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World Trade Center reaches 100 stories

NEW YORK (AP) -- The new World Trade Center has reached a milestone: The skyscraper being built to replace the twin towers is now 100 stories high -- on its way to becoming New York's tallest building.

Another four feet, and it will surpass the Empire State Building. That should happen within weeks, Steven Coleman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Monday.

One World Trade Center is expected to be finished by next year, its 104 floors towering over lower Manhattan.

The twin towers were New York's tallest structures until they were destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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Ethics board refuses request for records

ALBANY (AP) -- New York State's ethics board won't release any record of its secret vote to hire a longtime aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as its $148,000-a-year executive director.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics denied an Associated Press request for the records under the state Freedom of Information Law.

The board voted Feb. 2 to hire Ellen Biben, who was most recently Cuomo's appointee as state inspector general. The commission responded to the AP's Feb. 3 request for the records nearly two months later.

It is the first test of whether it will deny records to the public about how it spends its $3 million budget, whom it chooses to investigate, and whom it declines to investigate. Under the law creating the board, legislative representatives on the board can block or veto an investigation of a lawmaker or legislative staffer.

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1940 census data spurs 37 million hits to site

NEW YORK (AP) -- Interest in the newly released 1940 U.S. census data is so great that the government website with the information is nearly paralyzed.

In a tweet posted Monday on its official Twitter account, the U.S. National Archives said the website had received 37 million hits since the information was released at 9 a.m.

The records were released for the first time after 72 years of confidentiality expired.

It's the largest collection of digital information ever released by the National Archives. The records allow individuals and families to learn details about their past. More than 21 million people still alive were counted in the 1940 census.