Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New York. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Kiley Armstrong at 212-621-1670 in New York City or Michael Hill in Albany at 518-458-7821.
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NEW YORK — William Bratton, whose tenure as commissioner of the New York Police Department in the 1990s was marked by a steep decline in crime and clashes with then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, has been chosen to lead the nation’s largest police department again, mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. Bratton is being named to lead the NYPD as it tries to maintain a historic drop in crime and an extensive counterterrorism program, even as its tactics have come under increased scrutiny. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 858 words, photos.
NYC TRAIN DERAILMENT
NEW YORK — It’s sometimes called highway hypnosis or white-line fever, and it’s familiar to anyone who has driven long distances along a monotonous route. A man driving a Metro-North Railroad commuter train that went off the rails Sunday in New York, killing four passengers, experienced a momentary loss of awareness as he zoomed down the tracks, according to his lawyer and union representative. Their accounts raised questions about just how widespread the problem is in the transportation industry and what can be done to combat it. By Jennifer Peltz and Sam Hananel. SENT: 1244 words, photos, audio.
ALBANY, N.Y. — Two start-up insurers in the New York health exchange, including one promising unlimited telemedicine, say customer queries have been rising rapidly and they expect enrollment spikes by the new Dec. 23 deadline for coverage starting in January. Separately the state reports thousands more applications and insurance plan enrollments in the past week. By Michael Virtanen. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.
RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS-MEDICAID FRAUD
NEW YORK — More than a dozen Russian diplomats and their spouses living in New York City have been charged in a $1.5 million Medicaid fraud. The diplomats were charged in a complaint unsealed on Thursday in federal court in Manhattan. By Tom Hays and Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 450 words by noon.
NEW YORK — Fast-food workers and labor organizers in New York and around the country are set to turn out in support of higher wages. By Candice Choi. SENT: 745 words, photos. Updates planned; timing uncertain.
— ADVERTISING COMPLAINT: NY settles complaint over child beverages ad
— NY COMPTROLLER-OLYMPICS: NY pushes Sochi Games advertisers on gay rights
— MENORAH VANDALISM: 2 teens charged with vandalism of LI menorah
— JACQUELINE KENNEDY-BIRTH RECORDS: Jackie Kennedy’s NY birth records going to Boston
— FATAL BEATING: Man found bound, fatally beaten in his NYC home
— FATAL BAR BRAWL: Upstate NY man sentenced for fatal bar brawl
— TAX BREAK: NY registration drive for STAR property tax breaks
— ATTORNEY-MONEY SCHEME: Upstate NY attorney arrested in financial scam
— METH-CHICKEN WINGS: Police: NY pair was cooking meth, not chicken wings
— SHOTS FIRED: Western NY man arrested after firing at police
— CAR IN CANAL: NY woman whose car crashed in Erie Canal has died
— SUSPECT-BIKE CRASH: Suspect tries to flee on bike, hits NY police car
— HOSPITAL UNION VOTE: Nurses at upstate NY hospital join union
— FDR-DIGITAL DATABASE: FDR library-museum’s digital database hits the Web
— MOOSE HIT BY CAR: Moose hit by car on NYS parkway
— PARAGLIDER-FATAL CRASH: NYC man dies in paraglider crash in upstate river
— VAN BUREN HONORED: NY National Guard to honor President Van Buren