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ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York is quietly building one of the nation’s largest computer databases of medical records, a system that when finished will allow patients and doctors alike to see complete health histories in one place and promises to save millions in costs by avoiding redundant tests and unneeded hospital admissions. It’s a big - and expensive - example of a broader effort nationally to advance medicine from paper to computer files. By Michael Virtanen. SENT: 638 words.

POLITICIANS-CORRUPTION PROBE

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A state senator accused of trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot says he didn’t do it - and if he did, he was lured into it by federal agents. Sen. Malcolm Smith’s trial begins this week in White Plains, in the midst of his re-election campaign in Queens. By Jim Fitzgerald. SENT: 519 words, photos.

ISRAEL PARADE

NEW YORK -New York’s 50th Israel Day Parade up Fifth Avenue featured plenty of people and floats on the ground, as well as a prototype of an Israeli spacecraft. The 35,000 marchers included New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, plus Israeli diplomats and members of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 109 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m., photos.

OBIT-KATZ

PHILADELPHIA - Lewis Katz, who made his fortune in the parking lot business and went on to buy basketball’s New Jersey Nets, hockey’s New Jersey Devils and The Philadelphia Inquirer, has died in a plane crash. He was 72. SENT: 133 words and photos, writethru UPCOMING.

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