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

August 17, 2018

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that he was “inartful” when he said earlier in the week that America “was never that great,” a comment that was widely condemned and mocked by critics on the right and left. By David Klepper. SENT: 344 words.


SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — President Donald Trump flew into the Hamptons on Friday for a closed-door fundraiser hosted by one of his closest friends who is chairman of the iconic Nathan’s Famous hot dog business. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 200 words.


NEW YORK — The FBI is seeking the public’s help in rounding up more than half a million dollars’ worth of artworks that were stolen in 1983 from the New York City home of an artist known for his scenes of the American West. The 91-year-old artist told The Associated Press Friday that the burglary at his Staten Island home was “heartbreaking” and he’s glad the FBI is giving it a fresh look. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.


NEW YORK — Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin is accusing a New York City hospital of destroying his musical career with a botched tracheotomy after heart surgery in 2016. By Tom Hays. SENT: 300 words.


NEW YORK — Two men who caused the death of a New York City fire chief in an explosion at an illegal indoor marijuana-growing operation have been sentenced to prison. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 5 p.m.


NEW YORK — Officials say one person has died and three others are hospitalized with serious injuries after a fire broke out at a New York City building housing a deli and apartments. SENT: 200 words.


— MONTAUK-DRUG BUST: Authorities say more than a dozen seasonal employees working in popular bars and restaurants on Long Island’s East End have been arrested in a drug bust.

— NIGHTCLUB-CARBON MONOXIDE: Fire officials say more than two dozen people have been treated for apparent carbon monoxide poisoning at a New York City nightclub.

— KITE SURFER DEATH: Authorities have identified the man who died while kite surfing on Lake Erie in western New York earlier this week

— SEVERE WEATHER-WATERWAY DEBRIS: Authorities are warning boaters to be alert for large amounts of debris washed into upstate New York lakes, rivers and canals by torrential rainfall earlier this week.

— XGR-TANNING SALONS-TEENS: New York state now prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning booths.

— GM PLANT-ORIGINAL EMPLOYEE: One of a western New York auto plant’s original employees is returning to the factory floor to help celebrate the plant’s 80th anniversary.

— LIRR-TRACK FATALITY: Authorities say a 23-year-old man has been struck and killed by a Long Island Rail Road train in Suffolk County.





NEW YORK — Federal regulators have served Facebook with a complaint alleging the company’s advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination. Justice Department lawyers disclosed the complaint by the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday in a court filing made in a lawsuit brought against Facebook in New York by advocacy groups last spring. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.





NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin never saw herself as a feminist heroine. That, she quipped, was Gloria Steinem’s role. But she leaves a legacy of indelible anthems that resonated deeply with women by celebrating their strength and individuality — and demanding, well, just a little respect. By Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 975 words. AP Video.


NEW YORK — When Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys and other awards shows, worked with the Obama administration on a concert honoring women at the White House, first lady Michelle Obama laid down one rule. “You aren’t doing a tribute to women in my house without Aretha Franklin,” Ehrlich recalls Obama telling him. By Nekesa Mumbi Moody. SENT: 695 words. AP Photos.




NEW YORK — The toughest opponent for many NFL players and coaches during the blazing hot days of training camp sits far above the football field. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1280 words. AP Photos.

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