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

November 16, 2018

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TRENTON, N.J. — Exhausted commuters pointed their fingers at politicians and meteorologists Friday for leaving them creeping along highways or stuck in transit hubs as an unexpectedly difficult snowstorm moved through the Northeast U.S. By Shawn Marsh. SENT: 600 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Three years after it closed its beloved toy store on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz is making a return to New York. A new FAO opens Friday in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center, about 10 blocks from its former home near Central Park. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 570 words, photos.


NEW YORK — The police commander who led the investigation of Harvey Weinstein has been removed as the chief of New York City’s special victims division, part of a shakeup that was months in the making after a city watchdog found the unit was stretched too thin to properly investigate sexual assault cases. By Michael R. Sisak. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.


NEW YORK — Two reputed associates of the Gambino crime family were charged Friday with torching a businessman’s Mercedes Benz in New York City. Peter Tuccio and Jonathan Gurino face federal counts of extortion, arson and conspiracy in the 2015 fire. They were arrested Friday and were scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate in Brooklyn. It was not immediately clear whether they had attorneys. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 word by 3:30 p.m.


NEW YORK — A civil lawsuit filed by immigration rights advocates in New York City is accusing federal authorities of denying detainees their day in court. The suit says those authorities have kept people accused of immigration violations in New York and New Jersey locked up for months before getting in front of a judge. By Tom Hays. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.


— ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-NEW YORK: A final vote count may not come until nearly Thanksgiving in a tight congressional race in central New York.

— SKI SEASON: New York’s state-owned ski centers are opening for the winter.

— HOSPITAL SHOOTING: A man accused of firing a gun inside an upstate New York hospital and setting off a massive manhunt has been indicted on attempted murder and robbery charges.

— WINTRY WEATHER-NEW YORK: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he understands why people are frustrated that city officials were caught off guard by a snowstorm that stranded some New Yorkers in their cars for hours.

— PURPLE HEART-IRISH SOLDIER: A U.S.-based organization that returns lost Purple Heart medals and other military decorations is presenting a Purple Heart to relatives of an Irish soldier killed in France while fighting for America during World War I.

— FDR SITE-VETERAN ART SHOWCASE: An annual event showcasing artwork, crafts, and performances by active duty military members and veterans is being held at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum.

— KETCHUP LIMIT: Some parents are seeing red over a ketchup crackdown at a New York school district.





NEW YORK — Big problem or a fraction of the world’s plastic consumption? You decide, but know that single-use plastic straws are a recent target of environmental activists. As restaurants debate whether to voluntarily dole them out and lawmakers feverishly write bans against them to protect the ocean and sea life and to reduce stress on landfills, alternatives to plastic straws are plentiful. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 560 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Jennie-O Turkey recalled packages of ground turkey in a salmonella outbreak, and regulators say additional products from other companies could be named as their investigation continues. Sent: 270 words, photos.

— FILM-APPLE: Apple has signed a multiyear film production deal with A24, the acclaimed New York-based studio behind “Moonlight” and “Lady Bird.”

— AIRBNB-BILLION DOLLAR QUARTER: Airbnb says it had its best quarter ever, even as cities across the U.S. have started clamping down on the short-term rental market.





NEW YORK — More than 40 years after it was filmed, a documentary detailing the making of Aretha Franklin’s groundbreaking and best-selling album “Amazing Grace” has been released. The producers of the film and family members talk about its importance and what it took to get it to the screen. By AP Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody. SENT: 990 words, photos.


NEW YORK — William Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and Hollywood wise man who won Academy Awards for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men” and summed up the mystery of making a box office hit by declaring “Nobody knows anything,” has died. He was 87. By Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.


VINALHAVEN, Maine — The estate of artist Robert Indiana, creator of the iconic LOVE series, has auctioned off two paintings that belonged to him to raise money to defend against a lawsuit and to stabilize his deteriorating home. By David Sharp. SENT: 450 words.





NEW ORLEANS — The New York Knicks visit the New Orleans Pelicans. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


WASHINGTON — The Brooklyn Nets visit the Washington Wizards. Game starts at 7 p.m.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Unbeaten Maryland seeks its fourth win of the season at home against Hofstra, which comes in with a 2-1 record. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.


NEW YORK — Pinstripe uniforms. The Empire State Building shining blue and gold. The marching band performing at Bryant Park and the drummer’s circle at Rockefeller Center. When Notre Dame plays in New York City it comes with fanfare and pageantry. The third-ranked Fighting Irish (10-0, No. 3 CFP) visit Yankee Stadium in contention for the College Football Playoff. They face No. 12 Syracuse, the highest-ranked team the Orange have fielded in 20 years. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 750 words, photos.


NEW YORK — It’s been a year since James Dolan announced his intent to sell the New York Liberty, and the team is still on the market. There have been several potential buyers and a few have gotten close to purchasing the team, but for various reasons all the potential deals fell through. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 445 words, photos.


WEST POINT, N.Y. — Colgate coach Dan Hunt says his unbeaten Raiders have surprised him as they prepare to end the regular season against surging Army at Michie Stadium. By John Kekis. SENT: 800 words.

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