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TOP STORIES

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BRANDED WOMEN

NEW YORK — An heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune was arrested Tuesday in connection with her work with NXIVM, a self-help group in upstate New York that is accused of branding some of its female followers and forcing them into unwanted sex. By Tom Hays. SENT: 450 words. Developing from court appearances at 2 p.m. in Albany and 3 p.m. in Brooklyn.

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IMMIGRATION-NORTHERN BORDER

DERBY LINE, Vt. — While the Trump administration fortifies the southern border, there's growing concern over the number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the porous northern border with Canada. In the sector that covers 300 miles of border with New York, Vermont and New Hampshire, agents have apprehended 324 people who crossed illegally from Canada so far this fiscal year, compared with 165 in all of 2017. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 1105 words, photos.

FIRE-CHILDREN KILLED

ROME, N.Y. — A fast-moving fire destroyed a family's central New York trailer home, killing three young children and injuring a fourth child and their parents, authorities said Tuesday. SENT: 281 words.

IMMIGRATION-PIZZA DELIVERY

NEW YORK — A federal judge wants to know if the U.S. government has "any concept of justice" in mind for an Ecuadorean immigrant detained while delivering pizza to a Brooklyn Army installation. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.

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— NIAGARA FALLS-BLACK WATER: The Niagara Falls Water Board says it has made changes to its wastewater treatment plant that should prevent any more discharges like one that blackened the water of the Niagara River in front of tourists last summer.

— NEW YORK GOVERNOR-PUERTO RICO: On his fifth visit to Puerto Rico since last year's devastating Hurricane Maria, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is inviting President Donald Trump back to the island.

— SENATE 2018-MASSACHUSETTS-WARREN CHALLENGE: A New York supporter of Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been charged with assaulting one of her challengers during a campaign event in Massachusetts.

— TEENAGER FATALLY STABBED: Police in upstate New York say they're investigating the stabbing death of a 16-year-old boy.

— CAT KILLED: New York City prosecutors say a man is facing nearly a year in jail after admitting that he stabbed a cat, threw it from a third-floor balcony and stomped it to death.

— HUDSON HIGHLANDS-PROTECTION: Popular ridgetop hiking trails and forest habitat will be preserved with the acquisition of a tract in the Hudson Highlands that's prominently visible from the Hudson River and many public areas including the Newburgh waterfront.

— DOWN EAST KILLING: A New York man's conviction in his home state clears the way for him to be extradited to face a charge of killing a woman in Down East Maine.

— XGR--SPEAKER'S TOUR: The speaker of the New York state Assembly takes a look at a summer program for children.

— AMERICAN LEGION-COMMANDER: The American Legion in New York has sworn in its 100th commander and for the first time, it's an Iraq War veteran.

— BOOKKEEPER-EMBEZZLEMENT: A 63-year-old bookkeeper has been sentenced to one to three years in prison after paying back the more than $850,000 he stole from the central New York contractor.

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BUSINESS

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— EARNS-VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS: Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $4.12 billion.

— EARNS-JETBLUE AIRWAYS: JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU) on Tuesday reported a second-quarter loss of $120 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.

— IT COMPANIES-KICKBACK SCHEME: The former chief information technology officer for a New York government agency has pleaded guilty to a contract kickback scheme that predated his state employment.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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THEATER-STRAIGHT WHITE MEN

NEW YORK — The play that just opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway may have a cast dominated by white men but history has been made behind the scenes. Young Jean Lee became the first Asian-American woman playwright to have a play open on Broadway when "Straight White Men" made its official debut Monday. By John Carucci. SENT: 347 words, photo, video.

FILM--THE FEMALE GAZE

NEW YORK — An upcoming film series at Lincoln Center asks a provocative question: Is there such a thing as a "female gaze" in movies? By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1031 words, photo.

ITALY-ANTIQUE RECOVERED

ROME — Italian police said Tuesday they've recovered an 18th-century ebony desk that was illegally taken abroad after World War II and ended up for a time in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. By Simone Somekh. SENT: 330 words.

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SPORTS

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BBA--YANKEES-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Right-hander Yonny Chirinos will be recalled from minors to start for Tampa Bay when the Rays continue a three-game series against Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.

BBN--PADRES-METS

NEW YORK — With a decision looming on whether slugger Yoenis Cespedes needs surgery on both feet that could sideline him for nearly a year, the New York Mets send Zack Wheeler (3-6) to the mound against San Diego Padres left-hander Eric Lauer (5-6) in another matchup between the two worst teams in the National League. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

FBN--JETS-REVIS RETIREMENT

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Darrelle Revis will sign a one-day contract at a celebratory news conference Tuesday to retire as a member of the New York Jets. The former star cornerback, who played eight of his 11 NFL seasons with the Jets, announced last Wednesday that he was done playing football. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— FBN--BILLS-ROBINSON: The Buffalo Bills have signed free agent linebacker Keenan Robinson in filling out their 90-player roster two days before opening training camp.