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New York hosts its first gay weddings

The wedding bells rang out ceaselessly across New York yesterday as dozens of gay couples rushed to tie the knot after the state became the sixth to sanction same-sex marriage.

New York poised to enact same-sex marriage law

The focus of the gay rights struggle in the United States shifted yesterday to the New York state legislature in Albany, where hundreds of supporters and opponents of a draft bill to give full marriage rights to gay and lesbian New Yorkers jammed corridors and hallways as a final vote went down the wire.

Leading article: Hot dogs

Ah, the courting rituals of the American male. First the gridiron legend Brett Favre, then the rap musician Kanye West, now the ambitious Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner. All three have been accused in the last few months of sending lewd pictures of themselves to women, via the social media.

Two arrested in alleged plot to attack New York synagogue

A sting operation saw two men arrested in New York yesterday accused of plotting to attack a major synagogue, after they purchased three guns and a grenade from an undercover policeman.

Bloomberg's $3bn vision for New York's waterfront

A plan unveiled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg aims to put landlubber New Yorkers back in touch with the resource that surrounds them – the city's sometimes glittering but too-often-ignored waterfront, all 520 miles of it.

Snow costs US businesses $1bn but jobs pressure eases

US businesses have been counting the cost of the snowstorm that swept through the north-east on Boxing Day, making roads impassable and grounding thousands of flights.

Travel alerts as blizzards hit US eastern seaboard

A swath of America's eastern seaboard was last night in the grip of an intensifying winter storm that was dumping heavy snow as it swept northwards.

Gordon Brown delivers veiled swipe at Tony Blair

Gordon Brown issued a thinly veiled swipe at Tony Blair today as he hit out at politicians who fail to keep promises to step down from office after two terms.

Cameron's gift list leaves Clegg wanting

Spare a thought, or better a present, for Nick Clegg. He may have the trappings of power – his own office in Downing Street, civil servants to do his bidding and a referendum on electoral reform, but he's still not worth more than £140 to anybody.

The Business On... Steven Rattner, Co-founder, Quadrangle Group

Isn't he the "car tsar"?

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