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

January 16, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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ELECTION 2020-GILLIBRAND

TROY, N.Y. _ A day after she jumped into the presidential race from a glimmering Manhattan television studio, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand returned Wednesday to her upstate New York hometown to preview a campaign that is expected to put gender front and center. UPCOMING: 900 words by 3 p.m., photo.

XGR--CLEAN ENERGY

ALBANY, N.Y. _ Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the state to set a goal of generating 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2040. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

LIMOUSINE CRASH

ALBANY, N.Y. _ More than three months after 20 people died in a limousine crash in rural upstate New York, federal safety investigators have yet to get their hands on the most crucial piece of evidence _ the wrecked vehicle itself. By Mary Esch. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m., photo.

BKN--KANTER-TURKEY

ANKARA, Turkey _ Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant for New York Knicks player Enes Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terror organization. Kanter, who didn’t go with the Knicks this week for their game in London because he feared he could be killed over his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, responded on Twitter that the Turkish government could not present “any single piece of evidence of my wrongdoing.” SENT: 404 words, photo.

SEPT 11 MEMORIAL-RESPONDERS TRIBUTE

BARRE, Vt. _ A memorial paying homage to thousands of rescue and recovery workers who labored in the ruins of the World Trade Center is taking shape in Vermont, where workers are chiseling slabs of granite that will be installed this spring at the national Sept. 11 memorial. The new area with a path flanked by stone monoliths will also honor those sickened or who died from exposure to toxins after the towers fell. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 676 words, photos, video.

DURST-MURDER TRIAL

LOS ANGELES _ New York real estate heir Robert Durst has been scheduled to go on trial in late summer on charges of killing a friend in Los Angeles nearly two decades ago. Durst is charged with killing his best friend Susan Berman in 2000 to keep her from telling authorities what she knew about the disappearance of Durst’s wife in 1982. SENT: 361 words, photo.

POLICE OFFICER KILLED-CRASH

NEW YORK _ An off-duty New York City police officer was killed Wednesday in a head-on crash with a city-owned garbage truck in the Bronx.

IMMIGRANT ACTIVIST DETAINED

BOSTON _ Supporters of an immigration activist facing deportation are rallying in cities across the country ahead of a Thursday hearing that may decide his fate. Eduardo Samaniego, a 26-year old native of Mexico, marched 250 miles from New York to Washington, D.C., with 10 others last year to call for passage of the DREAM Act. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 548 words.

ABORTION-STATE BATTLEGROUNDS

NEW YORK — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women’s access to the procedure. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1211 words, photos.

MEDIA-LOCAL NEWS

NEW YORK _ The local news industry hasn’t been the subject of much good news itself, lately. Two developments this week brought the issue into further focus. Facebook announced it would invest $300 million over three years in news initiatives with an emphasis in local coverage. More ominously, Digital First Media bid to buy Gannett Co. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 1024 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ DISMEMBERED REMAINS: A central New York man charged with the deaths of his 90-year-old grandmother and their 87-year-old landlord has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.

_ ELDERLY WOMAN-HOMICIDE: A jury in western New York has convicted a 55-year-old man of murder for stabbing his 101-year-old upstairs neighbor to death in her apartment.

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BUSINESS

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EARNS-GOLDMAN SACHS

NEW YORK — Investment bank Goldman Sachs swung to a fourth-quarter profit, as the bank’s advisory business helped offset a difficult quarter in trading, given the turbulent markets in late 2018. By Business Writer Ken Sweet. SENT: 458 words, photo.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

NEW YORK _ Small companies across the country are losing business because of the government shutdown. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 903 words, photos.

_ JEWELRY STORE-CREDIT PRACTICES: New York state says some well-known jewelry stores that promote sparkling romance engaged in credit practices that consumers might not love.

_ FISERV-FIRS DATA-ACQUISITION: Fiserv is buying New York based First Data in a $22 billion all-stock deal, creating a giant player in the payments and financial technology sector.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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_ CAROL CHANNING-BROADWAY LIGHTS: Broadway is remembering Tony-winning actress Carol Channing.

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SPORTS

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BKN--NETS-ROCKETS

HOUSTON _ James Harden looks for his 18th straight 30-point game when the Houston Rockets host the Brooklyn Nets. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

HKN--SABRES-FLAMES

CALGARY _ The Buffalo Sabres visit the Calgary Flames. Game starts at 9:30 p.m. EST. With photos.

_ FBN--BILLS-ALEXANDER: The Buffalo Bills have re-signed veteran linebacker Lorenzo Alexander to a one-year contract.

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