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New York Says 64% of Airbnb Rentals Are Illegal

Attorney general intends to take action against room rental service

(Newser) - The majority of Airbnb offerings in New York City are illegal, the state's attorney general argues in an affidavit filed today, ahead of a court hearing with the start-up tomorrow. In January, the AG's office examined the site's more than 19,500 Big Apple offerings, and found... More »

NY Rail Crash Engineer Has 'Severe Sleep Apnea'

NTSB probe: William Rockefeller had undiagnosed sleep problems

(Newser) - An engineer driving a speeding commuter train that derailed last year , killing four people, had a sleep disorder that interrupted his rest dozens of times each night and said he felt strangely "dazed" right before the crash, according to federal documents released today. Asked if he was clearheaded enough... More »

One Dead in Mall Carbon Monoxide Leak

Long Island incident caused by piping problem: officials

(Newser) - A carbon monoxide leak in a Long Island mall has left a restaurant manager dead and 27 others sick. Police found themselves dizzy and nauseous after responding to a call last night about an injured worker at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station. Authorities evacuated three restaurants, News 12... More »

New York Looks to Lighten Up Pot Laws

Cuomo will OK limited medical marijuana; 21st state to allow it

(Newser) - Not to be outdone by the kids out in Colorado , New York state is getting around to revisiting its draconian marijuana laws. As the New York Times reports, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to take executive action this week that would legalize medical marijuana. It being New York, the move... More »

New York Losing Spot as 3rd Most Populous State

Florida on verge of usurping it due to immigration, economic trends

(Newser) - Look out, America: The one state with its own Fark tag is about to be the third most populous in the nation, knocking New York down a peg. Official population figures won't come out until Monday, but the New York Times has a story today predicting that the two... More »

Why Politicians Don't Get Mass Transit

Ray LaHood wants better infrastructure after crash, but it'll never happen

(Newser) - In the wake of the train disaster in the Bronx , Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took to MSNBC and called on lawmakers to invest in America's "50-year-old transit systems." But when it comes to public transit, that plea will probably fall on deaf ears. "Mass transit is... More »

Sandy Survivors to Light Up Coast Tonight

East Coast marks 1-year anniversary of storm

(Newser) - One year later, the Jersey shore will be lit up to mark today's anniversary of Superstorm Sandy . Residents of a dozen shore cities will stand along the coast, shining flashlights, at sundown tonight. That's about the time Sandy made landfall, Reuters reports. More on the anniversary:
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NY GOP Woos Trump: Run for Governor!

The Donald seems mildly interested

(Newser) - Goodbye, Donald Trump, fake presidential candidate. Hello Donald Trump, fake gubernatorial candidate! Some New York Republicans want the Donald to take on Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014, in what they admit is a desperate ploy, the New York Post reports. "There is only one prospective candidate who could run... More »

Giffords to Attend 1st Gun Show Since Shooting

To promote background checks

(Newser) - A gun show may seem like the last thing a shooting victim would want to attend, but Gabrielle Giffords won't be at the Saratoga Springs Arms Fair tomorrow to promote firearms—the former Arizona congresswoman is going to promote stricter gun control laws. New York's gun shows are... More »

NYC Inmates Cost Nearly $168K Per Year

That's almost as much as four years of Ivy League tuition

(Newser) - In New York, the annual cost of one inmate is almost as much as four years of Ivy League tuition: $167,731. That's $460 per day for an average of 12,287 prisoners, and it's quite a bit higher than what other big cities spend: $47,063 a... More »

How a Fake Yogurt Shop Took Down Fake Reviewers

19 companies agree to stop deceptive practices in New York

(Newser) - Fake reviews are a known problem online—but New York has managed to crack down on them using an equally fake yogurt shop. After a yearlong investigation, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this week announced that the state has reached settlements with 19 companies; they'll stop with the... More »

Manhunt on for Suspect in Deadly NY Office Shooting

Accused of killing 1, injuring another

(Newser) - A "massive hunt" is under way for a man police say opened fire at a New York office yesterday morning, killing one and injuring another before escaping the scene. Sang Ho Kim, upset "over a bad business deal," allegedly shot at an employee and the store owner... More »

Sandy Left NY Island 54% Less Sandy

The hurricane has left Fire Island vulnerable to future storms, finds new study

(Newser) - Miami Beach isn't the only one running low on sand —a new study has found more than half of the sand on New York's Fire Island was washed away during Hurricane Sandy, LiveScience reports. Though 18% of the barrier island's sand has been replenished, the... More »

NYC Building Plans Separate Entrances for Rich, Poor

Wants those who live in affordable housing to enter through alley

(Newser) - Yes, this is the year 2013, and yet: A planned luxury tower on Manhattan's Upper West Side may have two separate entrances, one for the affluent people living in its waterfront condos and one for the less well-to-do folks living in its 55 low-income units. The developer is looking... More »

Price for New York's Skinniest Townhouse: $3.25M

Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection there

(Newser) - What do you think about spending your days in a home that's just 8 feet, 4 inches at its widest? Someone apparently thought the idea was worth $3.25 million, because that's how much New York City's narrowest townhouse sold for recently, the New York Post reports.... More »

2nd Body Recovered in Hudson Boat Accident: Cops

Believed to be 'best man' Mark Lennon

(Newser) - Searchers have pulled a second body from the Hudson River, which police believe to be that of Mark Lennon, 30, who has been missing since he was thrown from a boat after it crashed on Friday , ABC News reports. The first body found in the water yesterday is believed to... More »

WWII Airman Who Crashed in '44 Finally Going Home

Dominick Licari's recently IDed remains to be buried in New York

(Newser) - Dominick Licari will finally be laid to rest beneath the grave marker that has carried his name for nearly 70 years. The World War II airman's bone fragments and dog tags—found last year on the Papua New Guinea mountainside where his plane crashed in 1944—will touch down... More »

On NY School's Summer Reading List: 30+ Typos

Students advised to read 'The Great Gypsy,' Emily Bonte

(Newser) - Good news, students of Hempstead Public Schools: You won't be wading through F. Scott Fitzgerald's version of that Leo DiCaprio movie this fine summer vacation. Rather, you'll be searching endlessly for a tome called The Great Gypsy—at least according to the district's summer reading list,... More »

Here's Who Gets Your Starbucks Tips

Court says baristas and shift supervisors can split them, but not assistant managers

(Newser) - New York's highest court has weighed in on a feud over the Starbucks tip jar. Two suits were in question. In one, baristas argued that shift supervisors should be banned from sharing the cash because state law prohibits "employers and their agents" from access to tips for waiters... More »

NY Archdiocese Covers Workers' Birth Control

...Despite Cardinal Timothy Dolan's fight against Obama rule

(Newser) - The country's top Catholic bishop hasn't taken kindly to ObamaCare's call for employers to fund birth control—but his own archdiocese has been paying for the coverage for years, the New York Times reports. For more than a decade, the Archdiocese of New York, headed by Cardinal... More »

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