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

February 7, 2019

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NEW YORK _ A judge confirmed in a court filing Thursday that federal prosecutors in New York have an ongoing investigation related to “campaign finance crimes” committed when President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid two women to stay silent about alleged affairs with Trump. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 519 words.


WASHINGTON — Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York are calling for a Green New Deal intended to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 540 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Jurors at the U.S. trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman contemplated their case for a fourth day on Thursday while some colorful action erupted, presumably out of their earshot, in the adjacent courtroom. By Tom Hays. SENT: 295 words, photo. Will be updated; timing uncertain.




NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’ll ask the Democrat-controlled state Legislature to approve tolls on driving into the busiest parts of Manhattan or raise the tab for using subways, tunnel and bridges by 30 percent to fund New York City’s ailing public transit system. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.


TRENTON _ Lawmakers in Trenton have advanced legislation to accelerate progress on a new, $13 billion rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York, in hopes of breaking a funding impasse with the federal government. The bill advanced out of state senate committee Thursday forms a bistate commission to oversee the project and apply for federal grants and loans. New York lawmakers are considering similar legislation. Since 2016, a development corporation has overseen the project. But its 501(c)(3) status doesn’t qualify it to receive federal grants and loans. By David Porter. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3:30 p.m.


HARTFORD, Conn. — A woman found dead and bound in a suitcase in a wooded area of Connecticut was identified Thursday as a 24-year-old New Rochelle, New York resident who worked at a bookstore and aspired to be a tattoo artist, according to police and co-workers. By Dave Collins. SENT: 423 words, photos.




NEW YORK _ The New York Police Department wants the navigation app Waze to stop warning drivers about sobriety checkpoints. UPCOMING; 250 words by 3 p.m.


President Donald Trump’s call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to prevail in Congress, but Republican legislators in several states are pushing ahead with their own tough anti-abortion bills that they hope can pass muster with the Supreme Court. New York has already acted by passing the Reproductive Health Act, which codifies rights laid out in Roe and other abortion rulings. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 745 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ A veterinarian who surgically implanted liquid heroin in puppies on behalf of Colombian drug traffickers is sentenced to prison. UPCOMING: 250 words by 3 p.m.


BERLIN _ A German court says it had no option but to reject an American request for the extradition of a Turkish man wanted in the United States on terrorism charges. By David Rising. SENT: 667 words, photos.


_ SHOOTING-TWO KILLED: A former Texas police officer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for renting a car used by a fellow lawman charged with killing two people in upstate New York.

_ TODDLER KILLED: A central New York man could face 25 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced for the death of a toddler.

_ BROOKLYN SHOOTING: Police say gunfire inside a Brooklyn building has left one person dead and three others hospitalized.

_ LIDDED DRINKS-BAR: A Staten Island bar where a number of women alleged they had their drinks spiked will introduce new safety measures, including lidded cups.

_ XGR--STATE BUDGET-MENTAL HYGIENE: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s spending proposals for New York state’s mental hygiene programs are the subject of a public hearing in Albany.

_ XGR--DRINKING WATER CONTAMINANTS: Three Republican state senators are demanding strict new limits on two industrial contaminants that have been found in water sources in three areas in New York state.

_ FENTANYL DEATH-PRISON: A 40-year-old Buffalo man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for selling fentanyl that killed a man who thought he was buying heroin.

_ BROADWAY CHOREOGRAPHER-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: A 53-year-old Broadway choreographer and dance instructor is being accused of inappropriately touching a minor during dance lessons.




_ IBM-NEW YORK: IBM is announcing plans for a $2 billion expansion in New York state focusing on artificial intelligence hardware.

_ TECH JOBS: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says a New York-based technology company plans to open an office in Charleston creating 100 jobs.

_ EARNS-TAPESTRY: Tapestry Inc. (TPR) on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $254.8 million.





NEW YORK _ The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology has culled through its voluminous archives of clothing and accessories for a 50th anniversary retrospective. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 812 words, photos, video.

_ SHATNER ABOARD ENTERPRISE: Star Trek’s William Shatner is making his third trip to a replica of the Enterprise.




_ BBA--YANKEES-BRITTON: Zack Britton will be a different pitcher for the New York Yankees this year — at least in name. With photo.

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