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

March 26, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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MEASLES-NEW YORK

A county in New York City’s northern suburbs is banning unvaccinated minors from public places to fight a measles outbreak that has infected more than 150 people since October. By Mary Esch. Developing.

MARIJUANA-LEGALIZATION LANDSCAPE

NEW YORK _ A setback for marijuana advocates in New Jersey may show that the path of legalizing recreational marijuana use doesn’t run just along blue state-red state lines. Democrat-led New Jersey could still become the 11th state to legalize the drug, though a state Senate vote was put off Monday because it didn’t have enough support. The delay is a reminder that pot legalization politics aren’t just partisan. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 851 words, photos.

MICHAEL AVENATTI-ARREST

The charges against attorney Michael Avenatti came together at warp speed, taking the attorney from facing cameras to facing prison. A day later, he returned to form and came out punching, launching an attack on Nike, the company he’s accused of extorting. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: New version by 5:30 p.m. WITH: MICHAEL AVENATTI-ARREST-GERAGOS _ Celebrity lawyer Geragos linked to Avenatti extortion case. SENT: 650 words, photos

ROBOCALL RESTRICTIONS

ALBANY, N.Y. — Robocalls would be effectively banned in the state of New York under legislation proposed by lawmakers who say the irritating, relentless calls are a top complaint from constituents. By David Klepper. SENT: 333 words.

EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION

NEW YORK _ Defense attorneys asked a federal judge Tuesday to grant a new trial to the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, saying jurors improperly followed media coverage of the sensational drug conspiracy case. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 303 words, photo.

WALL STREET BONUSES

ALBANY, N.Y. — The average bonus paid to Wall Street traders dipped by more than $30,000 despite a jump of 11 percent in securities industry profits, according to a report released Tuesday by the comptroller for New York state. By Chris Carola. SENT: 417 words.

STATE BUDGET-NY

ALBANY, N.Y. — A plan for new tolls on motorists entering central Manhattan is moving ahead in Albany. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on public radio’s WNYC Tuesday morning that he’s cautiously optimistic the toll plan will be included in a new state budget due Sunday. By David Klepper. Developing.

TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-SATER-LAWSUIT

NEW YORK _ A Soviet-born convicted felon who worked on real estate deals with President Donald Trump was accused in a lawsuit Monday of plotting to use Trump-branded skyscrapers to launder money allegedly stolen from a Kazakhstan ban. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 666 words, photo. Originally sent late Monday and updated on Tuesday.

MILITARY CONSTRUCTION CUTS

WASHINGTON —House lawmakers on Tuesday denounced Defense Department plans to use military funds to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall, telling Pentagon leaders the “unbelievably irresponsible” maneuver will threaten the agency’s future ability to shift money around when needed. By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns. SENT: 819 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CONVICTS-THREATENING LETTERS: Two convicted rapists have been indicted on charges of mailing white powder with letters threatening to blow up a western New York district attorney’s office.

_ JAIL EMPLOYEE-CHARGES: Authorities say the former kitchen supervisor for a northern New York jail has pleaded guilty to having sex with several inmates who worked for her.

_ APARTMENT COMPLEX FIRE: An intense overnight fire that raged through a Long Island apartment house has claimed a life.

_ NORWEGIAN AIR-STEWART AIRPORT FLIGHTS: Norwegian Air says it will temporarily suspend new ticket sales on routes served by its currently grounded fleet of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, including routes run between New York Stewart International Airport and Europe.

_ IMMIGRATION-LIBERIA: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is helping lead a coalition of attorneys general in supporting Liberians fighting to stay in the U.S.

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SPORTS

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BBN--METS-DEGROM

NEW YORK _ NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets have agreed to a $137.5 million, five-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The deal guarantees an additional $120.5 million over four seasons. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 330 words, photos.

HKN--ISLANDERS-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS _ The New York Islanders visit the Columbus Blue Jackets. With photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EDT.

HKN--SABRES-SENATORS

OTTAWA _ The Buffalo Sabres visit the Ottawa Senators. With photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

_ COACH HARASSED: An upstate New York coach who led one of the top high school basketball teams in the state has resigned after being subjected to a bombardment of public harassment.