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Relationship with Cuomo daughter led to trooper's transfer

New York's inspector general says a state trooper should have been disciplined for being romantically involved with a daughter of Andrew Cuomo while he served on the former governor’s security detail. The watchdog report released Friday comes more than two years after the relationship was discovered by top police brass and former Trooper Dane Pfeiffer was transferred to a post about 150 miles north of the governor’s mansion in Albany. The inspector general's report does not conclude Cuomo did anything wrong but faults state police for not following their own procedures after finding out about the relationship.

Kobe Bryant's widow says crash photos turned grief to horror

Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa testified she was only beginning to grieve the loss of her husband and their 13-year-old daughter in a helicopter crash when she was faced with the fresh horror of learning that deputies and firefighters had shared photos of their remains. Bryant cried frequently during the three hours she spent on the witness stand in Los Angeles federal court Friday. She's suing LA County for invasion-of-privacy over the photos. She testified that they have left her living in fear that they may surface publicly and her daughters may see them on social media.

Tech stocks lead Wall Street lower, breaking winning streak

Technology stocks led Wall Street lower, leaving major indexes in the red for the week. The benchmark S&P 500 index gave back 1.3% Friday, breaking a four-week winning streak. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite fell even more. The Dow Jones Industrial Average also fell. Meme stock Bed Bath & Beyond plunged after the high-profile activist investor Ryan Cohen confirmed that he’s sold his stake in the struggling retailer. General Motors rose after reinstating its dividend, and Foot Locker soared after replacing its CEO and reporting better-than-expected earnings. Treasury yields rose.

Manchin dismisses critics, embraces 'hero and villain' role

Sen. Joe Manchin says he pays no heed to criticism when making decisions what’s best for West Virginia. The conservative Democrat spoke Friday at a roundtable about his office's outsized role in drafting the economic package signed by U.S. President Joe Biden. He offered a key vote needed to pass the Democrats’ flagship climate and health care bill in the 50-50 Senate. Manchin says that made him a target of criticism from the “far left” and environmental activists but also from the fossil fuel industry. Manchin says his votes can make him both  “the hero and the villain" in a 24-hour period but says he can take the criticism.

Walmart expands abortion coverage for employees

Walmart, the nation’s largest employer, is expanding its abortion coverage for employees after staying largely mum on the issue following the Supreme Court ruling that scrapped a nationwide right to abortion. In a memo sent to employees on Friday, the company said its health care plans will now cover abortion for employees “when there is a health risk to the mother, rape or incest, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage or lack of fetal viability.” In Arkansas, where Walmart is based, abortion is banned under all circumstances unless the procedure is needed to protect the life of the mother in a medical emergency. There are no exceptions for rape or incest.

Large fire consumes boats, buildings, vehicles at boatyard

Several boats, buildings and vessels were destroyed by a large fire at a Massachusetts boatyard. Aerial video taken by WCVB-TV on Friday showed several boats and vehicles at the boatyard in Mattapoisett either burned out shells or being consumed by flames. People who picked up the phones at the Mattapoisett fire and police departments said no one was available to comment. It was unclear if anyone was hurt. The area of the fire was part of a National Weather Service warning Friday of elevated fire risk due to drought and high winds. It sent a plume of dense black smoke over southeastern Massachusetts.

AP Week in Pictures: Global | Aug. 13-Aug. 19, 2022

From Taliban fighters celebrating one year since they seized the Afghan capital, Kabul, to the men's park final at the European Cycling Championships in Munich, to Machine Gun Kelly performing in Cleveland, Ohio, this photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images from around the world made or published by The Associated Press in the past week.

Palestinian killed during Israeli raid in occupied West Bank

A 58-year-old Palestinian man was shot and killed outside a bakery during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank. His family and the Palestinian Health Ministry said he was shot by Israeli troops. The military said he may have been struck by gunfire from Palestinians during clashes that broke out on Friday when the troops went to arrest suspected militants. In a separate development, Israel approved an additional 1,500 work permits for Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, less than two weeks after the territory’s militant Hamas rulers sat out the latest round of violence. This brings the total number of permits to 15,500.

US protections for Idaho salmon, steelhead are here to stay

A five-year review by U.S. officials has determined that Endangered Species Act protections for ocean-going salmon and steelhead that reproduce in the Snake River and its Idaho tributaries must stay in effect. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries division review released Thursday found that steelhead, spring and summer chinook, sockeye and fall chinook that return to Idaho on rivers from the Pacific Ocean should retain current government protections. The agency says threats from climate change increase the urgency improving fish passage at hydropower dams and restoring fish habitats. The protections limit fishing and how dams are operated on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

38 years in prison for Mexican man in fatal Arizona robbery

A Mexican man was sentenced to 38 years in prison in the fatal shooting of a convenience store clerk during a 2015 robbery in Arizona. Prosecutors had initially sought the death penalty against Apolinar Altamirano in the attack on Grant Ronnebeck. But a court later ruled prosecutors couldn’t pursue his execution because Altamirano is intellectually disabled. The 21-year-old clerk was fatally shot over a pack of cigarettes at the store in Mesa. His death was cited by former President Donald Trump and other Republicans in complaints about crimes being committed by immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Studies suggest immigrants are less likely to commit crime than people born in the U.S.

Authors and friends rally and read for Salman Rushdie

Friends and fellow authors have spoken out on Salman Rushdie's behalf during a rally on the steps of the main branch of the New York Public Library. Friday's rally came a week after Rushdie was attacked onstage in western New York and hospitalized with stab wounds. His literary agent says he has been removed from a ventilator. Jeffrey Eugenides, Tina Brown and Kiran Desai were among those who shared wishes for a full recovery and read passages from his books, essays and speeches. Other readers included Gay Talese, Andrew Solomon and Reginald Dwayne Betts.

Islamic State 'Beatle' gets life term for US hostage deaths

A British man nicknamed one of the Beatles by his captives because of his English accent has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the deaths of four U.S. hostages captured by the Islamic State. Prosecutors say El Shafee Elsheikh is the most notorious member of the Islamic State ever to be convicted at trial in a U.S. court. A jury found him guilty of hostage taking resulting in the deaths of Americans James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller. All but Mueller were executed in videotaped beheadings circulated online. Elsheikh lawyer said at Friday's sentencing hearing that he is appealing the conviction.

Q&A: Bardem is excited for US arrival of 'The Good Boss'

Javier Bardem is confident that audiences in America will enjoy “The Good Boss” as much as those in Spain when the film arrives in the U.S. later this month. The satire on corporate corruption opens August 26 in New York and Los Angeles before a nationwide rollout, after winning six Goya Awards — Spain's equivalent to the Oscars — and shortlisted to the Academy Award for best international feature film. Bardem plays the owner of an industrial scales manufacturing business that goes to great lengths to solve any problems from his workers. He says the story's global appeal has been apparent by audience reactions during its Oscar campaign and its theatrical run in Spain.

Court opens door to voiding N. Carolina Voter ID amendment

North Carolina’s Supreme Court opened the door Friday to nullifying a voter ID mandate approved by citizens in 2018. The court's 4-3 majority said lawmakers who put it on the ballot were elected from districts tainted by illegal racial bias. But since nullifying a voter approved amendment is a serious move, it wants a trial judge to gather more evidence first. It's a victory for the state NAACP, which said it shows that “rigging elections by trampling on the rights of Black voters has consequences.” Republican state House Speaker Tim Moore calls it “blatant judicial activism.”

Don't dawdle with latest iPhone update. Here’s why and how

Apple regularly issues updates to the software powering the iPhone, and sometimes it’s OK to dawdle when it comes to installing them. But that’s not the case with its latest — an upgrade that Apple released Wednesday to close a security hole that could allow hackers to seize control of iPhones and several other popular Apple products. Security experts are warning that everyone with an iPhone should install the update as quickly as possible to protect the personal information people typically store on a device that has become like another appendage for many.

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