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TOP STORIES

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NY LEGISLATURE-PARTY SCHISM

ALBANY, N.Y. — For years a small group of renegade Democrats in the New York state Senate empowered Republicans to lead the chamber, the GOP's last bastion of political power in Albany. The group returned to the party fold last year, but not soon enough to stop an attempt by some liberals within the party to oust them in this month's Democratic primary. Bronx Democratic Sen. Jeff Klein, the former leader of the so-called Independent Democrats, faces a particularly tough challenge. By David Klepper. SENT: 721 words.

FLIGHT 93 MEMORIAL-TOWER OF VOICES

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — The new memorial at the site of the Flight 93 crash on 9/11 will be dedicated Sunday, featuring a wind chime for each victim. By Mark Scolforo. AP Photos. UPCOMING: 350 words by 1 a.m., updated from 1 p.m. event, 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.

PENCE

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence says he's "100 percent confident" that no one on his staff was involved with the anonymous New York Times column criticizing President Donald Trump's leadership. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 811 words, photos, audio.

LYME DISEASE-NEW ENGLAND

New England's hot summer might be helping keep the ticks that carry Lyme disease at bay. The Northeastern states — which are some of the worst for Lyme in the U.S., posing a hazard to residents and vacationers alike — are still totaling the number of Lyme cases from the summer months, and there will likely be more in the fall. But preliminary indicators show the disease abating, and public health authorities are finding fewer deer ticks, state officials and researchers said. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 610 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— TEEN BICYCLIST KILLED: A teen riding his bicycle has died after being hit by a two cars, including one that also hit a passenger in the first car who had gotten out to help the boy.

— XGR--LEAD IN DRINKING WATER: A New York state lawmaker is proposing new rules for the testing of lead in drinking water at schools and parks.

— WWII AIRPLANES-TOUR: Four iconic warplanes that helped the Allies win World War II are scheduled to visit an upstate New York airport.

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BBA--YANKEES-MARINERS

SEATTLE — The New York Yankees send C.C. Sabathia to the mound in the series finale against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday afternoon. UPCOMING: Game at 1:10 p.m. PT. 700 words.

BBN--PHILLIES-METS

NEW YORK — Mets starter Jacob deGrom (8-8) has allowed three runs or fewer in a team-record 25 consecutive starts heading into New York's series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies and Vince Velasquez (9-10). By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 1:10 p.m.

FBN--BILLS-RAVENS

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens face the Buffalo Bills and quarterback Nathan Peterman, who makes his third NFL start looking to pull off an upset in the AFC matchup. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m. ET.

TEN--US OPEN

NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic bids for his 14th Grand Slam title in the U.S. Open final Sunday against Juan Martin del Potro, who is playing for a major championship for the first time since won his only one at Flushing Meadows nine years ago. Starts at 4 p.m. ET. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

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— TEN--US Open-The Latest.

— TEN--US Open Glance.

TEN--ON TENNIS-SERENA FALLOUT

NEW YORK — The latest unusual big-match episode involving Serena Williams at the U.S. Open raises all sorts of questions for tennis. Should coaching be allowed? Are women treated differently than men? And at the root of everything might very well be this: Is it time for the sport to have a single governing body that oversees all such issues? By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.