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BABY IN WATER

NEW YORK — A man who fled to Thailand after allegedly tossing his dead 7-month-old son into a river sent a chilling text to the mother while he was on the run about the fate of her child, prosecutors said Friday. When the mother asked where her son was, James Currie replied "you will never see (him) again," according to a criminal complaint. By Stephen R. Groves. SENT: 460 words, photos.

With: BABY IN WATER-THE LATEST

BASKETBALL COACH-FATAL PUNCH

NEW YORK — The parents of a Florida man who died after he was punched by an assistant basketball coach at Wake Forest University said Friday in a TV interview that they don't accept the coach's condolences. "If you're this good father, son, husband, why not try to take him to the hospital and see if you could save his life?" Bob Kent said of the coach, Jamill Jones. SENT: 350 words, photos.

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED

TAOS, N.M. — At a remote New Mexico outpost, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and others who came to the area with him last year were by local authorities' accounts "extremist of the Muslim belief" who trained youth to use firearms and carry out future school shootings. Yet for the 40-year-old's father, a Muslim cleric who leads a well-known New York City mosque, the son he knew before losing touch with him in the past year was not "radical." By Stephen Ro. Groves and Morgan Lee. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF

— SEAN YOUNG-BURGLARY: Police say actress Sean Young is wanted for questioning after she was caught on surveillance video stealing laptops and video production software from a store in New York City.

— D'AMATO-WIFE ARRESTED: The estranged wife of former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato has pleaded not guilty to violating a court order telling her to stay away from her suburban New York neighbors.

— OFFSHORE DRILLING: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will do whatever he can to fight any federal proposal to expand offshore drilling if it includes areas off New York state.

— NJ TRANSIT-TRAIN CANCELLATIONS: Another morning commute has meant more commuter trains cancelled.

— LINCOLN TUNNEL-BOTTLENECK: Motorists will get their first taste of traffic congestion caused by a long-term project to rebuild and rehabilitate the viaduct and roadway approaching the Lincoln Tunnel in northern New Jersey.

— GRANDMOTHER SLAIN-SENTENCING: A 51-year-old man has been sentenced for strangling his 95-year-old grandmother inside her northern New York home last year.

— FINAL LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The obituary for a prolific writer of letters to the editor at a Syracuse newspaper begins with three familiar words: To the Editor.

— MISSING AUTISTIC TEENAGER: Police have recovered the body of a 14-year-old boy with autism who was reported missing in upstate New York.

— HOME-COBRAS SEIZED: Authorities say state wildlife officers have seized three king cobras and other venomous reptiles from a western New York home.

— MOTHER DAUGHTER SLAIN: A woman accused of beating her mother and grandmother to death in their New Jersey beach home will remain jailed until her trial.

— MISSING INFANT-SEARCH: Police have found a child's body during the search for an upstate New York woman's missing 4-month-old boy.

— FORT DRUM COMMANDER-IRAQ: Officials at Fort Drum say the Army post's commanding general has returned from Iraq, where he was in charge of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command.

— FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH: State police say a 58-year-old central New York man has died in a motorcycle crash on a highway outside Syracuse.

— CONFFEDERATE FLAGS-COUNTY FAIRS: New York State Fair officials are asking the operators of the state's 52 county fairs to discourage the selling or displaying of items that could offend fairgoers or pose public safety concerns.

BUSINESS:

GROWING UP DIGITAL-TECH AND CAMP

NEW YORK — With summer in full swing, thousands of kids at sleepaway camps around the U.S. are doing without their cell phones, laptops and iPads. So how's it going? Camp directors, parents and kids themselves say it's not as bad as some would think. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 850 words, photo.

TECH COMPANIES-FREE SPEECH

NEW YORK — Social media bans of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have thrust Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and others into a role they never wanted — as gatekeepers of public discourse who are going to anger lots of people no matter what they do. But they should have seen this coming as they built huge businesses by sweeping away existing gatekeepers while promising to protect their users from harassment and abuse. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 900 words, photos.

CONGRESS-CORPORATE BOARDS

WASHINGTON — The indictment of New York's Rep. Chris Collins on insider trading charges is drawing new attention to the freedom members of Congress have to serve on corporate boards or to buy and sell stock in industries they're responsible for overseeing. By Richard Lardner. SENT: 900 words, photos.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:

PEOPLE-ALYSSA MILANO-DEBBY RYAN

NEW YOR — After the trailer was released for the new Netflix series "Insatiable," some on social media voiced concern: Was the dark comedy fat shaming? Stars Alyssa Milano and Debby Ryan say the conversation sparked by the trailer showed them how important it was to do the series. By Brooke Lefferts. SENT: 430 words, photos, video.

MUSIC-Q&A-ROD STEWART

NEW YORK — More than 50 years into his career, Rod Stewart shows no sign of slowing down. When he's not on tour, he's busy at home chasing his two young sons, Aiden and Alastair, around the yard. Stewart talks about the release of his 30th studio album, "Blood Red Roses," and how he stays in shape so he can keep rocking out at age 73. By John Carucci. SENT: 870 words, photos.

THEATER-MARILU HENNER

NEW YORK — It's best not to get into an argument about past events with Marilu Henner. You will definitely lose. The "Taxi" actress is hard-wired to instantly recall facts that are decades old. So we picked some dates and tested her out. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

MEDIA-LAURA INGRAHAM

NEW YORK — Fox News Channel's Laura Ingraham says she disavows the support of white nationalists and claims that her views about the nation's demographic changes have been distorted. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated.

SPORTS:

BBN--METS-MARLINS

MIAMI — Zack Wheeler is scheduled to start for the Mets when they open a three-game series at Miami on Friday. By Christopher Stock. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game scheduled to begin 7:10 p.m.

BBA-RANGERS-YANKEES

NEW YORK — The Yankees host the Texas Rangers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

— JOCKEY CLUB-CONFERENCE: The head of British thoroughbred racing's largest racetrack operator will be one of the featured speakers at The Jockey Club's 66th annual conference this weekend at an upstate New York resort hotel.