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NEW YORK — Harvey Weinstein's lawyers want a court to throw out sexual assault charges against him, citing reasons on Friday including friendly emails from a woman who accused him of rape. Lawyers for the former movie titan-turned-#MeToo villain filed notice they'll seek dismissal of the case. By Jennifer Peltz. Sent: 650 words, photos.


NEW YORK — The court-appointed lawyer assigned to prevent prosecutors from seeing attorney-client privileged materials seized from President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer has proven to be the last word on how millions of items are designated. Attorneys for Michael Cohen, Trump and the Trump Organization have so far challenged none of her decisions. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.


NEW YORK — Hundreds of New Yorkers are working with researchers to find and catalog wild plants in their city. They're taking pictures with their smartphones as they walk the streets. Participants have already found invasive species, plants never documented before in New York City, and endangered native weeds. Results were reported Friday at a conference. By Emiliano Rodriguez Mega. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos moving at 10 a.m. Eastern.


HARTFORD, Conn. — Only weeks before a nurse was slain and another woman was sexually assaulted on opposite sides of the country, a New York judge released the suspect without bail in a separate strangulation case — not knowing he had a violent criminal history involving women. By Dave Collins. SENT: 800 words, photos.


ALBANY, N.Y. — An investigation will be conducted into a small-town clerk's denial of a marriage license for a same-sex couple, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. SENT: 350 words.


— EDUCATION FUNDING ERROR: New York state education officials say they inadvertently shortchanged most school districts when distributing federal funding for teacher training last year, and gave charter schools more than their share.

— AIRPORT ABDUCTION: Police are searching for a 12-year-old Chinese tourist they say was abducted from a Washington-area airport.

— NEW YORK TORNADO: A tornado that touched down in Queens toppled at least 50 trees, crushed a car and broke a limb that hit a man.

— OFFSHORE WIND: An offshore wind developer is mapping the seafloor off southern New England to design two new wind farms.

— BROADWAY PROTEST CONCERT: Rosie O'Donnell and cast members from some of Broadway's biggest musicals plan to serenade President Donald Trump on Monday — but from outside the White House in protest.

— FATAL CRASH-HIGH SPEED: State police in western New York say the driver of a motorcycle travelling more than 100 mph has died from injuries sustained in a crash.

— DRIVER TRAPPED-POWER LINES: Authorities say a driver was trapped in his car when power lines, poles and a transformer crashed down on a Long Island street.

— COLLAPSING BUILDING-DEMOLITION: Demolition crews are tearing down a pre-Civil War building in downtown Albany after it started collapsing.

— WOODSTOCK IMAGES: A collection of photos and movies from the 1969 Woodstock music festival have been posted online.

— BROOKLYN DELI-STABBING: Police say a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a 20-year-old woman at a Brooklyn deli has been arrested in Texas.

— WWI CENTENNIAL-NY SOLDIERS: A group of soldiers from a Syracuse-based New York Army National Guard unit are in Europe to commemorate the U.S. military's role in World War I.





NEW YORK — There were "meowdels" wearing couture and a cat-tastic crowd: The annual feline fashion show at The Algonquin Hotel had both felines and cat fans purring in approval. The event occurred Thursday night in Manhattan. It's a fundraiser for the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, which helps support more than 150 animal shelters and rescues in New York. By Leanne Italie. Sent: 750 words, photos.





Paraplegic race car driver Michael Johnson is determined to overcome his disability. Johnson and teammate Stephen Simpson won their first race as a team last month in the street tuner class of IMSA's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series. Johnson was paralyzed from the waist down in 2005 during a motorcycle race. The 25-year-old from Flint, Michigan, has worked hard to return to racing and hopes to compete in the Indianapolis 500 someday. By John Kekis. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.


BOSTON — The New York Yankees play the second game of a four-game series against the AL East-leading Red Sox. Boston will send Rick Porcello (13-4) to the mound against Luis Severino (14-4). UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. First pitch 7:10 p.m.

— Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Forward Jeff Skinner on Friday is set to discuss the reasons behind agreeing to waive his no-trade clause a day after the Buffalo Sabres acquired him in a deal from the Carolina Hurricanes. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m. EDT.


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — A.J. Allmendinger knows his only chance to make NASCAR's playoffs is to win a race, and the road course at Watkins Glen gives him his best shot. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, by 6 p.m. EDT.

— HALL OF FAME-INDUCTION: Dogwood Stable President Cot Campbell is among the newest members of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.