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

May 7, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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BRANDED WOMEN

NEW YORK _ A self-help guru groomed women for sex, subjecting them to “shame and humiliation” and threatening to expose their “deepest, darkest secrets” if they didn’t comply with his wishes, a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Hajjar presented opening statements at the sex-trafficking trial of Keith Raniere, the former leader of an upstate New York group called NXIVM that’s been likened to a cult. By Tom Hays. SENT: 305 words, photo. Will be updated to 500 words by 5 p.m.

SEX WORKERS-LOITERING LAW

ALBANY, N.Y. _ More than 100 current and former sex workers came to Albany on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to repeal a state loitering law that they say is used by police to harass sex workers, transgender teens and others simply for how they look. Developing.

NYC PROSECUTOR FUNERAL

NEW YORK _ New York is remembering Richard A. Brown, a prosecutor and judge whose 40-plus years in criminal justice stretched from the gritty “Mean Streets” era of the 1970s to the current opioid crisis. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.

AMAZON GO-TAKING CASH

NEW YORK _ Amazon launched its high-tech Go convenience store a year ago, where shoppers can pull items off the shelf and walk out. Now it’s adding a decidedly low-tech feature: accepting cash. Its new store opening in New York City on Tuesday will be the first Amazon Go store to do so. By Retail Writer Joseph Pisani. SENT: 389 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ LAKE ONTARIO-FLOODING: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says areas along the Lake Ontario shoreline are “at the precipice of a disaster” as forecasts for rain threaten to push water levels past flood level.

_ YOUTH CAMP-SEX ABUSE CASE: A former New York camp counselor who was initially accused of sexually abusing 10 boys has pleaded guilty to two felonies.

_ MEMORIAL DAY-FLAGS DISPOSAL: Worn and tattered American flags can be dropped off at collection points all across New York state for proper disposal at an annual event over Memorial Day weekend.

_ COLLEGE BUILDING FIRE: A Vermont fire chief who helped extinguish a fast-moving blaze in a Bennington College building says the response led to a “major save” of the building known on campus as “The Barn.”

_ POLICE OFFICERS-MEMORIAL: The names of more than 60 law enforcement officers are being added to the New York state memorial honoring fallen officers.

_SOLITARY CONFINEMENT: Faith leaders from around New York state gather at the state Capitol to denounce solitary confinement of prisoners.

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SPORTS

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BBN--METS-PADRES

SAN DIEGO _ New York plays San Diego at PETCO Park. With photos. Game starts at 10:10 p.m. EDT.

BBA--MARINERS-YANKEES

NEW YORK _ Seattle plays New York at Yankee Stadium. With photos. Game starts at 6:35 p.m.

RAC--MAXIMUM SECURITY-MONMOUTH PARK

OCEANPORT, N.J. _ Maximum Security has arrived at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 203 words, photos.