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

November 28, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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CONGESTION TOLLS-NYC

ALBANY, N.Y. — A broad coalition of organized labor, environmental advocates, business groups and private companies is launching a new lobbying effort to introduce congestion tolls in Manhattan. The alliance, known as the Fix Our Transit coalition, was created to push state lawmakers to approve the tolls, which would be levied on vehicles entering the busiest parts of Manhattan as a way to raise money for New York City’s deteriorating subways and transit system. By David Klepper. SENT: 439 words, photos.

NORTHEAST CORRIDOR TUNNELS

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the nation’s capital to urge President Donald Trump to commit federal funding for a new rail tunnel below the Hudson River. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4:30 p.m.

EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION

NEW YORK — A prosecution witness testifying at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo” says the cartel tried to kill him despite his loyalty to the defendant. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

FEARLESS GIRL

NEW YORK — “Fearless Girl,” a statue near Wall Street that has become a global symbol of female can-do business spirit, has been removed from her spot facing the “Charging Bull” to await a new home by the New York Stock Exchange. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 389 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-BOOKS

WASHINGTON — Writing a book has become standard practice for politicians with presidential ambitions, and this year is no different, even though many Democrats haven’t formally entered the race. By Juana Summers. SENT: 985 words, photos.

SALLY YATES REMARKS

NEW YORK — Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, speaking in New York, says she has no interest in a bid for elected office. SENT: 201 words.

IN BRIEF:

— WINTRY WEATHER-NEW YORK: Nearly two feet of snow has piled up in southwestern New York, where a winter storm warning remains in effect through the evening commute.

— WWII SAILOR-REMAINS IDENTIFIED: The remains of an American sailor from New York City who was killed in the Pearl Harbor attack nearly 77 years ago have been identified.

— NORTHWAY-POWER LINES: State Police say downed power lines have closed a northern section of the southbound lanes of Interstate 87 near the Canadian border.

— DRUG BUST-WIFE ABUSED: A man has pleaded guilty to abusing his wife and being involved in one of central New York’s biggest drug operations.

— INMATE ARTIST: A 46-year-old man has been sentenced for fatally shooting a Buffalo teenager in 1991 in a case that sent the wrong man to prison for nearly 30 years.

— CONGRESSMAN HOSPITALIZED: A New York congressman who is currently vying for a key leadership post in the Democratic Party has been hospitalized with a bacterial infection.

— XGR--MICHIGAN PIPELINE: Legislation moving in Michigan’s Senate would authorize the Mackinac Bridge Authority to help implement a deal to replace twin oil pipelines in a crucial Great Lakes channel.

— FUEL-COMPANY FRAUD: A heating oil delivery company must pay more than $3 million in restitution and penalties for defrauding customers by siphoning off overpayments and duplicate payments over 12 years.

— CLERGY ABUSE-BUFFALO: With church leaders under scrutiny for their handling of sexual misconduct by priests, a group of lay people in western New York is focusing on restoring trust in the Roman Catholic church.

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BUSINESS

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LUXURY RETAIL-WHERE’S CHINA?

NEW YORK — There was something missing at the luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. in recent months: Chinese tourists. By Business Writers Michelle Chapman and Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 751 words, photos.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-INFLATION

NEW YORK — Diners are willing to pay more at Manhattan’s upscale Gotham Bar and Grill, but price increases these days aren’t about snob appeal — the restaurant is contending with higher costs, particularly from rising wages. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 1025 words, photos.

— BANK ACQUISITION: Connecticut-based People’s United Bank has reached an agreement to acquire a Boston-area bank in a transaction valued at $327 million.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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BANNON-NEW YORKER FESTIVAL

NEW YORK — Facing widespread outrage, The New Yorker has dropped plans to interview Steve Bannon during its festival next month. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 751 words, photo.

NPR-FILM CRITIC FIRED

NEW YORK — NPR’s “Fresh Air” has parted ways with contributor David Edelstein after the film critic made a joke about the rape scene in “Last Tango in Paris” on his Facebook page following Monday’s death of director Bernardo Bertolucci. Edelstein remains a staff critic at New York Magazine. Sent: 282 words.

FILM-NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW

NEW YORK — The feel-good road-trip drama “Green Book” was named the best film of the year, and its star, Viggo Mortensen, best actor, by the National Board of Review in one of the first in a parade of awards season honors. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 387 words, photos.

— ROCKEFELLER CHRISTMAS TREE: A massive Norway spruce is ready for stardom in a New York City holiday tradition. With photos.

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SPORTS

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SPORTS BETTING

NEW YORK — Professional sports leagues, which once vehemently fought the prospect of legal sports betting, are now scrambling to get in on it. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 575 words, photos.

BKN--KNICKS-76ERS

PHILADELPHIA — The New York Knicks play the Philadelphia 76ers. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKN--JAZZS-NETS

NEW YORK — The Utah Jazz visit the Brooklyn Nets. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

BKC--T25-SYRACUSE-OHIO STATE

Syracuse visits No. 16 Ohio State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. By Nicole Kraft. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EST.

FBN--BILLS-FOSTER’S SECOND CHANCE

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills coach Sean McDermott said the team provided Robert Foster a “wake-up call” upon cutting the rookie receiver in October. Foster certainly got the message and has 199 yards receiving in his past two games. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

SOC--MLS-SURPRISE SCHOLARSHIP

High school junior and soccer player Giovanni Calderon thought he was just going to an interview for a scholarship application. Instead he got a visit from New York Red Bulls defender Aurelien Collin. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 417 words, photo.

— FBN--JAGUARS-FOURNETTE SUSPENDED: Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette’s appeal of a one-game suspension for fighting has been denied, meaning he will sit out Sunday’s game against Indianapolis.

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