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

January 26, 2019

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

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CAPITOL WATCH

ALBANY, N.Y. _ In New York state government news, the gender mix of Albany’s often-criticized “three men in a room” method for reaching spending and legislative agreements has been shaken up. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the new Senate majority leader, joined Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a meeting of fellow Democratic leaders at the Capitol this week. By Chris Carola. UPCOMING: 750 words.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-AIRPORT DELAYS

NEW YORK _ Politicians couldn’t overcome their differences and end the government shutdown over five weeks. Six air traffic controllers might have given them the final nudge they needed. Six of the 13 controllers who normally staff a critical air traffic center in Virginia didn’t come to work Friday. That center handles air traffic in and out of the mid-Atlantic region and the New York City area. By David Koenig. SENT: 950 words, photos.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-AIRPORT DELAYS-THE LATEST

FLIGHT ATTENDANT DIES

SAN FRANCISCO _ Officials say a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to New York City was diverted to San Francisco after an attendant died of an apparent heart attack. SENT: 260 words.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WEINSTEIN

NEW YORK _ Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein won a judge’s approval on Friday to overhaul the defense team in his rape and sexual assault case, replacing his bulldog New York City attorney with a four-person squad that’s high on courtroom stars and headline-grabbing cases. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 707 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE

WASHINGTON _ Roger Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump, was arrested in the special counsel’s Russia investigation in a pre-dawn raid at his Florida home on Friday and was charged with lying to Congress and obstructing the probe. The seven-count indictment against Stone, a self-proclaimed “dirty trickster,” is the first criminal case in months from special counsel Robert Mueller. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 1142 words, photos, video.

ROGER STONE-PROFILE

NEW YORK _ It was vintage Roger Stone: The longtime Republican operative flashed a Nixonesque double-armed victory sign after being indicted Friday for lying to federal investigators. Stone, with his self-professed political dirty tricks and the tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back, has long lurked in the shadows of Donald Trump’s world and was instrumental in guiding him on his first steps to the White House. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION-LEGAL CHALLENGE

NEW YORK _ Both sides in the dispute over a program sparing many young immigrants from deportation appear to be purposefully dragging out their legal fight, federal appeals judges said Friday. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 560 words.

XGR--TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION

ALBANY, N.Y. _ Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs legislation outlawing gay conversion therapy and banning discrimination based on a person’s gender identity. By David Klepper. SENT: 300 words.

SUPREME COURT-SOTOMAYOR

NEW YORK _ Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor returned to her old stomping grounds in the Bronx on Friday to speak to second-graders and tell them to that if she could accomplish her goals, they could, too. By Stephen R. Groves. SENT: 255 words.

ELECTION 2020-BLOOMBERG

MCLEAN, Va. — Potential Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said Friday that Donald Trump’s presidency “cannot be helped” and was “dangerous” for the country. The former New York City mayor also described the partial government shutdown, now at a record 35th day, as “a complete failure of presidential leadership.” By Steve Peoples. SENT: 370 words, photo.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-COLLEGE HELP

A growing number of colleges and universities are postponing tuition payments, waiving late fees and providing emergency grants to students whose finances have been tied up by the longest government shutdown in history. In New York, Connecticut and Nevada, statewide college systems have agreed to delay payments for students who are federal employees or rely on family members in federal jobs. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 861 words, photo.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-SCHOOL MEALS: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is directing the state education officials to provide free school lunches to any child impacted by the partial federal government shutdown.

OIL PIPELINE-PROTESTER INJURY

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Law enforcement officials in North Dakota say they aren’t to blame for a severe arm injury a New York City woman sustained while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline and that public statements they made blaming her weren’t aimed at damaging her character. SENT: 360 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ DETECTIVE-BANK FRAUD: A New York City police detective has pleaded guilty to using stolen checks and bank account numbers to pay his mortgage and credit card bills.

_ CHURCH THEFT: A lawyer has pleaded guilty to stealing $600,000 from a Harlem church that he represented in a real estate transaction.

_ ICE JAMS-LOOSE BOATS: An unoccupied Hudson River cruise ship broke loose from its moorings amid rising water and ice jams, floated slowly downriver and is jammed under a rail bridge in Albany.

_ TEENAGER KILLED: A 16-year-old has admitted he killed his 15-year-old friend in an Adirondack home.

_ DWI CRASH-TWO KILLED: A New Jersey man has been sentenced to prison for his role in a DWI crash that killed his girlfriend and a friend’s fiancée in 2017.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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TV--HBO-DEADLINE ARTISTS

NEW YORK _ HBO’s new film on newspaper columnists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hammill romanticizes an era in New York and journalism that feels like a long, long time ago. The fact that it isn’t makes “Deadline Artists” partly a tragedy. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 969 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BKC--SYRACUSE SURGE

Syracuse is on a roll as it prepares for a three-game road trip. By John Kekis. SENT: 685 words, photos.

BKN-KNICKS-NETS

NEW YORK _ Theo Pinson, Ed Davis and Shabazz Napier carried a Nets bench that dominated the Knicks even without Spencer Dinwiddie, and Brooklyn beat New York 109-99 on Friday night for its sixth straight victory. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BBA-YANKEES-OTTAVINO

NEW YORK _ On his first full day with the New York Yankees, Adam Ottavino tried to explain his Insultin’ of Swat. While a free agent last month, the 33-year-old reliever disparaged Babe Ruth, the Yankees’ beloved Sultan of Swat, who helped New York win four World Series titles and seven AL pennants from 1920-34 while transforming the sport with home runs. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 815 words, photos.

BBO--THURMAN-LOPEZ

NEW YORK — Keith Thurman has been limited to fight fan instead of fighter for nearly two years, going to bouts but looking up at someone else’s name in lights. He’s ready to be the star of the show again. By Sports Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 600 words, photo.

_ BBO-MLB-UNIFORMS: The swoosh is expected to be on the front of Major League Baseball uniforms starting in 2020.

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