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BC-NY--New York News Digest, ADVISORY, 6 pm Update, NY

April 6, 2019

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ALBANY, N.Y. _ New York state lawmakers who delivered a budget on time this past week are turning their attention to thorny debates over legalizing recreational marijuana and renewing New York City’s rent regulations. Both issues are complicated and the details are likely to dominate the remainder of the legislative session, scheduled to end in June. By David Klepper. SENT: 870 words. AP photos.


NEW YORK _ Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot for Israel’s election, but he’s a dominant factor for many American Jews as they assess the high stakes of the balloting. At its core, the election is a judgment on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has won the post four times previously but now faces corruption charges. Netanyahu has aligned closely with Trump _ a troubling tactic for the majority of American Jewish voters who lean Democratic. By David Crary. SENT: 980 words, photos.


A number of Bernie Sanders supporters say they won’t let go of the slights from the 2016 Democratic presidential primary fight against Hillary Clinton. The frustration is notable now that Sanders is a 2020 front-runner. By Alexandra Jaffe, Hunter Woodall and Meg Kinnard. SENT: 790 words, photo.


Former Vice President Joe Biden makes light of his recent controversy about crossing physical boundaries with women, and he signals in a resolute speech to union activists that’s he’s ready to run for president as a moderate Democrat in party that has been drifting left. By Thomas Beaumont and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, video.


SAN FRANCISCO — CBD oil-infused gummy bears, lattes and other food, drinks and dietary supplements are selling quickly even though the U.S. government says they’re illegal and local authorities have forced some retailers to pull products. The confusion has the nation’s two largest states and others moving to legalize the cannabis compound that many see as beneficial to their health. By Paul Elias. SENT: 992 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ The 150-year-old heart of a French priest is on a U.S. tour _ a Roman Catholic relic with New York City as its latest stop. It was on display Saturday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, where both the faithful and the curious lined up to see the human organ behind glass. The Knights of Columbus fraternity is sponsoring the pilgrimage of this heart, which has been to 28 states so far, with more coming up. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 400 words. AP photos.


_ SEPT. 11 MONOLITHS: A 600-ton crane has delivered six granite monoliths to the World Trade Center — stone sculptures honoring those who were sickened or died from toxins while cleaning up the site of the terrorist attack.

_ THRUWAY-CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS: Construction projects totaling $56 million are starting in western and eastern New York.

_ CANDY RECALL: New York confectioner Hercules Candy is voluntarily recalling an item because of undeclared peanuts.

_ EX-JUDGE-GUN TRIAL: Deliberations have begun at the felony gun trial of a former New York judge after the replacement of a juror who appeared to be falling asleep during closing arguments.

_ ELECTION 2020-GREEN PARTY: Howie Hawkins, a three-time candidate for New York governor, is considering a presidential run for the Green Party.

_ IMMIGRANTS-LEGAL SERVICES: Immigration attorneys will be offering legal services in all regions of New York through a program run by the Cuomo administration.





The New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals 6-5 Saturday, powered by five home runs and a late-inning rally. By Ben Walker. SENT: 800 words. With AP photos.


Buffalo has promoted Nate Oats’ top assistant, Jim Whitesell, to take over its men’s basketball program. SENT: 300 words.


Virginia, the only No. 1 seed to reach the Final Four, faces Auburn in a contrast of styles in the national semifinals. The Cavaliers slow the pace and suffocate opponents with their defense. The Tigers go at it fast and furious. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 6:09 p.m.


In a battle of top defenses, Cassius Winston leads Michigan State into a Final Four matchup against Jarrett Culver and Texas Tech. The Spartans, under coach Tom Izzo, can play a rough brand of ball. The Red Raiders have the best defense in a generation. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:49 p.m.


BALTIMORE _ The Baltimore Orioles enhanced their starting rotation by signing right-hander Dan Straily to a $575,000, one-year contract. SENT: 290 words. AP photos.