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

November 30, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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GANG VIOLENCE-LONG ISLAND

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — An SUV driver who struck and killed a New York mother who had been recognized by President Donald Trump for her crusade against MS-13 gang violence is facing criminal charges in the death. Prosecutors say the woman was criminally negligent in the death of activist Evelyn Rodriguez, who was killed while preparing for a memorial marking the 2nd anniversary of her 16-year-old daughter’s killing by gang members. By Michael Sisak. SENT: 500 words. Updates planned.

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EXPLOSIVE DEVICES

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Mail pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc was accused earlier this year of throwing urine from his van at two women on a moped in an apparent road rage incident in Florida, according to a police report. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 429 words, photo.

SANCTUARY CITIES-LAWSUIT

NEW YORK — A federal judge says the Trump administration can’t withhold over $29 million in law enforcement grants from six East and West Coast states and New York City in a clash over their immigration policies as so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions. By Jennifer Peltz. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3:30 p.m.

BLOOMBERG-OPIOIDS

WASHINGTON — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation’s opioid epidemic. By Dino Hazell. SENT: 619 words, photo.

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EINSTEIN BIBLE

NEW YORK — Did Albert Einstein believe in God? The famous physicist was constantly questioned about his religious beliefs during his lifetime. Two Einstein artifacts being auctioned in New York could contain clues to the spiritual beliefs of the 20th century’s best-known thinker. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 601 words, photos. Will be updated with results from first auction.

IN BRIEF:

— BIKE PATH SLAYING: An upstate New York man has been arraigned on murder charges in the shooting death of a teenager whose family fled their war-torn African homeland for a better life in the U.S.

— FIRE-CHILD KILLED: A western New York man who started a house fire that killed his 7-year-old son after lighting a cigarette with a blowtorch has been sentenced to probation.

— FIRE-FATALITIES: Authorities in western New York are investigating a house fire in which two people were found dead.

— PARK EXPANSION: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says an upstate New York state park is getting 131 additional acres.

— KOREAN WAR-SOLDIER REMAINS: The remains of a New York soldier killed during the Korean War 68 years ago have been returned for burial in his upstate New York hometown.

— INNER HARBOR DREDGING: Crews have begun dredging the Inner Harbor in Syracuse.

— GUN STORE BURGLARY: A 24-year-old man has pleaded guilty to stealing dozens of firearms during a break-in at a suburban gun shop in upstate New York.

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BUSINESS

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MARRIOTT-DATA BREACH

BETHESDA, Md. — A security breach inside Marriott’s worldwide hotel empire has compromised the information of as many as 500 million guests, exposing in some cases credit card numbers, passport numbers and birthdates, the company said Friday. The reaction to the breach was swift Friday; the New York attorney general has opened an investigation. SENT: 762 words, photos.

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— AMAZON HQ-NASHVILLE: Nashville’s police union is blasting the city’s plans to award up to $15 million in incentives for Amazon’s new facility, calling it “corporate welfare.”

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-ALESSIA CARA

NEW YORK — After launching multiple hits and winning a Grammy Award, Alessia Cara is back with her sophomore album, “The Pains of Growing.” By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 986 words, photos.

— OBIT-ROBERT MORRIS: American sculptor Robert Morris, one of the founders of the minimalist movement that emerged in the 1960s, has died. He was 87.

— FREDERICK DOUGLASS BIOGRAPHER-EVENT: The author of a new biography on the life of abolitionist Frederick Douglass will discuss his book at an event in the Adirondacks.

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SPORTS

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BKN--GRIZZLIES-NETS

NEW YORK — The Memphis Grizzlies visit the Brooklyn Nets. Game starts at 8 p.m.

HKN--SABRES-PANTHERS

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Buffalo Sabres visit the Florida Panthers. Game starts at 7 p.m.

— BKC--T25-BUFFALO-MILWAUKEE: Jeremy Harris scored 21 points, Nick Perkins added 20 with nine rebounds, and No. 21 Buffalo beat Milwaukee 96-77 on Friday in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic. With photos.

— FBN--JETS-QBs: Sam Darnold is questionable for the New York Jets’ game Sunday at Tennessee, and his status is uncertain.

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