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AP-NY--New York News Digest, NY

August 20, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION

NEW YORK — Former Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen could be charged with bank fraud in his dealings with the taxi industry and with committing other financial crimes before the end of the month, two people familiar with the federal probe said Monday. By Tom Hays. SENT: 300 words, photo.

TRUMP-LAWYER-JOHN DEAN

NEW YORK — If anyone knows what Michael Cohen is up against, his lawyer figures it’s the man who turned on President Richard Nixon and helped expose his involvement in the Watergate break-in. Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, said he sees parallels between his client and John Dean and has been talking to him about Cohen over the last two months. By Michael R. Sisak. Upcoming: 400 words by 4 p.m.

LINCOLN TUNNEL BOTTLENECK

UNION CITY, N.J. — Monday marks the first full weekday of lane closures on the approach to the Lincoln Tunnel, part of a 2½-year project that will rebuild an aging bridge and roadway — and cause severe congestion in an area that already is one of the northeastern U.S’s worst bottlenecks. By Dave Porter. 400 words by 5 a.m., updates expected.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-GAY PRIESTS

NEW YORK — Allegations that disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick engaged in sex with adult seminarians have inflamed a long-running debate about the presence of gay men in the Roman Catholic priesthood. By David Crary. SENT: 1100 words, photos.

ASIA ARGENTO SETTLEMENT

NEW YORK — Italian actress Asia Argento — one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment — recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him when he was 17, the New York Times reported. SENT: 250 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— LEMONADE STAND FLAP: A 7-year-old New York boy is back selling lemonade and raising money for a friend in need after a state health inspector put the squeeze on him last month.

— CUOMO-LOBBYIST-EMAILS: A cache of emails shows a lobbyist whose cooperation helped convict two former aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on corruption charges had access to the top levels of the governor’s administration.

— LAKE ERIE ALGAE: A group of Ohio lawmakers who will look into Lake Erie’s health will be led by two legislators who have criticized the governor’s move to create tougher regulations on thousands of farmers.

— MISTAKEN CAR-ATTEMPTED RAPE: New York City police say a woman fought off a man who tried to rape her at gunpoint after she got into his car thinking it was a livery cab.

— FATHER AND SON MISSING: Rescue crews in upstate New York have resumed the search for a 9-year-old boy and his 46-year-old father after they were swept down the Neversink River over the weekend.

— FATAL STABBING-NEAR TIMES SQUARE: Police say a man has died after being stabbed in the chest on a tree-lined street near New York’s Times Square.

— FATAL ROLLOVER CRASH: Authorities in upstate New York say a man was killed and another injured in a rollover crash.

— OPIOID MEMORIAL: A traveling memorial to the victims of the nation’s opioid crisis is making a weeklong stop in Buffalo.

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BUSINESS

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ISRAEL-SODASTREAM

JERUSALEM — PepsiCo bought carbonated drink maker SodaStream for $3.2 billion on Monday, a move the beverage giant hopes will further help it adjust as consumers drink less traditional soda and opt more for flavored waters and other drinks. By Aron Heller. Sent: 500 words, photos.

— WOMEN IN WORKPLACE-CATALYST CEO: A former Silicon Valley CEO will lead one of the oldest organizations dedicated to promoting women in the workplace.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

NEW YORK — Cardi B will make her first public appearance as a mom at the MTV Video Music Awards, and it might be worth it: She could be the night’s big winner. The rapper is the top contender with 10 nominations. She will open Monday’s show, which kicks off at 9 p.m. EDT from Radio City Music Hall in New York. By Mesfin Fekadu. Sent: 400 words, photos.

MTV-VOTE DRIVE

NEW YORK — MTV is launching its first-ever midterm election drive to encourage young people to register and vote, hoping fans make voting a communal effort with their friends. The youth-centric network will first publicize the effort Monday at its annual Video Music Awards being held at Radio City Music Hall. By David Bauder. SENT: 450 words, photo.

MISS AMERICA

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson has struck back against the reigning Miss America, saying Cara Mund’s allegations that Carlson and others have bullied and silenced her has led to the loss of $75,000 in scholarship money for this year’s contestants. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 650 words.

MUSIC-THE EAGLES

NEW YORK — The Eagles’ greatest hits album surpasses Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as the best-selling album of all-time. By Mesfin Fekadu. Sent: 300 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BC-BKL--WNBA PLAYOFFS

The WNBA playoffs are set as a wild, unpredictable regular season came to an end Sunday. As expected Los Angeles and Minnesota will meet in the postseason for a third straight year. Unexpectedly it’s in the first round. The two-time WNBA finalists finished a surprising sixth and seventh in the regular season and will face off in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 650 words

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Alabama is No. 1 in the AP preseason college football poll for the third straight season, a feat done only one other time previously. Clemson is No. 2 behind the defending national champions then Georgia and Wisconsin. Ohio State is fifth. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 800 words, with photos, by 12:30 p.m.

FBN--BILLS-EDMUNDS

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills rookie linebacker Tremaine Edmunds just might not be perfect after all. For all the compliments the first-round draft pick earned for stepping immediately into a starting role last spring, Edmunds acknowledges he has some improvements to make after showing signs of struggling in Buffalo’s preseason game at Cleveland last week. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. EDT.

FBN--JETS-BATES-DARNOLD

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jeremy Bates has worked with many quarterbacks over the years and the New York Jets offensive coordinator has liked what he has seen from rookie Sam Darnold. “He’s everything you’re looking for in a young quarterback.” Darnold is progressing through camp and appears the likely starter when the Jets start the regular season. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

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