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

January 18, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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UNITED STATES-SYRIA

One of the four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria this week was a Navy sailor and married mother of two whose father is a high-ranking officer in the New York State Police, officials said Friday. The Pentagon identified three of the four Americans killed in Wednesday’s attack in the northern Syrian town of Manbij. By Chris Carola. SENT: 642 words, photos.

WOMEN’S MARCH-DUELING EVENTS

NEW YORK _ Conflicts over control, inclusivity and alleged anti-Semitism will mean that women protesting on the second anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington are faced with competing demonstrations this weekend in New York City. By Deepti Hajela. SENT: 826 words, photos.

OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS

The legal pressure on the prominent family behind the company that makes OxyContin, the prescription painkiller that helped fuel the nation’s opioid epidemic, is likely to get more intense. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 919 words, photos.

CLERGY ABUSE-STATE INVESTIGATIONS

PHILADELPHIA — Newly inaugurated state attorneys general said they plan to continue investigations of clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic church as thousands of victims reach out to state hotlines and online systems to report past abuse. In New York, more than 550 people had submitted tips in the four months since former Attorney General Barbara Underwood launched a civil investigation in September. The investigation will continue under new Attorney General Letitia James. By Claudia Lauer. SENT: 525 words, photos.

_ SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-KEVIN SPACEY: Actor Anthony Rapp said he came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey because he feared assaults could “keep happening” if he said nothing. By John Carucci. SENT: 373 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-RACE

Monday’s observance of what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday is emerging as an important moment for Democrats eyeing the White House to talk about one of the most divisive issues in American politics: race. By National Writer Erin Haines Whack. SENT: 1037 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE

WASHINGTON _ Democrats are vowing to investigate whether President Donald Trump directed his personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a Moscow real estate project, calling that possibility a “concern of the greatest magnitude.” Trump’s current lawyer said the allegations sparking the inquiry are “categorically false.” By Mary Clare Jalonick and Eric Tucker. SENT: 1069 words, photo.

CONGRESS-FRESHMEN DEMOCRATS

WASHINGTON _ One group went to the White House with Republicans to talk about border security and reopening shuttered parts of the government. Another, led by social media stars, marched around Capitol Hill in a widely-posted but futile search for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — hashtag #WheresMitch. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 997 words, photo.

MEDIA FACT CHECKS

NEW YORK — A Duke University team expects to have a product available for election year that will allow television networks to offer real-time fact checks onscreen when a politician makes a questionable claim during a speech or debate. The mystery is whether any network will choose to use it. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 877 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ WEATHER-NEW YORK: New Yorkers are preparing for a weekend storm that could bring anywhere from 8 to 24 inches of snow in upstate areas and grind travel to a halt.

_ ADIRONDACKS-AVALANCHE RISK: State officials are alerting backcountry downhill skiers, snowboarders and others who venture into northern New York’s mountainous areas to be aware of the risk of avalanches.

_ WINTER STORM-AMTRAK: Amtrak is modifying service in the Northeast and Midwest because of winter storms moving through the region.

_ FATAL TRUCK CRASH: Authorities say two people have died after a tractor-trailer went off a highway and down an embankment in Rochester, hitting a municipal worker and another vehicle.

_ XGR--STATE BUDGET-TOWN FUNDING CUT: Towns around New York state are objecting to a budget proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that would cut $58 million in funding to local governments.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-NEW YORK UTILITIES: Major utilities in New York state have agreed to help federal workers who may be struggling to pay their electrical bills because of the partial government shutdown.

_ RESORT SUED: A luxury resort has been sued by a woman with a nut allergy who landed in the hospital after being served a veggie burger containing cashews.

_ LIMOUSINE CRASH-RECOVERED MONEY: A good Samaritan who found $8,000 on the side of the road has returned it to a woman whose husband died in a limousine crash in upstate New York.

_ LAW ENFORCEMENT-ILLNESS: Authorities still don’t know what caused 21 law enforcement officers to become ill after participating in a raid on a Niagara Falls apartment.

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BUSINESS

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TIFFANY-HOLIDAY SALES

NEW YORK — Tiffany & Co. says holiday shoppers and Chinese tourists spent less on its bling. SENT: 277 words.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-JAMES BLAKE

NEW YORK _ Some people get lots of invitations. James Blake gets the right ones. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 1080 words, photos.

_ PEOPLE-MORGAN FREEMAN-GRANDDAUGHTER: A man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of actor Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter in New York City.

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SPORTS

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BKN--NETS-MAGIC

ORLANDO, Fla. _ The Brooklyn Nets visit the Orlando Magic. Game starts at 7 p.m. With photos.

HKN--SABRES-CANUCKS

VANCOUVER, British Columbia _ The Buffalo Sabres close a three-game Western Canadian road swing at the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. EST. With photos.

HKN--ISLANDERS-CAPITALS

WASHINGTON _ Barry Trotz returns to face the Capitals for the first time since leading them to the Stanley Cup last season as the New York Islanders visit the defending champions. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. EST.

_ HKN--CAPITALS-HOLTBY: All-Star goaltender Braden Holtby is expected to start for the Washington Capitals on Friday night against the New York Islanders after missing two games with an eye injury. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 310 words, photo.

MMA--UFC-ESPN ERA

NEW YORK _ Years before UFC was worth billions, Dana White used to plead his case with ESPN for air time. This was no negotiation for a big-money rights package — the UFC president simply wanted highlights on “SportsCenter.” By Sports Writer Dan Gelston. SENT: 1058 words, photos.

_ BBO--MUNSON AWARDS: New York Mets 1969 World Series champion Ed Kranepool and Yankees manager Aaron Boone will be honored at next month’s Thurman Munson awards dinner.

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