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BC-NY--New York News Digest, NY

December 22, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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SHUTDOWN IMPACT

NEW YORK — Tourists trekking to parks and historic sites across the U.S. are seeing a mix of impacts from the federal government’s second shutdown in less than a year. The huddled masses are still able to visit the Statue of Liberty. Other national parks “will remain as accessible as possible.” But, while the star-spangled banner yet waves at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, the gates at the War of 1812 landmark are locked. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-GINSBURG

WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is resting in a New York hospital following surgery to remove two malignant growths in her left lung, the third time the Supreme Court’s oldest justice has been treated for cancer and her second stay in a hospital in two months. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 700 words, photos.

EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION

NEW YORK — A gambling addict who changed his appearance with plastic surgery, a criminal who says he got his start at 4, and a Chicago drug-runner have been the latest witnesses at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. By Tom Hays and Claudia Torrens. SENT: 900 words, photos.

GARMENT DISTRICT REZONING

NEW YORK — The New York City Council has approved zoning changes in Manhattan’s garment district to allow more space for use by a variety of businesses, while boosting what’s left of apparel production in a neighborhood that once clothed many Americans. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 350 words.

CAPITOL WATCH

ALBANY, N.Y. — In New York state government news, top lawmakers are pushing back on Gov. Andrew Cuomo over a proposal to limit legislative moonlighting. With Cuomo’s support, a state commission recently approved new restrictions on how much money lawmakers can make from side jobs. But top lawmakers from both parties say those limits were never part of a deal they negotiated with the Democratic governor. By David Klepper. SENT: 700 words.

LINCOLN ARTIFACTS-FUND SHORTAGE

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The acquisition of 1,500 documents and artifacts for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum a decade ago firmly established Illinois as a leading repository of all things Lincoln, the prairie lawyer who led the U.S. through the Civil War. By John O’Connor. SENT: 700 words.

IN BRIEF:

SHUTDOWN-STATUE OF LIBERTY: The huddled masses are still able to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island during the U.S. government’s partial shutdown thanks to funding from New York state.

CHARTER BUS COLLISION: A New York City charter bus driver was ordered to turn over his passport while he faces charges in the death of a newlywed law clerk he’s accused of hitting and dragging down the street.

PEDESTRIAN KILLED-IMPAIRED DRIVER: Authorities say a driver whose ability to drive was hindered by alcohol struck and killed a pedestrian on Long Island.

TONAWANDA COKE-BENZENE: State environmental officials say air sampling shows there’s been a drop in the chemical benzene since the closure of the Tonawanda Coke plant in western New York.

SNOWMOBILE GRANTS: More than $4 million has been awarded for snowmobile trail maintenance and grooming in New York.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Several bills intended to address sexual harassment will be waiting for New York state lawmakers when they return to Albany next month.

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BUSINESS

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CALVIN KLEIN-RAF SIMONS

NEW YORK — Less than two years after he shook up the New York fashion world with a splashy runway debut for Calvin Klein, designer Raf Simons is leaving the company. The company and the Belgian designer announced they had “amicably” decided to part ways after Calvin Klein “decided on a new brand direction.” By Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLER-DREADLOCKS CUT

BUENA, N.J. — An Olympic champion reaches out to a New Jersey high school wrestler whose dreadlocks were cut off minutes before his match. A referee told him to lose the dreadlocks or forfeit. Jordan Burroughs, a 2012 gold medalist, calls this “a combination of an abuse of power, racism and just plain negligence.” SENT: 400 words, photos.

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-THURSDAY NIGHTS

Thursday night football is here to stay, even if it’s gone for the rest of 2018. In past years, some — make that many — would have said “good riddance.” That would be misguided this year. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. First send Dec. 21 for weekend use.

Other events:

NHL: N.Y. Rangers at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Women’s basketball: No. 15 Syracuse vs. UCF at St. Petersburg, Fla., 7:30 p.m.

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