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

June 12, 2018

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TOP STORIES:

CHARITABLE GIVING

NEW YORK — Fueled by a surging stock and huge gifts from billionaires, charitable giving in the United States in 2017 topped the $400 billion mark for the first time, according to the latest comprehensive report on Americans’ giving patterns. By David Crary. SENT: 520 words, photos.

BRANDED WOMEN

NEW YORK — The jailed founder of a self-help movement that recruited actresses and heiresses is due in court, along the television actress Alison Mack, on charges that he coerced women into joining a secret society and becoming sex “slaves.” Some of the women were branded with a symbol that prosecutors said contained the initials of the founder, Keith Raniere. By Tom Hays. Developing from 2 p.m. hearing.

UBER-SURCHARGE PROPOSAL

NEW YORK — The CEO of Uber says New York City should impose a fee on app-hailed rides to help taxi medallion owners who are struggling with debt. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 325 words.

UBER-KISSING

New York City has suspended the license of an Uber driver who booted two women from his car for kissing in the back seat. A Taxi and Limousine Commission spokesman called the driver’s behavior “ridiculous.” By Verena Dobnik. UPCOMING: 130 words by 3 p.m., updated to 350 words by 3:30 p.m.

PAYDAY LENDING SCHEME

NEW YORK — A Kansas City businessman was sentenced to a decade in prison Tuesday for his role in a payday lending scheme that a judge said played whack-a-mole with regulators while cheating poor people who couldn’t make it to the next paycheck. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— THRUWAY-CASHLESS TOLLING: New York state officials say cashless tolling will begin by the end of this year at the Thruway Authority’s toll barriers in the lower Hudson Valley.

— MOVING VEHICLE-HOMICIDE: A 55-year-old man has been charged with stabbing his girlfriend and leaving her to die after she fell from his moving Jeep in western New York.

— SCHOOL BUS-HOUSE: Five elementary school children have suffered minor injuries when a mini school bus veered off the road and struck a house in North Amityville, New York.

— XGR--HIGHER EDUCATION: Student leaders from public colleges across New York state are urging lawmakers in Albany to approve legislation aimed at boosting support for higher education.

— TRASH INCINERATOR-FINGER LAKES: A county in western New York has joined opponents of a massive trash incinerator proposed for the Finger Lakes region.

— XGR--SPEED CAMERAS: Democrats in the New York state Senate are pushing to loosen restrictions on school speed cameras in New York City.

— MIDDLE EASTERN ICE CREAM: A new ice cream store specializing in a style of ice cream popularized in the Middle East has opened in New York City.

— CLUB SHOOTING-DEATH: The New York Police Department says a man who was shot outside of a club had attempted to drive himself to the hospital, but crashed and died before he could get there.

BUSINESS:

AT&T-TIME-WARNER-ANTITRUST

WASHINGTON — The fate of the AT&T-Time Warner merger, a massive media deal opposed by the government that could shape how much consumers pay for streaming TV and movies, rests in the hands of a federal judge. By Business Writer Marcy Gordon. SENT: 800 words, photos; will be updated from 4 p.m. court session.

— ZINC MINE: A zinc mine in New York’s North Country is back in business.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

THEATER-MELISSA BENOIST

NEW YORK — To get ready to play legendary songwriter Carole King on Broadway, Melissa Benoist had to learn her lines and complicated stage directions. Lyrics, not so much. The actress who stars on the CW series “Supergirl” has been listening to King since she was a kid. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 701 words, photos.

MUSIC-U2

NEW YORK — U2 frontman Bono honored the late Anthony Bourdain toward the end of the band’s special performance Monday at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. SENT: 395 words, photos.

BBO--NATIONALS-YANKEES

NEW YORK — Bryce Harper plays at Yankee Stadium for the first time since 2015 as CC Sabathia (3-1) starts for New York and Tanner Roark (3-6) for the Washington Nationals in a matchup of division leaders. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

— SCHOOL SHOOTING-DRAMA STUDENTS: The drama students from Florida’s Parkland school have made another surprise stage appearance in New York. With photo.

SPORTS:

GLF--US OPEN

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Tiger Woods watched last year’s U.S. Open on TV as he recovered from another back surgery. He wondered if he’d ever play in another Open. But he’s back after missing the last two. Adding to his 14 majors is among his goals. SENT: 249 words, photo. Will be updated.

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— GLF--US OPEN-THE LATEST

BKL--AROUND THE WNBA

NEW YORK — Connecticut’s balanced attack on offense this season is causing problems for opponents and the Sun have rolled to the best record in the league. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 700 words, photo.

— HKN--SENATORS-ARREST: BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee will miss at least part of next week’s NHL draft because he is due in court to face a harassment allegation.

— STATEN ISLAND PIZZA RATS: A minor league baseball team in New York says it will rebrand as the “Staten Island Pizza Rats” — at least for five season home games.

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