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

May 12, 2018

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ALBANY, N.Y. — In New York state government news, Democrats who control the Assembly plan to hold interviews with applicants for attorney general after Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned amid allegations he physically abused four women. By Chris Carola. UPCOMING 450 words by 1 p.m.



NEW YORK — A jury convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges Friday, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat’s second attempt to avoid years in prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government. By Tom Hays. SENT: 485 words, photos.


NEW YORK — A New York lawyer said he told President Donald Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, years ago that former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was abusing women. Schneiderman, a frequent legal nemesis of the president, resigned this week after The New Yorker published the accounts of four women who said they were slapped and choked by the Democratic ex-prosecutor. By Tom Hays. SENT: 545 words, photos.


NEW YORK — An auction of the Rockefeller family’s vast collection of art and other treasures set a new record for the sale of a single-owner’s private collection this week at Christie’s, bringing in at least $800 million, much of which will go to charity. That’s about twice the previous record of $443 million from a 2009 sale of designer Yves St. Laurent’s personal estate. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 595 words, photos.


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Having lost five of its 12 casinos over the past four years, Atlantic City will mark its 40th anniversary of casino gambling by reopening two of those shuttered properties, despite concern in some quarters that it might be repeating the same mistakes that got it into trouble in the first place. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 950 words, photos.


NEW YORK — A Chinese billionaire convicted of bribing United Nations officials was sentenced Friday to four years in prison. By Tom Hays. SENT: 375 words.


NEW YORK — The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit Friday against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state’s financial regulatory agency for what it says is a blacklisting campaign aimed at preventing firms from doing business with the gun owners’ group. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 420 words.


NEW YORK —A former energy company executive pleaded guilty Friday in connection with a scheme to bribe a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. SENT: 250 words.


WICHITA, Kan. — Law enforcement officers in Kansas are now banned from having sex with people they stop for traffic violations or detain in criminal investigations under a new state law that many legislators were surprised was necessary. The sponsor of the new law says she was influenced by a New York case. SENT: 330 words.


— TENNESSEE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Tennessee officials want to award $17.5 million for financial firm AllianceBernstein Holding LP to relocate its global headquarters from New York.

— WINDOW WASHERS-RESCUE: Authorities say two workers were rescued after a scaffold platform started swinging and shattered windows on a luxury high-rise more than 40 stories above lower Manhattan.

— COMPTROLLER-SEWAGE OVERFLOWS: A new report says more than 200 waterways across New York were impacted last year by billions of gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater.

— TOURIST RENTALS-EVICTION: A New York City artist is facing eviction and a $185,000 fine after renting out her rent-regulated loft to tourists on Airbnb.

— INVASIVE INSECT: New York state officials are asking residents to be on the lookout for an invasive insect called the spotted lanternfly.

— PETER MAYER: A leading mainstream and independent publisher of the past half century, Peter Mayer, has died.

— QUEENS FIRES: The Fire Department says a blaze that broke through the roof of a house in Queens critically injured one person and seriously injured 10 others, including seven firefighters.

— FETUSES FOUND: Police are investigating after fetuses were found dead in a trash can and a sewage treatment plant in upper Manhattan.

— MANHATTAN-PEDESTRIANS HURT: A car slammed into a deli at an intersection in New York City, injuring six people.

— CUOMO-ISRAEL: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he plans to travel to Israel show “solidarity” in a tumultuous time.

— WOMAN SHOT: Police say a woman has been found shot to death with her hands bound inside a New York City public housing apartment.



NEW YORK — When Rihanna attended this week’s glitzy Met Gala, she was actually returning to the scene of the crime. The Grammy-winning singer had earlier shot a spinoff of the “Oceans” film franchise that centers on a heist at the annual Met Gala. By John Carucci. SENT: 400 words, photos, video.


NEW YORK — Peter Mayer, a leading mainstream and independent publisher of the past half century who acquired such million-selling books as “Up the Down Staircase” and “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” and was known for his innovative and volatile style, died Friday at age 82. SENT: 665 words.



NEW YORK — Oakland Athletics rookie Dustin Fowler once was a rising star in the Yankees’ system, set to join a promising crop of Baby Bombers in the Bronx for years to come. By Scott Orgera. SENT: 990 words

NEW YORK — A day after hanging out at Sonny Gray’s house and catching up with his buddy, Kendall Graveman faced him at Yankee Stadium. Khris Davis, Matt Chapman, Jed Lowrie and Matt Joyce all homered and the Oakland Athletics beat the Yankees 10-5 Friday night, leaving New York with back to back losses for the first time in more than a month. By Scott Orgera. SENT: 1000 words.


PHILADELPHIA — Michael Conforto crushed a splitter from Hector Neris and watched it drift just wide of the foul pole. Conforto hit that offering from the Phillies closer to right-center for a two-run homer in the ninth inning, and the New York Mets rallied to beat Philadelphia 3-1 on Friday night. By Mike Cranston. SENT: 880 words.


NEW YORK — Vasyl Lomachenko believes he has more even more skills than he’s shown and just needs someone to make him use them. Jorge Linares believes he will be that fighter when Lomachenko moves up in weight to fight Linares on Saturday for the WBA lightweight championship. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 800 words, photos.


PHILADELPHIA— Michael Conforto hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Phillies closer Hector Neris and the New York Mets rallied to beat Philadelphia 3-1 on Friday night. By Mike Cranston. SENT: 515 words, photos.


PHILADELPHIA — The New York Mets will skip struggling left-hander Jason Vargas’ next turn in the rotation on Tuesday. Manager Mickey Callaway said Friday that Vargas will instead throw a simulated game before the Mets host Toronto. Vargas is 0-3 with a 13.86 ERA since returning from surgery on his right hand. By Mike Cranston. SENT: 305 words.

— METS-MOVES: The New York Mets will be without outfielder Jay Bruce for their weekend series in Philadelphia. Bruce was placed on the paternity leave list Friday with his wife due to give birth to the couple’s second child. SENT: 230 words.


NEW YORK — Khris Davis, Matt Chapman, Jed Lowrie and Matt Joyce all homered and the Oakland Athletics beat the Yankees 10-5 Friday night, leaving New York with back to back losses for the first time in more than a month. By Scott Orgera. SENT: 595 words, photos.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — When it comes to football, Saquon Barkley has a knack for doing what might sound impossible. Whether it’s his freakish feats in the weight room, or his game-breaking plays during a three-year career at Penn State (during which he scored a school-record 53 touchdowns), the 6-foot, 233-pounder earned another distinction when he was selected second overall by the Giants in the draft last month instead of a quarterback. By Matt Sugam. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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