Daniel Trotta

Microsoft misses, China slows, Japan sees deflation

Microsoft reported disappointing earnings on Thursday and plans to cut up to 5 000 jobs as US jobless claims rose more than expected.

Obama takes office with world economy in crisis

Barack Obama took office on Tuesday with bank shares tumbling, the car sector teetering and a world economy in tatters.

New York hails pilot who landed plane on river

New York has fêted its latest hero, the pilot who landed a distressed US Airways jetliner on the Hudson River, saving all 155 on board.

US Senate approves $700bn rescue plan

The US Senate has approved a -billion bailout of the financial industry, putting pressure on the House of Representatives to approve the plan.

Marilyn Monroe sex film to be kept private

A 15-minute film of Marilyn Monroe engaging in oral sex with an unidentified man will be kept from public view by a New York businessman who has bought it for ,5-million, the broker of the deal said on Monday. Monroe is clothed and the man's head remains out of the frame for the entire 15 minutes of the film.

Ledger died of prescription drug abuse, say officials

Australian actor Heath Ledger's death was an accident caused by the abuse of prescription drugs, six of which were found in his body, the New York City medical examiner's office said on Wednesday. Ledger (28), renowned for his role as a gay cowboy in the 2005 movie Brokeback Mountain, was found dead in bed at his Manhattan apartment on January 22.

September 11 as emotive as ever

New Yorkers are doing all they can to preserve the way September 11 is commemorated, and with it falling on a Tuesday for the first time since 2001, the day is another trigger of tragic memories. New York City will mark the event as it has for the past five anniversaries with a ceremony punctuated by the reading of names of the 2 750 innocent people who died at the World Trade Centre.

NY gallery cancels naked chocolate Jesus

A Manhattan art gallery cancelled on Friday its Easter-season exhibit of a life-size chocolate sculpture depicting a naked Jesus, after an outcry by Roman Catholics. The sculpture My Sweet Lord by Cosimo Cavallaro was to have been exhibited for two hours each day next week in a street-level window of the Roger Smith Lab Gallery in Midtown Manhattan.

New York bans most ‘bad’ fats from restaurants

New York City banned most artificial trans fats from restaurants on Tuesday, forcing national fast-food chains and mom-and-pop diners alike to phase out artery-clogging oils from their cooking. The law will require restaurants including McDonald's to eliminate trans fats by July next year.

New York complaints find new life as art form

What are you complaining about? If you're a New Yorker, it's often about noise and trash and occasionally about politics or morals. Those are some of the concerns expressed over the past 300 years by citizens writing to their mayor, as unearthed by an artist who mined the city's archives to create the New York City Museum of Complaint.

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