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BC-New York News Digest, ADVISORY

February 17, 2019

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

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LUNAR NEW YEAR

NEW YORK _ New York City’s Chinatown neighborhood hosts a parade and festival celebrating the lunar new year. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 3 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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CAPITOL WATCH

In New York state government news, lawmakers are taking a week off after a frenzied start to the 2019 session. The Senate and Assembly have gotten off to an unusually fast start in 2019, passing bills that strengthen gun control rules, codify abortion rights in state law, and relax the statute of limitations on child molestation. By David Klepper. SENT: 580 words.

OCASIO-CORTEZ

NEW YORK _ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez returned to her home district in the New York City borough of the Bronx on Saturday to encourage her supporters to keep up the kind of activism that resulted in Amazon rescinding its plan to build a campus in the city. By Stephen R. Groves. SENT: 400 words, photos.

MANHOLE FIRES

NEW YORK _ A series of manhole fires in midtown Manhattan on Saturday forced the evacuation of a theater complex where performances of plays including “Jersey Boys” and “Avenue Q” were underway. Sent: 190 words.

VATICAN-US-CHURCH ABUSE

VATICAN CITY _ Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday. McCarrick once served the church in New York City. By Frances D’Emilio and Nicole Winfield. SENT: 1,050 words.

VATICAN-US-CHURCH ABUSE-MCCARRICK

WASHINGTON _ Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s rise through the Catholic Church hierarchy, during which he established a reputation as a globe-trotting human rights advocate before being brought down by sex abuse scandals, began as an altar boy in New York City. SENT: 670 words. With AP photos.

OSCARS-UNTELEVISED CATEGORIES

NEW YORK _ Bowing to a backlash that had threatened to engulf an already blunder-plagued Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday reversed its decision to present four awards during the commercial breaks of this year’s Oscar broadcast. By Jake Coyle. SENT: 470 words. With AP photos.

AMAZON-HQ-VANISHED DEAL

NEW YORK _ In early November, word began to leak that Amazon was serious about choosing New York to build a giant new campus. The city was eager to lure the company and its thousands of high-paying tech jobs, offering billions in tax incentives and lighting the Empire State Building in Amazon orange. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: 970 words. AP photo.

_NYC MAYOR-AMAZON: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says Amazon proved its critics right by canceling its planned New York City campus rather than trying to win the critics over.

_ NYPD-FRIENDLY FIRE: A second suspect has been charged with murder in the friendly fire death of a New York City police detective.

_ VILLAGE-THREE SHOT: A man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend and a man and wounding a second woman in an upstate New York village.

_WIFE SLAIN-SENTENCE: A 69-year-old central New York man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for killing his wife and stashing her body in a storage unit.

_ CAUCUS WEEKEND: One of the New York state Legislature’s most influential caucuses is holding its annual meeting.

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SPORTS

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HKN-OILERS-ISLANDERS

NEW YORK _ Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee scored in the third period, and the New York Islanders beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 Saturday night in the final game of the regular season at Barclays Center. By Vin A. Cherwoo. SENT: 850 words, photos.

BBA-YANKEES SABATHIA

TAMPA, Fla. _ CC Sabathia can envision the perfect ending to his final big league season. “Right now I’m just focused on trying to win the championship and have a parade at the end of the year,” Sabathia said Saturday. “That would be a great way to top this thing off.” By Mark Didtler. SENT: 770 words, photos.

FBN-MURRAY-TEBOW

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. _ Before picking football over baseball, Kyler Murray got some advice from another famous two-sport star. Tim Tebow says he told Murray to follow his heart when deciding between the Oakland Athletics and pursuing an NFL career. Tim Tebow says he told Murray to follow his heart when deciding between the Oakland Athletics and pursuing an NFL career. By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 450 words, photos.

_ BKC-STONY BROOK-NEW HAMPSHIRE: One of the New York state Legislature’s most influential caucuses is holding its annual meeting.

_ BKC-SACRED HEART-LIU BROOKLYN: One of the New York state Legislature’s most influential caucuses is holding its annual meeting.

_ BKC-FORDHAM-RHODE ISLAND: One of the New York state Legislature’s most influential caucuses is holding its annual meeting.

_BKC-BROWN-COLUMBIA: One of the New York state Legislature’s most influential caucuses is holding its annual meeting.

_ BKC-WAGNER-MOUNT ST MARY’S: Wagner plays Mount St. Mary’s at Knott Arena.

_ BKC-YALE-CORNELL: Yale plays Cornell at Newman Arena.

_ BKC-ARMY-NAVY: Army plays Navy at Navy Alumni Hall.