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Harvey Weinstein leaves New York City Criminal Court, Dec. 6, 2019. Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images

A jury in Manhattan found film producer Harvey Weinstein guilty on two of five counts in his rape trial on Monday, including criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree.

Why it matters: Allegations of sexual assault and harassment from women in Hollywood against Weinstein nearly three years ago helped spark the global #MeToo movement.

Details: Six women who say they were sexually assaulted by Weinstein testified, but the indictment stemmed from the accusations of Miriam Haley and Jessica Mann.

  • Haley, a former TV production assistant, testified that Weinstein had forced oral sex on her at his Manhattan apartment in 2006.
  • Mann, a former aspiring actress, said Weinstein raped her in a hotel room in 2013.
  • The jury acquitted Weinstein of the two most serious charges against him for predatory sexual assault, which could have led to a sentence of life in prison.

The backdrop: On Friday, the judge received a note from the jury suggesting it was deadlocked on the most serious charges in the indictment, but that it might have reached a verdict on three other counts. The judge ordered them to keep deliberating, per AP.

  • The Manhattan jury of seven men and five women began deliberations last week after nearly three weeks of testimony from 28 prosecution witnesses and seven called by Weinstein's legal team.
  • Weinstein did not testify.

What's next: The judge in Manhattan ordered Weinstein to be taken into custody as he awaits sentencing on March 11. He faces 5–25 years in prison.

  • Weinstein also still faces charges on four counts of felony sexual assault in Los Angeles.

Go deeper: Harvey Weinstein indicted on sex crimes in Los Angeles

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Airbnb doubles number of Afghan refugees it will house to 40,000

Afghan refugees arriving at Dulles International Airport in Virginia in August 2021. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and co-founder Joe Gebbia said during a visit to Washington on Wednesday that they're offering temporary housing to 40,000 Afghan refugees worldwide, doubling a previous commitment.

The big picture: The housing typically lasts several weeks, and Airbnb and Airbnb.org provide subsidies to hosts.

Florida lawmaker introduces abortion bill modeled after Texas law

A view of the old Florida Capitol building, which sits in front of the current new Capitol building, in Tallahassee. Photo: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

A Florida lawmaker introduced a bill Wednesday modeled after Texas' new law prohibiting abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, or roughly six weeks — before many people know they are pregnant.

Why it matters: Similar bills introduced to the Florida legislature have failed, but that was before the Supreme Court declined to block Texas' law, which is the most restrictive abortion law to be enforced since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion nationwide in 1973, according to AP.

Tech firms' nightmare: Vanishing green cards

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

Thousands of green cards are about to go to waste, leaving Google, Microsoft and other tech companies fuming — and pushing the Biden administration to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Why it matters: Tech workers have waited years for green cards that will grant them permanent legal status in the U.S. — but because of pandemic-related processing delays, they will have to wait even longer.

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