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BC-NY--New York News Digest , NY

December 27, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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MINIMUM WAGE-NYC

NEW YORK_ The lowest-paid workers in New York state will have something to look forward to in the new year: a higher minimum wage, with the biggest boost coming to employees in New York City, who will make at least $15 per hour. By Deepti Hajela. SENT: 800 words, photos.

OFFICER ATTACKED-NO CHARGES

NEW YORK _ New York City prosecutors say three homeless men seen on video battling a police officer on a subway platform are facing criminal charges. By Michael R. Sisak and Jim Mustian. SENT: 500 words.

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BASKETBALL PLAYER DIES: A 16-year-old boy has died after collapsing during a high-school basketball practice in Queens.

CITY BUS-JOYRIDE: Authorities say a joyrider absconded with an empty New York City bus and took it on a day long adventure from the Bronx to Queens and back.

SARATOGA-FATAL FIRE: Authorities say one person has been found dead in a Saratoga Springs town house that was heavily damaged by a fire.

ROCK CLIMBER DEATH: New York State Police say a 41-year-old Maryland man has died from a fall while rock climbing on the Shawangunk Ridge.

THOUSAND ISLANDS-TOURISM: A survey of businesses in the Thousands Island region along the U.S.-Canada border say this past summer was a strong one for tourism.

BILLS FAN-DISNEY WORLD: An avid Buffalo Bills fan from Texas who’s battling cancer has been given a trip to Disney World thanks to the efforts of a fan club known as the Bills Mafia.

CHRISTMAS NIGHT SHOOTING: Authorities are investigating a Christmas Night shooting in an upstate New York town that sent a man to the hospital.

FIREFIGHTER-FATAL CRASH: Firefighters in western New York are mourning the death of a veteran professional firefighter who was killed in an off-duty traffic accident on Christmas Eve.

MASSACHUSETTS-RUNNER SLAIN: A lawyer for the suspect in the 2016 slaying of a Google employee killed while out for a run near her mother’s Massachusetts home has asked to a judge to throw out DNA evidence in the case.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MEDIA-HANNITY

NEW YORK — The drumbeat of bad news for President Donald Trump hasn’t been good for his most prominent backer in the media. While Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity will end 2018 as cable news’ most popular personality, he’s been slumping in the ratings since the midterm elections and ominous stories related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the president. By David Bauder. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FBN-GIANTS-MANNING

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For the second straight year, two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is heading into an offseason with an uncertain future as New York Giants quarterback. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 700 words.

FBN-BILLS

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. _ The Buffalo Bills (5-10) return to practice on Wednesday to prepare for their season finale against the Miami Dolphins (7-8) on Sunday. By John Wawrow. SENT: 650 words, with photos.

FBC-PINSTRIPE BOWL PREVIEW

NEW YORK -- Take me out to the bowl game! Yankee Stadium again serves as home of Thursday’s Pinstripe Bowl when Miami plays Wisconsin. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 650 words, photos.

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

She showed up in Paris wearing a black catsuit, a reminder that nobody can command the Grand Slam stage quite like Serena Williams. She reached the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, proving again how well she can play no matter how little she practices. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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