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

August 18, 2018

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ALBANY, N.Y. — In New York state government news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is significantly outspending rival Cynthia Nixon as next month’s Democratic primary nears. While recent campaign filings show both candidates raised about the same amount, Cuomo outspent the former “Sex and the City” star by more than 10 to 1. By David Klepper. SENT: 600 words.


NEW YORK —The ranks of forgotten Republicans are growing. Some were forced out, such as Tim Pawlenty, a former two-term Minnesota governor who lost this week’s bid for a political comeback. Some, such as the retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker, chose to leave on their own. Others still serve, but with a muted voice. Whether members of Congress, governors or state party leaders, they are struggling to fit into President Donald Trump’s Republican Party. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1100 words.


NEW YORK — When I got the chance to interview Aretha Franklin for the first time in 2001, I was already a bundle of nerves: Even though it was just over the phone, I’d be talking to THE Queen of Soul! You could get no closer to rock ‘n’ roll royalty than the Queen herself. So my trepidation was magnified when a colleague told me not to expect much: Franklin was famously guarded and known for giving short, to-the-point answers and little in the way of introspection. By Nekesa Mumbi Moody. Sent: 1200 words.


NEW YORK — Janet Jackson’s fans were so energetic at an event Friday for her new single that one fan chimed in so the icon could speak without interruption. “Everybody, be quiet. We can’t hear her,” a girl yelled, as Jackson and the rest of the packed room at Samsung 837 in New York burst into laughter. SENT: 150 words.


— MILITARY BURIAL PRACTICES-HISTORIAN: A Revolutionary War historian will discuss the era’s military burial practices when he gives a talk at a New York historic site located on one of the conflict’s most famous battlefields.

— DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY: Members of the Six Nations of the Iroquois and experts in Native American legal and civil rights issues are hosting a conference in central New York for discussions on 500-year-old Vatican edicts whose impacts are still felt.

— BEACH CLOSED-NEEDLES: A Long Island beach has been closed after the discovery there of dozens of discarded hypodermic needles.

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