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BC-NY--New York News Digest, ADVISORY, 6 pm Update, NY

December 25, 2018

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TOP STORIES:

MEDICAL DEBT ERASED

NEW YORK _ A pair of retired debt collectors are now using their expertise to buy millions of dollars in past-due medical debt for pennies on the dollar. But instead of hounding people to pay, they send letters saying the debt is gone. By Mary Esch. SENT: 700 words. With Photos.

MADOFF FRAUD-SECRETARY

NEW YORK _ A lawyer for imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff’s longtime secretary says she should be released from prison in March after serving two-thirds of her six-year prison sentence. By Larry Neumeister SENT: 406 words.

FINANCIAL MARKETS _ President Donald Trump’s attack on the Federal Reserve spooks financial markets on Christmas Eve, raising fears about an uncertain future should the White House try to undermine or remove the head of the U.S. central bank. The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 653 points following a tweet from Trump about the Fed. By Alex Veiga and Josh Boak. SENT: 720 words, photos.

WITH: TRUMP-FEDERAL RESERVE _ President Donald Trump lashes out at the Federal Reserve after administration officials spent the weekend trying to assure the public and financial markets that Jerome Powell’s job as Fed chairman is safe. SENT: 540 words, photo.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN _President Donald Trump was meeting with his Homeland Security secretary and other officials on Monday to discuss border security issues as a partial government shutdown over his U.S.-Mexico border wall entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight. By Darlene Superville and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 940 words, photos, video, developing.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-KEVIN SPACEY _ A Massachusetts prosecutor says Kevin Spacey is scheduled to be arraigned next month on a charge of indecent assault and battery on allegations he sexually assaulted the teenage son of a Boston television anchor in a Nantucket restaurant. SENT: 130 words, photos, developing.

IN BRIEF:

_WINTER WEATHER UPSTATE: Parts of upstate New York are getting a white Christmas Eve, thanks to lake-effect storms that could linger into Christmas Day in some areas.

_ DRUNKEN DRIVING ARREST: Police: Traffic stop leads to head-butting, flying underwear.

_ MOTHER SLAIN-SON CHARGED: Authorities in Buffalo say a 38-year-old man has been charged with killing his 57-year-old mother.

_ BUFFALO-GRANDMOTHER SLAIN: Officials say a 30-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder after his 74-year-old grandmother was found dead in her Buffalo home.

_ CHRISTMAS EVE MARCH: About 2,000 veterans and relatives of active duty military personnel joined the annual 4-mile march held in an upstate city to honor the U.S. armed forces.

_ BUFFALO-FATAL FIRE: Thousands of dollars have been raised for the families of a 26-year-old woman and two children who died when a fire tore through a Buffalo home last week.

SPORTS

FBN--JETS-BOWLES FUTURE

NEW YORK _ Todd Bowles is concerned about only one thing regarding his future with the New York Jets: the team’s next opponent. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FBN--BILLS-MCCOY

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. _ Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy had a rocky return from injury, both on and off the field. By Gethin Coolbaugh. SENT: 390 words.

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