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

March 25, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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MICHAEL AVENATTI-ARREST

U.S. prosecutors on two coasts have charged President Donald Trump critic and attorney Michael Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud. By Brian Melley and Larry Neumeister. SENT: 397 words, photos. Will be updated.

STATE BUDGET-NY

ALBANY, N.Y. _ The Democratic leaders of the New York state Legislature say they’re making progress during budget talks with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. By David Klepper. Developing.

HONG KONG OFFICIAL-BRIBERY CHARGES

NEW YORK _ A prominent Hong Kong businessman was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday and fined $400,000 after he was convicted of paying bribes to the presidents of two African countries in a United Nations-linked case. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.

TRUMP RUSSIA PROBE-CUOMO

ALBANY, N.Y. — Democrats cannot rely on investigations and impeachment to topple Donald Trump and must instead beat the Republican president “on the merits,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. SENT: 227 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ CONGRESSMAN-RETIRING: Rep. Jose Serrano, a 16-term Democrat from the South Bronx, says he has Parkinson’s disease and will retire at the end of his term. With photo.

_ MOBSTER KILLED: A lawyer for a man suspected of killing a reputed New York mob boss says hate speech and right-wing conspiracy websites are to blame for recent changes in the man’s behavior.

_ NEVADA SCHOOLS CHIEF: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has named New York education official Jhone Ebert as the new state superintendent of public instruction.

_ LAKE ICE: The Coast Guard is warning people to stay off Lake Champlain as the ice starts to melt in the warmer weather.

_ SPRING FLOOD THREAT: The National Weather Service says the spring flood threat is above normal across the Adirondacks of northern New York and most of eastern, north-central and northeastern Vermont.

_ HOTEL POOL-GIRL DROWNS: Police in upstate New York have identified the 8-year-old girl who drowned in a hotel pool over the weekend.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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_ HISTORIC PLACES-NOMINATIONS: A Long Island resort community and one of Buffalo’s last intact 19th century schoolhouses are among the 17 properties and districts recommended for the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

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SPORTS

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FBN--BILLS-GAINES

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Cornerback E.J. Gaines is counting on a second chance with the Buffalo Bills to kick-start his career following an injury-shortened season. By Sports Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 406 words, photo.

BKN--NETS-BLAZERS

PORTLAND, Oregon _ The Brooklyn Nets visit the Portland Trail Blazers. With photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. EDT.

HKN--PENGUINS-RANGERS

NEW YORK _ Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are in a tight race in the Metropolitan Division as the regular season winds down. They head to Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers, who are coming off an overtime win in Toronto. By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

HKN--SABRES-DEVILS

NEWARK _ The New Jersey Devils will wrap up four-game home stand when they play host to the Buffalo Sabres at the Prudential Center. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

BKW--NCAA--SOUTH DAKOTA ST-SYRACUSE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ Syracuse hosts South Dakota State in a second-round game with a berth in the Sweet 16 at stake. By Mark Frank. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. EDT.

_ BKN--OBIT-RAMSEY: Cal Ramsey, who starred at NYU in the 1950s and went on to play and broadcast for the New York Knicks, died Monday. He was 81.