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

February 26, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-MANHATTAN PROSECUTOR

NEW YORK _ The prosecutor in Manhattan overseeing multiple investigations involving President Donald Trump bristles at descriptions of him as an ally of the president. Former staff in his office say U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman has won over some skeptics who worried he wouldn’t be independent. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 900 words by 3 p.m. With photo.

TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION-CONGRESS

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is expected to give a behind-the-scenes account of what he will claim is Trump’s lying, racism and cheating, and possibly even criminal conduct, when he testifies publicly before a House committee on Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. BY Mary Clare Jalonick and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 894 words, photos, video.

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SOUNDS OF SIRENS

NEW YORK — If two New York City lawmakers get their way, the long, droning siren from police cars, fire trucks and ambulances that has been part of the city’s soundtrack for generations — WAAAAAhhhhhhh — would be replaced by a high-low wail similar to what’s heard on the streets of London and Paris — WEE-oww-WEE-oww-WEE-oww. Their reasons for the switch: The European-style siren is less shrill and annoying and contributes less to noise pollution. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 632 words, photos, video.

XGR--MANHATTAN TOLLS

ALBANY, N.Y. _ Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced an agreement on plans for new tolls on motorists entering the heart of Manhattan, an important show of support as state lawmakers debate ways to raise revenue for an outdated transit system. By David Klepper. SENT: 557 words.

NYC PUBLIC ADVOCATE

NEW YORK — New York City voters are set to vote in a special election Tuesday to choose the city’s next public advocate, a job that comes with a $165,000 salary, a $3 million budget and a bully pulpit — but little actual power. SENT: 230 words; will be updated.

CHRISTIE-TRAFFIC JAMS

NEWARK, N.J. _ A convicted ally of former Gov. Chris Christie is resentenced in the ‘Bridgegate’ scandal after an appeals court threw out some of the charges. Developing. With photos.

NY CORRUPTION-MANGANO

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. _ Closing arguments continue at the federal corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife. Developing; timing uncertain.

IN BRIEF:

_ WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMBING-ANNIVERSARY: Scores of people have come together at ground zero to mark the anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that foreshadowed 9/11. With photos, video.

_ COUPLE KILLED-SON CHARGED: A man accused of killing his mother and her husband shortly after they moved from Buffalo, New York to Atlanta says he didn’t do it.

_ MOVING VEHICLE-HOMICIDE: A man charged with stabbing his girlfriend and leaving her to die after she fell from his moving car in western New York has pleaded guilty.

_ BARNACLE BIKE: A New York City resident says he found a Citi Bike covered in barnacles while he was trying to grab a bike for a ride.

_ XGR--PROPERTY TAX RELIEF-FRAUD: Gov. Andrew Como says people found to fraudulently claim a state property tax credit should be barred from reapplying for the benefit for six years.

_ FOREST LANDOWNERS: New York officials are planning a series of public meetings to give forest landowners the opportunity to have their say on the state’s forest tax law program.

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BUSINESS

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AT&T-TIME WARNER-ANTITRUST

WASHINGTON _ A federal appeals court on Tuesday cleared AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner, rejecting the Trump administration’s claims that the $81 billion deal will harm consumers and reduce competition in the pay TV market. By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 567 words, photo.

EARNS-MACY’S

NEW YORK _ Macy’s announced a multiyear money saving restructuring program that it says will pare down its management structure and make the department store more nimble in a fiercely competitive environment. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 580 words, photos.

_ WINDSTREAM-BANKRUPTCY: Windstream Holdings Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection less than two weeks after a court ruling favoring a New York hedge fund.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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ARTS ACADEMY

NEW YORK _ David Sedaris, Claudia Rankine and Meredith Monk are among the new inductees into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 501 words, photo.

BOOKS-ANDROMEDA SEQUEL

NEW YORK _ The late Michael Crichton’s literary archive and production company has authorized a sequel to his breakthrough novel “The Andromeda Strain.”

BOOKS-LUKAS PRIZE

NEW YORK — David W. Blight’s biography of Frederick Douglass and Sarah Smarsh’s “Heartland” are among the nominees for awards celebrating nonfiction books of social consciousness and literary merit. SENT: 297 words, photo.

_ MEDIA-NBC-BUSH HAGER: NBC appointed Jenna Bush Hager as co-host of the “Today” show’s fourth hour with Hoda Kotb, and she’ll replace Kathie Lee Gifford in that role in April. With photo.

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SPORTS

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BKC--T25-SYRACUSE-NORTH CAROLINA

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ Fifth-ranked North Carolina looks to keep momentum when it hosts Syracuse on Tuesday night. The Tar Heels have won 10 of 11 overall. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m.

BKN--MAGIC-KNICKS

NEW YORK _ The Orlando Magic visit the New York Knicks. With photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

HKN--SABRES-FLYERS

PHILADELPHIA _ The Buffalo Sabres visit the Philadelphia Flyers. With photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

HKN--FLAMES-ISLANDERS

NEW YORK _ The Calgary Flames visit the New York Islanders. With photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BUFFALO-PEGULA SPORTS SHAKE-UP

BUFFALO, N.Y. _ The parent company that owns the NFL Buffalo Bills and NHL Sabres is experiencing a major shake-up following the departures of three top executives. By Sports Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 207 words, photo.

_ SOC--NBC-SKY SPORTS NEWS: Britain’s Sky Sports News will air regularly on U.S. television for the first time since 2013 starting Friday.