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TOP STORIES

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PROTECTING THE DISABLED

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's agency tasked with investigating accusations of abuse and neglect against disabled people in state care is promising to improve transparency following years of complaints about conducting nearly all its work in secret. The commitment isn't likely to satisfy critics, including some lawmakers and families of disabled people, who want the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs to be abolished or overhauled. By David Klepper. SENT: 780 words.

STATUE OF LIBERTY-ARRESTS

NEW YORK — A woman was charged on Thursday with misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct for climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty on a busy Fourth of July in what prosecutors called a "dangerous stunt." Court papers also charged Therese Okoumou with resisting arrest by refusing to leave her perch by the bottom of the statue's robes, about 100 feet aboveground. Police were forced to scale the statue to pull her down. By Tom Hays. SENT: 345 words, photos. Will be updated; timing uncertain.

PREDICTIVE POLICING

HARTFORD, Conn. — Years of secrecy by America's police departments about their use of computer programs predicting where crimes will occur, and who will commit them, are under fire in legal cases nationwide. The largest departments — New York, Chicago and Los Angeles — are all being sued for not releasing information about their "predictive policing" programs, which use algorithms to crunch data and create lists of people and neighborhoods for officers to target. By Dave Collins. SENT: 1019 words. With photos.

AUTISTIC MAN-FOREST SURVIVAL

BLEECKER, N.Y. — A man with autism relied on his Boy Scout skills to find drinkable water and stay safe while he was lost in New York's Adirondack woods for 50 hours during a heat wave, according to forest rangers and family members. SENT: 323 words.

TRUMP-RUSSIA-OLIGARCH

WASHINGTON — Long before Viktor Vekselberg was tied to a scandal over the president and a porn star, the Russian oligarch had been positioning himself to extend his influence in the United States. Working closely with an American cousin who heads the New York investment management firm Columbus Nova, Vekselberg backed a $1.6 million lobbying campaign to aid Russian interests in Washington. By Garance Burke and Stephen Braun. SENT: 2365 words, photos. An abridged version is available.

IN BRIEF:

— AFFIRMATIVE ACTION-NEW YORK: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is directing the state university system to continue policies that promote racial diversity among students after the Trump administration said the federal government will let schools leave race out of admission decisions.

— FATAL SHOOTING: Police in upstate New York say a Rochester man shot two people, killing a 42-year-old man.

— COUNTRY CLUB WORKER DEATH: Police say a 55-year-old country club worker pinned to his tractor seat by a tree he was hauling has died.

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SPORTS

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— HKN--ISLANDERS ASSISTANT COACH: Barry Trotz has added former Washington Capitals assistant Lane Lambert to his New York Islanders coaching staff.