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Airbnb alternative to NY hotels runs into a bit of a snag

The New York attorney-general's office has challenged the notion that Airbnb is a boon to needy residents renting out their homes and said that nearly three-quarters of all Airbnb rentals in the city are illegal.

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ADRIEN Marlault, a Parisian businessman and avid runner, has stayed at hotels in the past when running marathons in Berlin, Rotterdam and Rome. But for this year's New York City Marathon, he is taking a different route.

Mr Marlault, who is running the race with his twin