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JEFF BEZOS-NATIONAL ENQUIRER
NEW YORK — The National Enquirer’s alleged attempts to blackmail Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos over an extramarital affair could get the tabloid’s parent and some of its top editors in deep legal trouble and reopen scrutiny of their role in a hush-money payment to a Playboy model who claimed an affair with Donald Trump. By Michael R. Sisak and Jim Mustian. Upcoming 800 words by 5 p.m. Photos.
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NEW YORK _ Gov. Andrew Cuomo warns that what he calls “political pandering” to critics of Amazon’s proposed secondary headquarters could sink the state’s biggest-ever economic development deal. But opponents say they’ll keep fighting a project they see as corporate welfare. By Jennifer Peltz. Developing.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that he’ll decide by the end of the month whether to seek the presidency. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 422 words, photo.
NEW YORK _ Federal prosecutors have cast a wide net in their investigation of President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, subpoenaing a smorgasbord of documents, including any addressing whether foreign nationals helped fund the $107 million celebration thrown to celebrate the Republican’s ascent to the White House. By Jim Mustian, Alan Suderman and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 954 words, photos.
NYC JAIL-GUARD UNION PROBE
NEW YORK _ The longtime boss of a union for New York City jail guards has been sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison after his conviction on corruption charges. By Larry Neumeister. Developing.
NEW YORK _ New York police on Friday fatally shot a man they say was attacking his domestic partner with a butcher knife. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 240 words, photo.
_ POLICE OFFICER SHOT-SENTENCE: A police detective who was shot in the jaw has lashed out at the teenager who pulled the trigger during an emotional sentencing hearing in the New York City suburbs.
_ YOUTH CAMP-SEX ABUSE CASE: A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a former youth camp counselor accused of molesting nine boys after one boy recanted his allegations.
_ CEMENT TRUCK FIRES: The New York Police Department says they suspect arson after a row of cement trucks went up in flames in front of a Brooklyn business.
_ LAND PRESERVATION: A land preservation group has acquired 612 acres of forest in the Zoar Valley, an area of deep gorges in southwestern New York.
_ BUS DRIVER SHORTAGE: New York school districts say they need more bus drivers.
_ YOUTH EMPLOYMENT: New York state is awarding $2.5 million to programs in Syracuse and Albany that aim to help at-risk youth get a job instead of joining a criminal gang.
_HERRING CUTBACK: Fishermen of an important species of lobster bait will have to contend with a deep cut in quota this year due to concerns about the fish’s population.
_ TSA-AIRPORT GUNS: Federal security officers caught 14 handguns last year at checkpoints in four upstate New York airports. That’s a decrease of two from the previous year.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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NEW YORK — R&B singer H.E.R. gave a next-level performance, sister duo Chloe x Halle matched the greatness of their recent Super Bowl performance and pop singer Bebe Rexha went off on the crowd when they didn’t sing along to her monster hit song. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 568 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Things are coming full circle for Henry Winkler in many ways. The actor, best known for playing “The Fonz” on the 1970s hit sitcom “Happy Days,” is also a prolific author of children’s books and recently paid a visit to promote his latest book at his old elementary school in New York City. By Brooke Lefferts. SENT: 597 words, photos, video.
NY FASHION WEEK-ELIE TAHARI-CHRISTIE BRINKLEY
NEW YORK — Designer Elie Tahari celebrated his 45th anniversary show with a pair of models at either end of their careers — veteran Christie Brinkley, 65, and her rising star daughter, Sailor, 20. By Morgan Evans. SENT: 246 words, photos.
_ JOY BEHAR-AFRICAN COSTUME: Joy Behar waded into the day’s hot-button issues on “The View” but no mention was made during Friday’s live show about her own use of blackface many years ago.
NEW YORK _ The Chicago Bulls visit the Brooklyn Nets. With photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
DETROIT _ The day after the trade deadline, the Pistons and Knicks return to the court to face each other in the second half of a home-and-home this week. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EST.
NEW YORK _ The Carolina Hurricanes visit the New York Rangers. With photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.