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

March 29, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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STATE BUDGET-NY

ALBANY, N.Y. _ Gov. Andrew Cuomo and fellow Democrats who control the Legislature reached a deal Friday to make New York the third state with a ban on single-use plastic grocery bags as they worked to finalize budget agreements. By Chris Carola and David Klepper. SENT: 479 words, photos. Will be updated.

MANHATTAN TOLLS

NEW YORK _ Long ringed by some of the most expensive toll roads in the U.S., New York City is poised to take things even further with a plan to use automated license plate readers to charge drivers who motor into the most congested parts of Manhattan during times when crosstown traffic is at its worst. By Deepti Hajela and David Klepper. SENT: 797 words.

KIDNAPPING CHARGES-JEWISH SECT

NEW YORK _ The FBI has arrested another member of an extremist Jewish sect in what authorities described as a new plot to abduct two children in New York. By Jim Mustian. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.

SCIENCE SAYS-GENOME PAYOFFS

NEW YORK _ Just last month scientists published the genome for the strawberry, the paper mulberry tree, the great white shark, and a celebrity cat named Lil BUB. The reason: A detailed look under the hood provides a foothold for discovering how life works and possibly how to prevent disease. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 1015 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ BRANDED WOMEN: A woman implicated in the sex-trafficking case against an upstate New York self-help group has quietly pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges.

_ CAMPGROUND-SEXUAL ASSAULT: A Vermont man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a tent at a New York campground has pleaded guilty.

_ ID THEFTS-CHILDREN TARGETED: Authorities say a New York based identity theft ring targeted children’s Social Security numbers throughout the country.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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_ BOOKS-CANDACE BUSHNELL: Candace Bushnell’s next project is a book for the #MeToo movement.

_ MILITARY MUSEUM-NEW EXHIBIT: The New York State Military Museum is set to formally open a new exhibit on the Korean and Vietnam wars.

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SPORTS

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HKN--BLUES-RANGERS

NEW YORK _ The St. Louis Blues visit the New York Rangers. With photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BBO--SALARIES

NEW YORK _ Washington pitcher Max Scherzer took over from Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout as baseball’s highest-paid player at $37.4 million and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox remained the sport’s biggest spender for the second straight year, according to a study of major league salaries by The Associated Press. Just three position players are among the top 11, including New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes at $29 million. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 669 words, photos.

BKL--WNBA MOCK DRAFT

NEW YORK _ The Associated Press polled a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers for a mock draft of the three rounds this spring. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 1217 words, photos.

SOC--NEW YORK CITY FC-TORONTO FC

TORONTO _ The New York City FC plays at the Toronto FC. Game starts at 8 p.m. EDT.

_ BBO--MLB-FOREIGN PLAYERS: There were more than 100 Dominican players in the major leagues on opening day, the first time a nation outside the U.S. reached the century mark.

_ BKC--SYRACUSE-BATTLE: Syracuse star Tyus Battle is not coming back for his senior year.