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BC-NY--New York News Digest, ADVISORY, NY

January 3, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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SUBWAY LINE SHUTDOWN

NEW YORK _ Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s calling off a planned 15-month shutdown of a critical subway link between Manhattan and Brooklyn. The surprise announcement Thursday came after years of planning for the upheaval expected to be caused by the temporary closure of the L-train tunnel across the East River. By Deepti Hajela. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

AIRBNB REGULATIONS

NEW YORK _ A federal judge says a New York City law forcing Airbnb and HomeAway home-sharing platforms to reveal detailed information about its business seems unconstitutional. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.

EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION

NEW YORK _ A former Mexican drug trafficker who once claimed he was an informant for the DEA is testifying at the New York trial of the notorious kingpin known as El Chapo. Vicente Zambada described on Thursday how Joaquin Guzman was the target of constant death threats from warring factions within the Sinaloa cartel. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5 p.m.

CLERGY ABUSE-UNIVERSITY

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — The Archdiocese of New York has instituted new review procedures after a California university alleged the diocese lied about past allegations of sexual abuse by an upstate priest. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

FATAL SILICON INJECTIONS

NEW YORK _ A New York City woman accused of killing a patient at an illegal cosmetic surgery clinic has previously served two prison terms for unlicensed silicone injections. SENT: 385 words.

ELECTION 2020-SANDERS

NEW YORK _ Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his chief lieutenants are offering contrition and defiance as they face allegations of sexual harassment that plagued his last presidential campaign and now threaten to derail a second White House bid before it begins. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1152 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE OFFICER-FIGHT: A police officer charged with assaulting a man during an altercation at an upstate New York Little League field has resigned.

_ NATURALIZATION PROGRAM: State officials say 6,100 immigrants living in New York state participated in a government program last year that helps them on the path to naturalization.

_ AMISH BUGGY-HIT-RUN: New York State Police say they are searching for the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run collision with an Amish buggy that resulted in the death of a horse.

_ CHURCH FIRE: A fire has destroyed a church that has been a cornerstone of an Adirondack community for more than a century.

_ UVA WISE-ENROLLMENT: The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is looking to boost enrollment by offering discounted tuition to out-of-state students from Appalachia, which stretches from New York to Alabama.

_ ONLINE SALES-ROBBERY: Syracuse police say a 32-year-old man arranged sales online in order to rob the sellers when they met with him.

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BUSINESS

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BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB-CELGENE

SUMMIT, N.J. _ Bristol-Myers Squibb is spending $74 billion on fellow drugmaker Celgene in a deal aimed at stocking the combined company’s development pipeline with cancer, immunology and cardiovascular treatments. SENT: 291 words, photo.

NATIONAL GRID-LOCKOUT

BOSTON _ National Grid and union representatives reached a tentative agreement to end a bitter contract dispute that has left about 1,200 natural gas employees locked out for months in Massachusetts, according to both sides. SENT: 487 words.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-FEMALE FILMMAKERS STUDY

NEW YORK — Despite widespread attention and protest over gender inequality in film, a new study finds that the number of female directors in the top 250 domestic grossing films last year dipped to 8 percent. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 383 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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HKN--PANTHERS-SABRES

BUFFALO, N.Y. _ The Florida Panthers have won six of eight in traveling to play the slumping Buffalo Sabres, who are 4-7-4 in their past 15. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKW--T25-SYRACUSE-CLEMSON

CLEMSON, S.C. _ No. 14 Syracuse opens Atlantic Coast Conference play at Clemson on Thursday night. UPCOMING: 150 words from 7 p.m. start.

HKN--DEVILS-HYNES

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey coach John Hynes received a multiyear contract extension, a reward for making the playoffs last season for the first time since the Devils reached the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. By Sports Writer Tom Canavan. SENT: 384 words, photo.

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