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

April 8, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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IMMIGRANTS-DRIVER’S LICENSES

ALBION, N.Y. _ Dairy worker Luis Jiménez gambles every time he drives to work. If gets behind the wheel without a license, a single traffic stop can alert immigration agents and lead to deportation. But in the isolating expanse of upstate New York’s farm country, supermarkets and job sites are too far away for walking. “Necessity forces us to take a risk,” he says. A renewed push to expand access to driver’s licenses for those in the country illegally is focusing on workers in rural areas where buses and subways aren’t an option. By Claudia Torrens and Michael Hill. SENT: 1069 words. With photos, video.

BRANDED WOMEN

NEW YORK _ With jury selection beginning at the federal case against a cult-like upstate New York group, TV actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty Monday to charges she manipulated women into becoming sex slaves for the group’s spiritual leader. By Tom Hays. SENT: 370 words, photos

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_ BRANDED WOMEN-THE LATEST

NY LEGISLATURE-TRUMP TAXES

ALBANY, N.Y. _ Democrats in the New York Legislature are again pushing legislation that would require statewide elected officials in New York — including the president of the United States — to disclose their state income tax returns. By Chris Carola. SENT: 359 words.

WRE--WWE--NJ TRANSIT WOES

NEWARK, N.J. _ New Jersey’s transit agency blamed the organizers of WWE’s Wrestlemania event Monday for lengthy train delays at MetLife Stadium that left some fans standing in the rain for hours. By David Porter. SENT: 383 words.

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_ WRE--WWE-HART ATTACKED: Authorities say a spectator faces assault and trespassing charges after tackling wrestler Bret “The Hitman” Hart while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony in Brooklyn. With photo.

CASINO OWNER KILLED

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Bruce Deifik, the Colorado developer who lost a fortune running a struggling Atlantic City casino for six months, was killed in a single-car crash in Denver. He was 64. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 318 words.

BRIEFS:

_ MEASLES CASES: U.S. measles cases are continuing to jump, and most of the reported illnesses are in children.

_ ADIRONDACKS-ATVS: A coalition of conservation groups say New York state must do more to address the impact of all-terrain vehicles in the Adirondacks.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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CHALLENGED BOOKS

NEW YORK _ Not everyone was amused by the John Oliver send-up of a picture book by the wife and daughter of Vice President Mike Pence. “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,” in which the Pence family bunny turns out to be gay, was among the books most objected to last year at public libraries. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 525 words, photo.

_ PEOPLE-HANNAH GADSBY: Hannah Gadsby is following last year’s breakout Netflix stand-up special with a new U.S. tour that has stops in San Francisco and ends in New York this summer.

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SPORTS

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BBA--YANKEES-ASTROS

HOUSTON _ Houston’s Justin Verlander opposes New York’s Masahiro Tanaka when the Astros and Yankees open a three-game series with both teams looking to extend their winning streaks to four games. By Kristie RIeken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. EDT.

BBA--YANKEES-OTTAVINO-RUTH

NEW YORK _ After claiming he would strike out Babe Ruth every time, Yankees reliever Adam Ottavino got to pitch to the Bambino, and rather unsuccessfully _ digitally, in an old-style-looking commercial. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. Sent: 719 words, photo.

HKN--SABRES-SKINNER

BUFFALO, N.Y. — As much as he enjoyed his season with the Sabres, forward Jeff Skinner isn’t going to rush into deciding whether to re-sign with Buffalo or pursue free agency following a career-best 40-goal year. By John Wawrow. SENT: 760 words, photos.