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CAPITOL WATCH

ALBANY, N.Y. — In New York state political news, candidates are making their final push before Thursday's primary, set to decide several contentious legislative matchups as well as the Democratic primary races for governor and attorney general. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is spending big in his battle with activist and former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon, who is counting on a surge of grassroots support. Meanwhile, candidates are reminding voters that this year's primary will be held on a Thursday. By David Klepper UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

CUOMO-AIRCRAFT

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo travels in taxpayer-funded aircraft far more than other big-state governors, according to an examination of travel records by the New York Times. Cuomo took 195 trips in taxpayer-funded planes and helicopters in 2017, the Times reported Friday. While he is entitled by law to fly the fleet, the Democrat's frequent trips this election year have raised questions of whether state aircraft gives him an unfair advantage over his primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon. SENT: 340 words.

CLERGY ABUSE

NEW YORK — The New York attorney general's new investigation into clergy sex abuse allegations in the Roman Catholic Church could be massive, delving into confidential church files in a state where hundreds of people have already made claims through programs run by the church itself. By Jennifer Peltz and David Klepper. SENT: 800 words.

CLERGY ABUSE-PENNSYLVANIA

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania's attorney general says he's been contacted by more than 15 other state attorneys general and a senior Justice Department official since releasing a sweeping report on child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic Church dioceses last month. By Marc Levy. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon.

JOHN LENNON STAMP

NEW YORK — John Lennon's iconic round glasses and shaggy 1970s mane will now adorn a U.S. stamp. Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, and their son, Sean Lennon, were in New York City's Central Park Friday to celebrate the U.S. Postal Service's release of a stamp honoring the late Beatle. Hundreds of Beatles fans gathered for the event. SENT: 290 words.

IN BRIEF:

RUSSIAN HACKER-EXTRADITION: Russian accused of massive data theft extradited to US

STABBING DEATH: Orange County man sentenced to 12 years for stabbing friend, burying body in back yard.

SPORTS:

US OPEN

NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic served impeccably and used his usual brand of court-covering defense to reach his record-tying eighth U.S. Open final by beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. He will face 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday's final.

BBN-METS-WRIGHT

NEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) — David Wright is scheduled to participate in a simulated game Saturday at Citi Field, the next step for the New York Mets' captain as he tries to make a major league comeback from neck, back and shoulder injuries. Sent: 750 words.

BBN-PHILLIES-METS

NEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) — Rhys Hoskins hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to make a winner of Aaron Nola, and the Philadelphia Phillies edged the New York Mets 4-3 on Friday night. Sent: 670 words.

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