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BC-NY--New York News Coverage Advisory, NY

February 24, 2019

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New York. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Verena Dobnik at 212-621-1670.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org .

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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VATICAN CITY _ Pope Francis closed out his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing Sunday to confront abusers with “the wrath of God” felt by the faithful, end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize the victims of this “brazen, aggressive and destructive evil.” But his failure to offer a concrete action plan to hold bishops accountable when they failed to protect their flocks from predators disappointed survivors, who had expected more from the first-ever global Catholic summit of its kind. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 860 words. AP photos.


JERUSALEM _ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s alliance with an ultranationalist political party has raised significant concerns among U.S. Jews, a top leader in the Jewish American community said Sunday. By Josef Federman. SENT: 340 words.


WASHINGTON _ Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort committed crimes that cut to “the heart of the criminal justice system” and over the years deceived everyone from bookkeepers and banks to federal prosecutors and his own lawyers, according to a sentencing memo filed Saturday by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office. By Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 640 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ The real estate firm run by White House adviser Jared Kushner’s family has pulled off its biggest deal in more than a decade. The Wall Street Journal reports that Kushner Cos. paid $1.1 billion for a portfolio of about 6,000 apartments in Maryland and Virginia that had been owned by Lone Star Funds. SENT: 250 words.


ALBANY, N.Y. _ In New York state government news, the topic of splitting the state into separate upstate and downstate entities has popped up again at the Capitol. The idea of splitting upstate New York and the New York City metro area into two separate states comes up periodically in Albany, never getting beyond the proposal stage. By Chris Carola. SENT: 770 words.


LOS ANGELES _ Director Stanley Donen, a giant of the Hollywood musical who through such classics as “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Funny Face” helped give us some of the most joyous sounds and images in movie history, has died. He was 94. By Jake Coyle. SENT: 1180. AP photos.


CHICAGO _ R. Kelly, the R&B star who has been trailed for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves, is due in court Saturday after being charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. By Sara Burnett and Michael Tarm. SENT: 1260 words.


Now there is one more place where cameras could start watching you — from 30,000 feet. Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines, United Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras, and it’s likely they are also on planes used by other carriers. By David Koenig. SENT: 440 words. AP photos.


_ ELECTION 2020-DE BLASIO: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is telling Democrats in Iowa that he has not ruled out a run for president.

_ CAR ON SIDEWALK-CHILDREN: New York City police are searching for a motorist who drove around a stopped school bus onto a Brooklyn sidewalk, nearly mowing down schoolchildren.

_ TODDLER KILLED: A 23-year-old woman has been found guilty of murder in the beating death of her 2-year-old son.

_ WINTER WEATHER-HIGH WINDS: Authorities are warning New York residents to prepare for potentially damaging winds across much of the state this weekend.

_ DEER CULL: The U.S. Department of Agriculture says its hunters have killed nearly four dozen deer at state parks on Long Island because large herds are damaging the landscape.

_ PEDESTRIAN KILLED: Police say a teenage driver struck and killed a 77-year-old man who was lying in the roadway in upstate New York.



SANTA MONICA, Calif. _ Two years after his “Moonlight” triumphed on the eve of the Oscars, Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of the James Baldwin novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” on Saturday topped the 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards, winning best film, best director and best supporting female for Regina King. By Jake Coyle SENT: 900 words, photos.



VANCOUVER, British Columbia _ New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner is more concerned about points for the standings than personal success. Lehner made 36 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the Islanders beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 Saturday. SENT: 680 words.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ D’Angelo Russell tied a career high with 40 points and made some huge shots down the stretch, and the Brooklyn Nets picked up an important 117-115 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night. By Steve Reed. SENT: 600 words, photos.


BUFFALO, N.Y. _ Sam Reinhart scored three goals and the Buffalo Sabres snapped a four-game skid with a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday. By John Wawrow. SENT: 800 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Despite their trade deadline-depleted lineup, the Rangers got off to a fast start and dominated the Devils. Ryan Strome had two goals, Chris Kreider and Jimmy Vesey each had a goal and an assist, and New York beat New Jersey 5-2 on Saturday. By Simmi Buttar. SENT: 760 words, photos.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ No matter the outcome, Jim Boeheim needed this. Three days after the Hall of Fame coach of the Syracuse Orange struck and killed a pedestrian on a darkened highway that leads out of town, he returned to the bench Saturday night. Boeheim’s first public appearance since the Wednesday night accident that killed 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez came in a 75-65 loss to top-ranked Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski, a close friend. By John Kekis. SENT: 900 words, photos.

_ SETON HALL-ST JOHN’S: Shamorie Ponds had 27 points, five assists and five steals as St. John’s beat Seton Hall 78-70 on Saturday night.

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