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October 12, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — New court filings show the FBI and U.S. State Department are investigating an American diplomat found death last month in Madagascar as a homicide. U.S. officials recently released new details about the Sept. 22 death of Kevin Webb. Authorities arrested a suspect who confessed to fighting Webb in his apartment before the diplomat collapsed. The FBI seized several items from the apartment but declined to comment on Webb’s cause of death.

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police union is refuting allegations that a detective kept prosecutors in the dark about a witness who raised doubts about the veracity of a sexual assault claim against Harvey Weinstein. The Detectives’ Endowment Association said Friday that Det. Nicholas DiGaudio told prosecutors everything he knew and that he wasn’t trying to influence or compromise the investigation.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Vandals have damaged a Republican office in Manhattan and party officials say they left behind a note claiming it was “just the beginning.” Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro says the damage includes smashed windows, a spray-painted door and glue put in the locks at the Metropolitan Republican Club. The state’s Democratic Party condemned the vandalism. The damage was discovered on Friday, the same day the club was set to host the founder of a far-right men’s organization.

NEW YORK (AP) — In the year since the #MeToo movement began, arts professionals have responded to the crisis in multiple ways, from doubling down on ensuring that actors and actresses are aware of anti-harassment policies to having advocates on the set to ensure a safe workplace environment. While laws against harassment were on the books before the shocking allegations against Harvey Weinstein, schools and unions have scrambled to put anti-assault policies front and center.

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