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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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Janison: Mayor de Blasio's school decision hits rough weather

A child holds an umbrella as she walks

(Credit: A child walks to school during a snowstorm on Feb. 13, 2014 in New York. (John Moore/Getty))

Trying to help defend Mayor Bill de Blasio’s controversial decision to open public schools Thursday, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña fueled skepticism with an odd weather report of her own.

Standing alongside the mayor during a late- morning snow briefing, she said: “And by the way, just coming down here, it has totally stopped snowing. It is absolutely a beautiful day out there right now.”

At...

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The best and worst theater productions of 2013

matilda cast

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Except for the unusually large number of Shakespeare plays, 2013 was a typical year in terms of hits, misses, standouts and the occasional disaster or two.

THE BEST

1 Matilda Although it inexplicably lost the Tony Award for Best Musical to the far inferior “Kinky Boots,” “Matilda” is an incredibly intelligent, heartfelt and entertaining work that, after achieving critical and popular...

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Nor'easter headed to NYC for the holiday week

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(Credit: Baby, it's cold outside. (Getty))

Thanksgiving travelers in the New York City can expect a most unwelcome guest this holiday: A Nor'easter expected to hit the region at full force on the busiest traveling day of the year.

The storm, which the Weather Channel named Winter Storm Boreas, will reach New York City Tuesday evening and last until Thursday. New York City will face up to four inches of rain and wind gusts up to 50...

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