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

November 29, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION

NEW YORK — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, made a surprise appearance before a federal judge in New York on Thursday and pleaded guilty to lying to Congress to cover up that he was negotiating a real estate deal in Moscow on Trump’s behalf during the heat of his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Trump called Cohen a “weak person” who is lying to get a lighter sentence. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 699 words, photos, video.

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ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-NEW YORK

ALBANY, N.Y. — Republican U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney has formally conceded to Democrat Anthony Brindisi in an upstate New York congressional race that settled by absentee ballots three weeks after election day. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

BOOKS-MYSTERY AWARD WITHDRAWN

NEW YORK —The Mystery Writers of America withdrew a major honor Thursday from author Linda Fairstein after other writers condemned the ex-prosecutor’s role in New York’s notorious “Central Park Five” rape case. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 490 words.

OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS

NEW YORK — A panel of judges is considering whether lawsuits filed on behalf of babies born to opioid-addicted mothers should be separated from a larger case against the drug industry. By Geoff Mulvihill. UPCOMING: 740 words by 3 p.m. With photo.

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LAGUARDIA EXPANSION

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined local officials in Queens on Thursday to announce the opening of a new passenger concourse at LaGuardia Airport, part of a larger renovation of the dilapidated facility. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 250 words by 5 p.m., photos.

IN BRIEF:

— CAR DEALERSHIP SHOOTING: Police have arrested a man in Pennsylvania who they say fatally shot the owner of a car dealership in suburban New York.

— CAR DEALERSHIP EMBEZZLEMENT: A New York woman has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison for stealing more than $1 million from the Connecticut car dealership where she worked and using the money for vacations, home renovations and a $50,000 vehicle.

— HISTORIC CHURCH-FIRE: A historic New York City church has been severely damaged by fire for the second time in 11 years.

— CASHLESS BUSINESS BAN: A New York City councilman is proposing legislation that would ban cash-free businesses.

— TEENS-ARMED ROBBERIES: An 11-year-old boy and two 15-year-old boys have been charged with robbing two convenience stores at gunpoint and fleeing in a stolen car in upstate New York.

— CHICK-FIL-A-BUFFALO SNOW: Dozens of hardy souls braved hours of snow and wind for a year’s worth of free Chick-fil-A as the fast food chain got ready to open its first Buffalo-area store.

— EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS-GRANTS: More than $32 million in grants has been awarded to seven upstate New York counties to improve emergency communications.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-HUGH JACKMAN: Hugh Jackman will launch his first ever world tour next year, performing at arenas mostly reserved for pop, rock and rap stars. With photo.

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SPORTS

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HKN--SABRES-LIGHTNING

TAMPA, Fla. — The Buffalo Sabres put a 10-game winning streak on the line against the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have won three of four on a five-game homestand. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.

HKN--ISLANDERS-BRUINS

BOSTON — The New York Islanders visit the Boston Bruins. Game starts at 7 p.m.

HKN--RANGERS-SENATORS

OTTAWA — The New York Rangers visit the Ottawa Senators. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

BKN--OBIT-NAULLS

LOS ANGELES — Willie Naulls, the former UCLA star who was a four-time All-Star with the New York Knicks and won three NBA championships with the Boston Celtics, has died. He was 84. SENT: 426 words.

— BKW--MONROE-VIOLATIONS: A junior college in western New York has placed its four-time championship-winning women’s basketball coach on leave as part of a series of self-imposed sanctions stemming from the findings of an internal audit conducted earlier this year.

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