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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020, file photo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to reporters after visiting New Bridges Elementary School to observe pandemic-related safety procedures, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. For most schoolchildren in New York City, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, will mean back to school, but not back to the classroom. Only pre-kindergarteners and some special education students are scheduled to end a six-month absence from school buildings. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, FIle)

For most NYC students, back to school, but not the classroom

Sep. 21, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Monday’s return to New York City schools won’t be the return anyone planned for. For most, it won’t be a return at all. Only pre-kindergarten and some special education students are scheduled to end a six-month absence from school buildings after a last-minute decision...

People take part in a rally protesting against unsafe and inequitable school reopening, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

NYC mayor 'very confident' in new school reopening timeline

Sep. 18, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is confident that New York City will meet a revised timeline to bring public school students back to classrooms within the next two weeks, following closures because of the coronavirus pandemic, he said Friday. “I feel very confident about that date,” de...

A commuter, left, rides the subway without a face mask in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced a new public service campaign to encourage mask usage as well as a new $50 fine policy for those who refuse to wear face coverings on subways, buses and commuter railroads. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NYC tries $50 fines to get scofflaws to don masks on subway

Sep. 18, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The young man slouched against the inside of the subway doors as the No. 3 train headed south along Broadway. Across the aisle, another young man lay asleep, sprawled across three seats. In ordinary times, it would be the snoozing seat hog who got angry glares. But in the age of COVID-19,...

Medical staff prepare to take a COVID-19 tests at a drive through community based assessment centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city, Auckland, goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: First case-free day for New Zealand in 5 weeks

Sep. 17, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out. Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of...

FILE- In this June 8, 2020 file photo, a protester holds a sign outside Queens County Criminal Court calling for the repeal of section 50-a, a law prohibiting the public release of police officer disciplinary records. On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, a federal appeals court agreed to keep the release of New York City police disciplinary records on pause while public safety unions fight a lower-court decision that had cleared the way for their disclosure. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Appeals panel won't speed release of NYPD discipline records

Sep. 17, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court agreed Thursday to keep the release of New York City police disciplinary records paused while public safety unions fight a lower-court decision that had cleared the way for their disclosure. Two of three judges who heard arguments on the matter Tuesday in the 2nd...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, a student wears a protective masks as they arrive for classes at the Immaculate Conception School while observing COVID-19 prevention protocols in The Bronx borough of New York. New York City has again delayed the planned start of in-person learning for most of the more than 1 million students in its public school system. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday, Sept. 17,  that most elementary school students would do remote-only learning until Sept. 29. Middle and high schools would stay remote through Oct. 1.(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NYC again delays in-person learning for most students

Sep. 17, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s ambitious attempt to be among the first big cities to bring students back into classrooms closed by the coronavirus suffered another setback Thursday, as the mayor announced he was delaying the start of in-person instruction for most students due to a shortage of...

FILE- In this Sept. 2, 2020 file photo, parents bring their children to participate in an outdoor learning demonstration to display methods schools can use to continue on-site education during the coronavirus pandemic, at P.S. 15 in the Red Hook neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York City's already delayed school year is scheduled to start remotely Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 in a soft opening that will serve as a prologue to the return of students to physical classrooms on the following week. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Doubts persist at start of NYC's hybrid school year

Sep. 16, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's already- delayed school year started remotely Wednesday in a soft opening that will serve as a prologue to the return of students to actual classrooms next week. Even as more than a million kids remotely return to class, it's an open question whether the city can pull off...

Joe Bastone, owner of Yankee Tavern, responds to questions during an interview Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Bronx shops, bars plead with Yankees for aid amid COVID

Sep. 15, 2020 10:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The manager stands behind the counter at Ballpark Sports Shop on River Avenue, pinstriped jerseys fully stocked on the racks around him. The inventory is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, but on this day, he'll be lucky to sell a few $20 hats. Around the corner on 161st Street, the...

FILE - In  this Nov. 23, 1995 file photo Woody Woodpecker leads a line of other balloons and floats into New York's Times Square during the 69th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. A Macy's Thanksgiving parade reimagined for the coronavirus pandemic will feature floats, performers and giant balloons parading along a one-block stretch of 34th Street in front of the retailer's flagship Manhattan store, Macy's officials announced Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Hurschmann, File)

Macy's plans smaller but camera-ready Thanksgiving parade

Sep. 14, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Macy's Thanksgiving parade reimagined for the coronavirus pandemic will feature floats, performers and giant balloons along a one-block stretch of 34th Street in front of the retailer's flagship Manhattan store, Macy's officials announced Monday. The spectacle will be broadcast as usual...

Police officers wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus, walk in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea's coronavirus resurgence seems to slow

Sep. 9, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s new coronavirus cases have stayed below 200 for an eighth straight day, suggesting the recent viral resurgence is slowing amid stringent social distancing rules. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday it recorded 155 additional cases...