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

January 12, 2019

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

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CAPITOL WATCH

ALBANY _ An increasingly diverse state Legislature is back in Albany for its 2019 session, the first in the state’s history with African-Americans holding the top leadership posts in both the Assembly and the Senate. A look at stories making news at the Capitol. By Chris Carola. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-STATES

SEATTLE _ Left-leaning states are moving swiftly to make good on Democrats’ winning issue in last year’s elections _ protect and expand health care coverage. Governors and lawmakers are promising bold action to counter steps taken by the Trump administration to undermine the health care expansion under former President Barack Obama’s health overhaul. They are promising public health insurance options to get more people covered, tax penalties for those who don’t have insurance as a way to stabilize the insurance market and financial subsidies to help more people afford monthly premiums. By Sally Ho and Geoff Mulvihill. 1,000 words. Photos.

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TOP STORIES

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FIREFIGHTER FUNERAL

NEW YORK _ A rookie New York firefighter who plunged to his death off a highway bridge while rushing to rescue two men trapped in an overturned vehicle had bravery “in his blood,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at his funeral Friday. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 380 words, photos.

HOUSE FIRE-CHILDREN

HERKIMER, N.Y._ The remains of three young boys were recovered Friday from the charred rubble of an upstate New York home that was quickly consumed by fire just before dawn. Sent: 200 words.

CHILD MARRIAGE-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON _ Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. Some victims of forced marriage, including a woman brought from Pakistan to New York City to marry her cousin at age 13, say the lure of a U.S. passport is partly fueling the petitions. By Colleen Long. SENT: 1022 words, photos, video, graphic.

SCIENTIST HONORS REVOKED

NEW YORK _ James Watson, the Nobel Prize-winning DNA scientist who lost his job in 2007 for expressing racist views, was stripped of several honorary titles Friday by the New York lab he once headed. By Malcom Ritter. SENT: 390 words, photos.

EPISCOPAL DIOCESE-SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

ALBANY, N.Y. _ The Episcopal Church on Friday cleared the way for same-sex marriages in an upstate New York diocese where they had been barred by a bishop who claimed the church had been “hijacked by the “Gay Rights Agenda.” By Michael Hill. SENT: 420 words.

XGR--VOTING REFORM

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York lawmakers are poised to vote on long-blocked changes to the state’s antiquated voting laws, including early voting and the elimination of rigid registration deadlines that forced people to enroll in a party many months _ sometimes more than a year _ before they could cast a primary ballot. By David Klepper. SENT: 635 words.

ELECTION 2020-MICHAEL BLOOMBERG

AUSTIN, Texas _ Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that if he runs for president, he’ll pay for it himself, defending candidates who use personal riches to bankroll campaigns. By Will Weissert. SENT: 366 words, photo.

_ ELECTION 2020-O’ROURKE-WINFREY: Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke will head to New York next month for a live interview with Oprah Winfrey as he continues to mull a 2020 presidential run.

POLICE STREET FIGHT VIDEO

NEW YORK _ New York City’s police commissioner defended officers who were recorded bludgeoning a man with batons, saying they were defending themselves after they were attacked, and slammed a prosecutor’s decision not to seek to have the man held on bail. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 800 words.

NBC-MEGYN KELLY

NEW YORK _ NBC News announced its professional divorce agreement with Megyn Kelly late Friday, ending an association with the former Fox News Channel star whose attempt to become a network morning television star as part of the “Today” show floundered. By David Bauder. SENT: 590 words, photos.

DOG MUSEUM

NEW YORK _ It’s a museum that invites visitors to come! Sit! And stay. The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog opens Feb. 8 in midtown Manhattan, returning to New York after three decades on the outskirts of St. Louis. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 676 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

_ JAPAN-US MILITARY CRASH-NEW YORK: Several hundred people gathered for a funeral of a Hudson Valley Marine killed when two military planes collided off the coast of Japan in December.

_ EPISCOPAL DIOCESE-SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: The Episcopal Church has cleared the way for same-sex marriages in an upstate New York diocese where the bishop had barred them.

_ OCASIO-CORTEZ-CAMPAIGN FINE: The campaign of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been fined $1,500 for not having the required workers’ compensation for a month last year.

_ DISMEMBERED REMAINS: A central New York man charged with the deaths of his 90-year-old grandmother and their 87-year-old landlord was enrolled at Utica’s Mental Health Court at the time they were killed.

_ SUBWAY SAMARITAN: A Manhattan woman has expressed her gratitude to a man who recovered her purse, containing $10,000, from a subway platform.

_ AMTRAK-WIRE DOWN: Amtrak rail service has been disrupted in the Northeast due to a downed power wire in New York City.

_ TRIPLE HOMICIDE SUSPECT: Police in say a suspect wanted for killing three people in a shooting last summer in New York City may be hiding in coastal South Carolina.

_ FRATERNITY EXPELLED: A judge has upheld the suspensions of several fraternity members at Syracuse University who were captured on video using racial slurs and simulating sexual assault.

_ ROCKEFELLER STATE-DONATION: A nearly 350-acre parcel of land has been donated by the late billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller’s estate to the state park reserve at his family’s former property in New York City’s northern suburbs.

_ TUBERCULOSIS CARE SITE: Plans have been approved to turn a building central to Saranac Lake’s historic role in caring for tuberculosis patients into a museum.

_ XGR--FIREARM BACKGROUND CHECKS: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to extend the background check waiting period for firearm purchase from three days to 10 days.

_ MARIO CUOMO BRIDGE: The planned demolition of the old Tappan Zee Bridge this Saturday has been postponed due to inclement weather.

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BUSINESS

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_ BOJANGLES SALE: A North Carolina-based chicken-and-biscuits chain is one step closer to having new, New-York based owners.

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SPORTS

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BBN-ARBITRATION-METS

NEW YORK _ NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets agreed to a $17 million, one-year contract, a record raise for an arbitration-eligible player from his $7.4 million salary last year. By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 720 words, photos.

BBA--YANKEES-LEMAHIEU

NEW YORK _ A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Gold Glove-winning free-agent second baseman D.J. LeMahieu and the Yankees are nearing agreement on a two-year contract, a deal that would appear to eliminate New York as a destination for Manny Machado. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. Developing.

BBA--YANKEES-BRITTON

NEW YORK — Zach Britton and the New York Yankees have finalized a contract that guarantees the reliever $39 million over three seasons and could be worth $53 million for four years. Developing. With photos.

HKN--SABRES-HURRICANES

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Sebastian Aho scored two goals off the skates of Buffalo defensemen, and the Carolina Hurricanes held on to beat the Sabres 4-3 on Friday night, spoiling Jeff Skinner’s return to Raleigh. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 530 words, photos.

BKN-PACERS-KNICKS

NEW YORK _ Domantas Sabonis had 22 points and 15 rebounds to cap his sizzling season at Madison Square Garden, and the Indiana Pacers easily bounced back from their worst performance of 2018-19 by beating the New York Knicks 121-106 on Friday night. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

BKN--NETS-RAPTORS

TORONTO _ Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Pascal Siakam scored 16 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 122-105 on Friday night for their second seven-game home winning streak of the season. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 380 words, photos.

FBN-JETS-GASE HIRED

NEW YORK _ The New York Jets officially have Adam Gase in place. The team announced the hiring of the former Miami Dolphins coach as their head coach Friday after coming to an agreement on Wednesday night. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 450 words, photos.

_ FBC--T25-ARMY-COORDINATOR: John Loose has been promoted to defensive coordinator at Army.

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