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

October 13, 2018

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AMSTERDAM, N.Y. — An upstate New York community stricken with grief after a limousine crash that killed 20 people is saying goodbye Saturday to four sisters and four family members who were on the ill-fated birthday celebration trip. By Michael Hill. SENT: 265 words, photos. Will be updated after 1 p.m. funeral.


ALBANY, N.Y. — In New York state government news, when it comes to campaign cash Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is well ahead of Republican challenger Marc Molinaro just weeks before election day. According to the most recent filings Cuomo has more than $9 million in the bank, more than 40 times more cash than Molinaro, who posted $211,000. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon.





NEW YORK — He’s booked hotel rooms and meeting spaces to them, sold an entire floor in one of his buildings to them and, in desperate moments in his career, gotten a billionaire from the country to buy his yacht and New York’s Plaza Hotel overlooking Central Park. President Donald Trump’s ties to Saudi Arabia run long and deep, and he’s often boasted about his business ties with the kingdom. Now those ties are under scrutiny as the president faces calls for a tougher response to the kingdom’s government following the disappearance, and possible killing, of one of its biggest critics, journalist and activist Jamal Khashoggi. By Bernard Condon, Stephen Braun and Tami Abdollah. SENT: 900 words, photos.


HAMBURG, N.Y. — New York’s most conservative congressional district is unexpectedly in play as Republican incumbent Chris Collins, one of President Donald Trump’s first supporters, fights insider trading charges while seeking re-election. Republican leaders in a western New York district that Trump swept overwhelmingly in 2016 are counting on party and presidential loyalty, even if it means voting for someone that even they wanted off the ballot. By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 920 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Actress Kate Shindle has been backstage in a lot of theaters — on Broadway, off-Broadway and on tour. But she came across something unusual a few months ago when she went to rehearsals for a new show in New Jersey. Cast members had barely met when they were walked through the theater’s sexual harassment policies and shown a video to reinforce the messages. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 1026 words, photos.


NEW YORK — A New York City police union on Friday defended a detective accused of coaching a witness in the Harvey Weinstein investigation and then keeping prosecutors in the dark. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 380 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Vandals damaged a Republican office in Manhattan ahead of a planned appearance Friday night by the founder of a far-right men’s organization. Sent: 300 words.


NEW YORK — Twenty years after Matthew Shepard’s death , the federal hate crimes law bearing his name is viewed with mixed feelings by LGBT and anti-violence organizations that lobbied over nearly a decade for its passage. By David Crary. SENT: 580 words, photos.


NEW YORK — A longtime U.S. diplomat found dead last month in his apartment near the American embassy in Madagascar was identified and now, federal authorities are investigating his death as a homicide. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 370 words.


— UNION LEADER-THEFT CHARGE: The former president of a union representing school district employees in Hempstead, Long Island has been charged with stealing more than $90,000 in dues.

— BOY SCOUT STRUCK: A driver accused of plowing into a group of Boy Scouts on Long Island, killing one of them, has been indicted on charges including aggravated vehicular homicide and assault.

— JAIL GUARD-SMUGGLING ARREST: Authorities say a New York City correction officer has been arrested trying to smuggle two bricks of marijuana into the jail where he worked.

— TRUMP-LAWYER-INVESTIGATION: The New York Times is asking a federal judge to unseal search warrants and related court filings in the government’s investigation of Michael Cohen, the former lawyer and fixer for President Donald Trump.

— NERVOUS SYSTEM CONDITION-NY: New York state health officials say 39 children have been found to have a virus that in rare cases, causes a polio-like condition.

— TONAWANDA COKE-SHUTDOWN: A troubled upstate New York industrial plant that’s on probation for clean air violations plans to begin shutting down next week.

— SHOOTING-BOY KILLED: Police say a 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in the shooting of a 12-year-old Syracuse boy who was hit by a stray bullet from a nearby fight that erupted into gunfire.

— ROCHESTER SHOOTINGS: Authorities say 14 police officers were involved in a deadly shootout with a Rochester man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend and wounding his son and another man.

— YOUTH CAMP-SEX ABUSE CASE: A judge has ruled against dismissing child sex abuse charges filed against a former youth camp counselor in New York.

— OFFICER CHARGED: An upstate New York police officer who was arrested twice in one day last month has been suspended.

— OLDEST SYNAGOGUE FIGHT: The congregation at the oldest synagogue in the United States says it will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court this month in an attempt to overturn an appeals court’s decision granting control of the synagogue to a New York congregation.

— HOSPITALITY COMPANY-EMBEZZLEMENT: A former executive who embezzled nearly $14 million from a New York-based hospitality company has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison.

— WWII SHIP-VETERAN: One of the last surviving World War II crewmembers of a Navy ship that’s the last of its kind still afloat has visited the vessel at its Hudson River dock.

— VOTER REGISTRATION SCAM: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning New Yorkers about a voting registration scam reported in two upstate counties.

— SHOT IN VEHICLE: Police have arrested a man in connection with the shooting death of a 71-year-old man with alleged mob ties at a McDonald’s drive-thru in the Bronx.





NEW YORK — JPMorgan Chase & Co. said Friday that its third-quarter profits rose by 24 percent from a year ago, helped by a lower tax bill and higher interest rates, which allowed it to charge more for loans to consumers and businesses alike. That was enough to make up for a less-than-stellar quarter in its trading business. By Ken Sweet. SENT: 389 words, photo.


NEW YORK — Citigroup Inc. says third-quarter net income rose to $4.62 billion from $4.13 billion a year ago. By Business Writer Ken Sweet. SENT: 335 words.





NEW YORK — Once a week, Roberta Flack gives a musical performance for an exclusive group. The lucky audience consists of a musical director, who works with the legend to keep her voice in top form. It would be an important exercise for any singer, but even more critical given that the 81-year-old singer had a stroke more than two years ago and suffered a collapse that led to a brief hospitalization earlier this year. The public will get a chance to hear the result of those musical tuneups courtesy of the Jazz Foundation of America. By Nekesa Mumbi Moody. SENT: 854 words, photos.





They are called Diva Receivers for a reason. We tend to find out why when NFL pass catchers open their mouths. Cases in point most recently would be two of football’s biggest stars, Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. What they’ve spouted, no matter how it gets spun and by whom, can’t be anything but detrimental to the team. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 748 words, photos. For weekend use.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After last week’s last-second loss against Carolina, Giants coach Pat Shurmur said he was “done” talking about Odell Beckham Jr. and his critical comments about the team. Six games into his first season, Shurmur still can’t shake the OBJ questions. It’s talk of a postseason push that’s gone silent. By Sports Writer Simmi Buttar. SENT: 646 words, photos.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.— Despite mounting losses and a first season quickly turning into a mess, Pat Shurmur is sticking with Eli Manning as the New York Giants quarterback. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 725 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Yankees star shortstop Didi Gregorius needs Tommy John surgery on his right elbow after injuring himself making a throw in Boston during the AL Division Series, and there’s no telling exactly when he’ll be able to play again. By Ben Walker. SENT: 775 words, photos.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Halfway through his third season at Syracuse, coach Dino Babers is closer to that magic number of six wins than he’s ever been at this juncture with the Orange. By Sports Writer John Kekis. SENT: 652 words, photos.


SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose State prepares to host Army. By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 600 words.

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