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NEW YORK — A former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was accused of grabbing a woman's behind and was arrested on Friday on a sex abuse charge, police said. Dr. Thomas Frieden was awaiting a court appearance on Friday in connection with what happened on Oct. 20, 2017, at his Brooklyn home, police said. The woman reported it in July, and he was taken into custody after an investigation. SENT: 366 words, photos. Will be updated from afternoon court appearance. With photos, video.


NEW YORK — President Donald Trump's finance chief, a close confidant who has worked for the family's real estate business since the early 1970s, has been granted immunity in the federal probe of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, media outlets reported Friday. By Bernard Condon. SENT: 237 words; will be updated. 800 words by 4 p.m. Photos.


NEW YORK — Michael Cohen is sticking his hand out and asking the public for help paying for his legal defense, and one anonymous donor already has ponied up $50,000. Through his lawyer, Donald Trump's former "fixer" says collecting contributions through a GoFundMe page set up after his guilty plea this week is the only way to ensure the truth comes out about the president. It's also the latest sign that Cohen is broke. By Michael R. Sisak and Stephen R. Groves. SENT: 1050 words, photo.


WASHINGTON — Et tu, Michael Cohen? Loyalty has long been a core value for President Donald Trump. But he's learning the hard way that in politics, it doesn't always last. By Ken Thomas and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1025 words, photo.


WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The family of an American scientist who died while rock climbing in New Zealand is urging other climbers to carefully consider their reliance on equipment that's been left permanently attached to rock faces. A LinkedIn page indicates 28-year-old Lauren "Kimi" Worrell graduated with a bachelor of science degree from the State University of New York, where she was also the director and co-founder of an a cappella singing group and served on the president's student advisory council. By Nick Perry. SENT: 401 words, photo.


— LONG ISLAND SCHOOLS: Long Island's school districts have stockpiled over $2 billion in cash reserves.

— SENATOR'S OFFICE-SHOOTING: The New York Police Department says two men have been wounded by gunfire outside a New York state senator's campaign office.

— ISLAND SNIPER-NYC: Police say a man suspected of shooting at a luxury apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side has turned himself in.

— MAN SLASHED: New York City police continue to search for two women who they say slashed a man at an Upper Manhattan subway station over dispute about sneakers.

— CATHOLIC CHARITIES-ADOPTION: A Catholic charity group in Buffalo says it will end foster care and adoption services next year over state regulations that bar discrimination against same-sex couples looking to adopt or foster children.

— COAL EXPORT-WASHINGTON: Six states, including New York, have lined up in support of Washington state in a legal battle over its decision to block a proposed coal-export terminal on the Columbia River.

— HANCOCK AIRPORT GRANT: Hancock International Airport in Syracuse is getting $2 million in federal funding for aircraft de-icing equipment.

— XGR--EVICTIONS-PETS: New York is trying to ensure that when people are evicted their pets aren't left behind.

— MOTHER SLAIN-ARRESTS: A 23-year-old western New York woman has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for hiring a hit man to kill her mother for $30,000 in life insurance money.

— BRIDGE AUTHORITY-SOLAR: Work has begun on a $117,000 solar panel array near the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge over the Hudson River.





BALTIMORE — CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees take on the Baltimore Orioles and right-hander Alex Cobb in the opener of a four-game series between AL East foes. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


NEW YORK — Still hoping to make a playoff push, Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals visit the New York Mets for the opener of a three-game series. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold is expected to start his second straight game for the New York Jets when they face the Giants in the teams' third preseason game Friday night. Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley, recovering from tweaked a hamstring, and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will likely sit out. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.