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

March 24, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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ELECTION 2020-KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND

NEW YORK _ Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand on Sunday called President Donald Trump a “coward” who “punches down” and says that he is “tearing apart the moral fabric of our country.” By Juana Summers. SENT: 429 words, photos.

TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-SATER

One of President Donald Trump’s most colorful business associates, Felix Sater, is set to testify before Congress this week about the effort to build a Trump-branded skyscraper in Moscow. Sater was once convicted in a Mafia-linked stock fraud, then went on to become a source for U.S. intelligence agencies, including providing information on al-Qaeda and Russian organized crime. By Michael Sisak. SENT: 1047 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ SUBWAY ATTACK: The man facing an assault charge in connection to an attack on a homeless woman on a New York City subway train claims she threatened him with a knife.

_ CATSKILLS-LAND PRESERVATION: A preservation group has acquired land adjacent to the Catskill Park’s Sundown Wild Forest to protect clean drinking water for New York City and improve public access for hiking.

_ NEW GRAPE TOMATOES: A colorful collection of stellar new grape tomato varieties has been released by Cornell University’s plant-breeding program.

_ GREAT LAKES-REPORT: Projects designed to restore and protect resources and benefit communities in the Great Lakes watershed are detailed in a progress report released by New York officials.

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SPORTS

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BKN--CLIPPERS-KNICKS

NEW YORK _ Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points to extend the best scoring streak of his career, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New York Knicks 124-113 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 614 words, photos.

SKI--MIKAELA IN MANHATTAN

NEW YORK _ Mikaela Shiffrin just capped a record-setting ski season. The 24-year-old American spent time in New York to celebrate an unprecedented 17 World Cup wins and her third straight overall title. Lindsey Vonn finished with won four overall titles before she retired this season at 34. Shiffrin appeared at Macy’s and on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” She’ll spend time with family and at her new house in Colorado during a short offseason. By Melissa Murphy. 1,000 words, AP photos.

HKN--COYOTES-ISLANDERS

NEW YORK _ The Arizona Coyotes visit the New York Islanders.