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January 19, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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WOMEN’S MARCH-NYC

NEW YORK — A clash over inclusivity and alleged anti-Semitism spilled onto the stage at one of two competing women’s march rallies in New York City on Saturday, with a protester co-opting the podium to declare the movement’s backers “the real Nazi march.” By Rebecca Gibian. SENT: 480 words.

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WOMEN’S MARCH: Amid internal controversies and a capital city deeply distracted by the partial government shutdown, the third Women’s March returned to Washington on Saturday with an enduring message of anger and defiance aimed directly at President Donald Trump’s White House. By Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 500 words.

ELECTION 2020-KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced herself to Iowa Democrats as a common-sense fighter for family, and especially children’s, issues, in her first visit to the early-voting state as a 2020 Democratic presidential prospect. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-WOMEN: It’s certainly not an unwelcome challenge for advocates for gender equality that four or more women are running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. SENT: Elana Schor and Juana Summers. SENT: 800 words, photos.

WINTER WEATHER

DETROIT — People throughout parts of the Midwest woke Saturday to a heavy and steady snowfall that forced the cancellation of hundreds of airline flights and made driving dangerous. By Corey Williams. SENT: 500 words, photos.

CAPITOL WATCH

ALBANY, N.Y. — In New York state government news, Democrats in the state Senate aren’t wasting any time in using their new power to pass bills long blocked by the old Republican majority. By David Klepper. SENT: 800 words.

NEW JERSEY SHORE RENTAL TAX

TRENTON, N.J. — A new tax in New Jersey on short-term lodging such as Airbnb rentals is rattling some property owners and renters who worry that it could deal a blow to the state’s multibillion-dollar shore tourism industry by pushing people to consider other destinations. By Michael Catalini. SENT: 800 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ FOOD CART GRADES: New York City’s iconic food carts are starting to get health department letter grades, giving on-the-go workers and tourists alike a quick reference for cleanliness and safety.

_ DE BLASIO-MAINE: New York mayor Bill de Blasio has canceled a visit to the nation’s easternmost city due to the snowstorm.

_ SHOT IN VEHICLE: Prosecutors say a man with alleged mob ties who was fatally shot at a New York City McDonald’s drive-thru last year was tracked using a GPS device hidden on his car.

_ SPECIAL OLYMPICS: A Special Olympics competition set to return to an upstate New York ski area has been cancelled because of the severe storm hitting the region this weekend.

_ WOMEN’S MARCHES-UPSTATE: Women’s marches are coming to two upstate New York cities this weekend, but a coming winter storm has led to the postponement of one in Buffalo.

_ PHEASANT CHICKS: The Department of Environmental Conservation is taking applications from people interested in raising and releasing pheasants in New York state.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-NATIVE AMERICAN ROCKERS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As a child, Fred Lincoln “Link” Wray Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parents’ home in rural North Carolina. Racist groups often targeted the poor family of Shawnee Native American ancestry as the Wrays endured segregation in the American South just like African-Americans. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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MMA--UFC-BROOKLYN

NEW YORK _ Henry Cejudo defends the 125-pound flyweight title against T.J. Dillashaw, the bantamweight champ looking to add a second belt. UFC career wins leader Donald Cerrone, crossover star Paige VanZant and troubled ex-NFL star Greg Hardy all fight when UFC debuts on ESPN. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Main card starts 10 p.m.

Other events:

NHL - N.Y. Rangers at Boston, 7 p.m.

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