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

August 9, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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CONGRESSMAN-STOCK INDICTMENT

ALBANY, N.Y. — U.S. Rep. Chris Collins’ decision to stay on the ballot despite his arrest on insider trading charges may hearten Democrats — but it’s also an indication of just how red Collins’ western New York district is, observers say, and just how tough it will be to flip, even in a year in which Democrats are predicting a blue wave of enthusiasm. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5:30 p.m.

DEMOCRATS-OCASIO-CORTEZ

NEW YORK — Is it possible to leverage 17,000 votes into a national political movement? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is trying. The 28-year-old liberal activist, who was nearly unknown outside of Queens and the Bronx until a surprise June victory over a 10-term incumbent in New York’s Democratic congressional primary, has been crisscrossing the country in recent weeks to stump for fellow progressives. By Stephen R. Groves. SENT: 650 words, photos.

DE-STRESSING WITH DONKEYS

ULSTER PARK, N.Y. — In most of the world, donkeys are beasts of burden, but the only job of the long-eared denizens of Donkey Park is to nuzzle, bray and beguile the diverse group of people who find comfort in their company. By Mary Esch. SENT: 577 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — After three days of dramatic and even salacious testimony in the trial of Paul Manafort, prosecutors on Thursday returned to the nuts and bolts of their case against the former Trump campaign chairman as a witness recounted how he lied to obtain millions of dollars in bank loans. A bank employee told jurors how she discovered discrepancies in the information he put on his loan application, including holes in his claims about a New York City property. By Eric Tucker, Stephen Braun and Chad Day. SENT: 821 words, photos, video.

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED

NEW YORK — A severely disabled Georgia boy who authorities say was kidnapped by his father and marked for an exorcism was found buried at the ramshackle compound in the New Mexico desert that has been the focus of investigators for the past week, according to the toddler’s grandfather, who leads a well-known New York City mosque. By Stephen R. Groves. SENT: 639 words, photos, video.

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— COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED-THE LATEST

MURPHY-NJ TRANSIT

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy meets with New Jersey Transit officials as the state’s rail system has fallen into disarray. Several dozen rush-hour trains have been cancelled in recent weeks due to crew shortages, leaving passengers irate. By David Porter. SENT: 566 words.

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— NORTHEAST CORRIDOR RAIL SERVICE — New Jersey Transit and Amtrak have resumed rail service between Trenton and New York’s Penn Station following an accident that killed a person along the tracks.

IN BRIEF:

— MELANIA TRUMP-PARENTS: First lady Melania Trump’s parents have been sworn in as U.S. citizens. With photos, video.

— CUOMO-PRISON: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 1,400 inmates at maximum-security prison in New York near the Vermont border have been locked down in their cells after about two dozen were involved in a gang fight.

— MISSING INFANT-SEARCH: Authorities say a search is underway for an upstate New York woman’s missing 4-month-old boy.

— MISSING AUTISTIC TEENAGER: Police are searching an area where three upstate New York waterways meet for a missing 14-year-old boy with autism.

— TRAIN DERAILMENT: Authorities say flooding is likely to blame for a freight train derailment in New York’s Southern Tier that sent two empty railcars into the Delaware River.

— CHURCH-ATTEMPTED RUNDOWN: Police in upstate New York say an intoxicated driver from Tennessee attempted to run down churchgoers in a parking lot.

— EX-STOCK BROKER-STOLEN FUNDS: Prosecutors say a former stock broker stole more than $1 million from two New York City residents and used the cash to buy a home in northern New Jersey.

— CANCER-FIGHTING TECH FRAUD: A Massachusetts businessman has been convicted in New York of defrauding investors in two biotechnology companies.

— MANSLAUGHTER-DRUG SENTENCE: A New York man who is awaiting sentencing for killing another man will spend 10 years in prison on a drug charge.

— EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS: Eastern equine encephalitis has been detected in mosquito pools in Onondaga and Oswego counties in central New York.

— THRUWAY-DOG HOUSES: Pet owners traveling the New York State Thruway now have a cool option for their dogs when taking a break from driving: climate-controlled, temporary shelters.

— WINE CLASSIC-WINNERS: The winners of the 33rd New York Wine Classic have been announced, with the annual event’s most esteemed award going to a white wine produced by a Finger Lakes winery.

— JONES BEACH-ENDANGERED BIRDS: There’s been a settlement in the battle between cats and birds on Jones Beach.

— INMATE TRANSITION: A sheriff’s department in upstate New York says it is looking to create a specialized position to help inmates transition back into the community.

— OLD ELK DIES: Officials at a zoo in upstate New York say an elk believed to be one of the oldest in the world has died.

— ROUNDABOUT-BRIDGEPORT: New York transportation officials are adding a roundabout near an upstate casino.

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SPORTS

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FBN--PANTHERS-BILLS

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin adds a little spice to Buffalo’s preseason-opening game against his former team, the Carolina Panthers, on Thursday night. Benjamin caused a stir last week when he questioned why the Panthers drafted him and criticized Cam Newton’s accuracy. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

FBN--JETS-MIDDLETON’S MASTER’S

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Doug Middleton was impressing his New York Jets coaches with an impressive training camp last summer before a torn pectoral muscle sidelined him for the season. The safety used the time away from the field to earn a master’s degree in public administration while rehabilitating his injury. Middleton also founded a non-profit to honor his best friend who took his own life. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos and video by 6 p.m.

— FBC--CARRIER DOME-SECURITY: Syracuse University is changing its security policy for the Carrier Dome.

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