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

July 12, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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CONGRESS-NEW YORK-OCASIO-CORTEZ

NEW YORK — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat 10-term congressman Joseph Crowley in New York’s Democratic primary last month. Now she’s criticizing him for not getting his name off the ballot in the general election. By Stephen R. Groves. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 330 words by 2:15 p.m.

NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL RACE

NEW YORK — Zephyr Teachout, who’s made investigating Republican President Donald Trump’s business practices a key part of her Democratic campaign for attorney general, gets the endorsement of one of her party’s rising stars, surprise congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. By Stephen Groves. UPCOMING: 350 words by 6 p.m., photos, video. Developing from 4 p.m. event.

NEW YORK GOVERNORS RACE

Cynthia Nixon announces the total number of petition signatures that her campaign and grassroots volunteers collected to put her on the Sept. 13 Democratic primary ballot. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m., photo.

VILLAGE-THREE SHOT

WATERLOO, N.Y. —The gunman who fatally shot two people and wounded a third in an upstate New York village this week was recently released on bail twice after two separate arrests last month, the second for an alleged rape, authorities said Thursday. SENT: 397 words.

ABORTION-STATES

BOSTON — Anticipating renewed fights over abortion, some governors and state lawmakers already are looking for ways to enhance or dismantle the right in their own constitutions and laws. In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been holding rallies after Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination this week urging the state Senate to reconvene. He wants it to strengthen the right to an abortion, a seemingly unlikely event in the Republican-led chamber. By David A. Lieb and Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 1077 words, photos.

EMMETT-TILL

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. Paula Johnson, co-director of an academic group that reviews unsolved civil rights slayings, said she can’t think of anything other than Tyson’s book that could have prompted the Justice Department to reopen the Till investigation. “We’re happy to have that be the case so that ultimately or finally someone can be held responsible for his murder,” said Johnson, who leads the Cold Case Justice Initiative at Syracuse University. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 1079 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— GANG VIOLENCE-BRONX: New York state will invest more than $18 million on youth programs in the Bronx in an effort to reduce gang recruitment.

— FATAL PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE ACCIDENT: A New York City man who was in a vehicle that overturned on the Pennsylvania Turnpike was killed after he got out of the vehicle and it was hit by a passing tractor-trailer.

— BOSTON COLLEGE-PLAYER ASSAULTED: A New Jersey police officer and another man have been charged in connection with an altercation at a Boston pizza shop that landed a Boston College hockey player from Long Island in the hospital.

— POSTAL WORKER-DRUG DELIVERIES: A U.S. Postal Service employee worker will avoid prison for taking money from drug dealers for special deliveries to homes in western New York.

— LAKE ERIE ALGAE: Researchers are forecasting another significant algae bloom on western Lake Erie this summer, but say it will be smaller than last year.

— ATV-FATALITY: State police say an all-terrain accident in the Adirondacks has claimed the life of a northern New York man.

— BRIDGES-CASHLESS TOLLING: A new state audit has found the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York has lost millions in unpaid tolls.

— WWI--NY DIVISION-FIRST CASUALTY: A century ago this week, the New York National Guard’s 27th Division lost its first soldier in combat in World War I.

— DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is touting state investments in downtown revitalization in two upstate communities.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-DWAYNE JOHNSON

NEW YORK — Dwayne Johnson hopes to honor the amputee community by playing a former FBI agent with a prosthetic leg in the new action thriller “Skyscraper.” By John Carucci. SENT: 258 words, photos, video.

— PEOPLE-JUSTIN BIEBER: Newly engaged singer Justin Bieber and model Hailey Baldwin have paid a visit to a grocery store in upstate New York, where they posed for photos with employees and customers.

— PLAY MUSEUM-EXPANDING: The Strong National Museum of Play is set to break ground on a major expansion that will add a ropes course, parking garage and space for new attractions.

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SPORTS

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BBA--YANKEES-INDIANS

CLEVELAND — Two of baseball’s best pitchers square off as Indians All-Star Corey Kluber starts the opener of a four-game series against New York and Yankees ace Luis Severino, who leads the majors with 14 wins. By Tom Withers. Game time 7:10 p.m. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

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