City Council Silences Tour Buses In New York City

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Tourists from all over the world love to see New York City from atop open-air double-decker sightseeing buses. New Yorkers aren't so fond of the loudspeakers aboard the buses. The New York City Council passed legislation Thursday that requires sightseeing buses to replace their loudspeaker systems with headphones.

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with the traffic report.

New York wants to cut down on street noise. That might seem like trying to cut down on water in the ocean. But the city banned tour guides on double-decker buses from describing the sites over loudspeakers. They have to use a headphone system.

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a driver was in a seventh floor parking garage when he backed his Mercedes through the wall. The trunk and some of the wheels were dangling in space before he brought the car to a halt.

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