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NEW YORK — Media outlets are reporting that federal prosecutors have granted immunity to the executive in charge of the National Enquirer amid an investigation into hush-money payments made on behalf of President Donald Trump. Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources, were first to report Wednesday’s development involving David Pecker, CEO of the tabloid’s publisher, American Media Inc., and a longtime friend of the president. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.
NEW YORK — Mired in financial woes, Michael Cohen is sticking his hand out and asking the public for help paying for his legal defense. Through his lawyer, Donald Trump’s former “fixer” says it’s the only way to ensure the truth comes out about the president. It’s also the latest sign that Cohen is broke. He owes at least $1.3 million to the IRS after pleading guilty Tuesday to tax evasion and other charges on Tuesday, has racked up millions of dollars in debt and owns taxi medallions that are shrinking in value. By Michael R. Sisak and Stephen R. Groves. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.
ALBANY, N.Y. — Michael Cohen personally called tax officials in New York on the same day he received a subpoena from state investigators looking into the Trump Foundation. A state official confirmed the call from the former personal attorney and “fixer” for President Donald Trump, but would not divulge the details of the exchange, which came Wednesday just hours after Cohen received the subpoena. The official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. By David Klepper. SENT: 696 words, photo.
CAMPAIGNING SEX WORKERS
NEW YORK —When a 41-year-old escort who goes by the name Lana Marciano went from apartment to apartment in Brooklyn last weekend as part of a push for sex workers’ rights, she seemed pleased that no one slammed a door in her face. Marciano was among 35 sex workers and their allies who campaigned for a legislative candidate seeking to decriminalize prostitution, the latest example of activism among a sex work community that includes escorts, adult film stars, strippers, phone sex operators. By Alexandra Villarreal. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
CLERGY ABUSE-CATHOLIC WOMEN
NEW YORK — Advocates of ordaining women as Roman Catholic priests cite the church’s unfolding sex abuse scandals as powerful arguments for their cause, while acknowledging the high unlikelihood of achieving their goal anytime soon. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1017 words, photo.
— WANTED MAN KILLED: An appeals court has overturned the manslaughter conviction of a New York man who fatally shot a fugitive he says he was trying to turn in to authorities.
— WIFE SLAIN: A New York man who fatally attacked his wife as she lay in bed has been sent to prison by a judge who called him a “gutless coward.”
— SWEENEY-PRIVATE EYE: A private investigator says a former upstate New York congressman hired his firm to tail a woman as part of child custody matter, and then refused to pay the investigator for his services.
— SPEAKER SERIES-BUFFALO: The University of Buffalo says former Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak at the school as part of a distinguished speaker series.
— MICHIGAN PIPELINE-LAWSUIT: Two advocacy groups say the U.S. Coast Guard doesn’t have an adequate strategy for dealing with oil spills in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan.
— FATAL CRASH: Authorities on Long Island say one person was killed and four others injured when a minivan and a dump truck collided.
— SCHUMER-SCHOOL SUPPLIES: As children fill their school backpacks with new crayons, markers and notebooks, Sen. Charles Schumer is urging federal officials to take immediate steps to protect kids from potentially harmful chemicals in their classroom supplies.
— NEW YORK STATE FAIR: A new 136,000-square-foot expo center has opened at the New York state fairgrounds.
— SOLDIERS RETURN: New York Army National Guard soldiers are returning to the Air Reserve Station at Niagara Falls after participating in a NATO mission to train Ukrainian soldiers.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DRAG QUEEN STORY TIME
LAFAYETTE, La. — Residents are defending a Louisiana public library’s plan to host fraternity brothers who are going to read to young children while dressed as drag queens. Similar events have been held in Atlanta, New York City and Orlando, Florida. SENT: 378 words.
— TOP CHEF-GRAFFITI: Police are investigating after political and religious symbols were painted on “Top Chef” producer and restaurateur Tom Colicchio’s home and lawn on Long Island. With photo.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Center Jack Eichel has come to the realization he can’t transform the Buffalo Sabres into contenders on emotion alone. After three frustrating campaigns, the face of the franchise tells The Associated Press he’s focused on taking a steadier approach if he intends to continue maturing into a team leader. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
TEN--US OPEN DRAW
NEW YORK — The U.S. Open conducts the draw for the final Grand Slam tournament of the year, which begins Monday. By Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Developing from 2 p.m. ceremony.