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Gov. Cuomo during a press conference in New York City on Aug. 2. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

The district attorneys for Manhattan and Westchester County on Wednesday requested evidence related to New York Attorney General Letitia James' investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), according to a letter obtained by NBC News.

Why it matters: The district attorneys are investigating if alleged conduct highlighted in an independent report published by James' office that occurred in their jurisdictions was criminal in nature.

The big picture: Westchester District Attorney Miriam Rocah is specifically investigating an alleged incident involving a New York State trooper assigned to the governor’s detail at his Mount Kisco residence, according to NBC News.

  • The report alleged that Cuomo harassed the officer by “running his hand across her stomach, from her belly button to her right hip, while she held a door open for him” and “​​running his finger down her back, from the top of her neck down her spine to the middle of her back," while on an elevator.
  • Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance requested investigative materials pertaining to alleged incidents that occurred in Manhattan.

Cuomo denied the accusations in a video statement on Tuesday, saying he never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances, and he would not resign.

  • Dozens of prominent Democrats, including President Biden, have called on Cuomo to step down.

Go deeper: Cuomo accuser speaks out, calls denials "dangerous," "victim blaming"

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Philadelphia School District requires student-athletes to get vaxxed

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The School District of Philadelphia will require proof of vaccination for student-athletes in grades 6-12 for the remainder of this school year.

What's happening: Students playing in winter sports must provide proof they've gotten fully vaccinated by Dec. 18, the district announced Friday.

  • Those who plan to play spring sports have a March 1, 2022, deadline.

New congressional map creates political showdowns

Representative Adam Kinzinger listens during a business meeting of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Illinois general assembly voted for a new congressional map in their fall veto session, setting up some political showdowns in next year's primary.

Why it matters: The Democrat-controlled state legislature redrew the lines to potentially take away two seats from Republicans.

  • The new maps were approved at the last minute early Friday morning after months of behind-the-scenes negotiations.
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At least 2 dead after Tonga volcano eruption and tsunami

A satellite image of the explosive eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on Saturday. Photo: UNICEF/NOAA

At least two people are confirmed to have died in Tonga following the undersea volcanic eruption that sent tsunami waves toward the island nation and across the Pacific over the weekend, officials said Monday.

The big picture: Officials reported major damage along the western coast of the main island of Tongatapu, where the capital, Nuku'alofa, was covered in ash and dust, including on the runway of the airport. A New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson told Axios over the phone that two people had been confirmed to have died in the disaster.