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CONSERVATIVE SCHOLAR-CAMPAIGN FINANCE


NEW YORK - A conservative scholar behind a high-grossing film condemning President Barack Obama pleaded guilty Tuesday to making illegal campaign contributions to a U.S. Senate candidate in New York. Dinesh D’Souza, 53, of San Diego, entered the plea in federal court in Manhattan on the day his trial was to begin, admitting he had two close associates each contribute $10,000 to Wendy Long’s campaign with the understanding that he would reimburse them. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 450 words, photos.

COOPERSTOWN-OBAMA VISIT

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - The Baseball Hall of Fame is closed to the general public on Thursday for a special guest. President Barack Obama will be in Cooperstown to stress how tourism can lead to good-paying jobs, and a tour of the Hall of Fame is on his agenda. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

CHRISTIE-TRAFFIC JAMS

TRENTON, N.J. - A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie whose job included getting endorsements from mayors said Tuesday that he was “dumbfounded and disappointed” to learn that a northern New Jersey mayor was apparently targeted in a political payback plot orchestrated by Christie loyalists. The former aide, Matt Mowers, spoke to New Jersey lawmakers investigating the George Washington Bridge traffic jam scandal that’s engulfed the governor’s administration. By Angela Delli Santi. SENT: 510 words.

NYC TERROR-SUBWAY PLOT

NEW YORK - A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of an American citizen sentenced to life for his role in a foiled 2009 plot to bomb New York City’s subway system in a suicide attack. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.

WOMEN’S RIGHTS

ALBANY, N.Y.- A series of bills that would protect women’s rights at work, at home and against domestic violence are being reintroduced into the Senate after it was derailed last year over a contentious late term abortion proposal. By Josefa Velasquez. UPCOMING: 450 words by 5 p.m.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

ALBANY, N.Y.- The state Senate Health Committee will decide whether to allow medical marijuana to move to the next phase toward a vote in the Senate, where the bill’s sponsor says she has the votes needed to pass the measure. By Josefa Velasquez. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

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