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Listen Up: A Closer Look at the Top Stories for Thursday, May 16

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    • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will be running for president, defying deep voter opposition at home to enter the crowded field

    • A helicopter crashed into the Hudson River Wednesday afternoon shortly after taking off from a Manhattan heliport, authorities said

    • The famous winged TWA terminal at JFK Airport came out of its decades-long retirement Wednesday with a new life as a luxury hotel

    Thursday, May 16, 2019 

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    1. De Blasio to Announce 2020 Presidential Run

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be running for president, NBC News reports, defying deep voter opposition at home to enter the crowded field with an unabashed message of progressivism.

    De Blasio will announce his candidacy Thursday morning with his wife Chirlane McCray before traveling to Iowa to headline an event in Sioux City, which local Democrats are calling the "first stop on his presidential announcement tour."

    The mayor will then head to South Carolina for the weekend.

    Read more here.

    2. Chopper Crashes Into Hudson River Shortly After Takeoff

    A helicopter crashed into the Hudson River Wednesday afternoon shortly after taking off from a Manhattan heliport, authorities said.

    The pilot, identified as Eric Morales, was repositioning his aircraft after refueling. He was flying over the water to get to where he typically picks up customers when the helicopter began to lose altitude for unknown reasons about 50 feet from the heliport.

    "All of a sudden, he felt the helicopter go down," said NYPD Assistant Chief Stephen Hughes.

    Read more here.

    3. Historic JFK Terminal Gets New Life as Luxury Hotel

    The famous winged TWA terminal at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport came out of its decades-long retirement Wednesday with a new life as a luxury hotel.

    "How beautiful is this?" said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony opening the $268 million project.

    The Finnish architect Eero Saarinen didn't have a hotel in mind when he designed the futuristic structure that opened in 1962.

    Read more here.

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