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Unemployment Down a Notch Across NY State

(NEW YORK) -- The unemployment rate across New York State went down a notch last month, according to the latest jobs report released Thursday.

The report from the state's Department of Labor said that New York State's unemployment rate fell from 6 percent in October to 5.9 percent in November.

Over the same period in New York City, the unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.3 percent in November, and in the rest of the state the rate fell by the same margin from 5.7 percent to 5.6 percent.

The national unemployment rate in November was 5.8 percent, the same as it was the previous month.

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Christie to Talk About Possible White House Run with Family During Christmas

(NEW YORK) — New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie is nearing a decision on whether he'll run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, according to nj.com.

Christie actually made the admission to a youngster at Mendham Township Middle School Wednesday when asked if he was planning to seek the presidency.

Saying that it was something he was thinking about, Christie told the assembly that he would talk about the future with his family during Christmas and finally announce his plans during "the first part of next year."

The governor tried to relate his situation with other families facing difficult choices, saying, "No matter what, I am still Andrew, Sarah, Patrick and Bridget’s father and they wonder what I am going to do for work, and I’m still Mary Pat’s husband and she wonders the same thing."

If Christie decides against running for president or fails to win the nomination, his tenure as governor ends in December 2017.

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Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg Promote Data2x Project

(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton appeared with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York Monday, bringing attention to an initiative to help improve the tracking of data about women and girls worldwide.

The project, Data2x, is a joint venture of the Clinton Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the United Nations Foundation.

There was no 2016 or political talk at the event. Instead, Clinton stressed her longtime focus on improving the lives of women and girls around the globe -- something we are sure to hear if she does make a run official.

Clinton said the data must be combed through in order to “build a case strong enough to convince skeptics based on hard data and clear eyed analysis that creating opportunities for women and girls across the globe, directly supports everyone’s security and prosperity and therefore should be an enduring part of our diplomacy and development work.”

Bloomberg introduced the possible presidential candidate, calling her a ”great secretary of state, a great senator for New York.” The billionaire even joked to the crowd: “If my mother and father knew that I was on a first-name basis with Hillary Clinton, it would be a very big deal.”

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Joan Rivers' Clinic Has a Plan to Stay Open

(NEW YORK) -- The clinic on the Upper East Side where Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest has agreed to take corrective steps to maintain its accreditation with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

CMS has confirmed to ABC News the plan of action is acceptable and if Yorkville Endoscopy passes an unannounced inspection in the coming days it will not lose its certification January 7.

Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest after undergoing a procedure at the Manhattan medical clinic and died a few days later. She was 81.

The New York State Health Department found Yorkville deficient in four categories during a routine investigation a few days later. Then, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found as part of their own investigation that staff members photographed Rivers with a cell phone while she was sedated, improperly documented how much of the sedative propofol was used, and "failed to identify deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervention during the procedure."

As part of their new plan, Yorkville Endoscopy has agreed to make sure “all individuals in the clinical areas have appropriate name tags” after the unauthorized presence of Dr. Gwen Korovin when Rivers was sedated. The clinic agreed to follow appropriate surgical protocols that were not followed in the case of Rivers and document a “photo/filming policy.” The clinic also outlined new guidelines for the use of propofol.

Rivers' daughter Melissa Rivers has hired a personal injury law firm to lay the groundwork for a lawsuit against Yorkville.

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Justin Timberlake Gets Emotional Meeting 10-Year-Old Fan in Brooklyn

(NEW YORK) -- Justin Timberlake had a sweet interaction with a fan while performing in Brooklyn on Sunday night.

After a boy gave him a gift, as seen in this YouTube video, Timberlake said, "You're 10, you've been watching me since you were 2."

The crowd erupted in applause and the boy burst into tears.

"C'mon little man!" Timberlake said, calling the kid "the coolest dude here. "That got me!"

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