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Mystery of Dead Conn. Birds Solved

Monday, January 26, 2009

Hundreds of dead birds fell onto homes and cars in parts of a Somerset County town this weekend.

Andrea Kipec, who lives in the southern part of Franklin Township, told the Courier News of Bridgewater that she counted more than 150 dead birds on her property. ...

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Pfizer and Wyeth Reach Buy-Out Deal

Monday, January 26, 2009

Drugmakers Pfizer and Wyeth reached a $68 billion buy-out deal today.

Pfizer will acquire Wyeth, paying about 50 dollars a share, according to early reports in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

The deal will help Pfizer cushion itself against a steep revenue decline expected ...

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Making School Meals Healthier

Monday, January 26, 2009

Governor Paterson’s plans to tax sugary soft drinks and outlaw trans fats are the latest in a series of anti-obesity measures. New York City banned trans fats in 2006, and encouraged bodegas to sell packs of carrots and apples. The city’s public schools have spent ...

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City's Manufacturing Sector Not Too Grim

Monday, January 26, 2009

America’s manufacturing sector is shrinking fast, as car companies and building materials suppliers lay people off. WNYC’s Ilya Marritz caught up recently with some Brooklyn industrial business owners, and found their outlook is not quite so bleak.

REPORTER: So, here’s a room full of welders and ...

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Conn. Budget Gets A Lift From Traffic Tickets

Monday, January 26, 2009

Connecticut officials can thank some lawbreakers for helping with the state's budget deficit, which continues was hit hard by declines in income and sales tax revenue.

State police say they issued nearly 78,000 speeding tickets last year, a 16 percent year-over-year increase. The rise in tickets ...

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Early Morning Fire Turns Fatal

Monday, January 26, 2009

Police say an elderly man is dead after an early morning fire at a Manhattan high rise apartment.

Firefighters responded to a fire in a 10th story apartment on East 80th Street. Police say an 82-year-old man was taken by EMS to Lenox Hill Hospital where ...

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9/11 Relatives Weigh In On GITMO Trials

Monday, January 26, 2009

Three families of firefighters killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11 want to meet with President Barack Obama to urge him to reverse his decision to suspend the trial of five detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

In a meeting with reporters at their attorney's office ...

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NJ Pushes Conductor Texting Ban

Monday, January 26, 2009

A New Jersey Bill seeks to ban train conductors and bus drivers from text messaging or sending e-mails while their vehicles are moving. The bill is in response to the fatal Los Angeles train commuter crash that occurred last fall.

Only emergency electronic communication would be ...

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Conn. Lawmakers Push To Ease Marijuana Laws

Monday, January 26, 2009

Two Connecticut lawmakers say the state is spending too much money prosecuting people caught with small amounts of marijuana, and they're calling for fines instead of arrests.

State Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney and Senator Toni Harp -- both Democrats from New Haven -- hope the ...

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NYPD: Cell Phone Robberies on the Rise

Monday, January 26, 2009

Stand clear of the closing doors--especially if you have a fancy new cell phone. The NYPD reports that thefts of expensive cell phones have increased sharply over the past three months. Assistant Chief James Hall says passengers who are holding their electronic gadgets out in ...

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300,000 May Be Unprepared for Digital

Monday, January 26, 2009

About 300,000 New Yorkers still use analog "rabbit ear" antennae to get their TV signals, according to the mayor. He stood with several local TV news anchors at City Hall to urge these holdouts to get digital signal converter boxes, before the February 17th deadline. ...

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Torre Swings At A-Rod In Book

Monday, January 26, 2009

A new book due out next week from former Yankees manager Joe Torre is causing a stir among the Bronx Bombers.

According to media reports, in his book titled The Yankee Years Torre takes some harsh swings at Alex Rodriguez and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

In ...

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Counting the Homeless

Monday, January 26, 2009

More than 3,000 volunteers are expected to brave the city's freezing temperatures tonight to help count the homeless. It's the fifth time the count will be done citywide. According to statistics, there's been a 25 percent drop in street homelessness since 2005. On WNYC's Brian ...

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NYC Eyes $3.4 Billion Budget Boost From D.C.

Monday, January 26, 2009

New York City could realize $3.4 billion dollars in Federal aid this year if Congress passes the Obama's Administration's $825 billion dollar Economic Recovery Plan. Mayor Bloomberg, Senator Schumer and Congressman Rangel outlined the details of the plan last night.

The bail-out details come the same ...

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No Trip to Davos for Governor Paterson

Monday, January 26, 2009

After an outburst of criticism, New York's governor has backed off of his plans to attend a business forum at a Swiss ski resort. Governor Paterson said yesterday he was going to the World Economic Forum in Davos, to bring attention to the problems governments ...

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Federal Stimulus Package Boosts City Budget

Monday, January 26, 2009

In a local update on the federal stimulus package, $3.4 billion in aid is expected for New York City.

Mayor Bloomberg joined Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Charles Rangel, who heads the House Ways and Means Committee, last night at City Hall.

The Mayor was cautiously optimistic.

BLOOMBERG: ...

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Paterson Apologizes for Vacillating on Senate Appointment

Saturday, January 24, 2009

After weeks of vacillating in the media, Governor Paterson has appointed upstate and Hudson Valley Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the US Senate Seat vacated by now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

REPORTER: Appearing with Gillibrand Friday, the governor apologized to New Yorkers, admitting that he might ...

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Bruno Indicted on Corruption Charges

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Former State Senate Majorty Leader Joseph Bruno has been indicted on federal charges of public corruption.

REPORTER: US Attorney Andrew Baxter says Bruno used his office to defraud the people of New York.

BAXTER: The 8-count indictment includes several conflict of interest charges. It accuse Bruno of ...

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McCarthy Blasts Gillibrand's Voting Record on Guns

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Governor Paterson is getting some blowback after naming upstate congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to take the US Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

REPORTER: Long Island congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy says she's offended by the appointment of Gillibrand, a conservative Democrat from an upstate family ...

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Salazar Tours Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Restoring Ellis Island could be exactly what the economy needs, in the view of the new US Interior Secretary. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Secretary Ken Salazar toured both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island yesterday at the invitation of New Jersey Senator Robert ...

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