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

January 4, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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SUBWAY LINE SHUTDOWN

ALBANY, N.Y. _ New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking to reassure skeptics about his surprise plan to repair a key subway tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn without a long-dreaded 15-month shutdown. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

TARGETING BLACKS-STABBING

NEW YORK _ James Jackson, who’s accused of killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot, is due in court. Developing from 2:15 p.m. hearing.

FATAL ALLERGIC REACTION

PISCATAWAY, N.J. _ Medical authorities in New York are investigating whether the smell of fish cooking in his grandmother’s kitchen may have caused an allergic reaction that killed an 11-year-old New Jersey boy. SENT: 130 words; will be updated to 350 words by 2 p.m.

KUSHNERS-OPPORTUNITY ZONES

WASHINGTON — A watchdog group is asking the Justice Department to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka violated federal conflict-of-interest law by her key role in promoting an Opportunity Zone tax break program from which she could potentially benefit. By Stephen Braun. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.

MEXICAN PROSECUTOR CHARGED

NEW YORK _ A former state attorney general from Mexican is expected to plead guilty to U.S. drug-trafficking charges in the same courthouse where notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is on trial. Edgar Veytia was charged with conspiracy to smuggle cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine to the U.S. from 2013 to 2017, while he was chief law enforcement officer in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6:30 p.m. Developing from 4:30 p.m. hearing.

IN BRIEF:

_ STUDENT LOANS-SETTLEMENT: New York state officials say they’ve reached a $9 million settlement with a federal student loan servicing company accused of harmful practices.

_ TOWN HOUSE-FATAL FIRE: Police in upstate New York say a woman has been found dead inside a burning town house.

_ BARRICADED MAN SHOT: Authorities say an armed and suicidal man who had barricaded himself inside a home on Long Island has been shot and killed by police.

_ FATAL CRASH-WALL: Police say one person is dead and three others have suffered injuries after a car crashed off a suburban Rochester road and slammed through a concrete barrier along an interstate highway.

_ POLICE CHIEF-CRASH: Authorities say a New York police chief saved a man’s life after he was critically injured in a two-car crash.

_ WOMAN SET ON FIRE: A New York man accused of setting his ex-girlfriend on fire in an apparent domestic dispute over child custody has been charged with attempted murder.

_ BOYFRIEND RUN OVER: Police in central New York say a 33-year-old woman accused of running over her boyfriend with a van is facing a manslaughter charge.

_ MARIO CUOMO BRIDGE: Workers will use explosive charges to demolish the remains of New York’s old Tappan Zee Bridge sometime this month.

_ PRINCIPAL-SEX ABUSE: A former middle school principal in upstate New York who sexually abused a 15-year-old boy has been sentenced to 10 years of probation.

_ CHILD IN SUBWAY: The New York Police Department says a 5-year-old boy who wandered out of school without anyone noticing was found on a subway platform.

_ CLERGY ABUSE-BUFFALO: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo says the sale of the bishop’s mansion is moving forward as part of efforts to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.

_ WOMAN-HIGH SCHOOL ENROLLMENT: Police have arrested a 32-year-old woman who they say tried to enroll in high school classes in New York while pretending to be a 15-year-old homeless teen.

_ MEASLES-NEW YORK: Health officials in a western New York county say they have confirmed a case of measles in an unvaccinated toddler.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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OPERA-4.48 PSYCHOSIS

NEW YORK _ Depression, rage, suicide: These are the dark ingredients of the last play written by Sarah Kane before she killed herself at age 28. Now an operatic version, as dazzling as it is disturbing, is having its U.S. premiere. By Mike Silverman. SENT: 706 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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BKN--NETS-GRIZZLIES

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ The Grizzlies wrap up a two-game home stand hosting the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. By Clay Bailey. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

BKN--KNICKS-LAKERS

LOS ANGELES _ LeBron James is expected to miss his fifth straight game when the Lakers host the Knicks in the annual cross-country showdown between major-market teams that have seen better days.

HKN--RANGERS-AVALANCHE

DENVER _ The New York Rangers visit the Colorado Avalanche. Game starts at 9 p.m. EST.

BULLRIDING YOUTUBER

Ezekiel Mitchell played football and ran track because he didn’t have the background or money to learn how to ride a bull. So he did what teenagers do and turned to YouTube. In seven years, he has become the world’s No. 2 bullrider. He makes his Madison Square Garden debut on Friday night. By Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m.

_ BBN--METS MOVES: The Mets have signed reliever Arquimedes Caminero and outfielder Rymer Liriano to minor league contracts, adding depth in two areas where New York appeared thin.

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