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

December 2, 2018

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NEW YORK —The U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo” has offered a vivid look at lawlessness and excesses during his rise to power. Witnesses have described the crafty ways the cartel of Joaquin Guzman smuggled tons of cocaine into the United States during the 1990s and early 2000s, including one technique using fake chili cans. The cast of characters who have taken the witness stand include turncoat cartel members and a Colombian drug kingpin with a freakish face that he chose to alter with plastic surgery. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 1 p.m.





ALBANY, N.Y. — In New York state government news, legislators will soon learn whether they will get their first raise in two decades. A commission created to study a possible pay increase for the Senate and Assembly is due to make its decision by Dec. 10. Lawmakers now make $79,500. Many argue the pay hasn’t kept up with the cost of living and doesn’t reflect work they do outside the six-month legislative session. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 650 words by 10 a.m.


NEW YORK — Lawyers for President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, say he should be spared prison for crimes he committed in an abundance of enthusiasm for his ex-boss, and they portrayed him to a judge as a hero for cooperating in a probe Trump has “regularly questioned publicly and stridently.” SENT: 840 words. With AP photos.


NEW YORK — Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will be investigated by Fox and National Geographic Networks after allegations of sexual misconduct were leveled against him. SENT: 175 words. With AP photo.


NEW YORK — Thirty New York City girls were in for a big lunchtime surprise: a vegetable bowl with toasted farro served by a very famous woman. Michelle Obama stunned them with a visit Saturday to the Lower Eastside Girls Club in lower Manhattan. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 280 words.


— MISSING RING FOUND: Police have an urgent message for the couple who lost their engagement ring in Times Square: We have the ring.

— MISSING INFANT FOUND: Police in Buffalo say a 2-month-old baby has been found safe after thieves stole a car with the infant in it.

— ESCAPED FUGITIVE MANHUNT: New York City police were on a manhunt for a robbery suspect who escaped from a cruiser whose door he managed to open while handcuffed.

— BUSH-NY FLAGS: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have ordered government flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of George H.W. Bush.

— ERIE CANAL-BLACK SWAN: A rare black swan seen swimming in the Erie Canal north of Buffalo has been safely captured and moved to an animal sanctuary.

— CAMPGROUND AMBASSADORS: New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation is looking for volunteers to welcome and assist campers at state campgrounds this summer.

— BRIDGE UPGRADES: New York state has wrapped up work on five upstate bridges.





WASHINGTON — John Wall scored 30 points, Bradley Beal added 22 and the Washington Wizards handed Brooklyn its sixth straight loss, beating the Nets 102-88 on Saturday night. By Rich Dubroff. SENT: 600 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Emmanuel Mudiay scored 28 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 136-134 overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. By Denis P. Gorman. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


MONTREAL — Shea Weber and Artturi Lehkonen each scored twice and the Montreal Canadiens snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night. SENT: 500 words, photos.


UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Casey Cizikas scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and the New York Islanders won in their return to the Nassau Coliseum, rallying to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Saturday night. By Scott Charles. SENT: 600 words, photos.


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jonotthan Harrison endured years of bullying while growing up in central Florida. Weighing 200 pounds by the time he was 12, he was a “big, squishy kid” and “an easy target” to be teased, picked on and beat up. Today, Harrison is the New York Jets’ starting center and he’s doing all he can to try to end bullying in schools. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Tyus Battle scored 26 points, Oshae Brissett had 19 and Syracuse held off Cornell 63-55 Saturday to remain unbeaten at home. By Mark Frank. SENT: 500 words, photos.


Another year, another moment like no other for Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim as he prepares for a game featuring his two sons on opposite benches. By John Kekis. SENT: 600 words, photos.


MIAMI — Saturday marked the 28th anniversary of one of St. John’s coach Chris Mullin’s greatest NBA games: He didn’t miss a single shot in a game at Miami, going a perfect 11 for 11 from the field and 5 for 5 from the foul line to help Golden State win. Clearly, something about December 1, Mullin and Miami just works. Shamorie Ponds scored 37 points, including a personal 9-0 run in the second half, and St. John’s rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat Georgia Tech 76-73 on Saturday in the HoopHall Miami Invitational. SENT: 725 words, photos.


BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Nick Perkins scored 22 points, Jeremy Harris added 15 with eight rebounds and No. 21 Buffalo held off San Francisco for an 85-81 victory Saturday in the title game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic. SENT: 300 words, photos.

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