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

September 21, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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GANG VIOLENCE-LONG ISLAND

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — A mother recognized by President Donald Trump for turning grief over her daughter’s suspected gang killing into a crusade against MS-13 was remembered at her funeral Friday as a hero and a warrior. Tim Sini, the district attorney of Suffolk County, New York, called Evelyn Rodriguez “our Batman and Robin.” By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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DAY CARE STABBINGS

NEW YORK —A woman stabbed five people — including three newborn babies — and then slashed her wrist early Friday inside a New York City home that was apparently being used as an unlicensed neighborhood nursery for new mothers and their children, authorities said. By Tom Hays. SENT: 230 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3:30 p.m.

SYRACUSE SHOOTING

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Police searched Friday for suspects who witnesses said opened fire on dozens of people gathered for a memorial service outside a Syracuse home, wounding an 8-year-old girl and four other people. SENT: 260 words. Will be updated.

CLERGY-SEX ABUSE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A fugitive priest suspected of child abuse decades ago in New Mexico was arrested Thursday in New York, according to court documents filed Friday. By Mary Hudetz and Russell Contreras. SENT: 280 words, photos. Will be updated.

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SARAH PALIN-NEW ORK TIMES

NEW YORK — A federal appeals panel seems poised to reinstate a defamation lawsuit Sarah Palin brought against The New York Times. Sent: 130 words. Will b

TRUMP-LAWYER-COURTHOUSE VISIT

NEW YORK —President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has paid an unannounced visit to the federal courthouse in New York where he pleaded guilty a month ago. Cohen left the building at around 1:30 p.m. Friday, declining to say why he was there. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 4 p.m.

AIR POLLUTION-CRIMINAL CASE

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A federal judge is set to decide the fate of an upstate New York factory that faces shutdown over emissions violations. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Friday in the case of Tonawanda Coke Corporation. The plant north of Buffalo was found guilty this week of violating probation by having emissions that could create a threat to public health. By Carolyn Thompson. SETN: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— TRUMP LAWYER-COURTHOUSE VISIT: President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has paid an unannounced visit to the federal courthouse in New York where he pleaded guilty a month ago.

— CORNELL FOOD RESEARCHER: A prominent food researcher is defending his work a day after Cornell University said he engaged in academic misconduct and was removed from all teaching and research positions.

— FATAL HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT: State police say they’ve charged a 73-year-old woman in connection with the hit-and-run death of a man whose body was found along a rural road in western New York last spring.

— ROCHESTER SHOOTINGS: Police say two men are dead following a violent four-hour period in Rochester that three other people wounded by gunfire.

— SCHOOLS CLOSED-THREAT: All five schools in an upstate New York district are closed for the day because of a threat made over social media.

— DROVE ACROSS RUNWAYS: Authorities say a New York woman who breached security at New Jersey airport and drove her car across two runways has been charged with criminal trespass and other counts.

— STUDENT STABBED: New York City police say a student was stabbed during a robbery outside a Bronx high school.

— ADIRONDACK WELCOME CENTER: A new welcome center for the Adirondack region has opened on the Northway.

— ZOO-SNOW LEAPARD CUBS: Twin snow leopard cubs born at an upstate New York zoo earlier this year have made their public debut.

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BUSINESS

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APPLE-CHEAPER IPHONES

NEW YORK — Apple’s $1,100 price tag on its latest iPhone got much of the attention during the company’s unveiling event. But for 60 percent less, you can still get a good camera and what used to be the iPhone’s standard size in the two-year-old iPhone 7. As the new phones go on sale Friday, here’s a look at what you’re getting with each model. By Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

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BOOKS-MICHELLE OBAMA TOUR

NEW YORK — Authors have been likened to rock stars for years but Michelle Obama’s upcoming tour is the first to take place in the kind of venues where rock stars perform. By National Writer Hillel Italie. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photos.

PEOPLE-WENDY WILLIAMS

NEW YORK — Talk-show diva Wendy Williams feels lucky to be alive after more than a decade of cocaine abuse and now wants to help others be present in their own lives. By Entertainment Writer Leanne Italie. SENT: 575 words, photos. Video planned.

MUSIC-BLACK EYED PEAS

NEW YORK —The Black Eyed Peas tackle gun violence at schools and immigration in two new music videos for their song, “Big Love.” The trio — it’s unclear if Fergie is still part of the group — released the videos Friday. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 260 words, photos

TV-LAW AND ORDER SVU

NEW YORK — Mariska Hargitay, star of NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” has played a huge role in educating people on sexual violence, but believes there’s still more work to do. By John Carucci. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BBN--METS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON — Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom takes the mound as he makes a case for NL Cy Young votes when New York plays at the Washington Nationals on Friday night. Starts at 7:05 p.m. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

BBA--ORIOLES-YANKEES

NEW YORK — CC Sabathia (7-7) has one win in his ast 11 starts for the New York Yankees, whose magic number is three to clinch as AL wild card. Yefry Ramirez (1-6) starts for the Baltimore Orioles, who already have 108 losses. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

FBN-JETS-EMBARRASSING FLOP

NEW YORK — The Jets were flying high after their season-opening win two weeks ago with rookie quarterback Sam Darnold stepping right in and shining. Two losses in five days - including to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night - have Todd Bowles’ bunch looking for answers and hoping things don’t quickly spiral. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m..

FBC-CONNECTICUT-SYRACUSE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Unbeaten after three games, Syracuse doesn’t want its heady start to get derailed. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

FBC-ARMY-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. — It might be strange for longtime college football fans to imagine that Oklahoma’s roster is almost completely unfamiliar with the triple option offense. The Sooners ran it out of the wishbone formation to win national championships in 1974, 1975 and 1985 under coach Barry Switzer. It’s rarely seen today. That made Army’s offense difficult to simulate in practice as the fifth-ranked Sooners prepared to host the Black Knights on Saturday. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 650 words, with photos.

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