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

July 6, 2018

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NEW & DEVELOPING: DROWNED IN INLET, BKL--LIBERTY-MYSTICS

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TOP STORIES

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PROTECTING THE DISABLED

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s agency tasked with investigating accusations of abuse and neglect against disabled people in state care is promising to improve transparency following years of complaints about conducting nearly all its work in secret. The commitment isn’t likely to satisfy critics, including some lawmakers and families of disabled people, who want the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs to be abolished or overhauled. By David Klepper. SENT: 780 words.

STATUE OF LIBERTY-ARRESTS

NEW YORK — An unrepentant protester who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on a busy Fourth of July in what prosecutors called a “dangerous stunt” pleaded not guilty Thursday to misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct. President Donald Trump, during a campaign rally in Montana, called her a “clown.” By Tom Hays. SENT: 450 words, photo, video.

PREDICTIVE POLICING

HARTFORD, Conn. — Years of secrecy by America’s police departments about their use of computer programs predicting where crimes will occur, and who will commit them, are under fire in legal cases nationwide. The largest departments — New York, Chicago and Los Angeles — are all being sued for not releasing information about their “predictive policing” programs, which use algorithms to crunch data and create lists of people and neighborhoods for officers to target. By Dave Collins. SENT: 1019 words. With photos.

AUTISTIC MAN-FOREST SURVIVAL

BLEECKER, N.Y. — A man with autism relied on his Boy Scout skills to find drinkable water and stay safe while he was lost in New York’s Adirondack woods for 50 hours during a heat wave, according to forest rangers and family members. SENT: 323 words.

TRUMP-RUSSIA-OLIGARCH’S INFLUENCE

WASHINGTON — Long before Viktor Vekselberg was tied to a scandal over the president and a porn star, the Russian oligarch had been positioning himself to extend his influence in the United States. Working closely with an American cousin who heads the New York investment management firm Columbus Nova, Vekselberg backed a $1.6 million lobbying campaign to aid Russian interests in Washington. By Garance Burke and Stephen Braun. SENT: 2365 words, photos. An abridged version is available.

TRANSPORTATION:

PATH-POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL

NEWARK, N.J. — Several PATH rail stations will close on weekends during the next four months to accommodate work on installing a federally required emergency braking system. SENT: 250 words.

MEDIA:

SHOOTINGS-NEWSPAPER-MOMENT OF SILENCE

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Newsrooms across the country paused Thursday to observe a moment of silence for five employees of a Maryland newspaper who were killed a week ago in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history. The American Society of News Editors and The Associated Press Media Editors asked newsrooms around the globe to join in a remembrance of the dead, and many did, including at The Associated Press’ headquarters in New York. By Brian Witte. SENT: 700 words, photos.

TRUMP-FOX NEWS

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s campaign-style rallies have found a receptive audience at New York-based Fox News Channel, which unlike the other cable news networks often carries his speeches live and in their entirety. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT; 850 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— DROWNED IN INLET: Police and relatives say a Long Island man drowned helping to rescue a young nephew who was struggling in the water during a beach outing on the Fourth of July.

— POLICE OFFICER-STREET NAMING: A New York City street has been renamed in honor of a police officer who was ambushed and killed last year in a parked police vehicle.

— AFFIRMATIVE ACTION-NEW YORK: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is directing the state university system to continue policies that promote racial diversity among students after the Trump administration said the federal government will let schools leave race out of admission decisions.

— FATAL SHOOTING: Police in upstate New York say a Rochester man shot two people, killing a 42-year-old man.

— COUNTRY CLUB WORKER DEATH: Police say a 55-year-old country club worker pinned to his tractor seat by a tree he was hauling has died.

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SPORTS

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HKN--SENATORS ARREST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The lawyer representing Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee tells The Associated Press he will enter a not guilty plea and file a motion to dismiss harassment charges during his client’s appearance Friday in Buffalo city court. By John Wawrow. SENT: 250 words.

— BKL--LIBERTY-MYSTICS: Elena Delle Donne scored 11 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter to help the Washington Mystics beat the New York Liberty 86-67 on Thursday night.

— HKN--ISLANDERS ASSISTANT COACH: Barry Trotz has added former Washington Capitals assistant Lane Lambert to his New York Islanders coaching staff.

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