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ALBANY, N.Y. — In New York state government news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is significantly outspending rival Cynthia Nixon as next month's Democratic primary nears. While recent campaign filings show both candidates raised about the same amount, Cuomo outspent the former "Sex and the City" star by more than 10 to 1. By David Klepper. SENT: 600 words.


NEW YORK —The ranks of forgotten Republicans are growing. Some were forced out, such as Tim Pawlenty, a former two-term Minnesota governor who lost this week's bid for a political comeback. Some, such as the retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker, chose to leave on their own. Others still serve, but with a muted voice. Whether members of Congress, governors or state party leaders, they are struggling to fit into President Donald Trump's Republican Party. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1100 words.


UNITED NATIONS — Kofi Annan left the United Nations far more committed to combating poverty, promoting equality and fighting for human rights — and until his death Saturday he was speaking out about the turbulent world he saw moving from nations working together to solve problems, to growing nationalism. By Edith M. Lederer. SENT: 840 words, photos.


NEW YORK — When I got the chance to interview Aretha Franklin for the first time in 2001, I was already a bundle of nerves: Even though it was just over the phone, I'd be talking to THE Queen of Soul! You could get no closer to rock 'n' roll royalty than the Queen herself. So my trepidation was magnified when a colleague told me not to expect much: Franklin was famously guarded and known for giving short, to-the-point answers and little in the way of introspection. By Nekesa Mumbi Moody. Sent: 1200 words.


NEW YORK — Janet Jackson's fans were so energetic at an event Friday for her new single that one fan chimed in so the icon could speak without interruption. "Everybody, be quiet. We can't hear her," a girl yelled, as Jackson and the rest of the packed room at Samsung 837 in New York burst into laughter. SENT: 150 words.


— MURDER-SUICIDE: Police say a husband and wife have died in a murder-suicide on Long Island.

— OBIT-MCREYNOLDS: Longtime pacifist and socialist activist David McReynolds has died at age 88.

— HOMELESS MAN STABBED: Police say a homeless man has been fatally stabbed inside a park in New York City.

— MILITARY BURIAL PRACTICES-HISTORIAN: A Revolutionary War historian will discuss the era's military burial practices when he gives a talk at a New York historic site located on one of the conflict's most famous battlefields.

— DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY: Members of the Six Nations of the Iroquois and experts in Native American legal and civil rights issues are hosting a conference in central New York for discussions on 500-year-old Vatican edicts whose impacts are still felt.

— BEACH CLOSED-NEEDLES: A Long Island beach has been closed after the discovery there of dozens of discarded hypodermic needles.



PHILADELPHIA — Jacob deGrom didn't take any chances of being lifted after a rain delay. Then, the New York Mets ace finished off one of his best performances of the year. DeGrom pitched his first complete game of the season and lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.71, leading the Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 Saturday. By Aaron Bracy. SENT: 820 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Giancarlo Stanton hit one of New York's four homers, Luis Severino struck out eight while pitching into the sixth inning and the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-6 on Saturday. By Charles O'Brien. SENT: 735 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada returned to the Bronx on Saturday for the New York Yankees' celebration of their 1998 World Series championship team. By Charles O'Brien. SENT: 400 words, photos.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur isn't looking at the annual preseason game against the Jets as a final dress rehearsal for the upcoming season. It's just another chance for his players to put some good football on tape and enhance their chances of making the 53-man roster. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 500 words, photos.