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

March 28, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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OPIOID CRISIS-NEW YORK

NEW YORK _ New York on Thursday sued the billionaire family behind OxyContin, joining a growing list of state and local governments alleging the drugmaker sparked the nation’s opioid crisis by putting hunger for profits over patient safety. The state, which averages nine opioid-related deaths per day, amended an existing lawsuit against pill maker Purdue Pharma to add members of its controlling Sackler family as defendants. By Jennifer Peltz and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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_ OPIOID CRISIS-NEW YORK-THE LATEST

FAKE HEIRESS

Testimony continues in the trial of Anna Sorokin, who prosecutors say posed as a wealthy heiress to live a life of private jets and luxury hotels while bilking friends and banks to pay her big legal bills. By Jim Mustian. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

STATE BUDGET-NY

ALBANY, N.Y. _ The perennial debate over how much New York spends on public schools has returned to Albany as lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo work to craft a new state budget before Monday’s deadline. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL-FALSE CLAIMS

ALBANY, N.Y. _ Authorities say a former New York medical university official has been charged with lying on his resume to land a $340,000-a-year state job, falsely claiming he held a college degree from Mexico and worked for the U.S. Department of State as chief of staff. SENT: 400 words.

BRANDED WOMEN-AVENATTI

NEW YORK _ A federal judge in Brooklyn holds a hearing as he tries to figure out how Michael Avenatti, an attention grabbing lawyer facing fraud and extortion charges, wound up representing a millionaire heiress accused in a sex-trafficking case involving the secretive group NXIVM. BY Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ OBIT-VICTORIA RUVOLO: A New Yorker who urged leniency for the teenager who nearly killed her in 2004 by throwing a turkey through her car windshield has died. Victoria Ruvolo was 59.

_ HUNTING WHILE INTOXICATED-BILL: The Democratic-controlled state Legislature has passed a measure to lower the legal blood-alcohol content threshold for hunting while intoxicated.

_ BAGELS SLICED LIKE BREAD: A Midwest man who brought his coworkers bagels sliced like bread is getting an earful from New Yorkers and social media.

_ WORLD’S TALLEST POLITICIAN: A 6-foot-10 (208 centimeters) New York City councilman from Brooklyn has been named tallest politician in the world.

_ SNACK TRUCK STOLEN: It appears an upstate New York man was not hungry when police say he stole a Little Debbie delivery truck.

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SPORTS

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BBA--ORIOLES-YANKEES

NEW YORK _ The Yankees and Orioles open the season in the Bronx already going to Plan B on the mound. Masahiro Tanaka makes his fourth opening day start for New York because ace Luis Severino has a shoulder injury. Baltimore had to scratch Alex Cobb this week with a right groin strain this week, so Andrew Cashner gets the nod instead. By Jake Seiner. With photos. Game starts at 1:05 p.m.

BBN--METS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON _ NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom faces runner-up Max Scherzer as the New York Mets are at the Washington Nationals on opening day Thursday. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 1:05 p.m.

BKN--NETS-76ERS

PHILADELPHIA _ The Brooklyn Nets visit the Philadelphia 76ers. With photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKN--RAPTORS-KNICKS

NEW YORK _ The Toronto Raptors visit the New York Knicks. With photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

HKN--RED WINGS-SABRES

BUFFALO _ The Detroit Red Wings visit the Buffalo Sabres. With photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

HKN--ISLANDERS-JETS

WINNIPEG _ The New York Islanders visit the Winnipeg Jets. With photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

BBO--JERSEY SALES

NEW YORK _ Major League Baseball says that Bryce Harper has the sport’s top-selling jersey, ending a two-year reign for Aaron Judge’s No. 99.

_ HKN--SABRES MOVES: The Buffalo Sabres have demoted center Tage Thompson to the minors.