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

December 7, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE

WASHINGTON _ Robert Mueller is set to reveal more details about his Russia investigation on Friday as he faces court deadlines in the cases of two men who worked closely with President Donald Trump. The special counsel and federal prosecutors in New York are filing court memos detailing the cooperation of longtime Trump legal fixer Michael Cohen, who has admitted lying to Congress and orchestrating hush-money payments to protect the president. And Mueller’s team will also be disclosing what they say former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied about when his plea deal fell apart last month. By Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 671 words, photos. Will be updated; timing uncertain.

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_ TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-THE LATEST

BUFFALO BILLION-CORRUPTION TRIAL

NEW YORK _ A federal judge has sentenced a real estate executive to three years in prison for his role in schemes to bribe a former top aide to New York’s governor and to steer projects to his company. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo by 5 p.m.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WEINSTEIN

NEW YORK _ Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein say they have uncovered new evidence that further undermines rape allegations against him. The defense argued on Friday in a letter to a judge that the material strengthens their argument that a criminal case against Weinstein should be dropped. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

CARDI B-STRIP CLUB FRACAS

NEW YORK _ Cardi B must not contact, in person or through social media, the victims of a melee she was involved in at a New York strip club, a judge ordered Friday. The platinum rapper appeared in court in New York City after a summons was issued Oct. 1 for misdemeanor reckless endangerment and assault. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 394 words. With photos, video.

OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS

NEW YORK _ A panel of judges says lawsuits filed on behalf of babies born in withdrawal from opioids should be considered by the same judge who is presiding over hundreds of claims from local governments against the drug industry. SENT: 308 words.

TRUMP-UN AMBASSADOR

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump announced Friday he’s nominating State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. By Catherine Lucey, Matthew Lee and Zeke Miller. SENT: 521 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS

NEW YORK _ Democrats are hitting fast forward. The first major presidential campaign announcements could come before year’s end. The Democratic National Committee plans to announce a debate framework by then featuring 15 to 20 candidates. The first primary debate could happen as early as May, a full three months before the premiere debate of the 2016 cycle. By Steve Peoples, Bill Barrow and Will Weissert. SENT: 1251 words, photo.

DEMOCRATS-INFRASTRUCTURE BILL

WASHINGTON _ Democratic leaders in Congress demanded Friday that major legislation on roads, bridges and other infrastructure include efforts to curb global warming, complicating prospects for a deal with President Donald Trump on a jobs-boosting bill that both parties have targeted as a priority. By Kevin Freking and Matthew Daly. SENT: 432 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ PROSECUTOR INDICTED: Federal prosecutors say a former district attorney for eastern Long Island threatened that any “rat” who was cooperating with federal authorities investigating a beating by the police chief “would never work in Suffolk County again.”

_ SMOKING IN CARS: County legislators in Buffalo have banned smoking tobacco products in a car with anyone 17 or younger present in the vehicle.

_ ASIAN LONGHORNED TICK: In the year since the Asian longhorned tick was officially spotted in New Jersey, it’s expanded to eight more states.

_ FIRE CHIEF REMOVED: The top uniformed officer of the New York City Fire Department has been relieved of his duties amid an investigation into accusations of “inappropriate behavior.”

_ HANDCUFFED BIRTH-LAWSUIT: A lawsuit is claiming the New York Police Department forced a woman to give birth while shackled in handcuffs.

_ CHURCH-PERFORMING ARTS VENUE: Construction has begun on a project that will turn a historic church in downtown Saratoga Springs into a state-of-the art performing arts education and entertainment venue.

_ HISTORIC PLACES-NOMINATIONS: The Rockefeller family estate north of New York City and a one-room school house in a remote town on the edge of the Adirondacks are among 16 properties and districts recommended for the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

_ NEW YORK-EDUCATION BUDGET: A coalition of New York education groups says schools will need a $2.2 billion increase in state aid to meet the needs of students next year.

_ XGR--LIBRARIES: New York state lawmakers are taking a look at the challenges facing public libraries and the changing role they play in our communities in the 21st century.

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SPORTS

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BKN--RAPTORS-NETS

NEW YORK _ The Toronto Raptors visit the Brooklyn Nets. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

BOX--LOMACHENKO-PEDRAZA

NEW YORK _ Vasiliy Lomachenko is back and ready to show what he can do with two healthy shoulders. Injured while winning one lightweight belt, Lomachenko while try to add a second in his return from surgery when he faces Jose Pedraza on Saturday night in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. By Sports Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 603 words.

_ FBC--T25-ARMY-NAVY-TRUMP: President Donald Trump will officiate at the coin toss before the Army-Navy game on Saturday. With photos.

_ BKO--UCONN-NUMBERS RETIRED: Connecticut will retire the numbers of former basketball stars Ray Allen and Rebecca Lobo.

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