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

December 30, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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NEW YEAR’S EVE SECURITY

NEW YORK _ It’s an Auld Lang Syne of the times: For the first time, a police drone will be keeping watch over the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York’s Times Square. The unmanned eye-in-the-sky is the latest wrinkle in the New York City Police Department’s ever-evolving plan to keep revelers _ and “Rockin’ Eve” host Ryan Seacrest _ safe. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 645 words, photos.

NEW LAWS-MINIMUM WAGE

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ New minimum wage requirements will take effect in 20 states and nearly two dozen cities including New York City, affecting millions of workers. The state wage hikes range from an extra nickel per hour in Alaska to a $1-an-hour bump in Maine, Massachusetts and for California employers with more than 25 workers. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 900 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ TV INTERVIEW-ARREST: A New York bartender’s TV interview led to his arrest after sheriff’s deputies recognized him as the suspect in a grand larceny case.

_FARMLAND PROTECTION GRANTS: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a record $35 million has been awarded to 40 farms across the state to protect 13,000 acres of land.

_ WWII VETERAN LAWMAKER: A New York politician who’s believed to be one of the last World War II veterans serving in a state legislature is about to retire.

_HOUSE FIRE-LONG ISLAND: A young boy who jumped from the window of a burning house was one of three people injured in a fire on Long Island.

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SPORTS

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FBN-JETS-PATRIOTS

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. _ The New England Patriots hope to clinch a first-round bye and a chance at the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a victory over the New York Jets. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

FBN-COWBOYS-GIANTS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. _ The Dallas Cowboys warm up for next weekend’s wild-card playoff game when they face the New York Giants in what might be quarterback Eli Manning’s final start with the club after 15 seasons and two Super Bowl titles. UPCOMING. By Tom Canavan. 700, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

BKC--COLUMBIA-NORTHWESTERN

EVANSTON, Ill. _ Vic Law and Northwestern look to get back to winning when they host Columbia. The Wildcats lost in overtime to Oklahoma on Dec. 21 even though Law scored 23 points. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.

BKC--BINGHAMTON-MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ No. 2 Michigan tries to stay unbeaten in its final nonconference game before resuming Big Ten play. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at noon.

BKC-LIU BROOKLYN-FORDHAM

NEW YORK _ LIU Brooklyn plays Fordham at Rose Hill Gymnasium. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--DREXEL-HOFSTRA

Drexel plays Hofstra at David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex - Hofstra Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--NAVY-CORNELL

Navy plays Cornell at Newman Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

MMA-PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS LEAGUE

The promotional videos for the PFL Championship nearly rival the hype for the Rockettes: “Six weight classes, six world championship fights, plus the biggest name in women’s mixed martial arts.” Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison can take another step toward one day staking claim to that title in her headline fight at PFL 11 on Monday night. Harrison takes on Moriel Charneski in a 155-pound at the Hulu Theatre in Madison Square Garden. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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