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BC-NY--New York News Coverage Advisory, NY

December 24, 2018

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New York. Any questions about today’s coverage plans should be directed to 212-621-1670.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org .

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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TOP STORIES:

MEDICAL DEBT ERASED

NEW YORK _ A pair of retired debt collectors are now using their expertise to buy millions of dollars in past-due medical debt for pennies on the dollar. But instead of hounding people to pay, they send letters saying the debt is gone. By Mary Esch. UPCOMING: 700 words.

TRUMP BRAND SLUMP

NEW YORK _ Nearly two years since Donald Trump took office, signs are mounting the presidency has hit his company hard. From golf fees to licensing deals to prices for Trump condos, many metrics used to gauge his businesses are down as the divisive comments so beloved by his political base have turned off a group just as dear to him, the affluent who fuel his businesses. By Bernard Condon. SENT: 1626 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ DRUNKEN DRIVING ARREST: Authorities on Long Island say a Long Beach couple face multiple charges including assault after they were pulled over by New York State troopers.

_ FATAL CRASH-ARREST: Authorities say a husband and wife were killed when the car they were in was hit by another vehicle. The passenger in the other car was injured, and the driver of the other vehicle was arrested for fleeing the scene.

_ SIGN HITS CARS: A man pulled his young daughter out of her car seat and to safety just as a commercial sign fell onto the top of their vehicle.

_ XGR--MIXED MARTIAL ARTS ANNIVERSARY: Sports such as mixed martial arts, boxing and wrestling have generated $97 million in New York state since lawmakers voted to legalize mixed martial arts two years ago.

_ FARMLAND PROTECTION GRANTS: New York’s Department of Agriculture and Markets says $8.5 million has been provided for conservation easement projects on five dairy farms.

_ IMMIGRANTS-LEGAL AID: New York state is expanding a legal defense project for immigrants launched in 2017 to include social and health care services for families.

_ WWII VETERAN-MEDALS REPLACED: A World War II combat veteran from western New York has received an early Christmas present: replacement medals for the ones that were stolen from him.

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