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

January 8, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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RUSSIAN LAWYER CHARGED

NEW YORK _ A Russian lawyer who became a focal point of the investigation into whether there was collusion between Russians and President Donald Trump’s election campaign was charged with obstruction of justice Tuesday in an unrelated case in New York. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 383 words, photo. Will be updated.

NYC PUBLIC HEALTH CARE

NEW YORK _ New York City will spend up to $100 million per year as part of an effort to expand health care coverage to people without health insurance, including immigrants in the U.S. illegally, the mayor announced Tuesday. The plan involves expanding the city’s existing public insurance program and giving uninsured people access to affordable care at city-owned health facilities. By Karen Matthews. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION

NEW YORK _ Jurors at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo are hearing how the FBI hacked into an encrypted communications system used by the Sinaloa cartel to try to conceal its massive cocaine smuggling operation. An FBI agent testified on Tuesday that authorities were able to intercept dozens of phone calls of Joaquin Guzman with the help of a turncoat technician who set up the system. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.

SENATE LEADER-CORRUPTION-NEW YORK

NEW YORK _ The former leader of New York’s senate, Dean Skelos, is scheduled to report to federal prison to begin serving a sentence for corruption. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated to 300 words after father and son report to prisons, expected by early afternoon.

XGR--ETHICS REFORM

NEW YORK _ State lawmakers in New York are unveiling new measures intended to address Albany’s chronic corruption problem. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4:30 p.m.

FIREFIGHTER KILLED

NEW YORK _ A driver involved in a wreck that led to the death of a New York City firefighter says he’s praying for the rescuer’s family. SENT: 215 words.

MOZAMBIQUE-FRAUD CASE

JOHANNESBURG — A former Mozambican finance minister on Tuesday appeared in a South African court following a U.S. extradition request linked to a $2 billion loan scandal that plunged Mozambique into financial crisis. An indictment made public on Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn tied Manuel Chang and other defendants to an alleged fraud scheme. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 494 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ PARTY DEATH-LUXURY APARTMENT: A man has pleaded guilty for his role in the beating and stabbing death of a party guest at a luxury Manhattan apartment.

_ NEW YORK GOVERNOR: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is heading to the nation’s capital for a meeting with the state’s Congressional delegation.

_ ROAD RAGE-HATCHET: Police in western New York say a 19-year-old man attacked a car with a hatchet after becoming enraged at the other driver.

_ TWO WOMEN KILLED: Authorities are investigating the killings of two elderly women who lived in the same two-story duplex in Utica.

_ YOUTH FOOTBALL COACHES SLAIN: A New York man has admitted killing a beloved youth football league coach outside an Albany nightclub _ the second such loss for the league within a three-month period.

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BUSINESS

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_ OCEAN STATE JOB LOT-EXPANSION: Discount retailer Ocean State Job Lot has purchased six former Toys R Us locations and agreed to a long-term lease at a seventh in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-ALAN ALDA

NEW YORK _ One of America’s sweethearts hands the torch to another when Tom Hanks presents Alan Alda with a lifetime achievement award at the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Award ceremony. By John Carucci. SENT: 345 words, photos, video.

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SPORTS

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BBN--METS-WRIGHT

NEW YORK _ Former New York Mets captain David Wright is becoming a special adviser to chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. SENT: 468 words, photo.

HKN--DEVILS-SABRES

BUFFALO _ The New Jersey Devils visit the Buffalo Sabres. By John Wawrow. With photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

HKN--HURRICANES-ISLANDERS

NEW YORK _ The Carolina Hurricanes visit the New York Islanders. With photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

HKN--RANGERS-KNIGHTS

LAS VEGAS _ The New York Rangers visit the Vegas Golden Knights. With photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. EST.

BKN--KNICKS-WARRIORS

OAKLAND, Calif. _ The New York Knicks visit the Golden State Warriors. With photos. Game starts at 10:30 EST p.m.

_ TEN--USTA FOUNDATION-EVERT: Chris Evert has been chosen to chair the USTA Foundation’s board of directors, serving as a spokeswoman and ambassador for the U.S. Tennis Association’s charitable arm.

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