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

May 12, 2018

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CAPITOL WATCH

ALBANY, N.Y. — In New York state government news, Democrats who control the Assembly plan to hold interviews with applicants for attorney general after Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned amid allegations he physically abused four women. By Chris Carola. SENT: 450 words.

BLOOMBERG-LIES AND DISHONESTY

NEW YORK — Americans are facing an “epidemic of dishonesty” in Washington that’s more dangerous than terrorism or communism. That’s according to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who warned in a commencement speech on Saturday at Texas’ Rice University that “an endless barrage of lies” and a trend toward “alternate realities” in national politics pose a dire threat to U.S. democracy. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 595 words, photos.

CHRISTIE’S-ROCKEFELLER AUCTION

NEW YORK — Twenty-two world records have been set at a Christie’s auction, including the $832 million total for the priciest private collection of artworks and other treasures, owned by Peggy and David Rockefeller. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 315 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— SECURITY GUARD ARRESTED: A security guard at a New York City department store has been arrested after witnesses said he brutalized a man accused of shoplifting pricy Prada shoes.

— FUGITIVE-ACCIDENTAL 911: A fugitive who’s wanted in North Carolina accidentally dialed 911 while he was in upstate New York, and he’s now behind bars.

— MEDICAL LAB-DOCTOR BRIBES: Another doctor involved in a long-running bribes-for-test referrals scheme with a now-defunct New Jersey firm is headed to prison.

— CHURCH FOR SALE: A Long Island church is for sale along with its caretaker’s cottage and a parking lot — all for $2.2 million.

— TRIPLET TRIPLE: A Buffalo hospital that recently completed a makeover of its neonatal intensive care unit has already put it to the test, with three sets of triplets.

— FIRST-TIME CAMPER PROGRAM: New York families who have never camped have the chance to see if they might enjoy the great outdoors before making a commitment to buy all the gear.

SPORTS:

ATHLETICS-YANKEES

NEW YORK — Left fielder Brett Gardner threw out Matt Olson at the plate with the help of a replay reversal to help Aroldis Chapman escape a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the ninth inning, and the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 Saturday on Neil Walker’s run-scoring single on the 11th to avoid New York’s first three-game losing streak since last August. By Ronald Blum SENT: 780 words, photos.

BBN-METS-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA — Noah Syndergaard goes for the Mets and Zach Eflin starts for the Phillies in the middle game of a three-game series. By Kevin Cooney. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKW-OBIT-DROESCH

NEW YORK — Clare Droesch, the former Boston College women’s basketball player who helped lead the Eagles to the 2004 Big East title, has died after a six-plus year battle with cancer. She was 36. The university said she died Friday at home surrounded by family. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 285 words, photos.

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