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ALBANY, N.Y. — Democrats across New York state are picking the winner of a long and sometimes nasty primary contest between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and activist and former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon. The outcome of the Democratic primary that got under way on Thursday will likely resonate around the nation, as it is a particularly high-profile example of the insurgent left wing that is seeking to oust establishment incumbents who they say have failed to deliver on liberal promises. By David Klepper. SENT: 653 words, photos, video. Will be updated; polls close at 9 p.m.


NEW YORK — President Donald Trump might want to keep an eye on Thursday's Democratic primary for attorney general in his native New York. There's a chance he'll be sparring with the winner in court. All four candidates have vowed to be a legal thorn in the Republican president's side, if elected. The winner will inherit several pending lawsuits filed by the state that challenge Trump's policies and accuse his charitable foundation of breaking the law. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 615 words.


NEW YORK — A socialist candidate for New York's state Senate finds out on Thursday whether odd revelations about her life story will doom her bid to join the ranks of leftist insurgents knocking out mainstream Democrats. Julia Salazar's campaign against Sen. Martin Dilan, a 16-year incumbent in Brooklyn's 18th Senate District, began attracting attention last spring after fellow Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez scored a surprise win in June's congressional primary. By Deepti Hajela. SENT: 522 words, photos. Will be updated; polls close at 9 p.m.

— ELECTION 2018-NEW YORK-THE LATEST: A statewide overview of developments.


NEW YORK — A one-time Maryland high school honors student who admitted aiding Muslim extremists overseas and helped the U.S. pursue terrorists after his 2011 arrest is a U.S. citizen and can remain in the United States, a federal appeals panel said on Thursday, erasing a deportation order against the Pakistani immigrant. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m.


A group of scientists unveiled the first results Thursday of an ambitious effort to map the genes of tens of thousands of animal species, a project they said could help save animals from extinction down the line. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 538 words, photo.


— BOATING ACCIDENT-TWO KILLED: Authorities say two men have died after their boat capsized while they were fishing on a western New York pond.

— ALBANY-FATAL STABBING: Police in upstate New York say a 21-year-old man stabbed a 45-year-old man to death this summer.

— FLOODING-DISASTER AID: Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the federal government to grant a major disaster declaration for eight upstate counties hit by severe flash flooding last month.

— NURSING HOME-NEGLIGENCE: The former operators of an upstate New York nursing home have admitted endangering the welfare of a 94-year-old resident by failing to provide sufficient staff.

— ROUTE 33-FATAL CRASH: Police are investigating the cause of a multiple-vehicle crash on a busy Buffalo highway that has left one person dead.

— FORT DRUM-TRAINING: Soldiers from Fort Drum will be jumping from a helicopter into a bay off of Lake Ontario for a training exercise.

— ATTEMPTED RAPE: New York City police continue to search for a man who they say tried to assault a woman.

— NYPD-PROSTITUTION PROBE: Seven members of the New York Police Department, including sergeants and detectives, have been arrested in connection with a yearslong gambling and prostitution investigation.





NEW YORK — For the past two decades, CBS may just as well have been called the Moonves Broadcasting System. Now it's time to move on. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 933 words, photos.


NEW YORK — One of David Hockney's famous "pool paintings" is coming to auction and is expected to sell in the $80 million range, easily breaking the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction. By Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 513 words, photo.





EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Odell Beckham Jr. is having fun playing football again although he was admittedly sore after his game in roughly 11 months. By Tom Canavan.


EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — The New York Islanders report for their first training camp since losing former captain John Tavares in free agency. Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee are still here, along with some new players, and there is new leadership in Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz and three-time champion executive Lou Lamoriello as the general manager and president of hockey operations.


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Center Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres are eager to put the negativity from last season behind in seeking a fresh start upon reporting for training camp on Thursday. The Sabres are coming off a major offseason overhaul, that includes the addition of No. 1 draft pick Rasmus Dahlin, after finishing last for the third time in five seasons. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


Wayne Gretzky is making a push for the NHL to allow its players to compete at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, saying that would be good for the game, for the league and for the growth of hockey in the host nation China.