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

August 2, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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VIOLENCE INTERRUPTORS

NEW YORK — Amid an uptick in killings of young people in New York City, groups called “violence interrupters” are working overtime. The city funds 18 such groups that are largely made up of former gang members who hold rallies to stoke outrage over crimes, hang out in high-crime spots to watch out for trouble and even step in to mediate fights. This year, they are facing a particular challenge: 16 people between the ages of 10 and 18 have been killed in the city, already matching last year’s total. By Stephen Groves. SENT: 1016 words, photos. With photos, video.

NYC JAILS-GUARD UNION PROBE

NEW YORK — A prosecutor says a once-powerful New York union boss was “blinded by greed” when he betrayed thousands of jail guards by squandering their money in a bid to get rich. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.

MARIJUANA LEGISLATION-NY

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed a group of New York state government and law enforcement officials and academics to draft legislation for regulating recreational marijuana. UPCOMING: 250 words by 3 p.m.

OCASIO-CORTEZ-CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES — New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a rising liberal star — was scheduled to appear Thursday in Los Angeles as part of West Coast fundraising swing. SENT: 234 words; will be updated from event scheduled for noon PDT. Photo planned.

DEMOCRATS-CORPORATE MONEY

WASHINGTON — Money in politics is emerging as a new test for Democratic candidates, with scores of politicians pledging to reject corporate PAC donations. By Lisa Lerer. SENT: 1166 words, photo.

POLITICAL DONOR-ALLIED WALLET

NEW YORK — A prominent political donor has helped pornographers, payday loan debt collectors and offshore gambling operations get past the banking system’s gates, according to internal records from an online payment processing firm obtained by The Associated Press. Allied Wallet and its executives have given $6 million in contributions since late 2015 to Democrats and Republicans. The records show the company used fake websites and foreign dummy corporations to mask some customers’ true businesses. By Jake Pearson and Jeff Horwitz. SENT: 3075 words, photos. A shorter version also is available.

IN BRIEF:

— VATICAN-DEATH PENALTY-CUOMO: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’ll introduce legislation that would remove the death penalty from New York state law.

— RIVER SEARCH-NEW YORK CITY: New York City police say a naked woman pulled from the East River was screaming incoherently as she swam under a pier and told officers rescuing her that she had no interest in getting out of the water.

— EX-CONVICT-CHASE: Authorities say an ex-convict is back behind bars after he stole beer from a gas station and led police on a chase that went through several western New York towns.

— GUN THEFTS: Authorities in upstate New York are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the person or people who stole seventeen guns from two firearm dealers.

— ROCHESTER RIVERFRONT: State officials have announced 13 projects that are part of a $50 million effort to revitalize Rochester’s riverfront.

— PARK LAKE CLOSED: The beach at a state park in upstate New York has been closed because of a toxic algal bloom.

— BIKE THEFTS: Authorities say more than 240 bikes have been stolen or have gone missing from a bike-sharing program in Rochester.

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BUSINESS

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— SALES TAX COLLECTIONS: New York state’s comptroller says local sales tax collections are up so far this year.

— EARNS-BLUE APRON: Blue Apron Holdings Inc. (APRN) on Thursday reported a loss of $32.8 million in its second quarter.

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SPORTS

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BBN--METS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals wrap up a three-game series against the New York Mets. By Ian Quillen. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

BKL--WNBA INCREASED TECHNICALS

NEW YORK — Technical fouls are up this year in the WNBA with more already called this season than last. There were 92 technical fouls given to players before the All-Star break. That’s 11 more then all of last season. There were also 30 handed out to coaches already this season. There’s still nearly 20 percent of the season left to play. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 900 words

— CAR--NASCAR-BELL-CHASING RECORD: Christopher Bell of Oklahoma is chasing NASCAR history and will try to win a record-tying fourth consecutive Xfinity Series race on Saturday at Watkins Glen.

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