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Report: Airbnb rentals illegal in New York

NYT: Nearly three quarters of New York’s Airbnb home rentals are illegal as they violate zoning and other laws, a report by the state’s attorney general says, threatening the burgeoning market

Photo: Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York attorney general, found nearly three-quarters of all Airbnb rentals in the city were illegal. Credit Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Report: Snowy owls shot at NY airport to protect planes

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has ordered wildlife specialists at area airports to shoot snowy owls, a source tells NBC New York.

At least three birds have been killed, a Port Authority source tells the New York Daily News, which first reported the story.

New type of cockroach found in US for 1st time

A species of cockroach that can withstand harsh winter cold has been confirmed in the United States for the first time, AP reports.

Scientists suspect the species Periplaneta japonica was likely a stowaway in the soil of ornamental plants used to adorn New York’s High Line park.

Photo: AP Photo / University of Florida

1 World Trade Center is tallest US building, experts rule
One World Trade Center in New York has been declared the tallest building in the United States, topping the Willis Tower in Chicago, an architectural organization ruled today.
The Associated Press reports that the tower built on the site of the 9/11 attacks stands at a symbolically important 1,776 feet tall including the 408-foot needle. It officially would have been considered 1,368 feet tall without the needle. The Willis Tower is 1,451 feet tall.
Photo: The Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, in Chicago is seen on March 12, 2008, left, and One World Trade Center in New York is seen on Sept. 5, 2013. (AP Photo)

1 World Trade Center is tallest US building, experts rule

One World Trade Center in New York has been declared the tallest building in the United States, topping the Willis Tower in Chicago, an architectural organization ruled today.

The Associated Press reports that the tower built on the site of the 9/11 attacks stands at a symbolically important 1,776 feet tall including the 408-foot needle. It officially would have been considered 1,368 feet tall without the needle. The Willis Tower is 1,451 feet tall.

Photo: The Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, in Chicago is seen on March 12, 2008, left, and One World Trade Center in New York is seen on Sept. 5, 2013. (AP Photo)

State of emergency declared as Northeast digs out from blizzard

Residents and officials are continuing to dig out from this weekend’s gusting winter storm that buried parts of the Northeast with up to 3 feet of snow.

President Obama has declared a state of emergency for Connecticut, which means federal money will be used to help state and local response efforts, NBC New York reports.

In Massachusetts, limited subway and bus service will resume at 2 p.m. today. Rhode Island’s public transportation is still suspended. In New York, a stretch of the Long Island Expressway has been closed through 5 p.m. in order to clear the road of snow and abandoned vehicles ahead of the Monday morning commute.

Follow updates on the blizzard recovery on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: The Long Island Expressway was impassable at Exit 61 on Feb. 9, 2013. (Anthony Quintano / NBC News)

New York governor signs gun legislation into law

New York Times: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a package of gun control measures, making New York the first state to change its laws in response to the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Cuomo signed the bill less than an hour after the State Assembly approved the legislation. The State Senate had approved the measure on Monday night.

New York Senate approves gun control bill

AP: The New York Senate has approved a gun control bill by a vote of 43 to 18. The bill targets assault rifles, high-capacity clips of ammunition and requires reports of the mentally ill who pose a threat to others with illegal guns. The Democrat-led Assembly is expected to pass the measure.


UPDATE: US House of Representatives passes partial Sandy relief bill
11:35 a.m. EST: The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to provide $9.7 billion in funding for the National Flood Insurance Program for victims of Superstorm Sandy. The bill is the 1st part of a $60 billion package that the House will finish considering on Jan. 15, NBC News reports.The bill now goes to the Senate, which plans to pass the bill by unanimous consent in an effort to send the bill to President Obama as quickly as possible.
10:27 a.m. EST: Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are considering a partial relief bill for victims of Superstorm Sandy. A vote is expected this morning. Watch the proceedings on BreakingNews.com.Photo: Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., left, joined by other New York area-lawmakers, express their anger after learning the House Republican leadership decided to allow the previous term of Congress to end without holding a vote on aid for Superstorm Sandy’s victims in Washington on Jan. 2, 2013. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

UPDATE: US House of Representatives passes partial Sandy relief bill

11:35 a.m. EST: The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to provide $9.7 billion in funding for the National Flood Insurance Program for victims of Superstorm Sandy. The bill is the 1st part of a $60 billion package that the House will finish considering on Jan. 15, NBC News reports.

The bill now goes to the Senate, which plans to pass the bill by unanimous consent in an effort to send the bill to President Obama as quickly as possible.

10:27 a.m. EST: Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are considering a partial relief bill for victims of Superstorm Sandy. A vote is expected this morning. Watch the proceedings on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., left, joined by other New York area-lawmakers, express their anger after learning the House Republican leadership decided to allow the previous term of Congress to end without holding a vote on aid for Superstorm Sandy’s victims in Washington on Jan. 2, 2013. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

Revelers plunge into icy waters to celebrate New Year
People around the world are jumping into icy oceans and lakes to celebrate New Year’s Day. The oldest “winter bathing club” in the United States, The Polar Bear Club, was founded on Coney Island in 1903 when it was believed that “a dip in the ocean during the winter can be a boon to one’s stamina, virility and immunity,” NBC News reports.
Photo: Swimmers in fancy dress take to the water to participate in the New Year’s Day Looney Dook swim at South Queensferry in Scotland on Jan. 1, 2013. (David Moir / Reuters)

Revelers plunge into icy waters to celebrate New Year

People around the world are jumping into icy oceans and lakes to celebrate New Year’s Day. The oldest “winter bathing club” in the United States, The Polar Bear Club, was founded on Coney Island in 1903 when it was believed that “a dip in the ocean during the winter can be a boon to one’s stamina, virility and immunity,” NBC News reports.

Photo: Swimmers in fancy dress take to the water to participate in the New Year’s Day Looney Dook swim at South Queensferry in Scotland on Jan. 1, 2013. (David Moir / Reuters)

60-foot whale stranded on NY beach
A 60-foot finback whale beached itself today in Queens, New York, blocks from homes devastated during Hurricane Sandy.
The whale, severely underweight even at about 60 tons, was alive, but its breathing was slowing, and it was not long for this world, rescuers told The New York Times.

“Unfortunately, this animal is so emaciated, there’s nothing we can do,” said Kim Durham, rescue program director for the Riverhead Foundation on Long Island, the region’s official rescuer of stranded marine mammals.

Photo: A 60-foot fin whale washed up on the Jamaica Bay beach at Breezy Point, Queens, on Wednesday. (Chang W. Lee/The New York Times)

60-foot whale stranded on NY beach

A 60-foot finback whale beached itself today in Queens, New York, blocks from homes devastated during Hurricane Sandy.

The whale, severely underweight even at about 60 tons, was alive, but its breathing was slowing, and it was not long for this world, rescuers told The New York Times.

“Unfortunately, this animal is so emaciated, there’s nothing we can do,” said Kim Durham, rescue program director for the Riverhead Foundation on Long Island, the region’s official rescuer of stranded marine mammals.

Photo: A 60-foot fin whale washed up on the Jamaica Bay beach at Breezy Point, Queens, on Wednesday. (Chang W. Lee/The New York Times)

2 firefighters shot and killed in New York state

Update, 12:25 pm ET - The gunman who ambushed the volunteer firefighters is dead, authorities say. More from AP.

News 10 NBC: Four firefighters were shot — two of them were killed — after responding to a fire in Webster, New York, early Monday. The other two firefighters are at the hospital being treated for their injuries.

Emergency crews were initially called to the area around 6 a.m. to respond reports of a structure fire. As the firefighters arrived, there was gunfire. Authorities say there is no active search for a shooter right now. Neighbors have been evacuated.

New York mass transit to shut down in preparation for Sandy

NBC New York: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that subways, buses and commuter rails will begin shutting down at 7 p.m. Sunday. Bridges and tunnels will close on a “case by case basis.”

The announcement comes as Hurricane Sandy roars towards the Northeast US; it is expected to make landfall early Tuesday near the southern New Jersey coast.

Photo: Commuters exit the Canal St. A, C and E subway station which was boarded up with plywood to help prevent flooding on Oct. 27 in New York City. (Mary Altaffer / AP)

NY court rules lap dancing isn’t art, should be taxed

A sharply divided NY state appeals court has ruled that because lap dances don’t promote culture in a community the way ballet or other artistic endeavors do, those businesses should not get a tax break.

AP reports:

The court split 4-3, with the dissenting judges concluding there’s no distinction in state law between “highbrow dance and lowbrow dance,” so the case raises “significant constitutional problems.”

Photo: Dancers Tori, left, and Michaela, center, relax before they entertain the lunch crowd at Nite Moves in Latham, NY, on May 7, 2003. (Times Union archive)

US marks 11th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

Thousands are gathered today in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

At Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, only the families of the more than 2,750 people who were killed are reading their names. In previous years, politicians have participated in the reading of the names, or have read from the Bible or recited passages from literature, NBC News reports.

Photo: 1 World Trade Center, left, the National September 11 Memorial, bottom left, and 4 World Trade Center, right, are bathed in light on Sept. 11, 2012, in New York. (Mark Lennihan / AP)

Mark David Chapman denied parole for 7th time
The man who killed John Lennon in 1980, Mark David Chapman, has been denied release from prison in his seventh appearance before a parole board, AP reports.Chapman shot Lennon outside the Manhattan apartment building where the former Beatle lived. He was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.Photo: Str New / Reuters

Mark David Chapman denied parole for 7th time

The man who killed John Lennon in 1980, Mark David Chapman, has been denied release from prison in his seventh appearance before a parole board, AP reports.

Chapman shot Lennon outside the Manhattan apartment building where the former Beatle lived. He was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Photo: Str New / Reuters