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

December 4, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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GUN CONTROL-SOCIAL MEDIA

ALBANY, N.Y. — Should authorities be able to deny handgun licenses for hateful tweets? A New York lawmaker is raising the question with a bill that would require police to scrutinize the social media activity and online searches of handgun license applicants, and disqualify those who have published violent or hateful posts. By Michael Hill. SENT: 606 words, photos, video.

EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION

NEW YORK — A key government witness at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo” has testified about the cold-blooded killings committed to further his own narcotics empire. Former Colombian kingpin Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia admitted on cross-examination on Tuesday that the victims included low-level dealers in the New York City area who crossed his cartel. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

HONG KONG OFFICIAL-BRIBERY CHARGES

NEW YORK — A U.S. prosecutor says the evidence is “overwhelming” that a Hong Kong businessman paid millions of dollars in bribes to the leaders of two African countries to secure oil rights for a Chinese energy conglomerate. Closing arguments continued on Tuesday afternoon at the trial of Chi Ping Patrick Ho. By Jim Mustian. UPCOMING: 450 words by 5 p.m.

NEW YORK GOVERNOR-INAUGURATION

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will deliver his third inaugural address on New Year’s Day on Ellis Island, a site that Cuomo called a fitting location that reflects the core values of the nation and state. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m., photo.

IN BRIEF:

— XGR--FOR-PROFIT COLLEGE DEBT: A new report finds that students attending for-profit colleges in New York state are more than twice as likely to default on their loans as those at non-profit schools.

— ABANDONED BUILDING-FATAL FIRE: Fire investigators continue to search for the cause of a blaze that destroyed an abandoned house in the Hudson Valley, killing four people authorities believe were homeless.

— NYPD DRONES: The New York Police Department has a new fleet of 14 drones.

— COURTHOUSE CAMERAS: A legal group is claiming victory in an appellate court’s ruling over the consideration of surveillance cameras in interview rooms at a New York City courthouse.

— TEENAGE GIRL-AMBER ALERT: Police have canceled an Amber Alert issued for a 14-year-old Rochester girl, saying she has been found after being abducted by a 41-year-old man.

— THEFTS-SLED HOCKEY: Police in upstate New York say a woman stole from patrons and players attending an event promoting athletics for people with physical or developmental disabilities.

—FEDEX BRAWL: Police say a brawl broke out between FedEx workers and a group of mourners at a funeral in New York City.

— COMMUNITY SOLAR: Nine community solar projects around New York state have been awarded state contracts to help low-income residents access renewable energy.

— FARMERS-PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION: A tax emption that’s deemed essential for farmers and growers across New York state has been extended for another decade.

— CHESAPEAKE BAY-GRANT FUNDING: Efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay will soon get a boost in funding.

— I LOVE MY LIBRARIAN: A Pittsburgh librarian who advocates for immigrants and refugees and a librarian from rural North Carolina who helps patrons navigate the internet are among 10 winners of the I Love My Librarian Award.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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— KANYE WEST-PHONE ETIQUETTE: Kanye West has apologized for his lack of phone etiquette while he and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, attended opening night of “The Cher Show” on Broadway. With photo.

— PEOPLE-PETE DAVIDSON: Pete Davidson says he’s not going to “kill myself.”

— RESCUED ANIMALS-JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN: A North Carolina animal rescue group says that thanks to “The Walking Dead” actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, a donkey and an emu who’ve bonded with each other can stay together.

— MUSIC-SPOTIFY-END OF YEAR: It’s no surprise, but Drake is the king of Spotify: He is the platform’s most-streamed artist of the year globally. With photos.

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SPORTS

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HKN--LEAFS-SABRES

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Buffalo Sabres. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

HKN--JETS-ISLANDERS

NEW YORK — The Winnipeg Jets look to complete a sweep of their three-game trip to the New York City area as they visit the New York Islanders. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--NORTHEASTERN-SYRACUSE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Northeastern plays Syracuse at Carrier Dome. Game starts at 7 p.m.

— FBC--T25-SYRACUSE-SZMYT: Syracuse place-kicker Andre Szmyt has won the Vlade Award, given annually to college football’s most accurate kicker.

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