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NEW YORK — New York City’s crackdown on big, sugary sodas is staying on ice. A mid-level state appeals court ruled Tuesday that the city’s Board of Health exceeded its legal authority when it voted last year to put a 16-ounce size limit on high-calorie soft drinks served in restaurants, theaters, stadiums, sidewalk food carts and many other places. By David B. Caruso.

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NEW YORK — Hispanics make up nearly a quarter of New York City’s potential voters, and polls suggest that they have not yet lined up behind a single candidate, so their vote is up for grabs. “This is the great X-factor in this election,” said Democratic candidate Bill De Blasio, among the candidates who have been making frequent forays into Latino neighborhoods, shaking hands with voters and often greeting them in Spanish. By Claudia Torrens.

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NEW YORK — Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio unveiled the endorsement of entertainer and civil rights leader Harry Belafonte on Tuesday in the latest salvo in his fight to win over the city’s seemingly splintered black voters. De Blasio, the city’s public advocate, has surged to second place in the crowded Democratic field among all voters, according to a recent poll. But black voters remain divided among the four leading Democrats. By Jonathan Lemire.

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— QUINN-MAYOR: Quinn: It would be ‘cheeky’ to tell rival to quit


ALBANY — New York’s powerful ethics board with its record of secrecy moved Tuesday under a new chairman toward greater transparency and took aim at a confidentiality loophole that protects special interests. Good-government groups have said anonymous big money donors have used the loophole to hide behind to influence state government decisions and spending. By Michael Gormley.

— NY ETHICS-RESIGNATION: NY ethics board member Bulgaro resigns as expected


ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is sending an early warning that the government’s long-term finances rely on one-shot revenue raisers and some temporary tax increases and that some fiscal sleight of hand will make state finances look better just in time for the 2014 elections. By Michael Gormley.


NEW YORK — Business leaders, women’s groups and labor unions have joined forces in an effort to convince voters that former governor Eliot Spitzer would be a poor choice for New York City comptroller. The coalition plans to spend about $1.5 million on ads, direct mail and field work to get the word out.


UNDATED — A superstorm. A mile-wide tornado. A wildfire that killed 19 firefighters in seconds. These three crushing natural disasters, all in the past year, illustrate a new challenge facing policymakers: Should communities damaged by disaster rebuild in the same places, knowing the risks of the same thing happening again? Or should they encourage residents to move to safer ground, potentially wiping those places off the map? More Americans say they favor financial help for rebuilding than relocating, and both options draw even greater support among those hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy. By AP Director of Polling Jennifer Agiesta.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s attorney general has stepped in to help Fort Drum soldiers returning from overseas retrieve personal vehicles. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office says more than 176 military personnel found their cars and trucks had not been well maintained after being moved to other locations from storage in Watertown, near the installation in northern New York. Members of Schneiderman’s staff took possession of files and keys from now defunct Fort Drum Storage LLP last Friday and said at least 16 vehicles have been returned to owners. By Michael Virtanen.


NEW YORK — Newly filed court papers seek an early prison release for an ailing, once-prominent civil rights lawyer convicted of terrorism charges for helping a blind Egyptian sheik relay messages from behind bars. Lynne Stewart, who’s 73, will soon succumb to breast cancer, attorney Jill Shellow said in Manhattan court papers filed Monday. She asked her sentencing judge for a hearing to consider modifying her sentence to time served. By Larry Neumeister.


LINCOLN, Neb. — Iowa and Nebraska health officials said Tuesday that a prepackaged salad mix is the source of a cyclospora outbreak that sickened more than 178 people in both states. The Centers for Disease Control says 372 cases of the cyclospora infection, which causes diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms, have been reported in 15 states: Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey and Ohio.


PORTLAND, Maine — For biologists who have been studying birds in East Coast tidal marshes, Superstorm Sandy couldn’t have come at a better time. Just two months before Sandy pummeled New Jersey and New York last October, a research team completed the field work of a study looking at bird populations at risk due to the loss of tidal marshes from sea level rise. With that pre-storm data in hand, the researchers are now comparing the abundance of marsh plants and birds before and after Sandy in those same marshes, from Maine to Virginia. By Clarke Canfield.


MINNEAPOLIS — At least 10 suspected Nazi war criminals ordered deported by the United States never left the country, according to an Associated Press review of Justice Department data — and four are living in the United States today, including one in New York City. All remained eligible for public benefits such as Social Security until they exhausted appeals, and in one case even beyond. By Amy Forliti and Randy Herschaft.

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BOSTON — She’s yet to say whether she’ll run, but a group working to support Hillary Rodham Clinton’s prospective presidential bid has raised more than $1 million in June alone. By Steve Peoples.

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NEW YORK — A government lawyer said a former Goldman Sachs vice president tried to draw jurors into a “fantasy world” to fend off accusations that he violated securities laws, but a defense attorney countered that prosecutors had wrongfully accused his client in a case that grew from the collapse of the housing market six years ago. By Larry Neumeister.


NEW YORK — A California financial analyst provided inside information about a blockbuster deal between Microsoft and Yahoo to a portfolio manager at a hedge fund that’s become the target of a sweeping white-collar investigation, authorities said Tuesday. By Tom Hays.


NEW YORK — Coach Inc. reported a 12 percent drop in fourth-quarter profit as the upscale handbag maker’s North American business remained weak. The company also announced on Tuesday that two more executives were leaving the company.


NEW YORK — New York based Pfizer’s second-quarter net income more than quadrupled, helped by the sale of its animal health business. The world’s second-largest drugmaker beat Wall Street’s earnings expectations, though revenue continued to decline as patents expire on drugs that had once been blockbusters for the company.

— PFIZER-DRUG SETTLEMENT: Pfizer to pay $491M to resolve drug marketing case

— BAUSCH AND LOMB-VALEANT-ROCHESTER: Rochester braces for Bausch + Lomb job cuts

— COMMERCE SECRETARY-NY: US Commerce Secretary Pritzker sets Albany visit

— HESS-MARKETING SALE: Hess selling energy marketing business for $1.03B

— EARNS-NYSE EURONEXT-SUMMARY BOX: News Summary: NYSE Euronext 2Q profit up 38 pct

— EARNS-TAKE-TWO: Take-Two posts smaller 1Q loss, lower revenue

— LIECHTENSTEIN-TAX EVASION: Liechtenstein bank to pay $23.8M in NY tax case



NEW YORK — The hit Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” is losing its superhero but producers are holding open casting calls for anyone who wants to put on the red and blue suit. Reeve Carney, who has been playing the musical’s title character and his alter ego Peter Parker since the show began previews in late 2010, is leaving Sept. 15 and two casting calls will be held to find his replacement, as well as a future Mary Jane. By AP Drama Writer Mark Kennedy.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. The fee dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. took an odd turn when the cable giant announced it was turning off the broadcaster in three major cities, then quickly reversed the decision.

— HORACE GREELEY LETTERS-SALE: Horace Greeley letter archives selling for $45,000



MIAMI — Zack Wheeler pitches for the New York Mets on Tuesday night, as they try to take a second straight game from the Miami Marlins. Nathan Eovaldi starts.


LOS ANGELES — The New York Yankees (55-50)take to the road to meet the Los Angeles Dodgers (56-48) on Tuesday night. Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.39) gets the start for New York, opposed by Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.49). Gametime is set for 10:10 p.m.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants will put on shoulder pad for the first time since training camp opened, although it’s uncertain whether Hakeem Nicks will be a full go. He has been limited the last two practices. By Tom Canavan.


CORTLAND, N.Y. — With fans showing up by the thousands to catch a glimpse of Tim Tebow, the New York Jets were the talk of NFL training camps a year ago. The stands and the press box were packed, and the town of Cortland overflowed with visitors. With Tebow gone this summer, so is the buzz. And that’s not a bad thing for the Jets, whose focus is solely on football these days. By Dennis Waszak Jr.


UNDATED — USA Luge is giving its equipment a new look, with hopes of helping American chances at the Sochi Olympics and beyond. American sliders will be on re-engineered sleds for this Olympic season, with the team unveiling some elements of the new design on Tuesday. Lake Placid, N.Y.-based USA Luge partnered with Dow Chemical to start the process of building a faster, higher-tech sled in February 2012. The result, they hope, will be more medals. By Tim Reynolds.

— GIANTS-WILLIAMS: Giants make Williams work for starting LB job

— BILLS-MARIO WILLIAMS: Bills coach Marrone weary of Williams’ questions

— NYC MARATHON-KEFLEZIGHI: Keflezighi, Hall, Goucher to run NYC Marathon


— SEAPLANE CRASH: Cops: Small seaplane crashes in upstate NY, 2 hurt

— JODI ARIAS-STALKING ARREST: Authorities in New York, Pa., search for explosives in Arias Twitter death threat case

— BROADWAY MYSTERY: Stockbroker in Broadway fraud scheme pleads guilty to separate charges in Long Island case

— DEAN-SEX INVESTIGATION: Report: NYC high school dean had sex with 4 pupils

— PHYSICIAN DRUG CHARGES: NY prosecutor charges physician in drug case

— MEDICAL SCAM-ALERT: Scammers seek personal information from NY seniors

— FATAL CRASH: Police: Western NY woman dies in car accident

— MISSING IN LAKE: NY police: Body of Vt. man found in Lake Champlain

— CBP SUPERVISOR-CHILD PORN: CBP supervisor in NY admits having child porn

— GREAT LAKES-NY: NY regulators release 5-year plan for Great Lakes

— LAKE CHAMPLAIN STUDY: US-Canada study group releases flood report

— ARMED STANDOFF: Man jailed after armed standoff at his NY home

— NY TROOPER DIES: Gov. Cuomo to attend funeral for NY state trooper

— VEHICLE JUMPS CURB: Drugged-driving charges in NYC crash

— QUINN-POPE: Christine Quinn: Pope’s gay comments ‘terrific’

— COLLISION INVESTIGATION: Motorcyclist killed in crash with NYC bus

— NYPD OFFICER-QUOTAS: NYPD officer’s arrest quota lawsuit dismissed

— SUFFOLK POLICE-LAWSUIT: 2 file civil rights suit against Suffolk police

— TRAIN DEATHS: 2 people fatally struck by LIRR train in NYC

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