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James Hossack

New York’s smokers still fuming, five years after ban

Five years after New York became one of the first major world cities to ban smoking in public places, nearly a quarter of a million people have kicked the habit and tobacco-related deaths have dropped significantly. The feared economic impact on bars and restaurants failed to materialise and cities from London to Hong Kong have since followed suit.

New York Governor Spitzer quits over sex scandal

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned from office on Wednesday, succumbing to threats of impeachment and mounting media pressure over his involvement in a career-ending prostitution scandal. Speaking to reporters in New York, Spitzer said he had failed to live up to the standards expected of public officials.

Bowie, Beastie Boys headline at Webby Awards

David Bowie spent less than a minute on stage, the Beastie Boys asked if anyone could fix one of their computers and Manchester United boasted they had given the world David Beckham. The somewhat surreal occasion was a gala ceremony in New York on Tuesday for the 11th annual Webby Awards, the ''Oscars of the internet''.

Millions to watch Sopranos swan song

Hit American Mob drama The Sopranos begins its final run of episodes this Sunday with millions expected to tune in for the climax of one of most successful series in United States television history. Speculation is rife about who will get ''whacked,'' who will be ''made'' and who will become a ''guest of the government''.

Naomi Campbell: More à la mop than à la mode

Supermodel Naomi Campbell began a week of cleaning bathrooms and mopping floors at the New York City Sanitation Department on Monday as part of a community service order for throwing a cellphone at her maid last year. "She will be sweeping, cleaning, mopping. We have windows that need to be cleaned," said Sanitation Department deputy chief Albert Durrell.

Naomi Campbell: More à la mop than à la mode

Supermodel Naomi Campbell began a week of cleaning bathrooms and mopping floors at the New York City Sanitation Department on Monday as part of a community service order for throwing a cellphone at her maid last year. "She will be sweeping, cleaning, mopping. We have windows that need to be cleaned," said Sanitation Department deputy chief Albert Durrell.

Gates still top dog but rising billionaires catching up

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is still the richest man in the world, but his lead over other entrepreneurs is narrowing, according to <i>Forbes</i> magazine's list of billionaires published on Thursday. United States investment guru Warren Buffett's personal fortune climbed to $52-billion, halving the software mogul's lead.

Hurricane Rita grows stronger

Storm-weary residents prepared to flee devastated New Orleans on Wednesday as powerful Hurricane Rita threatened the United States Gulf Coast three weeks after Katrina's deadly passage. US meteorologists upgraded Rita early on Wednesday to a powerful category-three category on the five-level hurricane-intensity scale.

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