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BC-NY--New York News Digest, NY

December 29, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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TIMES SQUARE CROWD

NEW YORK _ Year after year, people watching New York City’s New Year’s Eve celebration are told by city dignitaries and TV personalities that they are watching a million people gathered in Times Square. The AP asks experts whether it is actually possible to fit that many people into the viewing areas. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 750 words, photos.

SHOOTING-OLD WESTBURY

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. _ Two people are shot in early-morning violence in a Long Island suburb known as one of the nation’s wealthiest communities. SENT: 250 words, photo.

GAY CONVERSION THERAPY

NEW YORK _ Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks to midterm election results and the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have already enacted such laws, and activists are hopeful that at least four more states — including New York — will do so in their upcoming legislative sessions. By David Crary. SENT: 900 words, photos.

SALMON DECLINE-LAKE CHAMPLAIN

MONTPELIER, Vt. _ Biologists are trying to determine why the number of salmon swimming up a Lake Champlain tributary to spawn in the Vermont mountains have fallen to a 10-year low. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 550 words.

YOUNG INMATES-JAIL TRANSFERS-LAWSUIT

NEW YORK _ A federal lawsuit says New York City has sent dozens of young Rikers Island inmates to an upstate jail where they’ve been brutalized and held in solitary confinement, despite a city policy barring such confinement for anyone under 22. SENT: 130 words; an expansion is planned.

IN BRIEF:

_ PURPLE HEART HALL CO-FOUNDER DIES: A World War II veteran from upstate New York who helped found the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in the Hudson Valley has died.

_ SMOKE-FREE CARS: Smoking is now banned inside cars with kids in a western New York county, adding to similar prohibitions in a couple of other places in the state.

_ BOMB HOAX-CHURCH: Police in Schenectady, New York have spent six hours investigating a bomb threat at a church that turned out to be false.

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SPORTS

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BKN--KNICKS-JAZZ

SALT LAKE CITY _ The Knicks visit the Utah Jazz on Thursday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. MST.

BKN--NETS-BUCKS

MILWAUKEE _ Newly ascended to first place in the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks continue a six-game homestand by hosting the Brooklyn Nets. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

HKN--BRUINS-SABRES

BUFFALO, N.Y. _ The Buffalo Sabres have a 3-point edge on third-place Boston in the Atlantic Division standings in preparing to host the Bruins on Saturday night. By Mark Ludwiczak. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

HKN--ISLANDERS-LEAFS

TORONTO _ The New York Islanders visit the Toronto Maple Leafs. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. EST.

HKN--RANGERS-PREDATORS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Nashville Predators wrap up a two-game home stand hosting the New York Rangers on Saturday night. By Jim Diamond. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

BKC--T25-BUFFALO-CANISIUS

LO, N.Y. _ No. 21 Buffalo (11-1) returns from an eight-day break to close out its non-conference schedule at crosstown rival Canisius (3-7) on Saturday night. By Jonah Bronstein. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

BKC--ST. BONAVENTURE-SYRACUSE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ Syracuse closes the nonconference portion of its schedule with a home game against St. Bonaventure, which upset the Orange in the Carrier Dome last season. By Mark Frank. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 2 p.m. EST.

BKC--ST. JOHN’S-SETON HALL

NEWARK, N.J. _ LO, N.Y. _ St. John’s plays Seton Hall at Prudential Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit. Game starts 8:30 p.m. EST.

BKC--MARIST-HARFORD

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. _ Marist plays Hartford at Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit. Game starts 2 p.m. EST.

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