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

May 18, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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BRANDED WOMEN

NEW YORK — At meetings with self-help guru Keith Raniere, members of a secret society for female followers sometimes called “The Vow” would follow a protocol that drove home his standing as their “master,” one of the women testified Friday at Raniere’s sex-trafficking trial. Lauren Salzman told the jury she and the other women who were branded with Raniere’s initials “would be totally nude and sit on the floor below him.” He, on the other hand, would remain clothed as he spoke to them, she added. By Tom Hays SENT: 540 words.

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — The power. The putting. The poise. Brooks Koepka has it all at this PGA Championship, along with the lowest 36-hole score in major championship history and the largest lead by anyone at the halfway point of a Grand Slam event in 85 years. It was daunting to so many players who watched Koepka pull away to a seven-shot lead Friday at Bethpage Black. And it looked all too familiar to Tiger Woods, who won’t be around to see the ending. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1200 words.

POLICE OFFICER-MURDER PLOT

NEW YORK — A New York Police Department officer was charged Friday with plotting to kill her estranged husband, the result of an elaborate sting operation by investigators using a fake photo of his slaying. Valerie Cincinelli, an NYPD officer since 2007, was held without bail following her arrest on federal murder-for-hire charges. SENT: 250 words.

HKN-SENATORS-LAWSUIT

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A former Ottawa Senators assistant general manager and the NHL hockey team were sued for negligence on Friday over allegations he harassed a hotel shuttle bus driver last year in Buffalo. Also named as a defendant in the lawsuit along with Randy Lee and the Senators is a bar and grill called 716, where he had been a patron on the night of the incident. The suit seeks unspecified damages. SENT: 300 words.

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BUSINESS

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GULF TENSIONS-GAS PRICES

NEW YORK _ A rare mix of geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and China is tugging oil prices in opposite directions and creating uncertainty over where they might land. Deteriorating trade talks between the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies, are posing a serious threat to global economic growth and whenever that growth sputters, demand for oil and gasoline typically craters. By Cathy Bussewitz and Michelle Chapman. SENT: 1000 words.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-WOUK-WRITERLY

NEW YORK (AP) — Herman Wouk was a prize-winning, million-selling author never quite in fashion. He was a religious Jew among secular peers, a respecter of authority in a field of rebels. He didn’t brag like Norman Mailer and was spared the demons driving the madness of Philip Roth’s “Portnoy’s Complaint.” After a Pulitzer early in his career for “The Caine Mutiny,” he was mostly ignored by awards committees and was often excluded from anthologies of Jewish literature. Gore Vidal praised him, faintly, by observing that Wouk’s “competence is most impressive and his professionalism awe-inspiring in a world of lazy writers and TV-stunned readers.” But Wouk, who died Friday 10 days shy of his 104th birthday, was a success in ways that resonated with critics and readers, and with himself. By Hillel Italie. SENT: 1300 words.

BOOKS-EDITOR FIRED

NEW YORK — A prominent literary editor has been fired for an undisclosed “breach” of company policy. Gary Fisketjon had worked with such authors as Raymond Carver, Cormac McCarthy and Richard Ford. In confirming Fisketjon’s dismissal, Alfred A. Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards declined comment Friday beyond a brief company statement citing a breach. Fisketjon joined Knopf as an editor at large in 1990. SENT: 124 words.

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SPORTS

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METS-MARLINS

MIAMI — The Marlins scored for the first time in 27 innings, pounded Jacob deGrom for seven runs and snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating the New York Mets 8-6 Friday night. Garrett Cooper’s two-run single in the third brought home Miami’s first runs since Saturday — also against deGrom. Jorge Alfaro hit a 456-foot home run, only the Marlins’ second homer this month, and drove in three. Brian Anderson doubled twice and scored twice. By Seven Wine. SENT: 475 words.

METS MOVES

MIAMI — Twelve years later, Carlos Gómez was back in the New York Mets’ lineup. New York selected Gómez’s contract from Triple-A Syracuse and had him batting sixth and in right field Friday night at Miami. He went 0 for 3 before leaving the game in a double switch. An All-Star for Milwaukee in 2013-14, Gómez last played for the Mets when he was a rookie in 2007. By Steven Wine. SENT: 360 words.

MICHIGAN-HARBAUGH-YANKEE STADIUM

NEW YORK — Jim Harbaugh is in a New York sports state of mind this weekend. Michigan’s football coach visited Yankee Stadium for the first time Friday, joined by his father and 6-year-old son to watch the Bronx Bombers take on the Tampa Bay Rays with first place in the AL East on the line. After that, the three generations of Harbaugh boys are headed out to Long Island on Saturday to catch some major golf at the PGA Championship. By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 575 words.

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