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

June 14, 2018

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NEW YORK — A lawsuit filed by New York’s attorney general Thursday said President Donald Trump used his charitable foundation to settle personal business disputes and bolster his political image with donations directed by his staff. The Donald J. Trump Foundation “was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” Democratic Attorney General Barbara Underwood said as she sued to dissolve the foundation and seek $2.8 million in restitution. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 950 words, photo.





WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s watchdog faults former FBI Director James Comey for breaking with established protocol in his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, but it says his decisions before the 2016 elections were not driven by political bias, according to a person familiar with the findings. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 917 words, photos. Will be updated; report expected to be released at 2 p.m.


NEW YORK — U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan faces off in a second debate with his challenger in the Republican primary, former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, who is trying to reclaim the seat he lost when he went to prison for tax fraud. The first meeting between the candidates featured insults, accusations and each professing their support for President Donald Trump. UPCOMING: 450 words; debate starts at 7 p.m.


ALBANY, N.Y. — Implementing term limits on all elected state offices, including the New York Legislature, is gaining some traction in Albany because Democrat Andrew Cuomo and the Republican candidate challenging him in the governor’s race support the idea, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers said Thursday. By Chris Carola. SENT: 489 words.


NEW YORK — Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor says he regrets getting into a backstage melee at a Brooklyn arena and hopes to have his U.S. court case resolved soon. A prosecutor said plea negotiations are ongoing; he’s due back in court July 26. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 2 p.m. With AP Photos, AP Video.


SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — More than a century after a Native American golf pioneer played in the U.S. Open, the tournament’s organizers are honoring his legacy. Oscar Bunn, a Shinnecock Hills caddie and member of the nation that shared the course’s name, played in the 1896 event. A golf practice facility is being built to commemorate his contributions. By Terrin Waack. SENT: 675 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Minnesota law that barred voters in the state from wearing a wide range of political hats, T-shirts and pins to the polls. Both Minnesota and the group challenging the state’s law had said there are about 10 states with laws like Minnesota’s, though they disagreed significantly on which ones — agreeing only on Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Vermont. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 476 words, photos.


TORONTO — For the first time in decades, one of the world’s most durable and amicable alliances faces serious strain as Canadians — widely considered some of the nicest, politest people on Earth — absorb Donald Trump’s insults against their prime minister and attacks on their country’s trade policies. By Rob Gillies and David Crary. SENT: 1170 words, photos.


— DRUNKEN DRIVING-CHILD KILLED: A New York man admits he was driving drunk at the time of a crash that killed his 6-month-old daughter.

— XGR--SMOKING AGE: Prominent health groups including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and American Lung Association are pushing to raise the smoking age to 21 across New York state.

— THE FALCON OF WALL STREET: The denizens of New York City’s Wall Street were joined by a wayward falcon apparently looking to make his presence known in the Financial District.

— VETERANS-DIGNIFIED BURIALS: The state Senate has passed legislation that would give the unclaimed remains of New York’s veterans a dignified burial.

— CASINO PLOT: Authorities say a Nassau County police officer and his wife, who works at a Long Island casino, have been arrested on charges they conspired to rob a lucky gambler.

— OBIT-MELTZER: A longtime Philadelphia sports broadcaster has died.

— MEN IN YELLOW-KIDNAPPING ATTEMPT: Police in Long Island say two men both wearing yellow pants and blue shirts attempted to kidnap a pair of 8-year-old girls who were playing in a backyard.



NEW YORK — Competing bids from Comcast and Disney for the bulk of Twenty-First Century Fox come as the media landscape changes and companies get more involved in both creating and distributing content. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 926 words, photos.

— ETSY FEES: Brooklyn based Etsy’s stock is soaring at the opening bell after the online crafts company announced an increase in fees and boosted its revenue outlook for the year. With photos.



PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The house where Rosa Parks sought refuge after fleeing the South will be offered at auction after being turned into a work of art and shipped across the Atlantic Ocean twice. Guernsey’s auctioneers said it will offer the house where Parks’ family lived in a midsummer auction in New York City that also will feature several other items related to African-American history and culture. By Michelle R. Smith. SENT: 515 words, photos.



SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — The U.S. Open begins at Shinnecock Hills with Tiger Woods back for the first time in three years and Phil Mickelson trying to complete the career Grand Slam. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.



— Sidebars, including US OPEN-SHINNECOCK NATION, listed in top stories section.


NEW YORK — Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees host the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a four-game series between AL East foes. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

— FBN--GIANTS-MINICAMP: Pat Shurmur’s first minicamp with the New York Giants nearly had an ugly ending when high-priced left tackle Nate Solder tweaked a knee after being bumped during a helmet-swinging scuffle between defensive tackle Damon Harrison and rookie guard Will Hernandez.

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