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Photo: Seth Wenig/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reiterated on Friday that he would not resign, as pressure mounted from state and congressional Democrats in the wake of a sixth sexual harassment allegation.

What they're saying: "I did not do what has been alleged. Period," Cuomo said, stressing that New Yorkers and politicians calling for his resignation should wait for the results of the independent investigation overseen by the New York attorney general.

  • "I won't speculate about people's possible motives, but I can tell you, as a former attorney general who has gone through this situation many times, there are often many motivations for making an allegation," he continued.
  • "How do you come to a conclusion before the facts?" Cuomo said when asked about the Democrats who called for his resignation on Friday. "I was attorney general ... A lot of people allege a lot of things, for a lot of reasons."

Driving the news: Cuomo's statement came after 12 House Democrats from New York — including the chairs of the powerful Oversight Committee and Judiciary Committee — issued statements within hours of each other Friday morning and early afternoon calling for Cuomo to resign.

Why it matters: By Friday evening, all congressional Democrats from New York had called for the governor to resign or said if Cuomo cannot continue to govern effectively, he should step down:

The big picture: The calls come one day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and 59 New York state lawmakers demanded Cuomo resign.

  • New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has authorized an impeachment investigation into Cuomo. 47 state senators have said Cuomo should step aside, more than the 46 needed to convict the governor if he's impeached by the Assembly.
  • The governor is also facing an independent inquiry from the New York attorney general and a police inquiry in Albany.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include additional statements calling on Cuomo to resign.

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Video game developers at Activision Blizzard say they'll walk out Wednesday

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Employees at Activision Blizzard will hold a walkout Wednesday in protest of widespread harassment allegations across the company, a spokesperson on behalf of the group told Axios.

Why it matters: Walkouts are a drastic measure for developers in a largely non-unionized field, a testament to just how angry employees currently are.

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Atlanta-area spa shooting suspect sentenced to life without parole

The Gold Spa, one day after a gunman shot and killed eight people at three separate Atlanta spa locations. Photo: VIRGINIE KIPPELEN/AFP via Getty Images

Robert Aaron Long, 22, of Georgia, was sentenced Tuesday to life without parole after pleading guilty to murder and other charges related to a series of deadly spa shootings in Atlanta, AP reports.

The big picture: Cherokee County Superior Court Chief Judge Ellen McElyea accepted the plea deal, and Long was given four life sentences after a prosecutor said investigators found no evidence of racial bias.

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Simone Biles pulls out of team finals to focus on mental health

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Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles pulled out of the women's gymnastics team finals on Tuesday to prioritize her mental health and well-being.

The latest: "At the end of the day, I have to do what's right for me and focus on my mental health, and not jeopardize my health and well-being," Biles told reporters in Tokyo. "That's why I decided to kind of take a step back and let them do their work, and they did it."

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