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Ashley Judd speaks onstage during the 'Feminism: A Battlefield Report' session at the 10th Anniversary Women In The World Summit in 2019 in New York City. Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Time's Up on Friday released a report detailing internal failures at the anti-workplace harassment group that advised former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on how to respond to harassment allegations.

Driving the news: Most of the 25 remaining employees will be laid off by the end of the year and a staff of three, with four board members, will remain, per the "reset plan."

  • "We’re going down to the studs,” Ashley Judd, one of the group’s most visible members, told AP.
  • "We’re going to rebuild and reset and come back in a way that honors our mandate, incorporates the voices of our critics, learns from our findings … and holds ourselves accountable but also lives up to our potential."
  • Staff who are leaving the organization will receive severance through March 1, 2022, the organization said.

The big picture: The report, which draws on interviews with 85 current and former staff members, comes after the president and CEO of the organization stepped down in August following revelations that the group, formed in 2018, consulted for Cuomo after harassment allegations against the governor surfaced.

  • The group hired an independent counsel in the wake of those revelations to investigate the organization, the Washington Post reports.
  • Internal confusion about the group's purpose and mission, "fragmented and inconsistent" communication and leaders' failure to focus on long-term goals were among the issues cited.

What they're saying: "This is a needed reset, not a retreat," board chair Gabrielle Sulzberger said in a statement.

  • "Time's Up stands for accountability and systematic change in the workplace. It is incumbent on us to learn from these findings, and focus on building an organization that powerfully serves women of all kinds and ends the impunity of sexual harassment and assault in the  workplace."

Go deeper: Time's Up CEO resigns amid Cuomo scandal

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Chris Cuomo's upcoming book pulled by HarperCollins

Chris Cuomo. Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images

HarperCollins said Tuesday that it would no longer publish an upcoming book by Chris Cuomo, who was fired by CNN over his involvement in his brother's sexual harassment scandal, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The book, titled "Deep Denial," was slated to be released next year and had been described by the publisher as an analysis of "harsh truths" that emerged during the pandemic and former President Donald Trump's term.

COVID cases and deaths are on the rise

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

COVID-19 cases and deaths are rising all across the U.S. even before the Omicron variant takes hold.

Why it matters: The holidays — and the inevitable spread of Omicron — will only heighten the risks that unvaccinated Americans face from COVID, in all its forms.

Updated 1 hour ago - Health

New Zealand aims to create smoke-free generation with tobacco ban

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a December news conference in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand officials announced Thursday legislative plans to outlaw smoking by making it illegal to sell or supply tobacco products to the next generation as part of a lifetime ban.

Why it matters: "People aged 14 when the law comes into effect will never be able to legally purchase tobacco," Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall said in a statement announcing the proposed law, part of the Smokefree 2025 Action Plan.

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