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

March 7, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION-LAWSUIT

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has filed a lawsuit claiming the Trump Organization failed to pay nearly $2 million toward his legal defense. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 424 words, photo. Will be updated.

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TRUMP INVESTIGATION-WEISSELBERG

NEW YORK _ Donald Trump’s longtime accountant Allen Weisselberg has always been content to work behind the scenes, with no hint of flash or braggadocio. But the 71-year-old chief financial officer of the Trump Organization has his name on all manner of company documents going back nearly half a century and is said to know every penny that goes in and out. The prospect of him testifying in federal probes and congressional investigations of Trump’s business empire could pose new dangers for the president. By Business Writer Bernard Condon. SENT: 1069 words, photos.

CUOMO AIDE-CORRUPTION

NEW YORK _ A federal appeals court has ordered a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to report to prison next week. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 239 words, photo.

COLLEGE SWIMMERS-TRAVEL BAN

GENESEO, N.Y. _ A ban on New York state-funded travel to North Carolina is complicating matters for state college swimmers heading south for an NCAA championship. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 480 words by 3 p.m.

NYC PROSECUTOR RESIGNING

NEW YORK _ Richard A. Brown, a longtime New York City prosecutor and former judge who presided over the arraignment of “Son of Sam” killer David Berkowitz, announced Thursday he is resigning due to poor health. SENT: 591 words, photo.

EX-SOLDIER SENTENCED

NEW YORK _ A former U.S. soldier known as Rambo who became a mercenary for drug dealers was sentenced to life in prison Thursday by a judge who cited his “truly horrific crimes.” By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.

HOMELESS SHELTER-SERGEANT CHARGED

NEW YORK _ A former New York City Department of Homeless Services police sergeant has been charged with using excessive force after authorities say he kicked, punched and stomped the head of a man seeking the shelter’s services. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR--COERCION-DEPORTATION: Bills circulating in New York’s Legislature would make it illegal to use the potential for deportation as a threat.

_ HEROIN USERS-FENTANYL TEST: A nonprofit health organization in central New York is handing out test strips at needle exchange sites so heroin users can test their drugs for fentanyl to avoid overdoses.

_ POLICE CAR STOLEN: A person is in custody after a police cruiser was stolen and wrecked in Buffalo.

_ BUILDINGS-ENERGY EFFICIENCY: A state-sponsored competition is offering financial incentives for “carbon neutral” building projects.

_ GREAT LAKES-FUNDING: Advocacy groups are lobbying Congress to pump more money into programs to protect Great Lakes water quality.

_ TAX BREAKS REVOKED: A Long Island development agency has revoked tax breaks for a Uniondale software company that cut 170 jobs.

_ CUOMO-FLORIDA: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making a rare out-of-state trip to Florida to attend a labor union convention.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE-ANNIE LENNOX

NEW YORK _ Annie Lennox has a sweet dream _ that the world will embrace the term global feminism and continue to push for the advancement of women’s rights around the globe. The singer has teamed with Apple Music to launch a video to coincide with International Women’s Day, which is Friday. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 588 words, photo.

_ TAYLOR SWIFT-STALKING ARREST: Authorities say a man who served jail time for breaking into Taylor Swift’s Manhattan townhouse has been arrested for doing it again. With photo.

_ FEMALE STATUES: New York City is announcing plans to create four new statues of women in an effort to address the gender imbalance in public monuments. With photo.

_ STATE CAPITOL-WOMEN’S EXHIBIT: A new exhibit at the state Capitol honors more than two dozen women who have been trailblazers in New York politics, public service and journalism.

_ BOOKS-SOTOMAYOR: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be holding a special session in May, at the annual publishing convention. With photos.

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SPORTS

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HKN--SABRES-BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO _ The Buffalo Sabres visit the Chicago Blackhawks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. EST.

HKN--RANGERS-RED WINGS

DETROIT _ The New York Rangers visit the Detroit Red Wings in a matchup of slumping teams. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. EST.

HKN--ISLANDERS-SENATORS

OTTAWA _ The New York Islanders visit the Ottawa Senators. With photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. EST.

BBN--IMPROVED NL EAST

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. _ For years, the NL East has been soft as a bunt single. Not anymore. Even before Bryce Harper decided to stay inside the division, four of the five teams spent this offseason swinging for the fences. In addition to defending champion Atlanta, the Mets, Nationals and Phillies all have enough firepower to potentially contend for the playoffs. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 1088 words, photos.

BBN--METS-GOMEZ

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Carlos Gomez is back with the Mets, 3½ years after a trade fell through that would have sent him from Milwaukee to New York. SENT: 373 words, photo.

BKW--T25-ACC-VIRGINIA-SYRACUSE

GREENSBORO, N.C. _ Digna Strautmane led a balanced attack with 14 points and 18th-ranked Syracuse, the fifth seeded, turned back 12th seeded Virginia 67-57 in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament on Thursday. SENT: 207 words.

_ TEN--US OPEN-TOURNAMENT REFEREE: Soeren Friemel is the new U.S. Open tournament referee, and Jake Garner has been selected to succeed him as the chief umpire for the American tennis major.