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

November 26, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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NEW YORK STATE SENATE-NEW LEADER

ALBANY, N.Y. — Andrea Stewart-Cousins is poised to become the first female leader of the New York state Senate. Democrats won control of the Senate earlier this month and on Monday will formally tap the Yonkers lawmaker as their leader. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4:30 p.m., photo. Developing from 2 p.m. news conference.

PEOPLE-ALEC BALDWIN-ASSAULT CHARGES

NEW YORK — Video will vindicate Alec Baldwin after he was accused of slugging a man in the face in over a parking space, the actor’s lawyer said Monday. Baldwin himself said nothing as he was arraigned on a misdemeanor attempted assault charge and a charge of harassment, a violation, in the latest of his several brushes with the law over the years. The Emmy winner has previously denied he punched anyone in the car parking clash outside his Manhattan apartment building Nov. 2. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 615 words, photos, video.

TRUMP CHARITY-NO DONATIONS

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s charitable foundation is reporting it made no donations last year as it sought to wind down its operations. The 2017 tax return is a stark contrast to a very active 2016 that saw an uptick in donations that drew scrutiny from prosecutors, who accused the Donald J. Trump Foundation of acting as a quasi-political group. By Bernard Condon. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photo.

REPEATED FLOOD LOSSES

WASHINGTON, N.C. — The country’s indebted and taxpayer-backed flood insurance program is likely to rebuild homes and businesses after Hurricanes Florence and Michael that have already been rebuilt repeatedly, sometimes at costs totaling more than the building is worth. As of May, the 10 states with the most repeatedly flooded insured properties follow the Gulf and East Coasts as far north as New York. By Emery P. Salesio. SENT: 1068 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE CHIEF CONVICTED: A former suburban New York police chief who orchestrated a department cover-up after beating a handcuffed man for stealing embarrassing items from his SUV has been released from a federal prison.

— PRIEST ABUSE-GUN: A 49-year-old man claims a former Roman Catholic priest pointed a gun at him while sexually abusing him as a teenager.

— AMTRAK TRAIN-DELAYED: Some people spent the end of their Thanksgiving holiday stuck on an Amtrak train for more than five hours.

— NYC GYM-EXPLOSION: Fire department officials say a gas explosion blew out the first-floor windows of a health club in Manhattan.

— STUDENT KILLED-LAWSUIT: The West Virginia University Board of Governors has settled a lawsuit over a student’s 2014 death at a fraternity house for $250,000.

— BURNT BODY: Police in New York City are investigating the death of a woman whose burnt body was found in a wooded area of Staten Island.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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— WHITE HOUSE-CHRISTMAS: White House holiday decorations include an image of the New York City skyline. With photos.

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SPORTS

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FBN--ON FOOTBALL-NOT QUITE THERE

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Unless New England makes some key improvements over the next month — and can anyone doubt the Patriots will, given their track record? — a third straight trip to the Super Bowl will be problematic. In their 27-13 victory over the game-but-outmanned Jets, the Patriots (8-3) pretty much were workmanlike. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 780 words, photos.

HKN--SENATORS-RANGERS

NEW YORK — The Ottawa Senators visit the New York Rangers. Game starts at 7 p.m.

HKN--CAPITALS-ISLANDERS

NEW YORK — The Washington Capitals visit the New York Islanders. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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