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

August 6, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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BABY IN WATER

NEW YORK — Police in New York City are looking for answers in the death of a baby found floating in the East River in an area popular with tourists near the Brooklyn Bridge and South Street Seaport. Officials want to know: How long was the boy in the water before an Oklahoma family spotted him Sunday afternoon? Why was he wearing only a diaper? Where are the adult or adults who were supposed to be caring for him? SENT: 251 words, photos.

I LOVE NY SIGN STANDOFF

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state and the federal government are locked in a multimillion-dollar standoff over 500-plus “I Love NY” highway signs. By Chris Carola. SENT: 661 words, photos.

NY SENATOR-APPEALS COURT

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court has reinstated embezzlement charges against a once-powerful New York legislator. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did so on Monday while upholding the conviction and five-year prison sentence for former state Sen. John Sampson on other charges. It’s up to federal prosecutors to decide whether they’ll pursue another trial. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

AP EXPLAINS-TRUMP TOWER MEETING

WASHINGTON — Adoptions of Russian children? Opposition research on Hillary Clinton? President Donald Trump has for the first time acknowledged that a June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower was the latter. But he and his team have offered shifting explanations on the confab. That’s key to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1008 words, photo.

2020-IOWA

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Fair opens this week, complete with its signature deep-fried Oreos and prize hog judging. Country star Reba McEntire will be on the grandstand, but another type of celebrity will be missing. For now, top-tier prospective Democratic presidential candidates, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, are largely steering clear of Iowa. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 899 words, photo.

MIDTERMS-MICHELLE OBAMA

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama is marking the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by urging Americans to participate in a week of action to get people signed up to vote. Flagship events will include New York City. By Ashley Thomas. SENT: 302 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— MS-13-LEADERSHIP-PROSECUTION: A man identified by prosecutors as the East Coast leader of the MS-13 gang says he’s suffering from his Long Island jail lockdown.

— ADIRONDACKS-SANITARIUM PROPERTY: A former sanitarium from the 19th century that made the Adirondack village of Saranac Lake famous for curing tuberculosis is up for sale.

— LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD: The Long Island Rail Road reported service disruptions after two people were fatally struck by trains near Woodside and Hicksville.

— ROCK THROUGH WINDSHIELD: The Ontario County sheriff’s office has been looking for a truck involved in an accident that killed a 74-year-old New York woman.

— HIT-AND-RUN: Police in upstate New York are searching for a driver who they say struck a 2-year-old girl.

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BUSINESS

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PEPSICO-CEO

PURCHASE, N.Y. — With Indra Nooyi exiting PepsiCo as its longtime chief executive, the circle of CEOs in the Fortune 500 is losing one of its highest profile women. SENT: 507 words, photos.

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— PEPSICO-CEO-WOMEN-GLANCE.

MAGAZINE DISTRIBUTION

NEW YORK — A New York appeals court has rejected an antitrust lawsuit brought against publishers by one of the country’s one-time largest wholesale magazine distributors. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

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SPORTS

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NASCAR-FRANCE ARRESTED

SAG HARBOR, N.Y. — NASCAR mogul Brian France was arrested in New York’s Hamptons on Sunday for driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone after he was seen blowing through a stop sign, police said. SENT: 339 words, photos.

BBN--REDS-METS

NEW YORK — Noah Syndergaard starts for the Mets against Homer Bailey and the Reds in a matchup of struggling teams. Former New York ace Matt Harvey, traded to Cincinnati earlier this season, returns to Citi Field. Harvey isn’t expected to pitch in this three-game series. By Ben Walker. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

FBN--JETS-QB COMPETITION

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold has been in camp with the New York Jets for a week and has quickly made up for lost time. The rookie quarterback has been solid in recent practices as he competes with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.

BKL--STORM-LIBERTY

NEW YORK — Breanna Stewart scored 32 points to help the Seattle Storm beat the New York Liberty 96-80 on Monday afternoon at a camp day game. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 332 words, photos.

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— BKL--STORM-LIBERTY BOX

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