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

August 4, 2018

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

CAPITOL WATCH

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon are busy collecting endorsements from liberal groups ahead of next month’s Democratic primary — while Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins has picked up the socialist endorsement. By David Klepper Upcoming: 400 words by 2 p.m.

MEXICAN FAMILY-SAUCE BUSINESS

NEW YORK — Three generations of Mexican women make about 1,600 pounds of mole poblano a day in a small Brooklyn storefront. By Claudia Torrens. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-HARVEY WEINSTEIN

NEW YORK — Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers want a court to throw out sexual assault charges against him, citing reasons on Friday including friendly emails from a woman who accused him of rape. Lawyers for the former movie titan-turned-#MeToo villain filed notice they’ll seek dismissal of the case. By Jennifer Peltz and Michael R. Sisak. Sent: 800 words, photos.

TRUMP-LAWYER

NEW YORK — The court-appointed lawyer assigned to prevent prosecutors from seeing attorney-client privileged materials seized from President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer has proven to be the last word on how millions of items are designated. Attorneys for Michael Cohen, Trump and the Trump Organization have so far challenged none of her decisions. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 500 words, photos.

POLITICAL DONOR-ALLIED WALLET

NEW YORK — Federal authorities looking into the illegal sale of prescription drugs online are probing the business practices of payment processor Allied Wallet, according to a person with direct knowledge of the case. Allied Wallet’s CEO has donated millions of dollars to both political parties in recent years. By Jake Pearson and Jeff Horwitz. SENT:780 words, photos.

NRA LAWSUIT

ALBANY, N.Y. — The National Rifle Association is suffering grave financial harm that threatens its ability to pursue its advocacy mission because of a “blacklisting” campaign by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York regulators, the gun rights group said in a federal lawsuit. By Mary Esch. SENT: 470 words, photos.

KUSHNER COS-FIFTH AVE SKYSCRAPER

NEW YORK — The real estate company run by White House adviser Jared Kushner’s family has signed a deal to lease the office space at the money-losing Manhattan skyscraper that serves as the company’s headquarters. SENT: 270 words.

PLANTS OF NEW YORK

NEW YORK — Hundreds of New Yorkers are working with researchers to find and catalog wild plants in their city. They’re taking pictures with their smartphones as they walk the streets. Participants have already found invasive species, plants never documented before in New York City, and endangered native weeds. Results were reported Friday at a conference. By Emiliano Rodriguez Mega. SENT: 700 words, photos.

DATING APP KILLING

HARTFORD, Conn. — Only weeks before a nurse was slain and another woman was sexually assaulted on opposite sides of the country, a New York judge released the suspect without bail in a separate strangulation case — not knowing he had a violent criminal history involving women. By Dave Collins. SENT: 900 words, photos.

US SAME-SEX COUPLE-MARRIAGE LICENSE

ALBANY, N.Y. — An investigation will be conducted into a small-town clerk’s denial of a marriage license for a same-sex couple, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. SENT: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

— COLD CASE-MOB HIT: A member of the Genovese crime family has been arrested for his role in a 1997 stabbing death.

— MET OPERA LABOR TALKS: The Metropolitan Opera says it has reached labor agreements with two of its largest unions but has not said whether the deals will allow regular Sunday performances for the first time.

— KKK FLYERS-INVESTIGATION: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says an investigation is being launched into the distribution of Ku Klux Klan materials in several counties across New York this year.

— EDUCATION FUNDING ERROR: New York state education officials say they inadvertently shortchanged most school districts when distributing federal funding for teacher training last year, and gave charter schools more than their share.

— AIRPORT ABDUCTION: A 12-year-old Chinese tourist has been found safe in New York a day after her tour group reported her missing from a Washington-area airport.

— NEW YORK TORNADO: A tornado that touched down in Queens toppled at least 50 trees, crushed a car and broke a limb that hit a man.

— OFFSHORE WIND: An offshore wind developer is mapping the seafloor off southern New England to design two new wind farms.

— BROADWAY PROTEST CONCERT: Rosie O’Donnell and cast members from some of Broadway’s biggest musicals plan to serenade President Donald Trump on Monday — but from outside the White House in protest.

— FATAL CRASH-HIGH SPEED: State police in western New York say the driver of a motorcycle travelling more than 100 mph has died from injuries sustained in a crash.

— DRIVER TRAPPED-POWER LINES: Authorities say a driver was trapped in his car when power lines, poles and a transformer crashed down on a Long Island street.

— COLLAPSING BUILDING-DEMOLITION: Demolition crews are tearing down a pre-Civil War building in downtown Albany after it started collapsing.

— WOODSTOCK IMAGES: A collection of photos and movies from the 1969 Woodstock music festival have been posted online.

— BROOKLYN DELI-STABBING: Police say a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a 20-year-old woman at a Brooklyn deli has been arrested in Texas.

— WWI CENTENNIAL-NY SOLDIERS: A group of soldiers from a Syracuse-based New York Army National Guard unit are in Europe to commemorate the U.S. military’s role in World War I.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FASHION-CAT FASHION SHOW

NEW YORK — There were “meowdels” wearing couture and a cat-tastic crowd: The annual feline fashion show at The Algonquin Hotel had both felines and cat fans purring in approval. The event occurred Thursday night in Manhattan. It’s a fundraiser for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, which helps support more than 150 animal shelters and rescues in New York. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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CAR--IMSA-PARAPLEGIC RACER

Paraplegic race car driver Michael Johnson is determined to overcome his disability. Johnson and teammate Stephen Simpson won their first race as a team last month in the street tuner class of IMSA’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series. Johnson was paralyzed from the waist down in 2005 during a motorcycle race. The 25-year-old from Flint, Michigan, has worked hard to return to racing and hopes to compete in the Indianapolis 500 someday. By John Kekis. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

BBA--YANKEES-RED SOX

BOSTON — Rick Porcello pitched a one-hitter, Steve Pearce homered for the fourth time in two nights and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-1 Friday after manager Alex Cora’s ejection to open a season-high 7½-game lead in the AL East. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BBN-BRAVES-METS

NEW YORK — Ozzie Albies hit a tiebreaking double off Jacob deGrom, Anibal Sanchez pitched six effective innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 2-1 Friday night for their fifth straight win. By Larry Fleisher. SENT: 550 words, photos.

BBN-METS-MATZ

NEW YORK — The Mets placed left-hander Steven Matz on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a flexor pronator strain in his left arm. Matz and the team believe he will miss only one start. By Larry Fleisher. SENT: 300 words.

HKN--SABRES-SKINNER

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Forward Jeff Skinner on Friday is set to discuss the reasons behind agreeing to waive his no-trade clause a day after the Buffalo Sabres acquired him in a deal from the Carolina Hurricanes. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 625 words, photos.

FBN-JETS-RESILIENT JAMES

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jets offensive lineman Darius James overcame injury scares and being carted off the field twice at Auburn on his road to the NFL. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 850 words, photos.

FBN-GIANTS-ROSAS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Aldrick Rosas can’t have a repeat of last season if he wants to remain the New York Giants’ placekicker. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 585 words, photos.

CAR--NASCAR-WATKINS GLEN

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — A.J. Allmendinger knows his only chance to make NASCAR’s playoffs is to win a race, and the road course at Watkins Glen gives him his best shot. By John Kekis. SENT: 670 words, photos.

— HALL OF FAME-INDUCTION: Dogwood Stable President Cot Campbell is among the newest members of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

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