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

January 6, 2019

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-NATIONAL PARKS

Nonprofits, businesses and state governments including New York’s are putting up money and volunteer hours in a battle to keep national parks safe and clean for visitors as the partial U.S. government shutdown lingers. By Brady McCombs and John Flesher. SENT: 1,160 words, photos, video.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-AIRPORTS

NEW YORK _ The federal agency tasked with guaranteeing U.S. airport security acknowledged an increase in the number of its employees calling off work during the partial government shutdown. Employees of the Transportation Security Administration are expected to work without pay during the shutdown because their jobs are considered essential. By Alexandra Olson and Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 320 words. AP Photos.

CAPITOL WATCH

ALBANY, N.Y. _ In New York government news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is turning to Tesla for advice on how to upgrade New York City’s subways. The Democrat says his administration wanted to ask about a new technology known as ultra-wideband sensors, which would automatically slow or stop a subway car if dangerous obstacles are detected. Cuomo says the technology isn’t yet available for transit vehicles, but that it’s important to keep up with advancements to ensure the subway system has the latest technology. By David Klepper. Sent: 380 words.

FILM CRITICS-AWARDS

NEW YORK _ The National Society of Film Critics has chosen Chloe Zhao’s low-budget debut feature “The Rider” as best picture of 2018. Director Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white “Roma” period piece won the most awards on Saturday — as best picture runner-up, best foreign-language film and for best cinematography. Cuaron got the award for best director. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 450 words. With AP Photos.

TAXI COMMISSIONER LEAVING

NEW YORK _ The leader of New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission is leaving after five years in the position. SENT: 140 words. AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ BUILDINGS COMMISSIONER: New York’s buildings commissioner is stepping down after four years in the position.

_ ESCAPED SUSPECT CAPTURED: Police say a robbery suspect who fled a Brooklyn stationhouse by jumping out of a second-story window is back in custody and faces additional charges.

_ PEDESTRIAN KILLED: Police say a volunteer firefighter driving to a call on Long Island has struck two pedestrians, killing one.

_ TEACHER-SEX CHANGES: Police have arrested a Long Island middle school teacher on charges he had an unlawful sexual relationship with a 16-year-old former student.

_ LAWYER ARRESTED-SEX ASSAULTS: A New York City lawyer has been arrested on charges of assaulting three women late 2014 and early 2015.

_ STATE POLIKCE-NEW SUPERINTENDENT: A veteran of the New York State Police has been named the new superintendent of the organization

_ SLOW-MOVING VEHICLES-SPEED LIMIT: Farm tractors and other slow-moving vehicles will be allowed to travel a little faster on New York roads under a new law.

_ RPI-ROBOT COMPETITION: Hundreds of high school students are expected to take part in a robot-building competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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SPORTS

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BBA--YANKEES-BRITTON

NEW YORK _ Zach Britton is staying with the New York Yankees, agreeing to a $39 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 360 words. AP Photos.

FBN-JETS-MCCARTHY

NEW YORK _ The Jets’ search for a new coach is kicking into high gear. The team announced Saturday it completed its interview with former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, the third known coach to meet with New York since Todd Bowles was fired last Sunday night. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 570 words. AP Photos.

BKN-KNICKS-KANTER-LONDON

LOS ANGELES _ New York center Enes Kanter will not travel to London for the Knicks’ upcoming international game because he believes he could be assassinated for his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kanter announced his plan Friday night after the Knicks’ 119-112 win over the Lakers. The Knicks later said Kanter also won’t make the trip because of a visa issue. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 370 words, photos.

HKN-ISLANDERS-BLUES

ST. LOUIS _ The New York Islanders visit the St. Louis Blues. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

HKN-SABRES-BRUINS

BOSTON _ The Buffalo Sabres visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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