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

March 18, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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ELECTION 2020-BILL DE BLASIO

CONCORD, N.H. _ New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday criticized former President Barack Obama during a small gathering as he mulls a run for president, saying that Obama’s early days in office were “a lost window.” Minutes later, in front of a larger audience, de Blasio praised the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature legislative achievement, calling it “progress.” Obama pursued the health care legislation during his first two years in office and has been criticized at times for focusing more on health care than the struggling economy. By Hunter Woodall. SENT: 500 words.

MEDIA-FOX-PIRRO

NEW YORK — Fox News weekend host Jeanine Pirro’s show didn’t air a week after her comments questioning U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar over her wearing a Muslim head covering. No explanation was given. Pirro’s show, “Justice With Judge Jeanine,” was replaced Saturday night by other programming. The Fox News schedule for the upcoming weekend doesn’t include the show. SENT: 300 words.

OFFICER’S SHOOTING-SUSPECT ARRESTED

NEW YORK _ A man wanted in the 1999 shooting of an off-duty New York Police Department officer who later died from his injuries was arrested in Florida almost two decades after the incident, and the head of the NYPD on Sunday offered his thanks to fellow law enforcement for their perseverance. Local television stations in Jacksonville, Florida, reported Lester Pearson, 43, was taken into custody Friday morning in connection to the death of officer Vincent Ling. SENT: 300 words.

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SPORTS

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LAKERS-KNICKS

NEW YORK — Mario Hezonja blocked LeBron James’ potential game-winning shot with 2.3 seconds to play, allowing the New York Knicks to complete a late rally and beat the Los Angeles Lakers 124-123 on Sunday. The Lakers led by 11 with under 3 ½ minutes to play before the Knicks charged back largely because of their defense against James. DeAndre Jordan also blocked one of his shots in the final minute, and James also missed a jumper with the Lakers clinging to a one-point lead. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 700 words.

YANKEE-HICKS

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks had a second cortisone shot for his ailing back and will not be ready for opening day. Hicks was hurt while taking batting practice on March 1.New York manager Aaron Boone didn’t rule out Hicks returning during the second week of the season. By Mark Didtler. SENT: 400 words.

ISLANDERS-WILD

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A pair of guys who played high school hockey in Minnesota helped the New York Islanders pick up an important two points on the road Sunday night. They also did no favors for the home team. Brock Nelson scored 1:04 into overtime and the Islanders beat the Wild 3-2 to move into a tie atop the Metropolitan Division. By Mike Cook. SENT: 800 words.