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

September 12, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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ELECTION 2018-NEW YORK-GOVERNOR

ALBANY, N.Y. — Polls may show her far behind New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Thursday’s Democratic primary, but Cynthia Nixon says she knows something that Cuomo and the pollsters don’t. By David Klepper. SENT: 771 words, photo, video.

— NEW YORK GOVERNOR-MAILER: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign says a campaign worker created a mailer questioning Cynthia Nixon’s support for Jewish people.

CBS NEWS-FAGER

NEW YORK — CBS News on Wednesday fired “60 Minutes” top executive Jeff Fager, who has been under investigation following reports that he groped women at parties and tolerated an abusive workplace. SENT: 364 words, photo.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WEINSTEIN

NEW YORK — Lawyers for six women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct appear in court for arguments in their lawsuit, which claims his use of his film company to pursue and silence women amounted to racketeering. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m. Developing from 2:30 p.m. hearing.

ERASING MARIJUANA CONVICTIONS

NEW YORK — Over 3,000 low-level marijuana cases were thrown out Wednesday as Manhattan’s top prosecutor furthered a shift away from arresting and prosecuting many people for small-time pot offenses in the nation’s biggest city. Misdemeanor and violation-level pot possession cases that had sat open for as long as 40 years were dismissed in a matter of minutes after Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. asked a court to scrap 3,042 warrants for people who missed court dates and to toss out the cases themselves. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 665 words. AP Photos and AP Video planned.

LOOTED RENOIR

NEW YORK — The granddaughter of a Jewish art collector whose paintings were stolen by the Nazis has been reunited with one of the works, an Impressionist piece by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. By Deepti Hajela. UPCOMING: 550 words by 4 p.m.

MISSING MOON ROCKS

SALT LAKE CITY — A strange thing happened after Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 crew returned from the moon with lunar rocks: Many of the mementos given to every U.S. state vanished. Now, after years of sleuthing, a former NASA investigator is closing in on his goal of locating the whereabouts of all 50. In recent weeks, two of the rocks that dropped off the radar after the 1969 mission were located in Louisiana and Utah, leaving only New York and Delaware with unaccounted-for souvenirs. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 723 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-NEW YORK AID: Dozens of airmen are assembling at a New York Air National Guard base on Long Island to prepare for deployment to southern states in the path of Hurricane Florence.

— FATAL CRASH-GAS STATION: Police on Long Island say a driver and his passenger were killed when their car crashed into a gas station and caught fire.

— BUFFALO POLICE-SHOOTING: Police say a suspect is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Buffalo, New York.

— ATM SKIMMING SCHEME: A Romanian man has pleaded guilty to his role in an ATM skimming scheme that resulted in the theft of nearly $900,000 from bank customers in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.

— TEEN STABBED: Police in upstate New York are searching for a suspect who they say stabbed a 16-year-old boy during a fight.

— JUDGE SANCTIONED: An embattled New York judge has been indicted on a weapons charge while she remains on probation for a drunken driving conviction.

— YWCA-POLICE: Officials with a YWCA in upstate New York say police officers used “inexplainable and outrageous” excessive force during an arrest.

— INVASIVE INSECT: New York officials say an invasive insect from Asia called the spotted lanternfly has been spotted in two upstate counties.

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BUSINESS

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TOY HALL OF FAME

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — This may be the year that chalk makes its mark on the National Toy Hall of Fame, or American Girl outmuscles He-Man for a place of honor. By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 553 words, photo.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-LETTING GO

NEW YORK — Although Soyini Chan-Shue easily delegated work to police officers when she was a sergeant in the New York City Police Department, it was hard to relinquish tasks to employees of the security firm she now owns. The key difference for her? Chan-Shue worked in an NYPD office that formulated policy and she was part of a chain of command. At her own company, she’s the one in charge. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 836 words, photo.

TRADE-MASTERCARD

Mastercard rolled out a digital trade platform Wednesday designed to make it easier for companies to do business around the world. SENT: 154 words, photo.

— BIOTECH EXPANSION: An Albany-area biotech firm is planning a big expansion that it says could create as many as 1,500 new jobs.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS

NEW YORK — A new novel by M.T. Anderson and a pair of novels in verse were among those on the National Book Awards longlist in young people’s literature. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 400 words, photo,

— LINCOLN COLLECTION-AUCTION: A leading Abraham Lincoln scholar’s extensive collection of images, documents and artwork pertaining to the nation’s 16th president is being auctioned in Manhattan later this month.

— STAND UP FOR HEROES: Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Jim Gaffigan and Seth Meyers are headlining this year’s Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their families.

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SPORTS

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BBA--YANKEES-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS — The New York Yankees, their lead for the first wild card spot down to two games over the Oakland A’s, send Luis Severino to the mound in the final game of the series in Minnesota. Jake Odorizzi pitches for the Twins. By Tyler Mason. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m. EDT.

BBN--MARLINS-METS

NEW YORK — The Mets and Marlins are set for a doubleheader, assuming rainy weather doesn’t spoil the matchup of NL East laggards. New York’s Zack Wheeler (10-7, 3.39) opposes Trevor Richards (3-8, 4.73) in the opener, while Mets veteran Jason Vargas (5-9, 6.75) faces Jeff Brigham (0-1, 9.00) in the nightcap. First game starts at 4:10 p.m.

FBC--BILLS-ALLEN

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y — For the Buffalo Bills, Josh Allen’s time is now. Bills coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday the rookie quarterback will make his first career start on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. Allen replaces second-year pro Nathan Peterman, who struggled badly in a 47-3 blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1. SENT: 245 words, photos.

FBN--JETS-DARNOLD’S NEXT TEST

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold got rave reviews from his coaches, teammates, media and fans for how he bounced back from throwing a pick-6 on his first pass to helping lead the New York Jets to a victory in his NFL debut. The rookie quarterback looks to build off that performance in the Jets’ home opener Sunday against the AFC East-rival Miami Dolphins. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

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