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Fees to start March 28 for N.Y. Times online

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Times says it will start charging later this month in the United States for access to its website and for the use of smart phone and tablet applications.

Beginning March 28, prices range from $15 for four weeks of full access to the website and the smart phone app and $20 for Web access and an iPad app to $35 for an all-access plan.

Subscribers to the printed edition will keep free access to the website and apps except, for now, e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook. Others will be able to view 20 articles a month for free on the website and see the "Top News" section in the apps.

A similar system went into effect Thursday in Canada, which will serve as a testing ground.

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Honda Civics recalled to prevent fuel leak

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Honda Motor Co. said Thursday it is recalling new models of the Honda Civic to prevent fuel from leaking from the car's fuel tank.

The recall covers about 18,000 Civics from the 2011 model year.

Honda says a plastic case that covers a valve in the fuel pump module could break or crack. That, in turn, could lead to a fuel leak in a roll-over crash, and the leaking fuel could lead to a fire.

Honda spokesman Chris Martin said no fires have been reported as a result of the defect.

Honda dealers will inspect the fuel pump module and replace it if necessary at no cost to the owner. The recall is expected to begin by April 11.

For more information, owners can contact Honda at (800) 999-1009.

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Two insurance agents in area lose licenses

The state revoked the licenses of two Western New York insurance agents late last year for various violations of insurance laws and regulations, state regulators disclosed this week.

The state Insurance Department yanked the licenses of the N.F. Able Agency in Niagara Falls and broker Kristin K. Lang for issuing insurance premium payment checks that bounced, including three that have not been replaced, a notice on the state agency's website says.

The agency and Lang were also accused of submitting deficient applications to the New York Automobile Insurance Plan and collecting car insurance premium payments from a client and then not sending the payment to the insurer or otherwise failing to properly account for the money. Topping it off, the agency and Lang did not respond to regulators' letters.

The state also revoked the license of Shannon Lee Flick of Corfu, who was accused of hampering and impeding the department's investigation by failing to respond to regulators' letters seeking information and documentation about her firing from an insurance company.

She also changed her home and business addresses without notifying regulators within 30 days. Flick agreed to the revocation.

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