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

November 20, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-NEW YORK

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The outcome of the New York congressional race between incumbent Republican Chris Collins and Democrat Nate McMurray is expected to become clearer as elections officials in the district’s largest county tally the final ballots. A separate count continues in a second race. By Carolyn Thompson. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-IOWA

DES MOINES, Iowa — The 2018 midterms are barely history, but the next campaign is already in full swing in Iowa, home to the first caucus of the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating campaign. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennett, a relatively new name to the 2020 discussion, has been in contact with some influential Iowa Democrats, while New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who won re-election to a third term this month, has contacted Des Moines-area Democrats. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 708 words, photo.

EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION

NEW YORK — A former drug smuggler who’s been detailing rampant bloodshed and bribery in Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel begins a fourth day of testimony at the U.S. trial of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m.

NNE--WINTRY WEATHER

No one dreams of a white Thanksgiving, but back-to-back snowstorms could make that a reality for millions across the Northeast. By David Sharp. SENT: 323 words.

SAKS-DISCRIMINATION SUIT

NEW YORK — Eight former employees at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store have filed a race and age discrimination lawsuit against the high-end store and its corporate parent. By Deepti Hajela. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m., photos.

FATAL POLICE SHOOTING-FACEBOOK COMMENT

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh employee of a New York-based bank who said on social media that a man who drove through a crowd of protesters should have used a bus instead of a car is claiming in a federal lawsuit that she was fired because she’s white. SENT: 397 words, photo.

TRUMP-WHITAKER

WASHINGTON — Sen. Charles Schumer, the Senate’s top Democrat asked the Justice Department’s watchdog on Tuesday to open an investigation into communications between acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and the White House. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 453 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— SENATE LEADER-TRIAL: Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos plans to go to prison in January for his federal corruption conviction.

— AFRICAN BURIAL GROUND-RACIST GRAFFITI: Authorities say they’ve arrested a man suspected of scrawling racist graffiti at the historic African Burial Ground in New York City.

— FATAL SHOOTING-ROCHESTER: Police have identified the man who was killed in a shooting in upstate New York.

— CLERGY ABUSE-BUFFALO: A Roman Catholic priest in upstate New York who was placed on leave amid accusations of child sex abuse says he knows he’s innocent.

— BABY HOPE SUSPECT: A restaurant worker accused of killing a toddler known as Baby Hope, whose body was found in 1991 in New York City, has died in custody.

— MARTHA STEWART-FIRST UBER RIDE: Martha Stewart’s first Uber ride was not a good thing. With photo.

— MAYORS-2019 PRIORITIES: Scores of mayors from across New York state are proposing a new initiative that they say will help them address the issues they’ll face in 2019.

— XGR--MARIJUANA LEGISLATION-NEW YORK: Members of the New York state Assembly are holding a hearing on the potential legalization of marijuana.

— HOLIDAY CHARITY DRIVE: New York state will begin collecting toys, coats and school supplies for a holiday drive.

— CUOMO-TURKEY GIVEAWAYS: Gov. Andrew Cuomo and members of his administration are giving out Thanksgiving turkeys at several locations across the state.

— 1993 KILLINGS: A man serving life in prison for murder in New York has been charged with two 1993 killings in Connecticut.

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BUSINESS

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AMAZON-BRAIN DRAIN

NEW YORK — When tech giants like Amazon expand, other companies don’t just worry about losing business. They also fret about hanging on to their employees. By Business Writer Alexandra Olson. SENT: 1204 words, photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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MARTIN SCORSESE HONORED

NEW YORK — Legendary director Martin Scorsese was honored by longtime friends Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, among many others, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 572 words, photos, video.

— PEOPLE-WILLIAM KENNEDY: Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist William Kennedy will receive an award from Ireland’s president for his Albany-based literary works focusing on the Irish-American experience.

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SPORTS

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BKN--BLAZERS-KNICKS

NEW YORK — The Portland Trail Blazers visit the New York Knicks. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. With photos.

BKN--NETS-HEAT

MIAMI — The Brooklyn Nets visit the Miami Heat. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. With photos.

With:

— BKN--HEAT-WADE: Dwyane Wade is back with the Miami Heat after missing nearly two weeks for the birth of his daughter. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 692 words, photo.

— BKC--NOTRE DAME-BURNS: Elijah Burns, one of Notre Dame’s three team captains and a native of Troy, New York, is leaving the men’s basketball program. By John Fineran. With photo.

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