NY reports 7.6% August unemployment

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York labor officials report the state’s unemployment rate ticked up to 7.6% in August from 7.5% a month earlier.

The state Department of Labor says the rate rose in the state outside of New York City from 6.8% to 6.9%.

The rate for New York City was 8.6%, up from 8.4% in July.

Overall, the state’s jobless rate was a point lower than the 8.6% reported for August 2012.

The national rate was 7.3%, down from 8.1% last year.

The labor department says manufacturing and government continued to lead in job losses, with gains seen in service sectors

The federal government calculates the state rate partly based on a monthly telephone survey of 3,100 households in New York.

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11 more private colleges join tuition pact

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Cornell University, Princeton University and Dartmouth College are among 11 private schools that have joined the Say Yes to Education program best known for providing high school students a tuition-free path to college.

Say Yes founder George Weiss said Wednesday that the new additions bring to 54 the number in the Say Yes Higher Education Compact, whose members waive tuition for eligible students.

Say Yes began by working with small groups of students but has shifted to work with entire cities. In Syracuse and Buffalo, any public or charter school graduate can get a scholarship.

The newly added colleges also include Hamilton, Pomona and Rhodes colleges; Paul Smith’s College of the Adirondacks; Vanderbilt, Rice and Denison universities; and Sewanee: The University of the South.

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iOS 7, iPhone tips and tricks

ANICK JESDANUN | AP Technology Writer

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple’s new iPhones and iOS 7 operating system for mobile devices are packed with new features, although not of all them are readily apparent. I’ve had a chance to learn a few tricks in the week I spent with both the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S, which come with iOS 7 installed.

Here are five things to know if you download the software on one of Apple’s older mobile devices starting Wednesday or buy a new iPhone starting Friday. The update is available for free for the iPhone 4, 4S and 5 models, the iPad 2 and later, the iPad Mini and the iPod Touch released last year. You’ll need about 3 gigabytes of free storage.



Many of the improvements added to iOS 7 are delivered after swiping from various edges of the screen. This redesign is meant to make it easier to navigate, but there is no guide for knowing when and how to swipe. Fortunately, you can still use an iPhone the traditional way, by tapping on an icon or button, even if you don’t learn all the new ways to swipe.

As a general rule of thumb, keep swiping from various edges to see what happens. If you discover something neat, remember it for next time. Swiping may produce different results if you’re in the lock screen, the home screen or an app.

Here’s a guide to the basic

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New York man sharpens pencils for $35 a pop


Someone just paid David Rees, of Beacon, N.Y., $35 to sharpen a pencil.

“I think people think: ‘Wow, I can’t believe he actually did it,'” Rees said. “I wasn’t sure what would happen when I sent this guy my money.”

Now before you write him off as some con-artist whittling away on pre-packaged No. 2s from a farmhouse upstate you should know Rees is a sharp guy.  He considers himself an artisanal pencil sharpener.

“Internet commenters have definitely made this argument before,” Rees said. “Now, a pencil is a completely transparent communication tool. There’s no secret to it.”

As for his pencils, he began sharpening those after leaving a job as a political cartoonist to work for the 2010 Census, where he spent all day recording his findings with a No. 2 pencil.

“I thought there’s got to be a way to get paid to sharpen pencils for people,” he said.

1,804 flawlessly sharpened mostly No. 2 pencils later, Rees has penned a book on his art form, collected an arsenal of different sharpeners, and taught classes to students who sharpen better than he does.

“I’m always really simultaneously happy for them and always really intimidated,” he said, “like please don’t go into business against me. You’re going to crush me.”

But after two years of collecting pencil shavings with tweezers for his customers, Rees is nearing his breaking point.

When Rees started, he hoped every busted tip would lead the writer to pay for a sharpening. Instead, most customers order David’s pencil points

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US unemployment benefit applications rise


WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 309,000. But the data was distorted for the second straight week by reporting delays.

The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average fell 7,000 to 314,750, the lowest in nearly six years.

Applications plummeted two weeks ago when California and Nevada were unable to report all their data because of computer upgrades in both states.

A government spokesman says those states reported all the applications that came in last week. But backlogged data from two weeks ago may elevate the figures in the coming weeks, he said.

The broader trend in applications has been favorable, signaling fewer layoffs. The four-week average fell 6 percent in the two months before the computer upgrades distorted the figures.

While layoffs are down, companies have yet to rapidly step up hiring. Employers have added an average of just 155,000 jobs a month since April. That’s down from an average of 205,000 for the first four months of the year.

That’s a big reason the Federal Reserve on Wednesday held off slowing its $85-billion-a-month in bond buying. Those purchases are intended to keep mortgage and other longer-term interest rates low and encourage more borrowing, spending and growth.

The economy grew at a modest 2.5 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter. That’s too slow to generate hiring strong enough to rapidly lower the unemployment rate, which is a still-high 7.3 percent four years after the Great

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United to let lucky travelers fly on $0 tickets


United Airlines said on Friday that it will honor the tickets it accidentally gave away for free.

The decision is good news for people who snapped up the tickets on Thursday after United listed airfares at $0. Many customers got tickets for $5 or $10, paying only the cost of the Sept. 11 security fee.

The mistake was an especially good deal for any passengers who bought tickets for travel within the next week. For instance, a Houston-to-Washington Dulles flight for next weekend would have cost $877, according to United’s website on Friday.

Airlines have posted so-called mistake fares before. They generally decide on a case-by-case basis whether they’ll honor the ticket. On Friday, United Continental Holdings Inc. said it was honoring the tickets “based on these specific circumstances.” On Thursday, United said there was an error in filing the fares to its computer system.

United would not say how many tickets it accidentally gave away, or how much the mistake cost. The wrong fares were available on its website for a few hours on Thursday. It eventually shut down bookings on the website until it could fix the problem.

Some passengers bought their tickets for flights on Friday, and then immediately checked in online and printed their boarding passes, figuring that would give them their best chance of being able to use their ticket.

Mike Nehmer bought a ticket for him and his wife to fly from Houston to San Francisco on Friday. But he chickened out after a United agent told

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Mohegan Sun bettor arrested on cheating accusation

MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) – A New Jersey man has been accused of cheating at the Mohegan Sun Casino after State Police say he marked cards with an ink-like substance that he could see by wearing special contact lenses.

Bruce Koloshi, of Summit, N.J., is accused of giving a fake name when he was processed and fingerprinted after his arrest early Sunday morning. The Day of New London reports that a computer check of his fingerprints identified him.

He was charged with cheating, conspiracy, criminal impersonation and being a fugitive from justice. The computer check showed that Louisiana state police issued a felony arrest warrant for him.

Koloshi is held on a $510,000 bond and is to be arraigned in Norwich Superior Court on Monday. It was not known Monday morning if he’s represented by a lawyer.

Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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Hoboken’s plans for Super Bowl festivities


Pier A in Hoboken offers picture-perfect city views. For the week of the Super Bowl this could also become part of the picture: an 18-foot Roman numeral sign made of steel placed right along the Hudson River.

“We don’t want to be an afterthought so we got aggressive, says Scott Katz, the chairman of the Hoboken Events Committee. He says the sign and a plan to turn the pier into a giant ice skating rink are part of a proposal to draw tourists during the week of festivities leading up to the game.

“With the Manhattan image behind it,” he says. “By establishing that now have ability to bring people to town and keep them in town.”

The committee has been organizing different events for more than two years hoping to cash in on part of the $600 million expected to be generated by the Super Bowl.

Hoboken Council Member Jennifer Giattino is looking to keep down the costs for the city but knows business has the potential to be way up.

“Like Disney World for adults,” Giattino says. “Even if you’re not a football fan it doesn’t matter — just the excitement, everyone is there to have a good time.”

Anthony Romano, the chairman of the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, says local labor unions are donating time to help get things set up.

“It will be a shot in the arm for the community and hopefully that the weather will hold up,” Romano says. A shot in the arm

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NY pension fund seeking investments in state

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The New York Comptroller’s Office says it has set aside nearly $400 million for new investments in businesses within the state from the nearly $159 billion Common Retirement Fund for public workers.

In a report on the fund’s In-State Private Equity Program, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says $684 million of more than $1 billion available has been invested in 252 New York companies.

The report also shows $6.7 billion altogether has been invested by the fund coupled with the private equity firms that are its partners in those ventures, including $2.4 billion in upstate companies.

DiNapoli says that for every $1 from investments now completed the fund has made $1.60.

The Legislature created the program in 1999.

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