Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 2:45 p.m. EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Kate Spade’s family says they are devastated by her death. The fashion designer was found dead in an apparent suicide in her apartment Tuesday morning. Law enforcement officials say she was discovered by the family. The family said through a spokesman that they loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. They asked for privacy during “this very difficult time.”
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lawyers say a former “Apprentice” contestant shouldn’t be able to demand information on his campaign’s discussions of other women who also accused him of sexual misconduct. But ex-contestant Summer Zervos’ lawyers say Trump’s reactions to all the claims are relevant to her lawsuit accusing him of defaming her by saying she fabricated her own account of unwanted advances. The dispute emerged during a largely procedural New York court hearing Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein’s attorney says that his defense is set to “begin our fight” in the courtroom after he pleaded not guilty to rape and criminal sex act charges in New York. Weinstein appeared before a judge in Manhattan Tuesday after a grand jury charged him last week with raping a woman in a hotel room and forcing another to perform oral sex in his office. Benjamin Brafman says that as bad as the crime of rape is, it’s equally reprehensible to be falsely accused.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is blaming the Philadelphia Eagles for President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel a planned White House event celebrating the team’s Super Bowl championship. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the team last Thursday notified the White House that 81 individuals would attend. In the end, she says the Eagles offered to send “only a tiny handful of representatives” to the event, “while making clear that the great majority of players would not attend.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for Paul Manafort is responding to allegations made by federal prosecutors that the former Trump campaign chairman attempted to tamper with witnesses. Jason Maloni says in a statement that Manafort is innocent and “nothing about this latest allegation changes our defense.”