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

March 13, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT

WASHINGTON _ Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to a total of seven and a half years in prison Wednesday after a federal judge rejected his appeal for no additional time and rebuked him for his crimes and years of lies. Within minutes of the sentencing, prosecutors in New York brought state charges against Manafort — a move that appeared at least partly designed to guard against the possibility that President Donald Trump could pardon him. The president can pardon federal crimes, but not state offenses. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 635 words, photos.

_ PRESIDENTIAL PARDONS-NEW YORK: New York lawmakers may soon vote to ensure that anyone pardoned by President Donald Trump may still face charges in state court.

XGR--STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Democrat-controlled New York Legislature presented its spending plans for the next fiscal year on Wednesday, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo doubled down on his vow to refuse to sign a state budget that doesn’t make the 2 percent property tax permanent. By Chris Carola and David Klepper. SENT: 700 words.

BRANDED WOMEN

NEW YORK _ A co-founder of an embattled upstate New York self-help organization has pleaded guilty in a case featuring sensational claims that some followers became branded sex slaves.By Tom Hays. SENT: 130 words, photo; will be updated to 450 words by 5 p.m. Developing from 3 p.m. hearing.

HUSBAND KILLED-PAROLE

ALBANY, N.Y _ A woman who seduced a teen-aged neighbor into killing her husband has been granted parole after serving more than 26 years in state prison. By Mary Esch. SENT: 130 words. Upcoming 300 words.

MANHATTAN MINI-CITY

NEW YORK _ A towering sculpture called the Vessel — made up of 2,500 twisting steps the public can climb — is scheduled to open Friday as the visual centerpiece of Hudson Yards, a $25 billion urban complex on Manhattan’s west side that is the city’s most ambitious development since the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 800 words, video.

APRIL THE GIRAFFE

ALBANY, N.Y. _ Tail held aside? Check. Udders filled? Check. Swelling backside? Check. April the Giraffe shows every sign she’ll soon deliver her calf, to the delight of an enthralled YouTube audience. By Mary Esch. SENT: 483 words, photos.

EX-ASSEMBLY SPEAKER TRIAL

NEW YORK _ A federal appeals panel, hearing oral arguments on Wednesday, may have given former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver fresh hope that his bribery conviction could be overturned for a second time. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.

SUNSHINE WEEK-POLICE VIDEOS

IOWA CITY, Iowa _ An Associated Press investigation finds that police departments routinely withhold video taken by body-worn and dashboard-mounted cameras that show officer-involved shootings and other uses of force. They often do so by citing a broad exemption to state open-records laws _ claiming that releasing the video would undermine an ongoing investigation. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,600 words, photos, video. An abridged version also has moved.

With:

_ Sunshine Hub, an online transparency tool developed by AP for its customers’ use that tracks state legislative attempts to alter the flow of public information.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

BOSTON _ Fallout from a sweeping college admissions scandal swiftly spread Wednesday, with actress Lori Loughlin surrendering ahead of a Los Angeles court hearing and a Silicon Valley hedge fund replacing its leader. The Palo Alto, California, hedge fund Hercules Capital announced Wednesday it was replacing its leader, Manuel Henriquez, who was arrested in New York City on Tuesday and released on $500,000 bail. By Alanna Richer and Collin Binkley. SENT: 811 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

_ MEASLES-NEW YORK: A federal judge, citing an “unprecedented measles outbreak” in suburban Rockland County, New York, has denied a request to let 44 unvaccinated children return to school.

_ SKI AREA-FATALITIES: Three skiers have suffered fatal injuries in less than two months while using new trails at New York’s popular Hunter Mountain ski area.

_ APARTMENT BUILDING BLAZE: Several fire departments spent 12 hours battling an apartment building fire that displaced about 150 people in Yonkers. With photos.

_ SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS-TELEMEDICINE: Hospitals in cities and smaller communities in parts of upstate New York are eligible for a program that expands services for victims of sexual assault.

_ XGR--MATERNAL MORTALITY: Black women in New York state are two to three times more likely to die during childbirth compared to white women.

_ XGR--AGING SERVICES: State lawmakers want to increase funding for in-home services that many older New Yorkers rely on for food deliveries and other help.

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BUSINESS

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_ AURORA CANNABIS-PELTZ: Shares in Aurora Cannabis are jumping after the company announced the appointment of activist investor Nelson Peltz as a senior adviser. With photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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TRAVEL-NATIVE AMERICAN ART EXHIBIT

NEW YORK _ Visitors searching for Native American art in the Met museum’s American Wing have long come up empty. Until now. An exhibit there seeks to redefine what we think of as American culture. By Katherine Roth. SENT: 907 words, photos.

THEATER-BE MORE CHILL

NEW YORK _ Modern technology and an old-school friendship are at the heart of the youthful Broadway musical “Be More Chill.” By John Carucci. SENT: 499 words, photos, video.

_ MUSIC-ROCK HALL: Harry Styles, Queen’s Brian May and Janelle Monae are among those presenting at the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

_ THEATER-HUGH JACKMAN: Hugh Jackman is coming back to Broadway as a classic roguish traveling salesman. With photos.

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SPORTS

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FBN--GIANTS-POST BECKHAM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. _ The trade of star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is puzzling and seemingly has the New York Giants heading in a rebuilding mode rather than filling needs as free agency starts. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 700 words. Lead expected around 5 p.m.

BKN--NETS-THUNDER

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Russell Westbrook, fresh off being fined for his incident with Utah fans, will lead Oklahoma City into a matchup with the much-improved Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EDT.

HKN--RANGERS-CANUCKS

VANCOUVER _ The New York Rangers visit the Vancouver Canucks. With photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. EDT.

BKC--ACC-PITTSBURGH-SYRACUSE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ No. 6 seed Syracuse opens play in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament by meeting No. 14 seed Pittsburgh in Wednesday’s second round. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 650 words and photos. Game starts around 9:30 p.m. EDT.