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

May 8, 2019

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COLLEGE CORRUPTION, ANTI-GANG FUNDING, SPORTS BETTING-MOBILE DEVICES, HKW--NWHL-BUFFALO

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP TAXES-NEW YORK

ALBANY, N.Y. _ New York’s Senate easily approved a bill Wednesday that would allow three congressional committees to get access to President Donald Trump’s state tax returns, giving Democrats a potential end-run around the administration’s refusal to disclose the president’s federal returns. By Chris Carola. SENT: 723 words, photos. Will be updated.

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TRAVEL BAN-AMERICANS

The Trump administration’s travel ban has forced American citizens to live apart from their husbands, wives and children for years, and there’s no end in sight for many families. “I really don’t understand how long it’s going to take. ... I have two kids here,” said a tearful Sadek Ahmed, a school maintenance worker in New York and a U.S. citizen. By Deepti Hajela and Amy Taxin. SENT: 1359 words, photos.

FATAL HARLEM FIRE

NEW YORK _ Six family members, including four children, were killed early Wednesday when a fire that apparently started on a stove ravaged a Harlem apartment, authorities said. By Ted Shaffrey. SENT: 443 words, photos, video.

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BRANDED WOMEN

NEW YORK _ A woman identified in court only by her first name testified on Wednesday how she became a “slave” for a self-help guru who counted her calories, preached that women too often play victim and, ultimately, forced her into a sexual encounter with him. The testimony came at the sex-trafficking trial of Keith Raniere, former leader of the secretive group called NXIVM. By Tom Hays. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m. With photos.

UBER LYFT-STRIKE

NEW YORK _ Some drivers for ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft turned off their apps Wednesday to protest what they say are declining wages at a time when both companies are raking in billions of dollars from investors. Demonstrations took place in 10 U.S. cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, as well as some European locations like London. But they did not seem to cause much disruption and many riders were still able to hail a car with ease. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 459 words, photos.

COLLEGE CORRUPTION

NEW YORK — An aspiring sports business manager and an amateur basketball coach were convicted of bribery conspiracy Wednesday at a trial that showed top college coaches were paid off to steer NBA-bound athletes to favored handlers. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 334 words.

CALIFORNIA PESTICIDE RESTRICTION

LOS ANGELES — The nation’s most productive agricultural state will ban chlorpyrifos, a widely used toxic pesticide blamed for harming brain development in babies, California officials said Wednesday. Hawaii banned it last year and New York lawmakers recently sent a bill to the governor outlawing use of the pesticide. By Brian Melley. SENT: 590 words, photo.

OBIT-KURT LANG

BOSTON _ Kurt Lang, an expert on Nazi Germany and a sociologist who with his wife, Gladys, wrote several books about the influence of television on politics and public opinion, has died. He was 95. SENT: 395 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ANTI-GANG FUNDING: New York state is setting aside another $5.5 million to support efforts to ensure teens have better options than joining a criminal gang.

_ SPORTS BETTING-MOBILE DEVICES: New York lawmakers are taking a closer look at authorizing sports betting on smart phones — and whether it would require a change to the state Constitution.

_ WIFE KILLED: A Connecticut man who used a wet towel to suffocate his wife, fled with his 6-year-old daughter and abandoned the girl in a New York City bus depot has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

_ SCHOOL BUS CAMERAS: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says top lawmakers have reached an agreement on the details of legislation that would authorize cameras on school buses to catch drivers who pass them illegally.

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BUSINESS

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EARNS-NEW YORK TIMES CO

NEW YORK _ Shares of the company that owns The New York Times rose Wednesday after the publisher reported that it grew digital subscribers again in its latest quarter. SENT: 253 words, photo.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-MARKETING MISTAKES

NEW YORK _ Small businesses can be particularly vulnerable to marketing mistakes. The solution very often lies in getting help. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 984 words, photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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FASHION-LOUIS VUITTON

NEW YORK _ Louis Vuitton holds its cruise show in the revamped TWA terminal at JFK airport. By Nekesa Mumbi Moody. Developing from 7 p.m. event; with photos, video.

_ 1969-NEW EXHIBIT: A new exhibit chronicling the end of one of the most turbulent decades in American history is opening to the public at the Empire State Plaza.

_ MUSIC-JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: Justin Timberlake’s songwriting chops will be honored next month. With photo.

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SPORTS

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BBA--MARINERS-YANKEES

NEW YORK _ Gary Sanchez and the New York Yankees face Yusei Kikuchi and the Seattle Mariners in the third game of a four-game series. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:35 p.m.

BBN--METS-PADRES

SAN DIEGO _ New York plays San Diego at PETCO Park. With photos. Game starts at 3:40 p.m. EDT.

FBN--HALL OF FAME-MAWAE

CANTON, Ohio — A poem that hung in Kevin Mawae’s locker is among more than 200 items he’s donated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with many to be displayed this summer as part of an exhibit featuring Mawae as a member of the Class of 2019. SENT: 279 words.

HKW--NWHL-BUFFALO

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The owner of the Buffalo Beauts gave up control of the team Wednesday, a move that could further jeopardize the future of the National Women’s Hockey League as it struggles to keep its five franchises afloat without the support of the world’s top players. By John Wawrow. SENT: 823 words, photos.

_ HKN--SABRES-RUOTSALAINEN: The Buffalo Sabres have signed undrafted prospect forward Arttu Ruotsalainen to a three-year entry level contract.

_ FBN--GIANTS-SMITH: The New York Giants have signed former Dallas Cowboys running back Rod Smith.