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February 21, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Six established New York City hotels -- the Iroquois New York, Hotel Chandler, Hotel Belleclaire, the Cosmopolitan, the Gershwin and the Washington Jefferson -- have banded together to form Triumph Hotels. In honor of the new brand, guests who stay at least three nights have their choice of a free neighborhood experience. The deal: It's called the Key to New York City package and features six add-on experiences based on where hotels are located. Guests may go on one of the outings or choose one-way car service between the hotels and any of the city's three airports.
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NATIONAL
February 19, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A man accused of building homemade bombs to wage jihad in New York City against U.S. military personnel and others has pleaded guilty to a state terrorism charge, officials announced Wednesday. Jose Pimentel, also known as Muhammad Yousuf and as Yusuf, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of attempted criminal possession of a weapon as a crime of terrorism -- a state law passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack in New York. He is expected to be sentenced to 16 years in prison but could have received 15 years to life if convicted on the original charge, a high-level weapons possession offense as a crime of terrorism.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Heeeere's Jimmy! Jimmy Fallon made his debut Monday as the new host of "The Tonight Show" in an inaugural broadcast that was heavy on star power and sought to capitalize on the franchise's new digs in New York City after 42 years on the West Coast. "It's a historic day. There's nothing better than being here as 'The Tonight Show' returns to 30 Rock," said Adam Bloom, 38, of New York, as he waited in line to attend the new show's very first taping at NBC's headquarters in midtown Manhattan.  PHOTOS: Jimmy Fallon's debut on 'The Tonight Show' History loomed large throughout the broadcast, which opened with a sequence directed by Spike Lee featuring Fallon at famous New York landmarks.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
This year's Super Bowl was less than super for hotels in New York and New Jersey. Hotel occupancy rates for Super Bowl weekend were 61% in Bergen County, N.J., 79% in New York's Times Square area and 75% in New York's uptown and midtown areas, according to the hotel consulting and analytics firm STR Analytics. By contrast, hotels reached 99% occupancy in New Orleans during the 2013 Super Bowl and 91% in Indianapolis during the 2012 Super Bowl, according to STR Analytics. One possible reason for the lower occupancy rates this year is that the area in New York and New Jersey has more hotel rooms to offer, making sellouts less likely, said Christopher Heywood, a spokesman for NYC & Co., the city's tourism organization.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Newly signed Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka might have saved a few bucks if he had signed with the L.A. Dodgers instead of the New York team. The 25-year-old reportedly paid a cool $200,000 to rent a 787 Dreamliner to fly from Tokyo to New York City - with less than a handful of passengers and his toy poodle - to be on time for spring training, according to media reports. Reports say he rented the Japan Airlines plane that landed at JFK Airport on Sunday, its 200 or so seats pretty much empty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | Emily Alpert Reyes
Backyard beekeepers are urging the city to allow Angelenos to keep hives at home, joining the ranks of cities such as New York and Santa Monica that already permit the practice in residential areas. The Los Angeles City Council is slated to vote Wednesday on whether to ask city officials to draw up a report on allowing beekeeping in residential zones, a possible first step toward permitting backyard beekeeping. Under Los Angeles city codes, beekeeping isn't allowed in residential zones, according to city planning officials.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Maggie Estep, novelist and spoken word artist, has died at age 50, the New York Times reported. Estep, who published seven books after her start on stage, suffered a heart attack two days ago at her home in Hudson, N.Y., and died Wednesday at a hospital in Albany. Estep was part of a generation of spoken word artists who had a surprisingly wide cultural impact. She appeared on HBO's "Def Poetry Jam" (an online clip includes explicit language) and MTV, and was a star of MTV's 1994 spoken word tour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
When Max Wong first "outed" herself to her neighbors, she wondered when the police would be knocking on her door. Until then, she had kept her passion a secret. But Wong said most of her Mount Washington neighbors were simply puzzled. Beekeeping? Illegal? In Los Angeles? "It's the yummiest way of breaking the law," said Wong, one of the backyard beekeepers who is pushing for Los Angeles to allow apiaries in residential zones. In a city so proud of its orange trees and urban greenery, "beekeeping should never have been illegal," she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo, whose early international singing career took off after appearing with the New York City Opera, will appear at a concert this month to commemorate that company, which declared bankruptcy and ceased operations last year. "New York City Opera Orchestra and Stars Celebrate: 70 Years of the People's Opera" is scheduled to take place Feb. 21 at New York City Center. The concert is to feature selections from several operas, with Domingo slated to sing "Nemico della Patria" from "Andrea Chenier.
WORLD
February 11, 2014 | By Tom Kington and Richard A. Serrano
ROME - The FBI and Italian police said they had broken up a global heroin and cocaine trafficking ring Tuesday after stumbling upon a fledgling alliance between a Calabrian Mafia group and associates of New York's notorious Gambino crime family. Twenty-four arrests were made in Italy and the United States after a two-year operation that relied on both wiretaps and an American undercover agent named by investigators as "Jimmy," who is said to have infiltrated the Gambinos and fooled Italians into believing he was a heroin dealer.
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