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Few immune to the fantasies inspired by Powerball's fat $400 million jackpot

With the Powerball jackpot now at $400 million,

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Giant jackpots seduce even unlikely gamblers.

With the Powerball jackpot now at $400 million, many are powerless to resist the temptation of a ticket.

"I don't think gambling is right. I don't think I should gamble. But when it's a big jackpot like this you just want to be in it," said Robin Taylor, 54, a disabled home care attendant from New Brunswick, N.J. Taylor only plays when...

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Westchester photographer reported missing in Mexico

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A Westchester family is asking the public to help find their missing kin who was lost while traveling through Mexico last month.

Harry Devert, 32, was a month into his motorcycle trip through Mexico when he disappeared on Jan. 25, according to his mother, Ann.

Devert is a photographer and planning to write a book about his travels from New York to the edge of South America and seemed...

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Devo co-founder dies at 61

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(Credit: Bob Casale died February 17, 2014. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images))

A founding member of the new wave band Devo died on Monday at 61 from heart failure, his brother and bandmate announced Tuesday on the band's Facebook page.

Bob Casale was the band's rhythm guitarist who appeared on their most well-known songs and albums, including the its 1978 debut "Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!" and 1980's "Freedom of Choice," which featured their biggest hit, "Whip...

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Get into the Winter Olympics spirit with these drinks specials

The Sochi Gold at World Bar

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The Winter Olympics may be winding down soon, but it's not too late to get into the spirit of the festivities. These Manhattan bars and restaurants are serving up specialty cocktails and deals in honor of the Sochi games. But you can't wait too long -- these specials are available now until the closing ceremony on Sunday.

The World Bar

Located fittingly across from the United Nations,...

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Cook this @home: L'Ecole's Arctic char with curried yogurt

L?Ecole?s Arctic Char with Curried Yogurt, Cucumbers and

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For a bright, flavorful pick-me-up this dreary winter, Chef Candy Argondizza has the recipe for you.

The vice president of culinary and pastry arts at the International Culinary Center recently added a sautéed arctic char with curried Greek yogurt sauce to the menu at L'Ecole (462 Broadway, 212-219-3300, www.LecoleNYC.com), the school's in-house restaurant. And though it's made by gourmet...

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Winter may be depressing, but there's no need to be depressed

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It's not you: It's winter.

This winter's siege of frigid temps and frequent dumps of snow, plus often-icy roads and sidewalks at a time darkness descends early, have left lots of us feeling glum, even if we don't have a clinical case of depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) -- depressive symptoms confined to a particular time of year.

Therapists often counsel depressed people...

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Vogel: Moving to Florida? Consider yourself warned

Yes, more people perhaps will smile and say

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Any day now, New York will officially lose its standing as the nation's third-most populous state to Florida, according to the Census Bureau.

Ten percent of those permanently flying, driving or hitching south are from New York. How do most people decide to abandon our state -- and great city -- for the land of George Zimmerman and Gov. Rick Scott? After interviews, I've discovered it's usually...

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New Yorkers: Do your taxes now

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It's not too late to add "file taxes early" to your list of New Year's resolutions -- or tack it onto the pre-existing plan to stop procrastinating this year.

New York City tax experts say there are a slew of good reasons to file for your returns ASAP, as opposed to waiting until the April 15th deadline.

"The sooner you file, the sooner you get your refund," said Joe Falanga, managing...

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Hailee Steinfeld gears up for '3 Days to Kill'

Kevin Costner and Hailee Steinfeld in "3 Days

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You might think that journeying from an Oscar-nominated performance to playing second-fiddle in a Kevin Costner flick over the span of a few years is a weird career move.

But it made perfect sense for 17-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, who started her feature film acting career earning all sort of accolades as Mattie Ross in the Coen Brothers' 2010 "True Grit" adaptation, and can be seen beginning...

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Harlem boosts in homes and biz help put it on the map

Harlem has become one of Manhattan's hottest neighborhoods.

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Quietly, Harlem has become one of Manhattan's hottest neighborhoods.

Rent prices for Harlem apartments have gone up over the last year as home hunters found an abundance of inventory going for relatively reasonable rates, real estate experts said.

The nabe's popularity is furthered by an onslaught of new stores and restaurants as well as its uniqueness and history, according to residents,...

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