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To the Max: Scherzer, Mets finalize $130M, 3-year deal

Dec. 02, 2021 12:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets owner Steve Cohen promised a max effort bringing a World Series back to New York. Enter Max Scherzer, the newest ace in Queens. The Mets and the three-time Cy Young Award winner finalized a $130 million, three-year deal...

NYC OKs safe sites for drug use, aiming to curb overdoses

Nov. 30, 2021 17:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The first officially authorized safe havens for people to use heroin and other narcotics have been cleared to open in New York City in hopes of curbing deadly overdoses, officials said Tuesday. The privately run “overdose prevention centers” provide...

Holcomb still chasing dream of becoming NFL head coach

Nov. 26, 2021 11:04 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As an African American growing up in Queens, New York, Al Holcomb spent his fall Sundays watching Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys on television, and dreaming of one day becoming an NFL head coach. The 51-year-old Holcomb has spent more than a...

'Queens' hopes to earn the TV respect meant for royalty

Nov. 23, 2021 18:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When Naturi Naughton read the script for ABC’s new music-inspired drama “Queens,” a feeling of déjà vu rushed through her. “It’s definitely a little eerie to me. When I read the script, I was like, ’Oh, this is what I lived though. I...

Ferry, bus lanes could replace shelved LaGuardia rail link

Nov. 16, 2021 16:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A new effort to find a mass-transit solution for LaGuardia Airport after a $2 billion rail link project was put on hold amid criticism from public officials will look at options including ferry service, a subway extension and dedicated bus lanes. The...

NY mass vaccination sites now offering shots to children

Nov. 13, 2021 18:48 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Ten of New York's mass coronavirus vaccination sites are ready to give shots to children ages 5 to 11 who recently became eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Saturday. More than 50,000 children in the state already have...

Man, 74, charged in death of WWI vet missing since 1976

Nov. 03, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A 74-year-old man was arraigned Wednesday on a murder charge in connection with the death of a World War I veteran who disappeared almost 45 years ago and whose remains were found buried in a backyard in 2019, authorities said. Queens District Attorney...

Police say owner makes up story about child in stolen car

Nov. 01, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Queens man who wanted to get his stolen car back told police falsely that there was a 7-year-old boy with Down syndrome in the car, police said Monday. The car owner made up the story about the child so that officers would work harder to find his red...

State denies permits for power plants in NYC, Hudson Valley

Oct. 27, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State environmental officials denied required air permits Wednesday for natural gas power plants in New York City and along the Hudson River, saying both would be inconsistent with statewide greenhouse gas emission goals. The denials of Title V air...

Brooklyn Diocese fires music teacher after same-sex wedding

Oct. 26, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Diocese fired a Catholic music school teacher in Queens after he married a man, saying he violated a contractual stipulation to the Catholic Church. Matthew LaBanca, a teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in...