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

June 8, 2018

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PARIS — Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef and citizen of the world who inspired millions to share his delight in food and the bonds it created, was found dead in his hotel room Friday in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions. He was 61. CNN confirmed the death, saying that Bourdain was found unresponsive Friday morning by friend and chef Eric Ripert, and the company called the death a suicide. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, video.




— BOOKS-BOURDAIN: Anthony Bourdain’s book imprint will be discontinued after the remaining works under contract come out.


NEW YORK — A series of seemingly authoritative assertions in recent weeks about the shape and scope of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference has helped define it in the public eye, generating countless headlines and cable chyrons about the ongoing saga that has shadowed President Donald Trump’s White House. They were all made by Rudy Giuliani, the president’s attorney, who has used a media blitz to frequently set — and later move — the goalposts of the investigation, making public declarations about the probe to color its perception among voters and lawmakers, all while confident that Mueller will never speak up to correct him. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


NEW YORK — A civilian appointed to help monitor New York Police Department probes of religious and political activity after a controversy over the department’s surveillance of Muslim communities says there are fewer requests for the investigations in the year since he began his work. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.


MONROE, N.Y. — A bungalow suddenly burst into flames at a camp in upstate New York, sending four 18-year-old students from a Brooklyn yeshiva to the hospital with burns, a school official said Friday. Sent: 270 words, photos.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse University suspended 15 members of a fraternity following the release of a video showing pledges using racial slurs and simulating a sexual assault of a disabled person, lawyers for the students said Friday. SENT: 285 words.


ALBANY, N.Y. — The parents of a 34-year-old man who died at a state-run facility for the disabled are urging New York lawmakers to require such facilities to report cases of abuse, neglect or unexplained deaths to 911. Christopher Blair was found dead in his room at the Valley Ridge facility last April after complaining of difficulty breathing the day before. By David Klepper. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.


— DEADLY CRASH-LONG ISLAND: State police say three teenagers were ejected and killed when a 15-year-old girl lost control of a stolen SUV and crashed while joyriding down a Long Island highway

— NEW YORK OFFICIALS-SEXUAL HARASSMENT: A woman who says she was sexually harassed by the former head of the New York state forensics office has filed a federal discrimination complaint against the state.

— CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER-CANCER: Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer says he has “only a few weeks to live” because of an aggressive form of cancer.

— TATTOOS FOR CHARITY: A New York City tattoo shop says will donate all proceeds made off a selection of tattoos to Alex’s Lemonade Stand for a special event.

— MANHOLE FIRE: Firefighters have responded to a bustling area of New York City where a fire burst out of a manhole.

— CUOMO-PUERTO RICO: New York’s governor is calling for a federal investigation into the U.S. government’s response to the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico.

— GRANT BIOGRAPHER-LECTURE: An award-winning author of a biography of Ulysses S. Grant is giving a talk on the Civil War hero at the very place where the nation’s 18th president died in 1885.

— GENESEE BREWERY UPGRADES: The Genesee Brewery in Rochester has a new brewing system that the company says will improve the quality of its beer.



NEW YORK — Fears of a trade war have given a boost to some of the smallest companies on the market as well as some of the biggest technology companies, but they’ve squeezed almost everything in the middle. By Marley Jay. SENT: 400 words, photos.



NEW YORK — U.S. stocks are turning higher as consumer products companies like Monster Beverage and Procter & Gamble rise, but technology companies are add to their losses from the day before. By Marley Jay. SENT: 690 words, photos

— VERIZON-CEO: Verizon’s CEO is retiring and will be succeeded by its current chief technology officer, who is the former CEO of Ericsson.



NEW YORK — Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles face a daunting task at Sunday’s Tony Awards — anchor the telecast as first-time hosts, show off Broadway’s season without a clear juggernaut like “Hamilton” and articulate the theater community’s embrace of the #MeToo movement while not forgetting the nominees. By John Carucci and Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos, video.


NEW YORK — Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Ne-Yo on the state of R&B music and how he has grown as a husband and father on his new album, “Good Man,” released Friday. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 1,00 words, photos. Eastern.


NEW YORK — As Kim Kardashian West put it to her 60 million-plus followers on Twitter, the call she made to Alice Marie Johnson “will forever be one of my best memories.” It was the reality star and makeup mogul who brought the 63-year-old Johnson first word of her freedom after more than two decades in federal prison on 1996 drug convictions related to a Memphis-based cocaine trafficking operation. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.



NEW YORK — Masahiro Tanaka (7-2) starts for the streaking Yankees and Jacob deGrom (4-0) for the reeling Mets in the first game of New York’s annual Subway Series. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

— RAC-BELMONT-JUSTIFY: Justify turned in another strong gallop Friday in his final preparation for a Triple Crown bid in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes.

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