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

July 21, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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UPCOMING TODAY:

CAPITOL WATCH

ALBANY, N.Y. — In New York state government news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making his fifth visit to Puerto Rico following last year’s devastating hurricanes. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon.

TOP STORIES:

TRUMP-LAWYER

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer secretly recorded Trump discussing a possible payment to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with him, a person familiar with an investigation into the attorney told The Associated Press on Friday. By Eric Tucker and Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 530 words, photos.

TRUMP-LAWYER-THE LATEST

TRUMP-LAWYER-SHARPTON

EX-ASSEMBLY SPEAKER TRIAL

NEW YORK — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Friday begged for mercy at his sentencing next week on corruption charges, telling a judge that he is filled with shame and prays he will not die in prison. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 330 words.

HILLARY CLINTON-CENTRAL PARK

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton will be part of a star-studded lineup at a summer festival in New York’s Central Park. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Update Saturday after 5 p.m. event.

IMMIGRANT FAMILIES-COMMUNICATION

NEW YORK — Immigrant parents who were separated from their children under President Donald Trump’s zero tolerance policy for illegal border crossings are struggling to communicate with their sons and daughters. In many cases, phone calls are the only way parents can communicate with their children. But the calls are sporadic. In cases where parents can talk to their children, their loved ones are despondent and crying. By Morgan Lee and Claudia Torrens. SENT: 890 words, photos.

STEAM LEAK-MANHATTAN

NEW YORK —New York City had sandbags at the ready Friday night to barricade the site of a Manhattan steam-pipe explosion against possible heavy rains that could complicate the cleanup of asbestos-laced debris. SENT: 450 words.

MIDTERMS-SANDERS-OCASIO-CORTEZ

TOPEKA, Kansas — Two luminaries in the democratic socialist movement — one its national leader, the other its new star — are descending on solidly Republican Kansas, taking their emboldened liberal message to an unlikely testing ground before next month’s congressional primaries. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who rose to fame following her surprise win in last month’s New York congressional primary, see an opportunity to influence Democratic voters ahead of the state’s Aug. 7 primary. By Thomas Beaumont and John Hanna. SENT: 800 words, photos.

CENTRAL PARK FIVE

NEW YORK — A lawyer for five men wrongly convicted in the vicious 1989 rape of a Central Park jogger said Friday that the release of investigative records leaves them “reliving the horror” of their experiences. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ODD:

LIRR TICKETS

MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. — It’s back to the future on the Long Island Rail Road. The nation’s largest commuter train system said Friday it’s printing next month’s tickets on paper marked for 2016 and 2019 due to a problem with its usual supply. SENT: 140 words.

IN BRIEF:

— TA-NEHISI COATES-THE ATLANTIC: Ta-Nehisi Coates is leaving his job as a national correspondent for The Atlantic, where he rose to prominence over the past decade.

— TUNNELS RESTORED: Work to restore and upgrade New York City’s Hugh L. Carey and Queens Midtown tunnels has wrapped up six years after they were badly damaged during Superstorm Sandy.

— ROBIN WILLIAMS-AUCTION: Artworks owned by Robin Williams and memorabilia from his career including autographed scripts, awards and props will be auctioned in the fall.

— LONG ISLAND-SHARK INVESTIGATION: Officials have confirmed one of two children bitten in the leg off New York’s Fire Island was bitten by a shark.

— MANHUNT-NY: The search is on in western New York for an ex-convict from North Carolina two days after authorities say he pointed a gun at A police officer during a traffic stop.

— NAVY SEAL MEMORIAL VANDALIZED: A teenager who police say vandalized a stone memorial in New York commemorating a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan has been arrested.

— INFANT KILLED-SENTENCING: A judge called the upstate New York man who was convicted of killing a 1-year-old boy a “monster” as he handed down a sentence of 25 years in prison.

— TODDLER KILLED: woman mother has been charged with manslaughter in the beating and shaking death of her 2-year-old son, days after her boyfriend was in a Buffalo court on the same charge.

— VILLAGE-THREE SHOT: A 48-year-old man has been indicted on charges stemming from the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend and a man and the wounding of a second woman in an upstate New York village earlier this month.

— ALBANY POLICE CHIEF: A Michigan police chief has been chosen as the next police chief in Albany.

PEOPLE-COMMON

NEW YORK — Rapper Common has won three Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award but a recent visit to a New York City school was “humbling” — mainly because many of the students were too young to know his music. The award-winner showed up at P.S. 111 in midtown Manhattan on Thursday as an ambassador for the Adopt-A-Classroom initiative. By John Carucci. SENT: 300 words, photos, video.

SPORTS:

BBO-METS-YANKEES

NEW YORK —Yoenis Cespedes homered in his return from the disabled list, Noah Syndergaard won his second straight start since coming back from an injury but left after a drop in velocity, and the New York Mets beat the Yankees 7-5 Friday night in a Subway Series opener. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BBO-BASTARDO SUSPENDED

NEW YORK — Free agent pitcher Antonio Bastardo has been suspended for the rest of the season under the minor league drug program following a positive test for the steroid Stanozolol, a penalty that follows a 50-game ban five years ago for his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic. SENT: 280 words.

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