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

January 13, 2019

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

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MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION-NEW YORK

ALBANY _ Before New York can legalize marijuana lawmakers will have to answer several questions that have bedeviled other states that have already eliminated criminal penalties for America’s favorite illicit drug: How many shops will be allowed, who will run then, and what should the tax rate be? By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 1,300 words in chunky text format.

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TOP STORIES

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HEALTH OVERHAUL-STATES

SEATTLE _ Riding the momentum from November’s elections, Democratic leaders in the states are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise _ to expand access to health care and make it more affordable. The first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in for governors saw a flurry of proposals. They included adding coverage for people in the country illegally, imposing a mandate to buy insurance and public options for those who have trouble finding affordable policies. By Sally Ho and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 900 words. AP Photos.

SOFTENING THE SHUTDOWN

The government shutdown is wreaking havoc on many Americans: Hundreds of thousands of federal employees don’t know when they’ll see their next paycheck, and low-income people who rely on the federal safety net worry about whether they’ll make ends meet should the stalemate in Washington carry on another month. By Juliet Linderman. SENT: 1210 words. AP Photos.

CAPITOL WATCH

ALBANY _ An increasingly diverse state Legislature is back in Albany for its 2019 session, the first in the state’s history with African-Americans holding the top leadership posts in both the Assembly and the Senate. A look at stories making news at the Capitol. By Chris Carola. SENT: 650 words.

ELDERLY FIRE DEATHS

NEW YORK _ An elderly Manhattan couple died in a blaze that engulfed their luxury high-rise apartment before dawn Saturday and sent flames roaring out the windows. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 200 words.

VATICAN-US-SEX ABUSE

VATICAN CITY _The key accuser in the sex abuse case against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has met with New York City prosecutors, evidence that the scandal that has convulsed the papacy is now part of the broader U.S. law enforcement investigation into sex abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 780 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MIDDLE SCHOOL-PRICY HATS: Administrators at a New York middle school are begging students to leave their winter hats made by Italian apparel company Moncler at home because the pricy hats keep getting lost.

_ CHILD VICTIMS ACT: Supporters of the long-stalled Child Victims Act are coming to the state Capitol to rally support.

_ PEOPLE-MICHAEL CHE: “Saturday Night Live” funnyman Michael Che hosted a fundraiser for a cause close to home: New York City public housing.

_ TOBACCO-AGE LIMIT: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to raise the state’s minimum age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21 — to curb their use by younger people.

_ FORMER LAWMAKER-NEW JOB: One of the breakaway Democrats who helped Republicans keep control of the New York state Senate for seven years has landed a new job in the Cuomo administration.

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SPORTS

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HKN-LIGHTNING-SABRES

BUFFALO, N.Y. _ Steven Stamkos scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:16 remaining to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. By Mark Ludwiczak. SENT: 600 words, photos.

HKN-RANGERS-ISLANDERS

NEW YORK _ Mats Zuccarello scored late in the third period and the New York Rangers beat the Islanders 2-1 on Saturday for their first ever win at Barclays Center. By Christian Arnold. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BKC-GEORGIA TECH-SYRACUSE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ Jose Alvarado scored 19 points, James Banks III added 16 and Georgia Tech dominated inside and overpowered Syracuse 73-59 on Saturday night, ending the Orange’s four-game winning streak. By Mark Frank. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BKC-DEPAUL-ST JOHN’S

NEW YORK _ Femi Olujobi had 27 points and eight rebounds in his New York homecoming and DePaul pulled away from No. 24 St. John’s, beating the short-handed Red Storm 79-71 on Saturday night for its first win over a ranked team in almost three years. By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 960 words, photos.

_ BKC-MANHATTAN-MONMOUTH: Manhattan plays Monmouth at OceanFirst Bank Center.

_ BKC-ROBERT MORRIS-LIU BROOKLYN: Robert Morris plays LIU Brooklyn at Steinberg Wellness Center.

_ BKC--ST FRANCIS (PA)-ST FRANCIS (BKN): St. Francis (PA) plays St. Francis (BKN) at Generoso Pope Athletic Complex.

_ BKC-ELMIRA-COLUMBIA: Elmira plays Columbia at Francis S. Levien Gymnasium.

_ BKC-NEW HAMPSHIRE-STONY BROOK: New Hampshire plays Stony Brook at Island Federal Credit Union Arena.

_ BKC-LEHIGH-COLGATE: Lehigh plays Colgate at Cotterell Court.

_ BKC-ARMY-LOYOLA: Army plays Loyola (MD) at Reitz Arena.

_ BKC-HOFSTRA-ELON: Hofstra plays Elon at Alumni Gym.

_ BKC-MAINE-ALBANY: Maine plays Albany at SEFCU Arena.

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