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NEW YORK — Tens of thousands of low-level marijuana convictions could be erased with the OK of Brooklyn's top prosecutor, under a new plan for wiping records clean of offenses no longer being prosecuted in parts of the nation's biggest city. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 600 words.


NEW YORK — The New York attorney general's first statewide probe of sexual abuse by the Roman Catholic Church has massive potential, with hundreds of victims who have already come forward through church programs and subpoenas that take aim at confidential church files. But the ability to bring charges is hampered by one of the nation's most restrictive statute-of-limitations laws. Efforts to change that have failed for years amid opposition led by the Catholic Church. UPCOMING 600 words by 3 p.m. Photos.


TROY — To learn Chinese in this room, talk to the floating panda head. The Mandarin-speaking avatar zips around a 360-degree restaurant scene in an artificial intelligence-driven instruction program that looks like a giant video game. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students testing the technology move inside the 12-foot-high, wrap-around projection to order virtual bean curd from the panda waiter, chat with Beijing market sellers and practice tai chi by mirroring moves of a watchful mentor. By Michael Hill. SENT: 485 words. AP Video. AP Photos.


NEW YORK — Designer Jeremy Scott was a man with a message on Thursday night at his star-studded runway show, and that message was directed at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. By Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 393 words. AP Photos.


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold's first snap for the New York Jets on Monday night will be one for the record books. The rookie will become the youngest quarterback to start a season opener in the Super Bowl era — since the 1966 season — at 21 years and 97 days old at kickoff against the Lions in Detroit. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 955 words. AP Photos.


— MARIO CUOM BRIDGE: Hillary Clinton is scheduled to be among the guests of honor present for the official opening of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

— BUS DRIVER-BAD FIRST DAY: The first day of school wasn't a good one for a school bus driver in upstate New York.

— DEAD HORSE-OWNER SENTENCED: A New York woman has been sentenced to two years in jail for the deaths of nine horses on her upstate New York farm.

— NRA FUNDRAISER-DEMOCRATS: Democrats on Long Island have cancelled a major political fundraiser because the event's venue plans to host a National Rifle Association fundraiser and gun auction.

— FORLIFT WORKER KILLED: Authorities say a 43-year-old man has died in a forklift accident inside a New York City warehouse.

— CHAUTAUQUA LAKE-NEW HOTEL: A new, 135-room lakeside hotel has opened in actress Lucille Ball's western New York hometown.

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