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TOP STORIES

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NEW YORK GOVERNOR

NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes a big lead in the polls into the only Democratic primary debate with his upstart challenger, "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon. Wednesday night's matchup at Hofstra University marks the first face-to-face meeting between two candidates who each cast themselves as the best person to take on the policies of President Donald Trump. By David Klepper. UPCOMING 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

TRUMP-FLIPPERS

NEW YORK — A New York defense lawyer wasted no time in trying to use President Donald Trump's argument that cooperators, or flippers, in criminal cases "almost ought to be illegal." KIafahni Nkrumah didn't get very far in his closing argument last Thursday when he tried to bring up Trump's statement to disparage a cooperator who was testifying against his client in a drug case. A judge disallowed it, calling the attempt "out of line." By Larry Neumeister. SENT 550 words, photo.

ATTORNEY GENERAL RACE-NY

NEW YORK — The four Democratic candidates in the New York attorney general's race hold a debate. Developing. Debate starts at 7 p.m.

PUERTO RICO-HURRICANE DEATHS

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Maria killed nearly 3,000 people in Puerto Rico in the desperate, sweltering months after the storm — almost double the previous government estimate — with the elderly and impoverished most affected, according to an independent study ordered by the U.S. territory. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, a New York Democrat, said the report shows the U.S. government failed the people of Puerto Rico. By Danica Coto. SENT: 917 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— STATUE OF LIBERTY-ARREST: A protester who was arrested after climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty says she wants to go to trial.

— MOBILITY SCOOTER-FATALITY: Police on Long Island say a man has died after his mobility scooter collided with a pickup truck.

— GANG VIOLENCE-LONG ISLAND: Long Island will benefit from $8.35 million in funding to help deter young people from joining gangs.

— TEEN KILLED: Prosecutors have arrested a 13th suspect in the brutal gang-related slaying of a teenager outside a New York City deli and are seeking a 14th.

— WOMAN KILLED-ALLIGATOR: The family and friends of a teacher from upstate New York killed while protecting her dog from an attacking alligator last week are fundraising to buy school supplies for needy children.

— WRONG-WAY CRASH: New York City police say two officers in an unmarked vehicle were injured by a fleeing suspect driving the wrong way on the Verrazano Bridge.

— IMPAIRED BUS DRIVERS BILL: Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given final approval to a bill that will require all school bus drivers to submit to random drug and alcohol screening.

— LOAN MODIFICATION FRAUD: The owner of a purported loan modification consulting company who fraudulently billed clients more than $400,000 for services he never performed has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison.

— NURSING HOME-CLASS ACTION: About 450 residents of a troubled nursing home in Syracuse could get an average of $640 each under the terms of a pending class action lawsuit settlement.

— SOLAR POWER: Local officials, renewable energy advocates and environmental groups from around New York say the state must do more to incentivize solar power development.

— SLAIN TROOPER HONORED: Alfred University is honoring a slain New York state trooper at its football home opener on Saturday.

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BUSINESS

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— EARNS-TIFFANY: Tiffany's fiscal second-quarter performance topped Wall's Street view on strong sales and the luxury jeweler boosted its full-year earnings forecast. With photo.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-LOUIS CK: Comedian Louis C.K. has returned to the stage for apparently the first time after he admitted to engaging in sexual misconduct.

— POETRY FELLOWSHIPS: Five young poets have received fellowships worth more than $25,000 apiece.

— BOOKS-POETRY PRIZES: Poet and author Sonia Sanchez has won a $100,000 lifetime achievement prize.

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SPORTS

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TEN--US OPEN

NEW YORK — Past champion Novak Djokovic returns to the U.S. Open, and No. 2 seeds Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki are in action on a sweltering second day at Flushing Meadows. SENT: 130 words, photos; developing.

With:

— TEN--US OPEN-THE LATEST

TEN--US OPEN-FERRER'S LAST SLAM

NEW YORK — There was something bittersweet about David Ferrer's last Grand Slam match. Yes, he got to depart by sharing the court with his friend and Spanish Davis Cup teammate Rafael Nadal, under the lights on the big stage of Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open. He also was forced to quit for the first time in 208 contests at major tournaments, an ironic adieu for a guy known as one of the most indefatigable players in tennis. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 483 words, photos.

BBA--WHITE SOX-YANKEES

NEW YORK — Lance Lynn pitches for the New York Yankees against James Shields and the improving Chicago White Sox. New York is 6 1/2 games behind first-place Boston in the AL East. Shields is 5-15, tied for the most losses in the majors. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET.

BBN--METS-CUBS

CHICAGO — Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs continue their series against the struggling New York Mets. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8:05 p.m. ET.

— BBN--METS-PHILLIES TRADE: The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired veteran slugger Jose Bautista from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

— HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS: New York ranks third in the country for the total number of student-athletes participating in high school athletics.

— FBC--ARMY QUARTERBACK: Army coach Jeff Monken says Kelvin Hopkins Jr. will start at quarterback for the Black Knights on Friday night at Duke.

— HKN--BLUES-BRODEUR: Martin Brodeur is leaving the St. Louis Blues after spending the past three years as assistant general manager.