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

March 20, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP PROBE-MUELLER DEVOTEES

Democrats and others who view special counsel Robert Mueller as a folk hero can express themselves through a genre of arts and crafts inspired by the man leading the Russia probe into election meddling. Mueller is represented in paintings, prayer candles, valentines and ornaments, even a necklace, earrings and keychains. By National Writer Claire Galofaro. SENT: 1,076 words, photos.

BRONX FIREARMS ARREST

NEW YORK _ A man who joined the Marines two days after the Sept. 11 attacks has been sentenced to a decade in prison for detonating a car bomb as his neighbor drove down a Bronx street. Despite a fireball and an explosion powerful enough to buckle the car’s doors, the victim miraculously escaped injury. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

DOGS-POPULAR

NEW YORK _ Labrador retrievers aren’t letting go of their hold on U.S. dog lovers, but German shorthaired pointers are tugging on the top ranks of doggie popularity, according to new American Kennel Club data. By Jennifer Pelt. SENT: 731 words, photos.

LITHUANIA-US-CYBERTHEFT

NEW YORK _ A Lithuanian man who duped Google and Facebook into transferring over $100 million into accounts he controlled has pleaded guilty to wire fraud. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.

CONNECTICUT TOLLS

Legislation that could ultimately lead to electronic tolling on Connecticut highways will face the first vote of the legislative session. By Susan Haigh. UPCOMING: 600 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ STATE CAPITOL VIGIL-ARRESTS: Twelve protesters have been arrested at the New York state Capitol while holding a vigil seeking more financial resources for programs to help the homeless.

_ HUDSON RIVER-SEAL: A silvery seal with soulful black eyes and a spotted coat is making a splash in the Hudson River 150 miles inland from the Atlantic.

_ CUOMO-CASINOS: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the odds of opening new casinos in the New York City area any time soon are not good.

_ SLAIN RUNNER: The mother of a New York City runner says she remembers “screaming in the streets” when she learned her daughter had been slain.

_ AMATEUR HOCKEY-RACIAL SLURS: The New York State Amateur Hockey Association says it will hold a hearing within the next 10 days on a teen who was allegedly subjected to racial slurs during a game.

_ STATE BUDGET: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says this year’s state budget negotiations are particularly difficult because of revenue declines, the threat of big federal funding cuts and disputes with lawmakers over spending priorities.

_ MARIJUANA-NEW YORK: Education advocates are urging New York lawmakers to leave the discussion of recreational marijuana out of the state budget process.

_ BRONX BABY-DEATH: A Bronx man has been arrested in the death of his 1-month-old son.

_ SUV INTO WATER: Two people were killed when an SUV plunged into the waters of Long Island Sound after crashing through a railing at a Westchester County park.

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BUSINESS

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SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-EMPLOYEE THEFT

NEW YORK _ After Suelyn Farel got an email alert that someone had downloaded her entire customer database, she learned that two former employees had conspired to steal from her beauty products company. Farel had allowed the staffers to keep working after they each gave notice in late 2017; when they left the New York-based Julien Farel Group, their passwords for its system were still active. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 1003 words. With photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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_ BOOKS-LUKAS PRIZE: Books on slavery, the prison system and the Harlem Renaissance are among this year’s winners of J. Anthony Lukas prizes, named for the late author and journalist.

_ MET MUSEUM-ADMISSIONS FEE: New York City officials say $2.8 million received as a result of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new admissions policy will go toward 175 cultural organizations city-wide.

_ PARKS GROUPS-GRANTS: Nearly two dozen groups that support and promote New York state’s parks, historic sites and public lands will be splitting $450,000 in state grants.

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SPORTS

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HKN--MAPLE LEAFS-SABRES

BUFFALO, N.Y. _ The Buffalo Sabres, coming off a 4-3 shootout win over St. Louis, attempt to win consecutive games for the first time since mid-December in hosting their cross-border rival Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKN--JAZZ-KNICKS

NEW YORK _ The Utah Jazz visit the New York Knicks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

MMA--UFC-DILLASHAW

LAS VEGAS _ TJ Dillashaw has surrendered the UFC 135-pound championship because of an “adverse finding” in his last drug test. SENT: 237 words, photos.