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

August 27, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-LEGAL CHAOS

NEW YORK — Another day, another twist in what Michael Cohen may — or maybe doesn’t — know about Donald Trump, Russian dirt and the 2016 election. Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, is tamping down his earlier assertions that the president’s former “fixer” could tell the special prosecutor that Trump had prior knowledge of a meeting with a Russian lawyer to get damaging information on Hillary Clinton. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 455 words, photos.

MICHAEL COHEN-LANDLORD

NEW YORK — A housing advocacy group says former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen and his business partners in three New York City apartment buildings filed false documents to the city claiming no one lived in the buildings to avoid strict oversight of construction work use to chase tenants out. Housing Rights Initiative says Cohen and his partners sold the buildings for $27 million, nearly triple what they paid for them a few years earlier. By Bernard Condon. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.

SCHOOL ZONE SPEED CAMERAS

NEW YORK — New York City is poised to reactivate 140 school zone speed cameras just before the start of fall classes after city leaders and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo figured out a way to circumvent the Legislature, which had allowed the program to lapse. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

AP APPOINTMENTS-EAST REGION

NEW YORK — The Associated Press has named an experienced photo manager and a longtime news editor to leadership roles guiding its coverage of the northeastern United States. SENT: 445 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— LIBERTY ISLAND-FIRE: The Statue of Liberty is open again after about 3,000 people were evacuated from Liberty Island because of a small construction fire.

— SHARK ATTACK: The New York man bitten by a shark off Cape Cod in Massachusetts this month has been released from the hospital.

— TAXES-CHARITABLE GIFTS: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says time is running out for New Yorkers who want to get around a federal cap on state and local tax deductions by donating to a charitable fund set up by the state.

— ABDUCTION PROSECUTION: An upstate New York man accused of abducting a woman and her 3-year-old daughter at knifepoint will spend up to seven years in prison.

— FATAL CRASH: Police say a 23-year-old man in central New York has been killed when his car overturned after striking a utility pole.

— MISSING PERSON-WATERCRAFT COLLISION: Authorities in upstate New York are searching for a person who fell from a personal watercraft when it collided with a boat on the Niagara River.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-FALL PREVIEW-ROBERT REDFORD

NEW YORK — Robert Redford says that after such a large response to his announced retirement from acting, now he can’t say he was just kidding. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 974 words, photos.

FALL BOOKS

NEW YORK — At a time when millions can hardly turn away from the news, fiction and nonfiction authors have similar reasons for why books matter more than ever. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 1056 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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TEN--US OPEN

NEW YORK — Simona Halep made a quick-as-can-be exit from the U.S. Open on Monday, becoming the first No. 1-seeded woman to lose her opening match at the Grand Slam tournament in the half-century of the professional era. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 719 words, photos. Will be updated with night session, which includes Williams, Nadal matches.

— Other sidebars on merits.

— TEN--US Open-The Latest. Real-time updates throughout the day.

— TEN--US Open Glance.

BBN--METS-CUBS

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs send Jon Lester to the mound when they try for their sixth straight win in the opener of a three-game series against the New York Mets. Noah Syndergaard pitches for New York. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:05 p.m.

FBN--GIANTS-STEWART

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jonathan Stewart has been involved in 11 training camps during his NFL career, so the 31-year-old veteran running back knows the drill. Regardless that Stewart signed a reported two-year, $6.9 million contract with the New York Giants as a free agent, he knows that nothing in the NFL is guaranteed. By Jim Hague. SENT: 806 words.

FBN--AFC EAST PREVIEW

NEW YORK — Everyone’s still chasing the New England Patriots in the AFC East. Many of the faces change every year in Miami, Buffalo, New York — and even in Foxborough — but Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are constants in the division. So are AFC East titles for the Patriots. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 919 words, photos.

FBN--BILLS-WORK IN PROGRESS

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Bills quarterback position remains unsettled, their offensive line porous and their defense is suddenly springing leaks. That leaves coach Sean McDermott with many issues to address less than two weeks before Buffalo’s season opener. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8:30 p.m.

— BBO--MLBPA-MEYER: The Major League Baseball Players Association has hired longtime sports law attorney and litigator Bruce Meyer as senior director of collective bargaining and legal.

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