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City Tourism on Track to Break Record

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Recession be damned. That seems to the sentiment of tourists heading to New York. The city is on track to surpass the record of 47 million visitors in 2008.

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Bloomberg Dismisses Gov. Paterson's Mosque Proposal

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Standing next to Gov. David Paterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday dismissed the governor's proposal to resolve public outcry over a proposed mosque near Ground Zero by offering developers state land if they move the project.

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Felled Tree in NJ Causes Major Delays

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Thousands of NJ Transit and Amtrak riders are facing delays because of signal problems. An Amtrak spokesman says a tree brought down overhead electric wires and knocked out signals near Hamilton, N.J., early Wednesday morning.

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Financial 411: Fed to Continue Economic Stimulus

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Federal Reserve took action Tuesday, in an attempt to keep the economic recovery from slowing down any further.

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Governor Paterson Offers Alternative Space for Ground Zero Islamic Center

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Gov. David Paterson is offering developers of an Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero state land, if they agree to move the mosque further away from the World Trade Center site.

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New Willis Avenue Bridge Sidles Up to Old Bridge

Monday, August 09, 2010

The new Willis Avenue replacement bridge floated up the river to its current location in upper Harlem at the end of July, but was raised off the barge Monday morning.

The old bridge was built in 1901 and connects the Major Deegan Expressway in the South Bronx to the FDR Drive in Harlem.

About 70,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day. The Department of Transportation says the new bridge will be open to traffic this fall.

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Financial 411: Cultural Institutions in a Struggling Economy

Monday, August 09, 2010

The American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan can't pay its debts, and is struggling to survive. It's one of many cultural institutions facing challenges in a tough economy when it comes to getting access to credit.

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Patricia Neal, Award-Winning Actress Dies

Monday, August 09, 2010

The actress Patricia Neal grew up in a mining town in Kentucky, yet by 21 she had won a Tony for her Broadway performance in Lillian Hellman’s “Another Part of the Forest.” The husky-voiced actress went on to win the Academy Award in 1963 for her role alongside Paul Newman in the film "Hud." Neal had lung cancer and died Sunday at her home on Martha's Vineyard. She was 84.

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Comptroller Finds New Yorkers Have $10.5 Billion of Unclaimed Money

Friday, August 06, 2010

The state comptroller wants to give New Yorkers $10.5 billion. That's how much the state is holding in unclaimed funds from people's forgotten bank accounts, decades-old insurance policies and uncashed tax refunds, according to state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

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Financial 411: The State of the Economy

Friday, August 06, 2010

The U.S. Labor Department released a weak jobs report on Friday -- a sign of what experts say may be a slowdown in the nation's economic recovery. According to the report, the nation lost 131,000 jobs last month. That dip is mostly due to the loss of temporary jobs created by the U.S. Census.

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Financial 411: The Internet and Your Privacy

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Every time you surf the web, companies install tracking devices on your computer that collect all sorts of information about the way you search and shop. It's a fast-growing business, and you may not even know that you're being tracked.

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Senate Passes One-Year Hydrofracking Moratorium

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The New York Senate passed a one-year moratorium on the controversial method of gas drilling known as hydrofracking.

WNYC's Amy Eddings speaks with ProPublica's Abraham Lustgarten who has written about the bill and hydrofracking.

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Financial 411: Barnes & Noble and the Future of Bookselling

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

New York-based Barnes & Noble is up for sale.

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A-Rod Joins 600-Homer Club

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The milestone is no longer a millstone for Yankee Alex Rodriguez, who hit his 600th home run Wednesday against the Blue Jays in the Bronx.

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New York's Declining Obesity Rate Bucks the National Trend

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

A new report from federal health officials has found obesity is still on the rise across the country. But New York is bucking that trend.

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New York's Declining Obesity Rate Bucks National Trend

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

A new report from federal health officials has found obesity is still on the rise across the country. But New York is bucking that trend.

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Conde Nast May Move to New World Trade Center Site

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Conde Nast Publications may move to the World Trade Center.

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Wyclef Jean May Launch Presidential Bid in Haiti

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

From Brooklyn to the presidential palace? That might be what rapper-turned-activist Wyclef Jean has in mind for his native country of Haiti.

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Conde Nast May Move to New World Trade Center Site

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Conde Nast Publications may move to the World Trade Center. That's according to an e-mail to employees that was obtained by WNYC, which said Conde Nast is "in active negotiations" to move to 1 World Trade Center, the building formerly known as the Freedom Tower.

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Morrie Yohai, Creator of Cheez Doodles, Dies at 90

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

The man who created Cheeze Doodles, the crunchy, tube-shaped orange snacks, has died. Morrie Yohai's son, Robbie, confirmed that his father died of cancer at his Long Island home in Kings Point on July 27 at the age of 90.

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