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A paramedic transports a patient into the Trauma Center at the Elmhurst Hospital Center, Sunday, March 29, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

New York state surpasses 1,000 coronavirus deaths

Mar. 29, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state's death toll from the coronavirus outbreak climbed Sunday above 1,000, less than a month after the first known infection in the state. Most of those deaths have come in just the past few days. New York City reported in the evening that its toll had risen to 776. The total...

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Orthodox Jewish leaders unite against the coronavirus

Mar. 20, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Leaders at six top Orthodox Jewish organizations on Friday jointly urged their members to heed social distancing rules designed to fight the coronavirus, a show of unity that underscores the importance of behavioral changes that amount to a massive upheaval in their faith communities. While...

In this Feb. 13, 2020 photo, concertina wire and vines line the stone walls of a former cell block at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, N.Y. The hollowed-out building used to house cells for 1,200 men on six tiers and runs well longer than a football field. A not-for-profit group is planning to open the Sing Sing Prison Museum in 2025. Their mission will be to provide a historical picture of incarceration in America while telling the story of one of the county's most well-known prisons. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

At Sing Sing, a museum going in down the hall from inmates

Mar. 18, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

OSSINING, N.Y. (AP) — Busting out of Sing Sing has been a dream of inmates since cell doors started clanging shut along the Hudson River in the 1820s. Now there’s a plan to usher visitors inside the high walls well known in the past to gangsters, Hollywood stars and prisoners condemned to the...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2018, file photo, former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino appears during a news conference in New York. Hall of Famer Pitino was named basketball coach at Iona College on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Pitino coached at Louisville from 2001-17 before being fired in a pay-for-play scandal and had been coaching in Greece. He replaces Tim Cluess, who resigned Friday after 10 years and six NCAA Tournament appearances due to health concerns. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Rick Pitino returns to college basketball as Iona coach

Mar. 14, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) — Hall of Famer Rick Pitino was named basketball coach at Iona College on Saturday. Pitino coached at Louisville from 2001-17 before being fired in a pay-for-play scandal and had been coaching in Greece. He replaces Tim Cluess, who resigned Friday due to health concerns after 10...

National Guard personnel stand at attention as they wait for patients to arrive for COVID-19 coronavirus testing facility at Glen Island Park, Friday, March 13, 2020, in New Rochelle, N.Y.  State officials have set up a “containment area” in the New York City suburb, where schools and houses of worship are closed within a 1-mile radius of a point near a synagogue where an infected person with coronavirus had attended events. State officials stress it is not a lockdown. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World  Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NYC keeping schools open, defying coronavirus trend

Mar. 13, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's largest public school system is staying open during the coronavirus crisis, New York City's mayor said Friday, defying mounting pressure to close as he raised concerns about the unintended consequences of leaving more than 1.1 million students with no place to go. Mayor Bill de...

A sole spectator watches a film in a movie theatre in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Effective from today, cinemas in Hungary are restricted to sell a maximum of 99 tickets for a show as the Hungarian government declared a state of emergency in response to the novel coronavirus, and prohibited all indoor events with more than 100 participants and outdoor events attended by more than 500 participants. (Marton Monus/MTI via AP)

Movie theaters, for now, stay open nationwide

Mar. 13, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Movie theaters have long acted as a refuge in times of war and recession. Their screens have flickered virtually unabated for the last century. But the coronavirus presents a rare case and an acute crisis for a medium already under threat by the advent of streaming services. With few...

Iona coach Cluess steps down after 6 NCAA Tournament berths

Mar. 13, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) — Tim Cluess, who led Iona to six NCAA Tournament appearances, resigned Friday to focus on making a full recovery from a recent health concern. Cluess led the Gaels to a 199-106 record in his nine seasons. He won five Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament championships,...

A custodian cleans the lobby of the Roundabout Theatre Company in Times Square, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in New York. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday he will announce new restrictions on gatherings to halt the spread of the new coronavirus in the coming days. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The city sleeps: New York bans big gatherings, museums close

Mar. 12, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Museums prepared to shut their doors, the opera was silenced, lights dimmed on Broadway, big gatherings were banned and the subway was shunned as the largest city in the United States wound down Thursday amid a rise in coronavirus cases. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that gatherings with...

Judie Shape, center, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, blows a kiss to her son-in-law, Michael Spencer, left, as Shape's daughter, Lori Spencer, right, looks on, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, as they visit on the phone and look at each other through a window at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle. In-person visits are not allowed at the nursing home.  The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World  Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Americans snap to attention on virus as big events canceled

Mar. 11, 2020 11:53 PM EDT

A basketball tournament, with no fans. A St. Patrick’s Day, with no parades. College campuses, with no students. Corporate headquarters, with barren cubicles. The nation snapped to attention on Wednesday as the new coronavirus was declared a pandemic, stocks slid into bear market territory and the American...

Students leave New Rochelle High School after classes are dismissed, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in New York. State officials are shuttering schools and houses of worship for two weeks in part of the New York City suburb New Rochelle and sending the National Guard there to help respond to what appears to be the nation's biggest cluster of coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

As virus shuts schools, experts debate if that curbs spread

Mar. 11, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

As families across the United States scramble to care for children sent home from schools closed due to the coronavirus, experts disagree on whether such closures protect kids — or even the community. The question of whether to close schools in not a no-brainer, said Marc Lipsitch, an epidemiologist at...