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BC-NY--New York News Digest, ADVISORY, NY

February 27, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION-CONGRESS

WASHINGTON — Shaking off criticism from House Republicans, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer declared under oath Wednesday that Trump knew ahead of time and embraced the news when told that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Michael Cohen also testified that Trump is a “racist,” a “conman” and a “cheat.” By Mary Clare Jalonick, Eric Tucker and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 1457 words, photos, video, audio.

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_ TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION-CONGRESS-THE LATEST

_ TRUMP LAWYER-WHAT TO WATCH

TRAIN-VEHICLE COLLISION

WESTBURY, N.Y. — A witness told police that the driver who caused a deadly crash by trying to go around a lowered railroad gate on New York’s Long Island was fleeing the scene of an earlier crash, a police official said Wednesday. SENT: 567 words, photos, video.

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_ TRAIN-VEHICLE COLLISION-THE LATEST

_ NJ TRANSIT-POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL: New Jersey Transit has received official approval for a two-year extension to finish implementing a required emergency braking system on its trains and tracks.

LAST ASH ROUNDUP

WALTON, N.Y. — Loggers in snowy forests are cutting down ash like there’s no tomorrow, seeking to stay one step ahead of a fast-spreading beetle killing the tree in dozens of states. By Michael Hill. SENT: 745 words, photos, video.

XGR--STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, N.Y. — Republican members of the New York state Assembly have unveiled their priorities for the state budget, focusing on issues GOP lawmakers say are most important to their constituents. Developing.

NY CORRUPTION-MANGANO

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. _ Closing arguments continue at the federal corruption retrial of Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ BOEHEIM-FATAL ACCIDENT: The funeral for a man who was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim is being held at no cost to the family.

_ UNITED STATES-SYRIA-CRYPTOLOGIST: The first female Navy service member killed in the battle against the Islamic State will become the third woman to have her name added to the National Security Agency’s National Cryptologic Memorial.

_ CRYPTOCURRENCY FRAUD: The founder of a purported cryptocurrency company has been charged with cheating investors out of millions of dollars by selling fake virtual money he falsely claimed was backed by gold.

_ POWER PLANT CLOSURE: Officials say they have found a New York-based investor that could prevent a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico from closing.

_ REVOLUTIONARY WAR GRAVES: The New York State Museum says it has learned more about the skeletal remains of 13 people discovered at a construction site where a Revolutionary War-era cemetery was located.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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_ BOOKS-PEN AWARDS: A Ghanaian-American’s debut collection of stories has won a $75,000 prize for a book of “originality, merit, and impact.”

_ STUDIO STUDY: A Tennessee professor has received a $350,000 grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a study that seeks to digitally replicate the acoustics of historic structures, including a bank in Rochester, New York.

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SPORTS

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BBA--YANKEES-FARQUHAR

TAMPA, Fla. _ Danny Farquhar is lined up to pitch in a game for the first time since collapsing in the Chicago White Sox dugout last April 20 because of a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage. By Mark Didtler. SENT: 339 words, photos.

BKN--WIZARDS-NETS

NEW YORK _ The Washington Wizards visit the Brooklyn Nets. With photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

HKN--LIGHTNING-RANGERS

NEW YORK _ Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and the rest of the Tampa Bay Lightning have won nine in a row and lead the NHL with 100 points. They face the New York Rangers, who start a three-game homestand. By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

_ BKC--SYRACUSE-WASHINGTON: Syracuse guard Howard Washington, who’s taken a medical redshirt for this season, has revealed he suffered a stroke in late September.