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

June 13, 2018

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NEW YORK — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, is searching for a new legal team to represent him in an FBI investigation of his business dealings. A person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Cohen’s current legal team plans to stop handling the case and that Cohen has begun a hunt for new attorneys. It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted the change or who would take over. The person, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity, also noted that Cohen has not yet held any discussions with prosecutors about potentially cooperating in the investigation. By Tom Hays. SENT: 434 words, photo.


MONTAUK, N.Y. — Even after winter storms left East Coast harbors thick with ice, some of the country’s top chefs and trendy restaurants were offering sushi-grade tuna supposedly pulled in fresh off the coast of New York. But it was just an illusion. No tuna was landing there. The fish had long since migrated to warmer waters. By Robin McDowell, Margie Mason and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 3107 words, photos. Also an abridged version, 1023 words.


NEW YORK — Actress and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has laid out a $7.3 billion plan to boost education from preschool through college. By Karen Matthews. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2:30 p.m. With photos, video.


ALBANY, N.Y. — New York lawmakers are scrambling to authorize sports betting before they adjourn for the year next week. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 450 words by 6 p.m.


ALBANY, N.Y. — Republicans in the New York Legislature are calling for the passage of bills that could make the Cuomo administration’s often-criticized economic development programs more transparent, an issue the GOP and even some Democrats have hammered Andrew Cuomo over as the governor seeks re-election to a third term. By Chris Carola. SENT: 130 words; will be updated to 400 words by 3 p.m.


NEW YORK — The president’s former wife, Ivana Trump, launches a promotional campaign for a diet company that sells meal plans and supplements. Trump, who has previously appeared in advertisements for Pizza Hut and KFC, is now promoting “The Italiano Diet.” By Deepti Hajela. UPCOMING: 300 words developing from 5 p.m. event.


— MALL-GUNFIRE: A 27-year-old man Pennsylvania man who accidentally fired a gun in a crowded Hudson Valley mall has been sentenced to three years on probation and ordered to do 100 hours of community service.

— XGR--TAMPONS ACCESS: New York state is poised to provide free tampons and other feminine hygiene products to women serving time in state and local correctional facilities.

— BILLIONAIRE TAXES-GOOSE POOP: Hundreds of pooping geese didn’t get billionaire Tom Golisano a property tax break.

— CICADA COMMOTION: Students from Japan and a researcher from New Zealand are among the scientists and hobbyists flocking to central New York for rare sightings of a big bug.

— MAPLE SEASON: Vermont’s longer-than-average maple season helped make it the nation’s largest producer of maple syrup, yielding 1.9 million gallons of the sweet stuff this year.

— CHOCOLATE FACTORY-SUPERSTORM SANDY: A New York City candy factory that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy has finally reopened for business.

— FOOD TRUCKS-WINERIES: A Long Island town is looking to prohibit the proliferation of food trucks on a section of the area’s winery trail.

— LOTTERY WINNER-DEATH: Officials say a 73-year-old New York City man who won a $50,000 lottery prize six months ago was found stabbed to death in his home.

— XGR--TANNING SALONS-TEENS: New York is poised to prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning booths.



NEW YORK — Comcast will likely bid for Fox’s entertainment business as early as Wednesday now that a federal judge has cleared AT&T’s $85 billion takeover of Time Warner. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 898 words, photos.

— COMCAST-FOX-SHARES IN MOTION: A federal court ruling this week has sent shares of Comcast, Twenty-First Century Fox and Disney into motion, with major media companies potentially on the brink of a bidding war.



NEW YORK — Sex, love and loss, self-harm, addiction and recovery: There isn’t much Jada Pinkett Smith, her mom, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and her 17-year-old daughter, Willow, aren’t willing to talk about around a shiny round red table in a unique Facebook show that has a growing, grateful audience of women. By Entertainment Writer Leanne Italie. SENT: 780 words, photos.



SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Rory McIlroy has played a lot of golf in June. Nearly all of it was for fun. The 2011 U.S. Open winner and four-time major champion sampled some of the finer golf courses in the area before preparing for Shinnecock Hills. Developing; with photos.




FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Teddy Bridgewater is continuing his comeback and has a chance to win the starting quarterback job. By Sports Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 960 words, photos.

— BBN--METS-SNYDERGAARD: Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard has been prescribed more rest after getting a second opinion on a strained ligament in his index finger.

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