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

January 25, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-AIRPORT DELAYS

NEW YORK _ The Federal Aviation Administration reported delays in air travel Friday because of a “slight increase in sick leave” at two East Coast air traffic control facilities. The delays come as a partial government shutdown threatens to undermine the nation’s air travel system. SENT: 372 words, photo.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-AIRPORT DELAYS-THE LATEST

_ FLIGHT ATTENDANT DIES: Officials say a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to New York City was diverted to San Francisco after an attendant died of an apparent heart attack.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WEINSTEIN

NEW YORK _ Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein won a judge’s approval on Friday to overhaul the defense team in his rape and sexual assault case, replacing his bulldog New York City attorney with a four-person squad that’s high on courtroom stars and headline-grabbing cases. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 707 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE

WASHINGTON _ Roger Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump, was arrested in the special counsel’s Russia investigation in a pre-dawn raid at his Florida home on Friday and was charged with lying to Congress and obstructing the probe. The seven-count indictment against Stone, a self-proclaimed “dirty trickster,” is the first criminal case in months from special counsel Robert Mueller. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 1142 words, photos, video.

XGR--TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION

ALBANY, N.Y. _ Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs legislation outlawing gay conversion therapy and banning discrimination based on a person’s gender identity. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m. With photos.

ELECTION 2020-BLOOMBERG

MCLEAN, Va. — Potential Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said Friday that Donald Trump’s presidency “cannot be helped” and was “dangerous” for the country. The former New York City mayor also described the partial government shutdown, now at a record 35th day, as “a complete failure of presidential leadership.” By Steve Peoples. SENT: 386 words, photo.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-COLLEGE HELP

A growing number of colleges and universities are postponing tuition payments, waiving late fees and providing emergency grants to students whose finances have been tied up by the longest government shutdown in history. In New York, Connecticut and Nevada, statewide college systems have agreed to delay payments for students who are federal employees or rely on family members in federal jobs. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 861 words, photo.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-SCHOOL MEALS: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is directing the state education officials to provide free school lunches to any child impacted by the partial federal government shutdown.

IN BRIEF:

_ ICE JAMS-LOOSE BOATS: An unoccupied Hudson River cruise ship broke loose from its moorings amid rising water and ice jams, floated slowly downriver and is jammed under a rail bridge in Albany.

_ TEENAGER KILLED: A 16-year-old has admitted he killed his 15-year-old friend in an Adirondack home.

_ DWI CRASH-TWO KILLED: A New Jersey man has been sentenced to prison for his role in a DWI crash that killed his girlfriend and a friend’s fiancée in 2017.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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TV--HBO-DEADLINE ARTISTS

NEW YORK _ HBO’s new film on newspaper columnists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hammill romanticizes an era in New York and journalism that feels like a long, long time ago. The fact that it isn’t makes “Deadline Artists” partly a tragedy. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 969 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BKC--SYRACUSE SURGE

Syracuse is on a roll as it prepares for a three-game road trip. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, by 5 p.m.

BKN-KNICKS-NETS

NEW YORK _ The New York Knicks visit the Brooklyn Nets. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. with photos.

BBO--THURMAN-LOPEZ

NEW YORK — Keith Thurman has been limited to fight fan instead of fighter for nearly two years, going to bouts but looking up at someone else’s name in lights. He’s ready to be the star of the show again. By Sports Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 600 words, photo.

_ BBO-MLB-UNIFORMS: The swoosh is expected to be on the front of Major League Baseball uniforms starting in 2020.

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