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

February 2, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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EL CHAPO PROSECUTION

NEW YORK _ Newly unsealed documents in the U.S. case against the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo say witnesses described the notorious kingpin having sex with minors. By Tom Hays. SENT: 130 words, UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.

JAIL CONDITIONS-NYC

NEW YORK _ A congresswoman who visited a federal detention center in New York City where inmates have been stuck in cold, dark cells for days says it was “surreal” to hear the inmates banging on the walls. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 700 words, photos.

AMAZON-OPPORTUNITY ZONES

NEW YORK _ Amazon will not take advantage of a federal program offering massive tax breaks when it builds headquarters in New York City. The internet shopping giant told the New York City Council this week that it had no plans to directly benefit from the Opportunity Zone program offering cuts on federal capital gains taxes as a way to spur development in downtrodden areas. By Bernard Condon. SENT: 400 words, photos.

SUPER BOWL-CARDI B

ATLANTA _ Cardi B said she received an offer to perform at the Super Bowl, but struggled with the decision to turn down the lucrative opportunity in support of ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 590 words, photos.

GROUNDHOG DAY

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa._ It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the U.S. thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country’s most famous prognosticating groundhogs. SENT: 200 words, photos.

CAPITOL WATCH

ALBANY,N.Y. _ In New York state government news, lawmakers have set three upcoming hearings on a landmark climate change bill that would require the state’s electrical grid to get off fossil fuels. Meanwhile, supporters of Airbnb are heading back to Albany to push for new regulations on the popular home-sharing platform to replace old rules that penalized many hosts. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 850 words by 11 a.m.

IN BRIEF

_ SUPER BOWL-CRACKDOWN: State police and other law enforcement agencies are conducting a STOP-DWI campaign across New York this weekend to crack down on Super Bowl revelers.

_ OFF-SHORE DRILLING: Lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled state Legislature are planning to act on bills that would prohibit New York from authorizing certain offshore oil and gas production.

_ GROUNDHOG DAY-NYC: Handlers for Staten Island Chuck say the furry forecaster didn’t see his shadow so New Yorkers are in for an early spring.

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SPORTS

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BKN-NETS-MAGIC

ORLANDO, Fla. _ The Brooklyn Nets, who’ve won seven of 10 to climb to sixth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, visit the Orlando Magic, losers of seven of their past 10 games. By Bill Fay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

HKN-LIGHTNING-RANGERS

NEW YORK _ The Tampa Bay Lightning visit the New York Rangers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

HKN-KINGS-ISLANDERS

NEW YORK _ The Los Angeles Kings visit the New York Islanders. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC-T25-ST. JOHN’S-DUKE

DURHAM, N.C. _ No. 2 Duke looks for its fifth straight win when the Blue Devils play host to a St. John’s team that beat them last year in Madison Square Garden. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from noon start.

_ BKC-LIU BROOKLYN-WAGNER: LIU Brooklyn plays Wagner at Spiro Sports Center.

_ BKC--HOFSTA-NORTHEASTERN: Hofstra plays Northeastern at Matthews Arena.

_ BKC--HARTFORD-STONY BROOK: Hartford plays Stony Brook at Island Federal Credit Union Arena.

_ BKC--PENNSYLVANIA-COLUMBIA: Pennsylvania plays Columbia at Francis S. Levien Gymnasium.

_ BKC--PRINCETON-CORNELL: Princeton plays Cornell at Newman Arena.

_ BKC--BINGHAMTON-ALBANY: Binghamton plays Albany at SEFCU Arena.

_ BKC-LEHIGH-ARMY: Lehigh plays Army at Christl Arena.

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