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BC-NY--New York News Digest , NY

December 31, 2018

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NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y._ Authorities say a 68-year-old woman and her 4-year-old granddaughter have died following a house fire on Long Island. SENT: 162 words, with photo


NEW YORK _ It’s an Auld Lang Syne of the times: For the first time, a police drone will be keeping watch over the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York’s Times Square. The unmanned eye-in-the-sky is the latest wrinkle in the New York City Police Department’s ever-evolving plan to keep revelers _ and “Rockin’ Eve” host Ryan Seacrest _ safe. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 645 words, photos.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ New minimum wage requirements will take effect in 20 states and nearly two dozen cities including New York City, affecting millions of workers. The state wage hikes range from an extra nickel per hour in Alaska to a $1-an-hour bump in Maine, Massachusetts and for California employers with more than 25 workers. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 900 words, photos.


_MTA-SUBWAY FATALITIES: Transportation officials say a passenger fatally struck Saturday in Manhattan is the fourth person this month to die after walking between moving subway cars.

_NEW YEAR’S EVE BALL: The organizers of New Year’s Eve in Times Square have tested out the iconic crystal ball ahead of Monday night’s celebrations.

_CAR OFF LEDGE: The driver of a car that fell about 30 feet (10 meters) off a ledge near a suburban New York train station has died.

_ TV INTERVIEW-ARREST: A New York bartender’s TV interview led to his arrest after sheriff’s deputies recognized him as the suspect in a grand larceny case.

_FARMLAND PROTECTION GRANTS: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a record $35 million has been awarded to 40 farms across the state to protect 13,000 acres of land.

_ WWII VETERAN LAWMAKER: A New York politician who’s believed to be one of the last World War II veterans serving in a state legislature is about to retire.





NEW YORK_ The New York Jets fired coach Todd Bowles Sunday night after four seasons, ending a disappointing tenure that began with plenty of promise but finished with lots of losses and no playoff appearances. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1000 words.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. _ The New England Patriots claimed two victories in one game. Actually, it only took them about a half. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 1000 words, photos.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. _ Dak Prescott threw a 32-yard fourth-down touchdown pass to Cole Beasley on a play that was reversed by video replay and added a winning 2-point conversion pass to Michael Gallup with 1:12 to play as the playoff-bound Dallas Cowboys beat New York 36-35 on Sunday. SENT. By Tom Canavan. 600 words, photos.


EVANSTON, Ill. _ At first glance, Northwestern’s game with Columbia on Sunday appeared little more than a tuneup following a nine-day layoff. Coach Chris Collins, though, had no such expectations. Vic Law had 21 points, five rebounds and five assists, Ryan Taylor also scored 21 and Northwestern overcame a sluggish start for a 75-54 victory over Columbia. By John Jackson. SENT: 645 words, photos.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. _Iggy Brazdeikis scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half, and No. 2 Michigan eventually pulled away for a 74-52 victory over Binghamton on Sunday. By Noah Trister. SENT: 800 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Raiquan Clark scored 23 points and LIU Brooklyn used a late rally to get past Fordham for a 60-57 win in the final nonconference game for both teams on Sunday night. SENT: 168 words.


Justin Wright-Foreman scored 34 points, leading five into double figures and Hofstra defeated Drexel 89-75 on Sunday, winning a second straight in conference play and nine in a row overall. SENT: 187 words.


Mike Morgan scored 25 of his 27 points in the second half, including six straight in a key late run, and Cornell defeated Navy 61-50 on Sunday. SENT: 250 words.


The promotional videos for the PFL Championship nearly rival the hype for the Rockettes: “Six weight classes, six world championship fights, plus the biggest name in women’s mixed martial arts.” Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison can take another step toward one day staking claim to that title in her headline fight at PFL 11 on Monday night. Harrison takes on Moriel Charneski in a 155-pound at the Hulu Theatre in Madison Square Garden. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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