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

December 23, 2018

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TRUMP BRAND SLUMP

NEW YORK _ Nearly two years since Donald Trump took office, signs are mounting the presidency has hit his company hard. From golf fees to licensing deals to prices for Trump condos, many metrics used to gauge his businesses are down as the divisive comments so beloved by his political base have turned off a group just as dear to him, the affluent who fuel his businesses. By Bernard Condon. SENT: 1626 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ FATAL CRASH-ARREST: Authorities say a husband and wife were killed when the car they were in was hit by another vehicle. The passenger in the other car was injured, and the driver of the other vehicle was arrested for fleeing the scene.

_ SIGN HITS CARS: A man pulled his young daughter out of her car seat and to safety just as a commercial sign fell onto the top of their vehicle.

_ XGR--MIXED MARTIAL ARTS ANNIVERSARY: Sports such as mixed martial arts, boxing and wrestling have generated $97 million in New York state since lawmakers voted to legalize mixed martial arts two years ago.

_ FARMLAND PROTECTION GRANTS: New York’s Department of Agriculture and Markets says $8.5 million has been provided for conservation easement projects on five dairy farms.

_ IMMIGRANTS-LEGAL AID: New York state is expanding a legal defense project for immigrants launched in 2017 to include social and health care services for families.

_ WWII VETERAN-MEDALS REPLACED: A World War II combat veteran from western New York has received an early Christmas present: replacement medals for the ones that were stolen from him.

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SPORTS:

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FBN--PACKERS-JETS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. _ Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (5-8-1) look to snap a nine-game road losing streak dating to last season and try to avoid becoming the first Green Bay team since the 1958 squad to go winless away from Lambeau Field. The game also likely marks the last at home for New York coach Todd Bowles, who is expected to be fired by the Jets (4-10) at the end of the season. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 1 p.m.

FBN--BILLS-PATRIOTS

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. _ The Patriots (9-5) look to clinch their 10th straight AFC East title and stay in the hunt for a first-round playoff bye when they host the Buffalo Bills (5-9). By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Kickoff at 1 p.m. EST.

FBN--GIANTS-COLTS

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indianapolis Colts try to keep pace in the playoff race when they host the New York Giants on Sunday. Indy has won seven of its last eight after starting 1-5. The Giants have been eliminated from playoff contention but are hoping to finish strong. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos. Game time is 1 p.m. ET.

HKN--SABRES-JEANNERET

BUFFALO, N.Y. _ The longtime voice of the Buffalo Sabres hasn’t been silenced after being wheeled out of the press box on a stretcher. Rick Jeanneret is “resting and doing well,” the Sabres announced Sunday, about 12 hours after the Hall of Fame broadcaster was transported to the hospital during the third period of Buffalo’s victory over the Anaheim Ducks. By John Wawrow. SENT: 459 words, photo.

BKN--SUNS-NETS: The Phoenix Suns visit the Brooklyn Nets.

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