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NEW YORK — Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality. The late bloomer won the Belmont Stakes by 1¾ lengths on Saturday, giving the sport its 13th Triple Crown champion. American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought in 2015 and now just four years later, racing is celebrating another sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. By Beth Harris. SENT: 1090. AP photos.







NEW YORK — A federal judge on Saturday temporarily blocked the deportation of a New York pizza shop worker to his native Ecuador after he was arrested while making a delivery to a Brooklyn Army base. Attorneys for The Legal Aid Society obtained the temporary stay for Pablo Villavicencio after a hearing in Manhattan federal court. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 380 words. AP photos.



NEW YORK — There will be floats, musicians and brightly colored costumes when the Puerto Rican Day Parade makes its way along Fifth Avenue this Sunday, as there always are. But amid all the fun and celebration planned on Sunday, organizers and participants want to keep a spotlight on something serious — that months after Hurricane Maria roared over Puerto Rico, and as the next hurricane season arrives, the U.S. island territory is still struggling. By Deepti Hajela. SENT: 540 words, photos.



NEW YORK — A plan to diversify New York City's most elite public high schools is drawing fire from the minority group that has come to dominate the schools in recent years: Asian-Americans. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 870 words, photos.


ALBANY, N.Y. — In New York state government news, the state Senate is beset by gridlock as Republicans hold on to power by the thinnest of margins. With one member away on military duty, Republicans are relying on the support of a renegade Democrat to stay in control. But with the chamber split, Democrats have demonstrated that they can shut down work when they choose. Meanwhile, supporters of sports gambling are making a final push in the waning weeks of the legislative session. By David Klepper. SENT: 570 words.


Anthony Bourdain's culinary passions went far beyond the cuisine he put on a plate. He also was committed to the immigrant workers who toil in his and other kitchens throughout the restaurant industry. Bourdain, who died Friday in France in an apparent suicide at age 61, was an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump's immigration policies and a fierce defender of Hispanic workers. By Terry Tang. SENT: 710 words, photos.


PHILADELPHIA — A long-abandoned rail line is open for business again in Philadelphia, transformed into an elevated park and the city's answer to New York's High Line. By Kristen de Groot. SENT: 410 words, photos.


— PEOPLE-DANIEL RADCLIFFE: This fall, Broadway-goers will get a chance to see both Harry Potter and "Harry Potter." Daniel Radcliffe, who played the boy wizard in the J.K. Rowling franchise, will return to Broadway in "The Lifespan of a Fact," co-starring Bobby Cannavale and Cherry Jones.

— SMALL PLANE CRASH: A third body has been recovered from a private plane that crashed a week ago off East Hampton, New York, killing four.

— TRAIL REOPENS: A popular state park trail beneath a cliff face offering panoramic views of the Albany area is re-opening after a project to make it safer.

— DATING SCAM SENTENCE: A man from Ghana has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for an internet romance scheme that tricked victims out of money.

— CHILD PORNOGRAPHY-SENTENCING: A 48-year-old woman has been sentenced to 90 years in prison for producing pornography involving three young children.

— OFFICERS ASSAULTED: Police say a 41-year-old man is under arrest for assaulting two officers and three other people on Long Island.

— PLASTIC FOAM CONTAINERS: A judge has ruled in favor of New York City in its battle with the restaurant industry over plastic foam containers.



NEW YORK — Aaron Judge hit a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning and the New York Yankees won a game of home run derby, beating the Mets 4-3 on Saturday night for their sixth straight victory in the Subway Series. By Ben Walker. SENT: 730 words. AP Photos.


CLEVELAND — The NBA offseason has arrived, which means nothing will happen for the next four months other than a draft, three summer leagues, free agency, the creation of a new schedule, coaching hires, trades, roster reworkings and possibly movement toward letting high school graduates jump directly into the league again. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1040 words. AP photos.


SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Such is the stature of century-old Shinnecock Hills that it seems everyone can't wait for the U.S. Open. "Shinnecock looks epic," Russell Knox said after he qualified. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.


GALLOWAY, N.J. — Sei Young Kim birdied seven of her last 10 holes for a share of the lead with Celine Herbin in the suspended second round of the ShopRite LPGA. SENT: 360 words. AP photos.

SOC--RED BULLS-CREW: the New York Red Bulls held on for a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew on Saturday.

ATLANTA UNIFIED-NYCFC: Alexander Callens tied it in the 77th minute and New York City FC settled for a 1-1 draw with Atlanta United on Saturday.