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Listen Up: A Closer Look at the Top Stories for Friday, April 12

What to Know

  • A body found in the Caribbean is that of missing New York tourist Portia Ravenelle, Dominican Republic National Police confirmed
  • Subway performance in the Big Apple is the best it has been in five years, the MTA claims
  • A newly-opened New York restaurant has sparked controversy for using what some are calling racist language

Friday, April 12, 2019 

Happy Friday! Skies will be mostly cloudy today and highs will reach the 50s. As always, get the latest forecast at

1. US to Start Warning Travelers About Kidnapping Risk Abroad

The risk of being kidnapped or taken hostage is being added to the travel advisories issued by the State Department.

State Department advisories have until now included warnings about such things as crime, civil unrest or the potential for terrorism. The new "K" indicator for the potential to be kidnapped is being issued for 35 countries.

The department says the new category was added as part of an effort to give Americans comprehensive information about travel safety.

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3. Midtown Hotel Offers 'Game of Thrones'-Themed 'Lannister’s Lair' Suite

For those who want to watch '"Game of Thrones" like Westeros royalty, the Refinery Hotel in Midtown has a suite for that.

For $569 a night, the hotel offers a “Lannister’s Lair” every Sunday from the premiere of the show on April 14 to its finale.

The suite comes with fur throws, dragon eggs, wine goblets, themed food service with GOT-themed dishes, and house banners. Oh, and a TV with HBO.

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