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

August 1, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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DATING APP KILLING

NEW YORK — A man accused of killing a New York City woman he met on a dating app says voices in his head made him do it. Danueal Drayton spoke to a reporter with New York’s Daily News who visited him at a Los Angeles jail. SENT: 532 words, photo.

RUSSIA PROBE-FOREIGN AGENTS

NEW YORK — The special counsel in the Russia probe has referred investigations into possible unlawful foreign lobbying to federal prosecutors in New York, two people familiar with the inquiry said Wednesday. Three Washington insiders were under scrutiny for allegedly failing to register as foreign agents with the Justice Department, the people said. None of the three have been charged with any crimes. By Tom Hays. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m.

NYC JAILS-GUARD UNION PROBE

NEW YORK — Jury selection is set to begin in the retrial of the former head of the nation’s largest municipal jail guard union on charges that he took $60,000 in bribes to steer $20 million in union money to a hedge fund. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 383 words, photo. Will be updated; timing uncertain.

BBN--PARENTING-OFFENSIVE TWEETS

NEW YORK — Parents are seizing the recent years-old offensive tweets of some Major League Baseball players as teachable moments for their social media-happy kids, but are their young digital natives listening? By Leanne Italie. SENT: 866 words, photos.

ROMANIA-SPYING ON THE SPY

BUCHAREST, Romania — Some 70 informants and spies kept tabs on Katherine Verdery, now an anthropology professor at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, when she visited communist Romania in the ’70s and ’80s as a postgraduate doing research on an anthropology thesis on Romanian village life. After the collapse of communism in 1989, Verdery obtained her 2,781-page dossier; she has transformed the material into a book. By Alison Mutler. SENT: n951 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— FIRE-CHILDREN KILLED: State police say a central New York fire that killed three young children may have been started by an electrical appliance in the home’s laundry room; their memorial service will be held Wednesday evening.

— GOVERNOR-REPORTER: Gov. Andrew Cuomo has criticized a reporter’s employer after the journalist asked about political contributions from a company under federal investigation.

— TIRE-FATALITY: Authorities say a driver has been killed when his car was struck by a tire that flew off a private sanitation vehicle on the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn.

— OVERDOSE DEATH: Police in Albany say a 48-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man are responsible for the March overdose of a Vermont woman.

— MARYLAND STORM DEBRIS: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and other state officials have accused upstream states of failing to take responsibility for pollution that is pouring into the Chesapeake Bay, after last week’s record rainfall.

— FATAL FALL-GRAND TETON PARK: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and other state officials have accused upstream states of failing to take responsibility for pollution that is pouring into the Chesapeake Bay, after last week’s record rainfall.

— BODY-RIVER: Green Mountain College in Vermont is hosting a memorial gathering for a student who died in an apparent drowning near campus.

— COCAINE BUST: Authorities say they’ve seized 37 pounds of cocaine and more than $660,000 in cash and charged three men after an investigation in western New York.

— NEWSDAY-ONLINE ACCESS: A deal giving full ownership of Newsday to its majority owner is pulling the plug on Long Island cable subscribers’ free access to the newspaper’s website.

— MINE SAFETY-MEETINGS: The federal agency that oversees mining safety is holding public stakeholder meetings in six states.

— ICE JAM FLOODS: The first families are returning home to a North Country area devastated by floods earlier this year.

— COLONIAL FORT-ARCHAEOLOGY: An archaeological project has returned to the site of an 18th century merchant’s store that was located next to a British fort along the upper Hudson River.

— PHEASANT HUNTS: New York state is offering 2,000 pheasants to groups that sponsor hunts involving young people, women, novices, veterans or people with disabilities.

— MOSQUITO VIRUS-NEW YORK: Health officials in Westchester County say mosquitoes in the area have tested positive for West Nile virus.

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BUSINESS

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SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-PAID SICK LEAVE

NEW YORK — Running a small business can be more expensive and complex for owners subject to the growing number of state and local laws that mandate paid sick time. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 879 words, photos.

— NEWSDAY-ONLINE ACCESS: A deal giving full ownership of Newsday to its majority owner is pulling the plug on Long Island cable subscribers’ free access to the newspaper’s website.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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— ODD--NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER: The National Comedy Center is open for laughs in Lucille Ball’s hometown. With photos.

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SPORTS

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BBO--MANTLE CARDS-AUCTION

Most kids who collect sports cards when they are young usually end up storing them in boxes for years and years. That’s where they stay until something prompts the desire to go through them. For a 76-year-old collector from New Jersey, it was seeing a 1952 Mickey Mantle card sold at auction for $2.88 million earlier this year. After looking through the collection he owns with his brother, he found five Mantle cards of lesser quality from the same year and is now selling them at auction. By Vin A. Cherwoo. SENT: 806 words.

BBA--ORIOLES-YANKEES

NEW YORK — Sonny Gray (8-7) has won three straight starts for the first time in a year-going into the New York Yankees’ series finale against Baltimore. The Orioles are a big league-worst 32-75 and start Alex Cobb (2-14), who leads the major leagues in losses. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started at 1:05 p.m.

FBN--JETS-SAM SPEAKS

LORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold takes the practice field for the second time since ending his holdout and signing a four-year, $30.25 million deal with the New York Jets. The rookie quarterback is expected to speak to reporters about his contract situation and rejoining his teammates. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video by 7 p.m.

— BBN--METS-MATZ: New York Mets left-hander Steven Matz will be evaluated by doctors after experiencing forearm discomfort.

— HKN--RANGERS-SPOONER: The New York Rangers have agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with restricted free agent Ryan Spooner.

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