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TOP STORIES:

TRUMP-GIULIANI

WASHINGTON — Rudy Giuliani's decision to join President Donald Trump's legal team could backfire on the former New York mayor if potential clients of his international consulting business view him as too erratic and go elsewhere for representation. Giuliani has stunned Trump's aides by making confusing and at times contradictory statements that could cause even more legal headaches for the White House. By Richard Lardner. SENT: 973 words, photo.

PET LEASING

How much is that maltipoo in the window? It could end up costing twice what it says on the price tag if the buyer is enticed to sign a lease contract. New York would join Nevada and California in banning pet leasing under legislation proposed in the Assembly at the urging of animal welfare groups who say it often costs unwary consumers thousands of dollars. By Mary Esch. SENT: 757 words, photos.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-SCHNEIDERMAN

ALBANY, N.Y. — The second round of interviews of candidates for New York attorney general has been held in Albany, with another five hopefuls queried by state lawmakers. By Chris Carola. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.

TURKEY-US-CORRUPTION TRIAL

NEW YORK — A judge has sentenced a Turkish banker convicted of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions to 32 months in prison. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m. With courtroom sketch and video.

STORMY WEATHER

NEW YORK — Residents in the Northeast cleaned up Wednesday, a day after powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least four people dead and more than 200,000 homes and businesses without power. SENT: 358 words, photos, video.

With:

— SEVERE WEATHER-NY: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says two people are dead and about 157,000 power outages are reported following the ferocious wind, rain and hail storm that bore down on New York's lower Hudson Valley.

— STORMY WEATHER-THE LATEST

RAPE SUSPECT-SEARCH

WORCESTER, Mass. — A Massachusetts man accused of going on a coast-to-coast crime rampage that started when he was charged with raping a 13-year-old girl was sentenced Tuesday to up to 12 years in prison. Gregory Lewis was caught in Fort Edward, New York, in October 2014 after driving into the Hudson River while fleeing a traffic stop. He was returning to Massachusetts to kill the 13-year-old girl, investigators said at the time. SENT: 318 words.

IN BRIEF:

— AUGUSTA KILLING: A prosecutor says a man charged with murder in Maine continued to beat the victim even after the person gave up heroin demanded from him.

— ROBOCALLS-SCHUMER: Sen. Charles Schumer says consumers should have the ability to block robocalls on landlines and mobile phones.

— BRAIN DISEASE-DEER: New York state officials are proposing new actions and regulatory changes to prevent a deadly brain disease from infecting the state's deer and moose populations.

— OLDEST LIVING DETECTIVE HONORED: The New York Police Department detectives' union is paying tribute to its oldest living retired detective, who originally joined the force in 1953. With photo.

— DINER-NOROVIRUS: Health officials in suburban New York say they've confirmed that the illness that shut down a Westchester County diner last week was the highly contagious norovirus.

— GAMBLING ADDICTION-FUNDING: New York state is investing $1.4 million in efforts to fight gambling addiction.

— HIDDEN SHOTGUN: Police in upstate New York say a man now facing weapons charges attempted to hide a sawed-off shotgun in his pants.

BUSINESS:

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-IF I COULD DO IT OVER

NEW YORK — Small business owners often have things they wish they could do differently when they started their companies. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 1066 words, photo.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM-Q&A--PAUL SCHRADER

NEW YORK — Usually by now, the prolific filmmaker and legendary screenwriter Paul Schrader is already on to the next one. But after finishing the religious thriller "First Reformed," which has been hailed as Schrader's late-life masterpiece, the 71-year-old filmmaker is taking a breather. "I've just decided to let this one play out," he said in a recent interview speaking by phone from his home in Putnam County, New York. SENT: 1050 words, photos.

SPORTS:

BBO--YANKEES-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON — The Yankees and Nationals try to resume a game suspended because of rain in the sixth inning a night earlier, then play a second game with two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer pitching for Washington against New York's CC Sabathia. But the forecast calls for more rain Wednesday. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. First game scheduled to resume at 5:05 p.m.; second game scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m.

BBO--BLUE JAYS-METS

NEW YORK — Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ faces Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler in the afternoon finale of their interleague series. New York's bats broke out Tuesday night in a 12-2 rout of Toronto, with new acquisition Devin Mesoraco having a huge home debut in Queens. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

BBN--METS-CESPEDES

NEW YORK — Yoenis Cespedes spent about a week trying to play through his latest lower body injury. Now, he and the New York Mets are opting to play it safe. By Sports Writer Jake Seiner. SENT: 384 words, photo.

— FBN--BILLS-THOMAS CEREMONY: The Buffalo Bills plan to retire Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas' No. 34 jersey Oct. 29 when they host the New England Patriots.