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

December 20, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WEINSTEIN

NEW YORK _ A New York judge on Thursday declined to dismiss sexual assault charges against Harvey Weinstein, rejecting the disgraced film producer’s fiercest push yet to have his indictment thrown out. It was a win for prosecutors, whose case had been on shaky ground, and the MeToo movement, which was represented in court by several actresses supporting Weinstein’s accusers. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 831 words, photos; will be updated.

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LIMOUSINE CRASH

ALBANY, N.Y. _ Federal safety investigators say their attempt to get to the bottom of the nation’s deadliest transportation wreck in nearly a decade is being stymied by a prosecutor in upstate New York. By Chris Carola. UPCOMING: 530 words by 3 p.m.

TRUMP BUSINESS-LAWSUIT

NEW YORK _ A federal judge has ruled that people who brought a lawsuit against President Donald Trump, his company and his children can remain anonymous for now out of fears for their safety, noting that it is “without precedent” that Trump has used his position and platform to impact pending court cases. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.

_ TRUMP FOUNDATION-INVESTIGATION: A New York judge has signed off on a deal to close President Donald Trump’s embattled charity and give about $1.7 million in remaining funds to other nonprofits.

IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN’S SHELTERS

Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed most of the 14,300 migrant children in its care in detention centers and residential facilities packed with hundreds, or thousands, of kids. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 1075 words, photos, video.

HKN--SENATORS-TRIAL

BUFFALO, N.Y. _ Former Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee pleaded guilty Thursday to harassing a 19-year-old male hotel shuttle driver. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 457 words.

NEW JERSEY TRANSIT-OVERHAUL

SUMMIT, N.J. _ Gov. Phil Murphy signed bipartisan legislation Thursday that aims to make New Jersey Transit more responsive to commuters and overhaul how the embattled agency is run. By Mike Catalini. SENT: 422 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ FARM TRUCK-FATAL CRASH: Police in upstate New York say a serious crash has left one person dead and another with life-threatening injuries.

_ DEAD INFANT-NYC HOTEL: A Delaware mother is grieving after the death of her 4-month-old son, who was found cold and unresponsive at a New York City hotel.

_ CRASH-MAN KILLED: New York State Police say a 76-year-old New Hampshire man has died in a two-vehicle crash near the Canadian border.

_ TROOPER DRAGGED: State police say a trooper escaped with minor injuries after he was pinned between two vehicles during a traffic stop.

_ ROAD RAGE HOMICIDE: A western New York man convicted of murder in a fatal road rage shooting has been sentenced to 21 years to life in prison.

_ TEENS KILLED-FATHER ARRESTED: The mother of the 18-year-old woman who was shot and killed in Virginia along with her cousin says the teens had fled the shooting suspect’s Florida home about a week before.

_ BUFFALO-AFFORDABLE HOUSING: A more than $30 million project underway in Buffalo will provide affordable and supportive housing in a neighborhood on the city’s east side.

_ FARM TO SCHOOLS: New York state has announced $1.5 million in grants to support farm-fresh food in schools around the state.

_ DRINKING WATER CONTAMINANTS: A state council has recommended maximum drinking water contaminant levels for industrial chemicals that have turned up in Hoosick Falls, Newburgh and other communities.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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YE--THE YEAR COMEDY ATTACKED ITSELF

NEW YORK _ 2018 was the year a pair of comedians shook up stand-up world with ferocious attacks from either side of the world on comedy itself. By Mark Kennedy. SENT: 931 words, photo.

MEDIA-MORNING TV

NEW YORK _ A year after morning news shows at CBS and NBC abruptly lost male anchors Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer in sexual misconduct scandals, the “Today” show has done appreciably better weathering the storm. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 842 words, photo.

DANCE-ALVIN AILEY

NEW YORK _ The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates its 60th anniversary this season, and it’s marking the moment by looking back at its late founder, who grew up in poverty in the rural South and created one of the most visible dance companies in the world. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1118 words, photos, video.

_ OBIT-PETER MASTERSON: Peter Masterson, the playwright, filmmaker and actor whose credits ranged from co-writing the Tony-winning musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” to directing the movie adaptation of “The Trip to Bountiful,” has died.

_ AIRPORT GUN-JULZ SANTANA: Rapper Juelz Santana has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for trying to get a loaded gun onto a plane at a New York-area airport.

_ WOODSTOCK ANNIVERSARY: Officials in Sullivan County in upstate New York say they’ll install dozens of dove statues to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair.

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SPORTS

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BKN--STREAKING NETS

NEW YORK _ It was only two weeks that the Brooklyn Nets, without their leading scorer or the ability to win close games, were mired in an eight-game skid and seemingly headed for another lost season. Now they’ve won an NBA-best seven in a row, and what once seemed a certain lottery appearance might just be a playoff one. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--PACKERS-JETS PREVIEW

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. _ Sam Darnold has been a fan of Aaron Rodgers for years and wouldn’t mind following in his footsteps on the field. And, on the small screen. The New York Jets rookie quarterback watched film of the Green Bay Packers star while he was developing his own skills as a signal caller in high school, in college at USC and even now as a pro himself. Darnold also appreciates Rodgers’ acting skills in TV commercials. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--BILLS-PATRIOTS PREVIEW

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. _ For nine straight years New England’s final few weeks of the regular season have included the celebration of an AFC East title and typically an accompanying first-round bye in the playoffs. The Patriots can lock up a 10th consecutive division title this week with a win or tie against Buffalo. But they are very much in a fight to avoid playing in the wild-card round for the first time since 2009. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m. EST. For Weekend Use.

FBN--GIANTS-COLTS PREVIEW

INDIANAPOLIS _ Andrew Luck has a one-track mind. With two games left to play, the Colts quarterback insists he pays no attention to the playoff possibilities, the scoreboard or even other team schedules. Instead, he’s focused on the only thing that truly matters this weekend _ making sure Indianapolis closes out its home schedule with a victory over the New York Giants on Sunday. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos.

BKC--SYRACUSE SKID

SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ His head covered mostly by a hoodie to shield his emotions after a second straight home loss, Syracuse point guard Frank Howard could barely be heard as he responded to questions about what went wrong. And that was in a locker room where one could have heard a pin drop. By John Kekis. SENT: 7833 words, photos.

HKN--ISLANDERS-KNIGHTS

LAS VEGAS _ The New York Islanders visit the Vegas Golden Knights.

SOC--MLS HOME OPENERS

MLS announced home openers Thursday for all 24 teams Thursday. SENT: 235 words.

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