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NEW YORK — Moving beyond rote denials, Harvey Weinstein is seizing a leading role in shaping what his lawyer said Monday will be an aggressive defense to sexual assault charges that could put him in prison for the rest of his life. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 380 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m. With photos, video.




NEW YORK — Closing arguments began Monday in the corruption trial over an ambitious upstate New York redevelopment plan known as the Buffalo Billion with a prosecutor alleging a cover-up by defendants. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.


NEW YORK — Dean Skelos, a Republican who once led New York's senate, is cross-examined at his corruption retrial. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.


— WIFE KILLED-CONVICTION OVERTURNED: A judge has set bail at $1 million cash for an upstate New York doctor whose murder conviction was overturned in the 2012 death of his wife.

— GUARDSMAN-ROBBERY: A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information about a man who authorities say exchanged gunfire with a New York guardsman he was trying to rob in northern New Jersey.

— CRASH-OFFICER KILLED: Funeral services are set for an Albany police officer killed in an off-duty motorcycle accident on the Fourth of July.

— VALEDICTORIAN SPEECH-CITY HALL: A Rochester charter school president who wouldn't allow the school's first black valedictorian to give the graduation speech has retired.

— STONEWALL INN-SIGN SMASHED: A teenager has been accused of smashing the front window and iconic neon sign at New York's Stonewall Inn, a landmark in the fight for gay rights.

— HURRICANE-DAMAGED CARS: Sen. Charles Schumer would like used-car shoppers to get more information up front about whether a vehicle has been checked for flood damage from last summer's hurricanes or other deluges.

— CANCER MEETINGS: The state Health Department is holding public meetings to discuss the launch of cancer studies in four communities across New York state.





BALTIMORE — With an eye on first place in the AL East, the New York Yankees play a single-admission doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles, who return from an 0-6 road trip with the worst record in the major leagues. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. First game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET.


NEW YORK — The first-place Philadelphia Phillies play a single-admission doubleheader against the New York Mets at Citi Field to make up an April 2 postponement. Zach Eflin (7-2, 2.97 ERA) and All-Star ace Aaron Nola (11-2, 2.41) are the scheduled pitchers for Philadelphia. Zack Wheeler (2-6, 4.36) and Corey Oswalt (0-1, 7.94) get the ball for the struggling Mets, who were shut out in their last two games. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. First game starts at 4:10 p.m.

— HKN--ISLANDERS-KOVAR: The New York Islanders have agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with forward Jan Kovar.