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

July 11, 2018

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BORDER PROTECTION-DE BLASIO

WASHINGTON — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his security detail violated both Mexican and U.S. immigration laws by crossing the border on foot during a visit near El Paso, Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges in a letter obtained by The Associated Press. The mayor’s office flatly denied the allegation. By Colleen Long. SENT: 435 words, photos.

NEW YORK CORRUPTION

NEW YORK — Two criminal trials over allegations of corruption on the New York political scene are both drawing to a close in separate courtrooms located on the same floor atop a federal courthouse in Manhattan. One features a former state Senate leader accused of shaking down businesses to give his wayward son no-show work, while the other involves charges of bid-rigging in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” revitalization program. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.

VILLAGE-THREE SHOT

WATERLOO, N.Y. — A man and woman were fatally shot and another woman was wounded in an attack carried out by a man later captured at an upstate New York campground, authorities said Wednesday. SENT: 220 words.

IN BRIEF:

— GOVERNOR’S RACE-VOTING: Cynthia Nixon is blasting New York state’s antiquated voting rules and says that if elected governor she will push to change them.

—WW2 TANKER-ENVIRONMENT: The Coast Guard has postponed a dive to check on whether oil is leaking from a British tanker that was sunk by a German U-boat off Long Island during World War II.

— TRUCKER SENTENCED: A truck driver has been sentenced to prison for causing a fatal crash on the New York State Thruway that happened while he was online and speeding through a construction zone.

— DIXIE-FIREWORKS: Officials from a suburban New York town say playing a song known as the Civil War’s unofficial Confederate anthem at a town-sponsored Fourth of July celebration was an oversight.

— TEEN KILLED: One of a dozen suspects in the death of a 15-year-old boy attacked with a machete outside a New York City bodega has waived extradition from Connecticut.

— FAMILY SHOT: Police in upstate New York say they’ve arrested a man who shot a woman and her two children.

— TRASH COMPACTOR-DEATH: A 48-year-old woman has been found dead inside a trash compactor at a luxury apartment building in lower Manhattan.

— LAKE ERIE ALGAE: Ohio’s governor is set to announce new steps to combat toxic algae in Lake Erie.

— ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM AWARD: The New York Times has won the 2018 John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism.

— KIIDNAPPING-WRONG SUSPECT: An upstate New York man has been cleared of charges that he tried to kidnap his neighbor’s daughter after authorities said they arrested the wrong man.

— METLIFE OFFICE-OMAHA: New York based MetLife says it intends to hire more than 150 people for its future Omaha customer service center.

— MANHATTAN FIRE-MULTIPLE INJURED: Fire officials say a fire broke out in a New York City building and left more than a dozen people injured.

— CUOMO-PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts has endorsed Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul for re-election, saying they’re championing and protecting New Yorkers’ rights.

— IVORY BAN-LAWSUIT: A federal judge has ruled that wildlife protection and conservation groups can join New York state’s effort to uphold its ivory ban being challenged in a lawsuit filed by antiques dealers.

BUSINESS:

PFIZER-REORGANIZATION

NEW YORK — The drugmaker Pfizer, facing an aging population and shifting risks from the loss of patents, is reshaping its structure into three businesses. SENT: 252 words, photo.

ON THE MONEY-ORGANICS

NEW YORK — Is paying more for organic milk, meat or a can of beans worth it? The “USDA Organic” label generally signifies a product is made with relatively minimal synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and that animals are raised according to certain guidelines. But disputes over the rules, and questions about adherence, may raise doubts about whether the price is justified. By Candice Choi. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— DUNKIN’ BRANDS-CEO: Dunkin’ Brands Group CEO Nigel Travis is retiring and will be replaced by David Hoffmann.

— WEINSTEIN-BANKRUPTCY: A Delaware judge has approved a revised plan for the sale of the Weinstein Co., the studio forced into bankruptcy by the sexual misconduct scandal that brought down Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM-DWAYNE JOHNSON

NEW YORK — Dwayne Johnson hopes to honor the amputee community by playing a former FBI agent with a prosthetic leg in the new action thriller “Skyscraper.” By John Carucci. SENT: 255 words, photos.

— PEOPLE-CARDI B: Cardi B is celebrating the birth of her first child. The 25-year-old rapper welcomed Kulture Kiari Cephus during a post on Instagram on Wednesday.

— WHITNEY HOUSTON-MOLESTATON: Whitney Houston’s mother says allegations that her superstar daughter and her son were molested by her niece are “unfathomable.”

SPORTS:

BBA--YANKEES-ORIOLES

BALTIMORE — The New York Yankees send Sonny Gray to the mound against the last-place Baltimore Orioles in the finale of a four-game series. New York needs a win to earn a split. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

BBN--PHILLIES-METS

NEW YORK — Vince Velasquez is expected back from the disabled list to pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies against All-Star ace Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets in the finale of a four-game series. By Charles O’Brien. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

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