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

November 27, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION

NEW YORK — A U.S. government witness testifies about the lavish spending habits of the Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo,” including a private zoo at his ranch and an anti-aging treatment in Switzerland. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

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NORTHEAST CORRIDOR TUNNELS

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo will travel to Washington on Wednesday to meet with President Donald Trump over long-stalled plans to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4:30 p.m., photo.

CHRISTIE-TRAFFIC JAMS

NEWARK, N.J. — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld most of the convictions against two former allies of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case, a scandal that helped derail Christie’s presidential hopes in 2016. By David Porter. SENT: 513 words, photo.

CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION

NEW YORK — A New York judge says he’ll likely rule in the next few weeks whether to ban a citizenship question from appearing on the 2020 census. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.

FEMALE FUNERAL DIRECTORS

NEW YORK — A training program for the next generation of morticians and undertakers is testament to a change that is slowly remaking the funeral business. Sixty of the 75 students in the program at the State University of New York Canton are women. By Ted Shaffrey. SENT: 610 words, photos, video.

SANDERS INSTITUTE MEETING

MONTPELIER, Vt.— A think tank founded by the wife and son of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is going to be hosting its first big meeting and attendees will include New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. By Wilson Ring. UPCOMING: 470 words by 2:30 p.m.

SPORTS BETTING

NEW YORK — Numerous U.S. states are considering jumping on the legal sports betting bandwagon, even as they struggle with the details of regulating it. How much to tax it, and how to regulate mobile betting on phones are emerging as thorny issues for states. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 612 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— CRASH-STATE TROOPER: New York State Police say a trooper has died from injuries suffered in an accident at a trooper station in the Mohawk Valley.

— BILLS GAME-DEPUTY STRUCK: Authorities in western New York are seeking the public’s help in finding the driver of a pickup truck that struck a sheriff’s deputy after last Sunday’s Buffalo Bills game, leaving him with a serious arm injury.

— XGR--STATE BUDGET-NEW YORK: New York lawmakers are taking a close look at state spending on agricultural programs.

— KOREAN WAR-REMAINS: U.S. military officials say the remains of a Marine from New York killed during the Korean War have been identified.

— BUFFALO POLICE-BODY CAMERAS: Police officers in Buffalo could be wearing body cameras on a permanent basis as soon as January.

— GRENADE-COURTHOUSE: An upstate New York man accused of sending an inert hand grenade to a judge has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison.

— PEDESTRIAN KILLED-TRAIN: Authorities in central New York say a person was struck and killed by a train.

— THRUWAY-WELCOME CENTER: New York state has opened another of its welcome centers located along major interstate highways.

— PIPELINE LAWSUIT-NEW YORK: An appeals court in upstate New York has ruled in favor of landowners who are fighting against a gas company’s plans to build a pipeline from Pennsylvania to Lake Ontario.

— MAYOR-FACEBOOK FLAP: A New York town mayor who called people who vote for Democrats “retarded” says he will not step down and will run for re-election.

— JERSEY CITY-PORT AUTHORITY: Jersey City has reached an agreement on a four-year-old lawsuit filed against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey over what the city claims are millions in paid taxes.

— GIVING TUESDAY: Charities and non-profits are happy to see that people spent loads of money on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with hopes that those same wallets stay open on Giving Tuesday.

— TREES FOR TROOPS: The New York state Army and Air National Guard alongside area military veterans worked with an upstate tree farm to send over a hundred trees to military bases around the country and overseas.

— CONVOY FOR TOTS: An annual toy collection drive spearheaded by an upstate New York law enforcement agency has hauled in more than 28,000 holiday gifts for Albany-area children.

— CHICKEN RESCUED: A police officer who saved a chicken from becoming a roaster is taking a ribbing from his fellow officers.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-GOTHAM AWARDS

NEW YORK — Chloe Zhao’s lyrical Western “The Rider,” about a Lakota cowboy rodeo rider, has won best feature film at the 28th annual Gotham Awards. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 726 words, photos, video.

FILM-ROGER AILES

NEW YORK — Roger Ailes might not always have been a household name during his time at Fox News, but many media commentators believe he changed the TV landscape forever. As the architect of the conservative cable news channel, Ailes created a beacon for what he deemed as an underserved news market. By John Carucci. SENT: 648 words, photo, video.

TV-HOLIDAY MOVIES

NEW YORK — Have you heard the one about the girl who didn’t care about Christmas but found herself in a small town for the holidays surrounded by decorations, cookies and carolers, and found a new boyfriend and her Christmas spirit by Dec. 25? Hallmark Channel has, and they’re airing 22 original movies this year built around plots similar to that. By Alicia Rancilio. SENT: 1101 words, photos, video.

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SPORTS

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BUFFALO STADIUMS STUDY

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The owners of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres have hired consulting and architectural firms to study the future needs of both teams’ facilities, including determining whether to build a new NFL stadium to replace the Bills’ 45-year-old New Era Field. By Sports Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 243 words.

BKN--KNICKS-PISTONS

DETROIT — The Knicks bring a season-high three-game winning streak into this matchup with the Pistons. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

HKN--SHARKS-SABRES

BUFFALO — The San Jose Sharks visit the Buffalo Sabres. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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