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

March 31, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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STATE BUDGET-NY

ALBANY, N.Y. _ Drivers traveling into the busiest sections of Manhattan will be charged a toll starting in 2021 and single-use plastic bags will be banned across New York state in less than a year under a $175.5 billion state budget agreement announced early Sunday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders. By Chris Carola and David Klepper. SENT: 534 words, photos.

RAPE KIT TESTING

PHOENIX _ The testing of thousands of rape kits in Arizona’s backlog has led to more than two dozen arrests and nearly as many convictions, authorities said. Funding from the New York County district attorney’s office and the U.S. Justice Department has been credited with pushing the Arizona agencies to test the kits. SENT: 367 words.

AUSCHWITZ TRAIN CAR

NEW YORK _ On a Sunday morning, a crane lowered a rusty remnant of the Holocaust onto tracks outside Manhattan’s Museum of Jewish Heritage — a vintage German train car like those used to transport men, women and children to Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 772 words, photos.

SCI--NO APRIL FOOLS-HUMORLESS ROBOTS

WASHINGTON _ A robot walks into a bar. It goes CLANG. Alexa and Siri can tell jokes mined from a humor database, but they don’t get them. Linguists and computer scientists say this is something to consider on April Fools’ Day: Humor is what makes humans special. When people try to teach machines what’s funny, the results are at times laughable but not in the way intended. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 961 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ FLIGHT RETURN-BIRD STRIKE: A Boston-to-New York flight has had to return to Boston after a bird strike.

_ SMOKE-DETECTORS: A new law will affect the types of smoke detectors on sale in New York.

_ HUDSON RIVER-GLASS EELS: Teams of scientists, students and community volunteers are counting baby eels in the Hudson River as part of a long-term research program.

_ MUSEUM-HERB RITTS EXHIBIT: The work of the famed celebrity and fashion photographer Herb Ritts is going on display at an upstate New York museum.

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SPORTS

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HKN--RANGERS-FLYERS

PHILADELPHIA _ The New York Rangers visit the Philadelphia Flyers. By Jeff Neiburg. UPCOMING. 650 words. Game starts at 12:30 p.m. AP Photos.

BBN--METS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON _ The New York Mets send Zach Wheeler to the mound looking to complete a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 1:35 p.m.

BBA--ORIOLES-YANKEES

NEW YORK _ Yankees LHP J.A. Happ makes his first start since returning to New York on a free agent deal this offseason. RHP Dylan Bundy is set to make his first start of the season for Baltimore. By Ben Walker. First pitch at 1:05 p.m.