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

November 17, 2018

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NEW YORK — Residents of the New York City public housing complex near the spot where Amazon plans to put a new headquarters have mixed reaction to the global behemoth coming to the neighborhood. Some of those who live in the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City have doubts about whether they will be able to get any of the thousands of jobs the company is promising to bring to the area. Others are hopeful they could benefit. By Deepti Hajela. UPCOMING: 900 words, photo.





TRENTON, N.J. — Exhausted commuters are pointing their fingers at politicians and meteorologists for leaving them creeping along highways or stuck in transit hubs earlier this week as an unexpectedly difficult snowstorm moved through the Northeast U.S. By Shawn Marsh. SENT: 820 words, photos, video.


NEW YORK — The police commander who led the investigation of Harvey Weinstein has been removed as the chief of New York City’s special victims division, part of a shakeup that was months in the making after a city watchdog found the unit was stretched too thin to properly investigate sexual assault cases. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 755 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Three years after it closed its beloved toy store on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz is making a return to New York. A new FAO opened Friday in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center, about 10 blocks from its former home near Central Park. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 606 words, photos.


ROME, N.Y. — Democrat Anthony Brindisi expanded his lead over first-term incumbent Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney as an absentee ballot count continued in a tight congressional race in central New York. A separate count continues in western New York, where Republican Rep. Chris Collins led Democratic challenger Nate McMurray by fewer than 3,000 votes on election night. SENT: 353 words.


NEW YORK — Two reputed associates of the Gambino crime family were charged Friday with torching a businessman’s Mercedes Benz in New York City. Peter Tuccio and Jonathan Gurino face federal counts of extortion, arson and conspiracy in the 2015 fire. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 585 words.




WASHINGTON — One of the largest outside Democratic groups says ramped-up spending on digital advertising played a key role in midterm battleground races, offering a lesson for potential presidential contenders in 2020. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 940 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says it will hear arguments over the evidence a federal judge in New York can consider in the lawsuit concerning the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 431 words, photo.


NEW YORK — A civil lawsuit filed by immigration rights advocates in New York City is accusing federal authorities of denying detainees their day in court. The suit says those authorities have kept people accused of immigration violations in New York and New Jersey locked up for months before getting in front of a judge. SENT: 228 words.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The attorney general of Rhode Island is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court’s decision that gave a New York congregation control of Rhode Island’s Touro Synagogue and a set of bells valued in the millions. SENT: 374 words.


— ESCAPED PRISONERS-MINISERIES: Ben Stiller’s seven-part TV series about the Dannemora prison escape is premiering Sunday on Showtime.

— DEER HUNTING-NEW YORK: New York’s regular big game season for deer and bear starts this weekend in most of the state outside the Adirondacks.

— WOMEN-VIDEO GAMES: A new museum exhibit explores the stories of trailblazing women in the video game industry.

— INVESTIGATIONS COMMISSIONER FIRED: Mayor Bill de Blasio has fired New York City’s chief watchdog, citing an independent report that accused him of “deliberately misleading statements” and abusive behavior. With photo.

— CLERGY ABUSE-RECORDS LAWSUIT: Two survivors of alleged child sexual abuse in the Philadelphia Archdiocese are suing for the release of church records from all of Pennsylvania’s dioceses.

— HOSPITAL SHOOTING: A man accused of firing a gun inside an upstate New York hospital and setting off a massive manhunt has been indicted on attempted murder and robbery charges.

— KETCHUP LIMIT: Some parents are seeing red over a ketchup crackdown at a New York school district.





NEW YORK — Big problem or a fraction of the world’s plastic consumption? You decide, but know that single-use plastic straws are a recent target of environmental activists. As restaurants debate whether to voluntarily dole them out and lawmakers feverishly write bans against them to protect the ocean and sea life and to reduce stress on landfills, alternatives to plastic straws are plentiful. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 560 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Jennie-O Turkey recalled packages of ground turkey in a salmonella outbreak, and regulators say additional products from other companies could be named as their investigation continues. Sent: 270 words, photos.

— AIRBNB-BILLION DOLLAR QUARTER: Airbnb says it had its best quarter ever, even as cities across the U.S. have started clamping down on the short-term rental market.





NEW YORK — More than 40 years after it was filmed, a documentary detailing the making of Aretha Franklin’s groundbreaking and best-selling album “Amazing Grace” has been released. The producers of the film and family members talk about its importance and what it took to get it to the screen. By AP Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody. SENT: 990 words, photos.


NEW YORK — William Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and Hollywood wise man who won Academy Awards for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men” and summed up the mystery of making a box office hit by declaring “Nobody knows anything,” has died. He was 87. By Jake Coyle. SENT 1211 words, photo.


VINALHAVEN, Maine — The estate of artist Robert Indiana, creator of the iconic LOVE series, has auctioned off two paintings that belonged to him to raise money to defend against a lawsuit and to stabilize his deteriorating home. By David Sharp. SENT: 454 words, photo.

— FILM-APPLE: Apple has signed a multiyear film production deal with A24, the acclaimed New York-based studio behind “Moonlight” and “Lady Bird.”

— FDR SITE-VETERAN ART SHOWCASE: An annual event showcasing artwork, crafts, and performances by active duty military members and veterans is being held at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum.





NEW ORLEANS —If not for Anthony Davis’ determination to dominate inside for most of his 40 minutes on the court, the New Orleans Pelicans could have been blown out by the New York Knicks. Davis scored a season-high 43 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, and New Orleans overcame an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat New York 129-124 on Friday night. SENT: 800 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Spencer Dinwiddie scored a season-best 25 points, D’Angelo Russell had 23 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Washington Wizards 115-104 on Friday night for their first win since Caris LeVert’s gruesome foot injury. By Ian Quillen. SENT: 391 words, photos.


ARLINGTON, Texas — Julio Rangel has been hired by the Texas Rangers as pitching coach for new manager Chris Woodward. SENT: 327 words.


NEW YORK — Pinstripe uniforms. The Empire State Building shining blue and gold. The marching band performing at Bryant Park and the drummer’s circle at Rockefeller Center. When Notre Dame plays in New York City it comes with fanfare and pageantry. The third-ranked Fighting Irish (10-0, No. 3 CFP) visit Yankee Stadium in contention for the College Football Playoff. They face No. 12 Syracuse, the highest-ranked team the Orange have fielded in 20 years. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos.


WEST POINT, N.Y. — Colgate coach Dan Hunt says his unbeaten Raiders have surprised him as they prepare to end the regular season against surging Army at Michie Stadium. By John Kekis. SENT: 800 words.


EVANSTON, Ill. — A.J. Turner had to sit out a season after transferring from Boston College to Northwestern in 2017. On Friday night, he showed he was the player Northwestern expected him to be. By Maggie Hendricks. SENT: 651 words.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland forward Bruno Fernando didn’t start Friday night. He had no trouble finishing in the Terrapins’ 80-69 comeback victory over Hofstra. SENT: 582 words, photos.


PISCATAWAY, N.J.— Mustapha Heron had a game-high 27 points, including four-of-five from beyond the arc while LJ Figueroa had 23 points, including 14 points on four-of-five from 3-point land in the first half, to lead St. John’s past Rutgers 84-65. By Matt Sugam. SENT: 204 words.


NEW YORK — It’s been a year since James Dolan announced his intent to sell the New York Liberty, and the team is still on the market. There have been several potential buyers and a few have gotten close to purchasing the team, but for various reasons all the potential deals fell through. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 445 words, photos.

— SKI SEASON: New York’s state-owned ski centers are opening for the winter.

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