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

September 18, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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ELECTION 2018-TAX OVERHAUL

CHERRY HILL, N.J. — In their quest to regain the majority in the U.S. House, Democrats are focusing on the potential for the new Republican tax law to hurt certain voters in high-tax states such as California, New Jersey and New York. The three states combined have about a dozen competitive House seats, roughly half the number Democrats need to retake the chamber. Many are in places where voters are upset about the law’s limits on local tax deductions. By Geoff Mulvihill and Bill Barrow. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos.

BRANDED WOMEN

NEW YORK — A court conference is held in the case of a purported self-help group accused of forcing women into having unwanted sex. Keith Raniere and five other people, including include television actress Alison Mack and Clare Bronfman, heiress to the Seagram’s liquor fortune, are facing sex-trafficking and other charges. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m. Developing from 12:15 p.m. hearing.

IN BRIEF:

— NEW YORK DEMOCRATS-RALLY: Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have set aside their contentious relationship to kick off the Democratic party’s statewide general election campaign.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-NEW YORK-FLOODING: Several roads in New York’s Southern Tier have been closed by flash flooding caused by heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Florence.

— CITY HALL-LIGHTNING STRIKE: Officials in Saratoga Springs say the Victorian-era city hall will be closed for months as construction crews repair extensive damage stemming from a lightning strike last month.

— CHILD THREATENED-VIDEO GAME: Police say a Long Island man threatened to shoot an 11-year-old boy after losing to him in the video game “Fortnite.”

— BORDER PATROL-MARIJUANA SEIZED: Federal authorities say Border Patrol agents have seized nearly 180 pounds (81 kilograms) of marijuana at checkpoints recently set up in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

— SNACKS-MARIJUIANA: A box of mail-order munchies delivered to an upstate New York family contained something other than the usual nuts, seeds and sweets: vacuum-sealed packets of marijuana.

— WOMAN ASSAULTED-CHASE: Authorities in the Hudson Valley say they’re looking for a man who eluded police after he sexually assaulted a woman at gunpoint.

— TEACHER RESIGNS: A teacher in upstate New York has resigned after he handed out a syllabus that contained profanity and language some considered offensive.

— AIR POLLUTION-CRIMINAL CASE: A judge says an upstate New York fuel manufacturer is guilty of violating probation by having emissions that could create a threat to public health.

— HEINZ AWARDS: A SUNY Fredonia scientist who warned about the environmental threat of microbeads is one of six people being honored with $250,000 cash awards from the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Family Foundation.

— POLICE OFFICERS-AWARDS: Six members of the Yonkers Police Department are sharing an award that honors New York state law enforcement officers who display bravery in the line of duty.

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BUSINESS

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— VISA-MASTERCARD-SETTLEMENT: Visa and Mastercard say they and several banks will pay $6.2 billion to settle part of a long-running lawsuit brought by merchants over fees on credit card transactions.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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HOMES-REGIONAL MODERN

Anyone who imagines that modernist houses across the United States are a homogeneous collection of sleek glass boxes may want to look again. By Katherine Roth. SENT: 758 words, photos

— MUSIC-BOB SEGER: New dates are being added as Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band prepare for what they say is their final tour.

— BIKE PROJECT-NIAGARA FALLS: An upstate New York bicycle advocacy organization has received over $80,000 in grant funding to help make Niagara Falls more bike-friendly.

— ADIRONDACK PARKING: New York officials are banning roadside parking in an area highly popular with Adirondack hikers.

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SPORTS

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BBA--RED SOX-YANKEES

NEW YORK — The Red Sox can clinch their third straight AL East title with a victory on the home field of their archrival. In a series opener threatened by rain, Nathan Eovaldi is to start for Boston, which has the baseball’s best record. J.A. Happ (16-6) goes for New York. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

— BBA--YANKEES--SHEFFIELD: Left-hander Justus Sheffield was put on the major league roster by the New York Yankees and could make his major league debut this week.

BBN_METS-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA — Aaron Nola (16-5) starts for the Phillies and Steven Matz (5-11) pitches for the Mets in the middle game of a series. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

— HKN--SABRES-SHEARY: Buffalo Sabres forward Conor Sheary is in jeopardy of missing the start of the regular season with what the team calls an upper body injury.

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