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

September 7, 2018

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EASING MARIJUANA CONVICTIONS

NEW YORK — Tens of thousands of low-level marijuana convictions could be erased with the OK of Brooklyn’s top prosecutor, under a new plan for wiping records clean of offenses no longer being prosecuted in parts of the nation’s biggest city. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 600 words.

CLERGY ABUSE

NEW YORK — The New York attorney general’s first statewide probe of sexual abuse by the Roman Catholic Church has massive potential, with hundreds of victims who have already come forward through church programs and subpoenas that take aim at confidential church files. But the ability to bring charges is hampered by one of the nation’s most restrictive statute-of-limitations laws. Efforts to change that have failed for years amid opposition led by the Catholic Church. UPCOMING 600 words by 5 p.m. Photos.

AVATARS TEACH CHINESE

TROY — To learn Chinese in this room, talk to the floating panda head. The Mandarin-speaking avatar zips around a 360-degree restaurant scene in an artificial intelligence-driven instruction program that looks like a giant video game. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students testing the technology move inside the 12-foot-high, wrap-around projection to order virtual bean curd from the panda waiter, chat with Beijing market sellers and practice tai chi by mirroring moves of a watchful mentor. By Michael Hill. SENT: 485 words. AP Video. AP Photos.

SEPT 11-SICK RESPONDERS

NEW YORK — FBI Director Christopher Wray and the official overseeing the Sept. 11 victim compensation fund hold a forum at the World Trade Center memorial for federal law enforcement officers who responded on 9/11 to the attacks in New York City. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words developing from 9 a.m. event.

TRUMP-NEW YORK TIMES

FARGO, N.D. — President Donald Trump declared Friday the Department of Justice should try to identify the writer of a bitingly critical New York Times opinion piece, purportedly submitted by a member of an administration “resistance” movement straining to thwart his most dangerous impulses. By Ken Thomas, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 995 words. AP Photos. AP Video

MARIO CUOMO BRIDGE

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with the help of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, officially opened the second span of the new Hudson River Bridge that bears his father’s name, taking the opportunity Friday to criticize Republican President Donald Trump as being “obsessed” with building walls instead of bridges. SENT: 430 words by 2 p.m. AP Photos. AP Video

IN BRIEF:

— GANG VIOLENCE-LONG ISLAND: Authorities on Long Island say they’ve charged an alleged member of the MS-13 gang in the death of a 19-year-old teenager.

— CHARLIE ROSE-LAWSUIT: Charlie Rose says three women who worked with him are trying to take “routine workplace interactions and banter” and spin them into a sexual harassment case.

— ARETHA FRANKLIN-AUCTION: More than 30 dresses and accessories worn on stage by Aretha Franklin are going up for auction.

— BUS DRIVER-BAD FIRST DAY: The first day of school wasn’t a good one for a school bus driver in upstate New York.

— DEAD HORSE-OWNER SENTENCED: A New York woman has been sentenced to two years in jail for the deaths of nine horses on her upstate New York farm.

— NRA FUNDRAISER-DEMOCRATS: Democrats on Long Island have cancelled a major political fundraiser because the event’s venue plans to host a National Rifle Association fundraiser and gun auction.

— FORLIFT WORKER KILLED: Authorities say a 43-year-old man has died in a forklift accident inside a New York City warehouse.

— CHAUTAUQUA LAKE-NEW HOTEL: A new, 135-room lakeside hotel has opened in actress Lucille Ball’s western New York hometown.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:

NY FASHION WEEK-JEREMY SCOTT

NEW YORK — Designer Jeremy Scott was a man with a message on Thursday night at his star-studded runway show, and that message was directed at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. By Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 393 words. AP Photos.

SPORTS:

US OPEN

NEW YORK — Two wins from being the first men’s repeat champion at the U.S. Open in a decade, Rafael Nadal meets Juan Martin del Potro in one semifinal. Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori play in the other matchup Friday.

YOUNGEST QBs-OPENERS

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold’s first snap for the New York Jets on Monday night will be one for the record books. The rookie will become the youngest quarterback to start a season opener in the Super Bowl era — since the 1966 season — at 21 years and 97 days old at kickoff against the Lions in Detroit. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 955 words. AP Photos.

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