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Ticket me Elmo? NYC mulls law for impersonators
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City officials are turning up the heat on Elmo, Cookie Monster and Statues of Liberty impersonators - Times Square costumed characters who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists....
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Cuomo's biggest test is corruption probe handling
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Allegations that Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration meddled with his state anti-corruption commission are posing the greatest political test of his tenure and highlighting his skill at high-wire verbal gymnastics....
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NY commits $27 million to build wood heat industry
TROY, N.Y. (AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo has launched a $27 million initiative to build the market for high-efficiency, low-emissions wood heating systems in the state....
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5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics....
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NYC woman finds wedding dress lost after Sandy
NEW YORK (AP) -- A woman who thought she had lost her wedding dress when Superstorm Sandy destroyed her local dry cleaner got an unexpected anniversary gift - her gown, safe and sound....
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Artist's foundation sues over NYC hotel painting
NEW YORK (AP) -- A former owner of the Chelsea Hotel, for decades a famed artists' haunt, have removed and won't return a loaned Larry Rivers painting that hung in the lobby, the pop art pioneer's foundation said in a lawsuit Tuesday....
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2 NYC jail guards charged with smuggling drugs
NEW YORK (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged two New York City correction officers with trafficking cocaine and smuggling oxycodone and contraband into Rikers Island....
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NYU med center to get $1B in Sandy funding
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York University's Langone Medical Center is getting over $1 billion to repair damage from Sandy and protect against future storms....
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NYC teen pleads guilty in crash that killed 4 pals
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- A teenager who admitted smoking marijuana and speeding before crashing into a tree on a Long Island highway in 2012, killing four of his friends and splitting his new car in half, could spend as little as four years in prison following a plea deal reached Tuesday....
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Ex-NY councilman quickly convicted in bribery plot
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- A jury took only about 90 minutes Tuesday to convict former New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran of bribery charges in a scheme to buy a spot on the mayoral ballot for state Sen. Malcolm Smith....
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