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BC-NY--New York News Digest, NY

December 24, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP BRAND SLUMP

NEW YORK — When workers pried the Trump name off another Manhattan building earlier this year, it capped a bad few weeks for the president’s businesses. Donald Trump’s golf resorts in Scotland had just posted millions of dollars in losses, one of his hotels in Panama had rebranded itself a Marriott, and New York officials announced they were looking into how he avoided paying tens of millions in taxes. By Bernard Condon. SENT: 1500 words.

MEDICAL DEBT ERASED

NEW YORK _ A pair of retired debt collectors are now using their expertise to buy millions of dollars in past-due medical debt for pennies on the dollar. But instead of hounding people to pay, they send letters saying the debt is gone. RIP Medical Debt uses money from donors to erase debts as a no-strings-attached random act of kindness. By Mary Esch. UPCOMING: 716 words by 1 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

BODY FOUND-ARRESTS: The New York Police Department says a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy are among five people facing charges in connection with the death of a man whose body was found in a park.

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BUSINESS

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FILM-BOX OFFICE

NEW YORK — In a flood of new releases, “Aquaman” easily swam past “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Bumblebee” to lead the busy pre-Christmas weekend with an estimated $67.4 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Without a “Star Wars” film on the December schedule for the first time in four years, a crowded slate of films sought to capitalize on the lucrative holiday period in theaters. By Jake Coyle. SENT: 1000 words.

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SPORTS

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SUNS-NETS

NEW YORK — Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points, D’Angelo Russell had 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the weary Phoenix Suns 111-103 on Sunday night. The Suns, with a short turnaround after a 149-146 triple-overtime loss in Washington a night earlier, dropped their second straight after a four-game winning streak. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 650 words.

JETS-ANGRY BOWLES

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Todd Bowles simply couldn’t believe his eyes. The yellow flags kept flying all game, and his New York Jets were being called for penalties at crucial moments against the Packers. There were a whopping 16 in all for a team-record 172 yards, according to ESPN Stats & Info, during Green Bay’s 44-38 overtime victory Sunday. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 900 words.

MISTAKEN GIANTS

INDIANAPOLIS — New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur watched his team go toe to toe with a playoff contender Sunday. Then, in the final 10 minutes, everything started slipping away. The offense committed two penalties near its goal line, forcing a punt. The defense drew two penalties, helping the Indianapolis Colts continue to march downfield. And when Andrew Luck changed the play call from a run to a pass on the goal line, not a single Giants player came close to stopping Chester Rogers on his decisive 1-yard touchdown catch that gave Indy a dramatic 28-27 come-from-behind victory. By Michael Marot. SENT: 700 words.

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