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

December 17, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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CUOMO-2019 AGENDA

ALBANY, N.Y. _ Gov. Andrew Cuomo has outlined his agenda for 2019, laying the groundwork for tackling longstanding issues ranging from legalization of recreational marijuana to fixing New York City’s crumbling subway system. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.

NUNCHUCK BAN

NEW YORK _ A federal judge in Brooklyn has struck down New York State’s ban on nunchucks that was put in place amid the popularity of Kung Fu movies of the 1970s. It was successfully challenged by a college professor at SUNY Maritime College who developed his own martial arts style and sued so he could legally teach the technique to his twin sons. By Deepti Hajela. Upcoming 450 words by 4 p.m. Photos.

STUDENTS ARRESTED-VIDEO

ALBANY, N.Y. _ Two high school students have been charged with making a terroristic threat for posting videos in which they act out school shootings. The felony arrests raised criticism Monday of police overreach and violation of the First Amendment. By Mary Esch. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4:30 p.m.

OPPORTUNITY ZONES-KUSHNER

WASHINGTON _ A real estate investment firm co-founded by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, is betting big on the administration’s Opportunity Zone tax breaks but isn’t that interested in steering its investors to the poorest, most-downtrodden areas that the program seeks to revitalize. By Jeff Horwitz and Stephen Braun. SENT: 1032 words, photos.

STATUE OF LIBERTY-ARREST

NEW YORK _ The woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to protest the border separation of children from parents says the images gave her nightmares. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

GOOGLE-NEW YORK

NEW YORK _ Silicon Valley is becoming Silicon Nation. Google announced Monday it will spend more than $1 billion to build a new office complex in New York City that will allow the internet search giant to double the number of people it employs there. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 676 words, photos.

DOG-DIPLOMA

ALBANY, N.Y. _ A golden retriever service dog has received an honorary diploma from Clarkson University for his dedication to helping his owner earn her degree. UPCOMING: 200 words by 4 p.m. With photo.

OYSTER BAR-PEARL

NEW YORK _ A lucky diner says he happened upon a pearl while eating an oyster dish at a famous New York City restaurant. SENT: 239 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MAYOR-ALLEGATIONS: Police have arrested two college students for damaging a statue of Frederick Douglass during an attempted theft in upstate New York.

_ UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER PRESIDENT: The University of Rochester has chosen University of Wisconsin-Madison provost Sarah Mangelsdorf as its new president.

_ FAMILY-MURDER-SUICIDE: Authorities have released the names of the couple and their 12-year-old daughter who died in a murder-suicide inside their upstate New York home.

_ BODY IN RIVER-SLAYING: Police say they’re looking for an ex-convict who’s wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a man whose body was found in an Adirondack river.

_ TUNNEL-WREATH CONTROVERSY: And the winner is ... the “N″ or the “A″?

_ POLICE CAR HITS PEDESTRIAN: Authorities say a police cruiser jumped a curb, hit a pedestrian and struck a building while responding to a call in New York City.

_ BIRD COUNT: New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting some events to help people participate in Audubon’s 119th annual Christmas Bird Count.

_ ECONOMIC INCENTIVES HEARING: The New York state Assembly will examine the effectiveness of economic development programs meant to boost technology jobs.

_ MAPLE SYRUP DAY: Maple syrup has its own sweet holiday.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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YAEL STONE-GEOFFREY RUSH

NEW YORK _ “Orange Is the New Black” actress Yael Stone alleged actor Geoffrey Rush engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior when they starred in “The Diary of a Madman” in 2010. SENT: 343 words, photo.

_ FREDERICK DOUGLASS STATUE DAMAGED: Police have arrested two men for damaging a statue of Frederick Douglass during an attempted theft in upstate New York.

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SPORTS

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BKN--SUNS-KNICKS

NEW YORK _ The Phoenix Suns visit the New York Knicks. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

HKN--ISLANDERS-AVALANCHE

DENVER _ The New York Islanders start a four-game trip Monday night against Mikko Rantanen and the Colorado Avalanche. Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon are first and second in scoring this season. The third member of their line, captain Gabriel Landeskog, is also among the leaders. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time is 9 p.m. EST.

_ BBA--YANKEES-HAPP: Left-hander J.A. Happ and the New York Yankees have finalized a $34 million, two-year contract.

_ HKN--DEVILS-SCHNEIDER: The New Jersey Devils have placed goaltender Cory Schneider on injured reserve with an abdominal strain.

_ ADIRONDACKS-SKI TOURING: New York officials are taking public comments on proposed design standards for ski touring trails in the Adirondacks.

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