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BC-NY--New York News Digest, NY

January 1, 2019

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NEW YORK GOVERNOR-INAUGURATION

NEW YORK _ New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his third inaugural address on Ellis Island. The Democrat, who won re-election in November, is expected to lay out an agenda that calls for legalizing marijuana and pushing back on the Trump administration. By Stephen Groves. SENT: 130 words; UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 9 p.m.

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE

NEW YORK _ By the standards of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, it was practically a day at the beach for participants in the annual New Year’s Day dip in the ocean off New York City. SENT: 130 words; UPCOMING: 250 words, photo, video by 4 p.m.

NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL

NEW YORK — For a decade, Barbara Underwood was an apolitical force in New York, before getting an unexpected promotion last year to become the state’s first female attorney general. As the 74-year-old Democrat heads back to her old job as solicitor general, she talks to The Associated Press about her time as AG. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 800 words, photos.

GUN INITIATIVE-AGE LIMIT

SEATTLE _ Washington on Tuesday joined a handful of other states, including New York, that ban anyone under 21 from buying a semi-automatic assault rifle after voters passed a sweeping firearms measure in November that has drawn a court challenge from gun-rights advocates. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 600 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ PLASTIC FOAM CONTAINERS: The new year means no more plastic foam coffee cups, takeout containers or packing peanuts in most places in the nation’s largest city.

_ FATAL BOATING ACCIDENT: Police say two men who went on a New Year’s Eve fishing trip have been found dead in the cold water of a suburban New York reservoir, with their rowboat overturned nearby.

_ HOTEL EVACUATION-SYRACUSE: Officials say a downtown Syracuse hotel has been evacuated on New Year’s Day because of an apparent carbon monoxide leak, and five people were taken to a hospital.

_ PEDESTRIANS KILLED: Police say an unlicensed driver ran over a woman twice and another motorist hit a 91-year-old man in a day of at least two deadly encounters between cars and pedestrians in New York City.

_ PARTY SHOOTING: Police say a burst of gunfire wounded three people in a crowd after a big party at a house in Syracuse.

_ SUBWAY STABBING: Police are looking for a group of suspects after a stabbing in a downtown Manhattan subway station.

_ NYC HOMICIDES 2019: New York City may have ended 2018 with the fewest homicides in decades, but it didn’t take long into 2019 to register a sad statistic: the first killing of the new year.

_ POTHOLE PORTAL: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a website for reporting potholes would be too pricey and the money is better spent on actually fixing roads.

_ STRATEGIC COMMAND-BOMB TWEET: The U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees America’s nuclear and missile arsenal, boasted in a New Year’s Eve tweet that it’s ready if ever needed “to drop something much, much bigger” than the Times Square ball.

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SPORTS

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BKN--KNICKS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The Denver Nuggets go for their ninth straight win at home when they host the New York Knicks on Tuesday night. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 9 p.m. EST.

BKC--T25-MARQUETTE-ST. JOHN’S

NEW YORK _ In a matchup between two of the nation’s top guards, Markus Howard and No. 16 Marquette (11-2) open Big East play with a road test against Shamorie Ponds and St. John’s (12-1) at Carnesecca Arena. By Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

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