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TOP STORIES

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PLANE-SICK PASSENGERS

NEW YORK — A commercial jet from Dubai prompted a large-scale emergency response at New York's Kennedy Airport on Wednesday after a pilot reported that numerous passengers and crew members were complaining about having a flu-like illness. Buy Tom Hays. SENT: 376 words, photos, video. Will be updated.

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— PLANE-SICK PASSENGERS-THE LATEST

KUSHNER COS-UNPAID FINES

NEW YORK — A day after The Associated Press reported the Kushner family real estate firm owes more than a half-million dollars in unpaid fines to New York City, an official is calling for an investigation into the larger problem of why a whopping $1.5 billion in fines has gone uncollected from landlords and others across the city. By Bernard Condon. UPCOMING 600 words by 4 p.m., photo.

NY LEGISLATURE-SOCIALIST

NEW YORK — Voters in a rapidly gentrifying part of Brooklyn will soon settle a contentious state Senate primary between a 16-year incumbent and a 27-year-old Democratic Socialist that's attracted national attention and highlighted the rising influence of a vocal left wing in American politics. By Karen Matthews and David Klepper. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

MARIJUANA-LISTENING SESSIONS

ALBANY, N.Y — New York officials hold the first of 15 planned "listening sessions" across the state to gather public input on proposals to legalize recreational marijuana. Pot is expected to be a big issue for lawmakers when they return to Albany in January. By Mary Esch. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 p.m. Developing from 6 p.m. session.

RODENT REPELLER RULING

NEW YORK — A judge has given the green-light to a lawsuit that claims that an anti-rodent device was ineffective and fraudulently marketed. The suit was bolstered by photographs that seem to show mice using one of the devices as a comfortable lounging area. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— FIRE-TWO KILLED: Authorities say two people have died in a house fire in a Hudson Valley town.

— APRIL THE GIRAFFE-OFFSPRING: Like a lot of parents, April the Giraffe will be seeing her fast-growing offspring off to a new chapter in the fall. With photos.

— SEWER DEATH-SETTLEMENT: A $500,000 settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by the family of a central New York man who drowned after being sucked into a sewer line during a flash flood.

— CHEF-FATAL CRASH: An upstate New York chef has admitted he was drunk when he crashed his car into another vehicle and killed a man.

— BLOODS LEADER-SENTENCING: A man who prosecutors describe as a Bloods gang leader has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for racketeering conspiracy.

— MARIJUANA BUST: Rhode Island State Police say they found 69 pounds of marijuana inside a car that troopers pulled over for speeding on Interstate 95.

— MARIO CUOMO BRIDGE: Operations to shift eastbound traffic onto the second span of the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge are scheduled to begin later this week.

— STUDENTS-TRAUMA PROGRAM: Police in Syracuse will now notify the school district when students have witnessed or experienced something traumatic.

— SCHOOL ENROLLMENT: A fiscally conservative think tank says New York's public school enrollment continues to decline.

— SCHOOL BEGINS-STATE POLICE: The New York State Police will increase patrols to protect school children heading back to class this week.

— POLICE CHIEF: An upstate New York police chief is leaving his position to take a role in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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NY FASHION WEEK-A HUMAN

NEW YORK — High heels that are part of your feet. Matching bespoke beating hearts. Bioreactive necklaces and bioluminescent filaments that serve as a Medusa-esque back ornament. Enter the world of A. Human, a fictional brand on Mercer Street that serves as both commentary on the touchy nature of body modifications today and the external focus and force of the fashion industry. And, also, what it means to be, well, you. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 718 words, photos.

— HISTORIC CAROUSEL-REPAIRS: An historic carousel is back in operation in a lakeside Rochester park, with free weekend rides being offered through Columbus Day.

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SPORTS

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TEN--US OPEN

NEW YORK — Past U.S. Open champions Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic try to return to the semifinals at Flushing Meadows, while 2017 runner-up Madison Keys is among the women in quarterfinal action Wednesday. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. Play started at noon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

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— TEN--US Open-The Latest.

— TEN--US Open Glance.

BBA--YANKEES-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — Luis Severino goes for his 18th win for the New York Yankees in their series finale against 10-game winner Mike Fiers and the Oakland Athletics. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. PDT.

BBN--METS-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — Zack Wheeler, who is 7-1 with a 1.83 ERA since June 27, starts for the New York Mets against Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the series finale. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 4:30 p.m. PT.

BBO--PLAYERS UNION-BUSINESS HIRING

NEW YORK — The baseball players' association made the second high-profile addition to its staff in a less than a month, hiring Gary Sheffield business lawyer Xavier James as deputy chief operating officer. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 517 words.