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

September 8, 2018

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CAPITOL WATCH

ALBANY — In New York state political news, candidates are making their final push before Thursday’s primary, set to decide several contentious legislative matchups as well as the Democratic primary races for governor and attorney general. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is spending big in his battle with activist and former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon, who is counting on a surge of grassroots support. Meanwhile, candidates are reminding voters that this year’s primary will be held on a Thursday. By David Klepper. SENT: 650 words.

MARIO CUOMO BRIDGE

NYACK, N.Y. — Saturday’s planned opening of the second span of the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge over the Hudson River was delayed after a piece of the bridge it is replacing became destabilized and threatened to fall, officials said. SENT: 380 words, photos.

STRANDED CRUISE SHIP

BOSTON — A cruise ship that became disabled off the Massachusetts coast was cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday to continue on to New York. The Star Pride docked in Newport, Rhode Island, on Friday night so it could be inspected. SENT: 230 words.

IN BRIEF:

— TRAIN SERVICE SUSPENDED: Train service into and out of New York’s Penn Station is operating with delays after two trains became disabled overnight and stranded hundreds of passengers.

— FATAL HIT-RUN: Police in Syracuse are looking for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a man as he was lying in the road.

— BEAR HUNTING: The early bear hunting season is about to begin in New York.

— ROCHESTER-HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS: The first phase in a multimillion-dollar improvement project for a Rochester-area highway interchange has been completed.

— CITIZEN PREPAREDNESS TRAINING: A state program that trains citizens on how to respond to natural disasters and man-made calamities has hit a milestone.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:

PEOPLE-NICKI MINAJ-CARDI B

NEW YORK — Nicki Minaj and Cardi B were involved in an altercation Friday night that got physical at a New York Fashion Week party and left Cardi B with a mark on her head. By Nekesa Mumbi Moody. SENT: 225 words, photos.

FASHION WEEK-KATE SPADE

NEW YORK — A rosy hue washed over a room at the New York Public Library as models wearing vibrant pinks, greens and blues followed a winding silver line of glitter on a pink carpet. The shimmering line was an homage to late designer Kate Spade at the New York Fashion Week show of her former brand. By Brooke Lefferts SENT: 430 words, photos.

FASHION WEEK-RALPH LAUREN

NEW YORK — A 19th-century fountain in Manhattan’s Central Park provided a majestic backdrop for Ralph Lauren’s star-studded 50th anniversary blowout on Friday, a festive celebration of his past and present that included a runway show and a black-tie dinner. By Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 545 words, photos.

SPORTS:

TEN-US OPEN

NEW YORK — A year after giving birth, Serena Williams has made a memorable run to another U.S. Open final, where she will play first-time finalist Naomi Osaka of Japan on Saturday with a chance to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. Upcoming: 800 words, photos. Match starts at 4 p.m.

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TEN-US OPEN-WOMEN

NEW YORK — For Serena Williams, there was no “wait until next year” during the last U.S. Open. She wasn’t thinking about tennis at this time last year. She was thinking about survival. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 590 words, photos.

BBN-PHILLIES-METS

NEW YORK — The New York Mets host the Philadelphia Phillies. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BBA-YANKEES-MARINERS

SEATTLE — The New York Yankees send struggling Lance Lynn to the mound in the second game of a weekend series against Seattle. The Mariners will counter with Felix Hernandez getting the start. UPCOMING: Game at 9:10 p.m. 700 words.

FBC-LIBERTY-ARMY

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Army looks to extend its home unbeaten streak to eight games when it hosts Bowl Championship newcomer Liberty on Saturday at Michie Stadium. By John Kekis. UPCOMING 600 words. Game begins at noon.

FBC-WAGNER-SYRACUSE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse goes after its second straight win to start the season when it hosts FCS foe Wagner on Saturday. By Lindsay Kramer. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts 3:30 p.m.

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