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

December 31, 2018

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NEW YORK _ Snoop Dogg, Sting and Christina Aguilera will welcome 2019 in a packed Times Square on Monday along with revelers from around the world who come to see the traditional crystal ball drop, fireworks and a blizzard of confetti. SENT: 490 words; will be updated. With photos, video.

_ FIRST DAY HIKES: New York parks and environmental conservation staff are leading hikes on public lands to kick off the new year.


BUFFALO, N.Y. _ A budding artist who went to prison for a murder he didn’t commit rings in a new year as a free man for the first time in nearly 30 years. By Carolyn Thompson. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m., photo.


ONEONTA, N.Y. — A former firefighter died after rescuing his fiancee and four young boys from the man’s burning apartment in upstate New York, fire officials and the victims’ relatives said. SENT: 238 words.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Big-dollar decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene for their 2019 sessions with a closer balance between Republicans and Democrats. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1535 words, photos.


_ CIGARETTES-NYC PHARMACIES: New York City pharmacies won’t be allowed to sell cigarettes or other tobacco products starting Tuesday.

_ POVERTY-NIAGARA FALLS: The city of Niagara Falls is using job training and literacy programs to fight poverty.

_ BED POST ASSAULT: Police in Connecticut say a New York man used a broken bed post to attack a woman.

_ FATALITY-HIT-RUN ARREST: Westchester County police say a man has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash.

_ COUPLE KILLED-SON CHARGED: A man has been accused of killing his mother and her husband, who were found strangled and left in a burning Atlanta home last summer.

_ BAR SHOOTING THREAT-ARRESTS: Authorities say two men have been charged with threatening to shoot up a central New York bar.

_ TEENAGER STABBED: Police in upstate New York say a 15-year-old boy has died after being stabbed by another teen during a fight.

_ HOUSE FIRE-LONG ISLAND: Authorities say a 68-year-old woman and her 4-year-old granddaughter have died following a house fire on Long Island. With photo.

_ MTA-SUBWAY FATALITIES: Transportation officials say a passenger fatally struck in Manhattan is the fourth person this month to die after walking between moving subway cars.

_ CRAB FISHING: Federal fishing managers are holding the line on the quota for a commercial important species of crab that is fished off of the East Coast.





NEW YORK _ Having added a pair of high-end brands to its stable, Michael Kors is changing its name to Capri. SENT: 191 words, photo.




_ WOODSTOCK ANNIVERSARY: Finding a place to stay for next year’s 50th anniversary Woodstock concert may not be a groovy experience.





BUFFALO, N.Y. _ The New York Islanders have won three straight and six of seven in traveling to play the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night. By Jonah Bronstein. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. _ Just as coach Sean McDermott hoped in September, the young and rebuilding Buffalo Bills showed gradual improvement in winning four of their final seven games to finish 6-10. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

_ FBN--BILLS-ANDERSON: The Buffalo Bills have re-signed veteran quarterback Derek Anderson to a one-year contract in a move reflecting the role he played in mentoring rookie Josh Allen through the final two-plus months of the season.


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. _ The search for a new coach has begun for the New York Jets. After firing Todd Bowles on Sunday night, the team is focused on bringing in someone who will be able to lead a franchise that has missed the playoffs for eight straight seasons but has a promising young quarterback in Sam Darnold and expects to be busy in free agency this offseason. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.


Erin Hamlin is going back to the luge world championships, this time as a coach. The two-time world champion and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist from Remsen, New York, will work as a USA Luge assistant coach for two-week stint in January during the world championships in Winterberg, Germany. By Sports Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 305 words.


Take a stroll around New York for the holidays or grab a seat at Madison Square Garden and the promotional videos for the PFL Championship nearly rival the hype for the Rockettes: “Six weight classes, six world championship fights, plus the biggest name in women’s mixed martial arts.” By Sports Writer Dan Gelston. SENT: 778 words, photos.

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