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

September 26, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-UN-CHINA

UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China of attempting to interfere in the upcoming United States congressional elections, claiming the Chinese are motivated by opposition to his tough trade policy. The Chinese said it wasn’t so. By Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1056 words, photos, video, audio.

UNITED NATIONS-MELANIA TRUMP

NEW YORK — Melania Trump says she’ll promote child welfare in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt in October on her first extended solo international mission. The first lady discussed her plans Wednesday at a reception for the spouses of foreign leaders and others participating in the annual U.N. General Assembly. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 534 words, photo.

NYC PUBLIC HOUSING CRISIS

NEW YORK — Some of the 400,000 residents of the nation’s largest public housing system, addressing a hearing about federal lawsuits over their living conditions, say they endure bedbugs, rats, roaches and mold in poorly secured apartments in high-crime areas. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.

— AFFORDABLE HOUSING-NYC: A new report says the number of affordable apartments in New York City has dwindled over time, leaving working-class residents with fewer options in a city with ballooning rents.

TARGETING BLACKS-STABBING

NEW YORK — A white supremacist accused of stabbing a black man to death with a sword on a New York City street told police he wanted to purge the Earth of black people. SENT: 362 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— TROOPER-FATAL SHOOTING: State police say a man armed with a knife was fatally shot by a trooper after he threatened police outside a Hudson Valley bar.

— ALBANIA-US-DRUG ARRESTS: Police in Albania say they have arrested two New Yorkers who allegedly were trying to produce and sell synthetic drugs through the internet.

— BRANDED WOMEN: The Department of Justice has hired an outside vendor to help sift through a massive amount of data from the computers of a New York-based self-improvement group accused of branding women and forcing them into unwanted sex.

— POLICE BRUTALITY-SETTLEMENT: An upstate New York city has reached a settlement with a woman who says two police officers, including a finalist for chief of police, slammed her head into a bench.

— FATAL ASSAULT: Upstate New York sheriff’s deputies say the second victim of an attack earlier this month has died from his injuries.

— NEWARK AIRPORT-SUSPICIOUS DEVICE: An Israeli man found with a fake bomb at a New Jersey airport earlier this month won’t face criminal prosecution.

— VETERANS-BRIDGE NAMES: Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that names stretches of highways in western New York and on Long Island in honor of American military heroes from the Empire State.

— SCHOOL-MOLD PROBLEMS: Parents say mold at a Long Island school is sickening their children.

— LOCAL FISCAL STRESS: New York state’s comptroller says more local governments are under significant fiscal stress.

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BUSINESS

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— HERRING FISHING: Environmental groups are cheering a decision to restrict herring fishing off the East Coast, but the New England lobster industry is concerned about the possibility of a bait crunch.

— MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Virginia regulators have picked five companies to open the state’s first medical cannabis dispensaries.

— FOX-SKY: 21st Century Fox will sell its remaining stake in British pay TV provider Sky to Comcast in the latest financial wrangling as Disney prepares to acquire Fox’s entertainment assets.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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— XGR--ARTS ECONOMY: New York lawmakers want to know more about the economic impact of arts and cultural organizations.

— CANOE SCULPTURE DAMAGED: Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the people who damaged a lakeside wooden sculpture that was unveiled in the Adirondacks last year.

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SPORTS

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BBA--YANKEES-RAYS

TAMPA — New York plays Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

BBN--BRAVES-METS

NEW YORK — Atlanta plays New York at Citi Field. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

SKI--WAR HORSE’S NEW LIFE

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Two-time Olympic medalist in downhill skiing Andrew Weibrecht is forging a new life since he retired in May. He’s back in college to complete his undergraduate degree, learning the ropes of the family business and spending more time with his wife and two young children. By Sports Writer John Kekis. SENT: 1160 words, photos.

— FBC--CAMPBELL TROPH7Y-DUNGEY-BRINSON: Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey and Army linebacker Kenneth Brinson are semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy.

— FBC--SYRACUSE-LOGO PATCHES: The Syracuse football coaching staff is showing its support to find a cure for muscular dystrophy.

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