suspension "hurts" and was "embarrassing."

What to watch: CNN will need to fill Cuomo's 9pm primetime spot. One of the company's weekend anchors, Michael Smerconish, will fill in for Cuomo next week. That announcement came Friday, several days after the network announced Cuomo's indefinite suspension.

Editor’s note: This is a developing story and has been updated with relevant news throughout.

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Dec 13, 2021 - Health

SCOTUS declines to block New York's COVID vaccine mandate for health care workers

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks during a news conference in New York on Sept. 30. Photo: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to block New York's coronavirus vaccine mandate for health care workers, which does not allow for religious exemptions.

Why it matters: A group of health care workers had sued the state arguing the mandate violated their religious freedoms.

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Volcanic eruption in Tonga caused "significant" damage

This satellite image of the eruption on Jan. 15 taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite operated by Japan Meteorological Agency and released by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). Photo: NICT via AP

Significant damage has been reported in Tonga following an undersea volcanic eruption on Saturday, which covered the Pacific nation in ash and cut off communication lines.

Driving the news: The eruption triggered tsunami warnings across Tonga's islands and in other regions, including the West Coast of the U.S. and New Zealand.

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North Korea launches 4th suspected missile test this month

A news broadcast in Seoul, South Korea, of an apparent North Korean missile test on Monday morning local time. Photo: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images

North Korea's military fired "two suspected short-range ballistic missiles" eastward from Pyongyang on Monday morning local time, per South Korean and Japanese officials.

Why it matters: The fourth such launch since Jan. 5 comes days after North Korea's military warned of "stronger" action if the U.S. moved to have more sanctions imposed on the country.