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Arriving passengers await their bags in the baggage claim area at LaGuardia Airport's Terminal B baggage claim area, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in New York. New York, Connecticut and New Jersey are asking visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates to quarantine for 14 days. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Isolate on arrival: NYC region is latest to try quarantine

Jun. 26, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

Welcome to New York! Now don’t come near us for two weeks. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are the latest states to enact 14-day traveler quarantines to try to check the spread of the coronavirus. After being slammed by the outbreak this spring, the states' governors hope they can preserve their...

FILE - In this Friday, June 19, 2020 photo, fireworks explode during Juneteenth celebrations above the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Manhattan skyline is seen in the background. They light up the sky in celebration, best known in the U.S. as a way to highlight Independence Day. This year, fireworks aren't being saved for special events. They've become a nightly nuisance from Connecticut to California, angering sleep-deprived citizens and alarming local officials. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Fireworks are booming before July 4, but why the ruckus?

Jun. 24, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — They are a symbol of celebration, loudly lighting up the night sky and best known in the U.S. as the explosive exclamation point to Fourth of July festivities. This year, fireworks aren't being saved for Independence Day. They've become a nightly nuisance ringing out from Connecticut to...

Tennessee to host UConn Huskies on Jan. 21 in Revival Series

Jun. 23, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Tennessee Lady Vols will host UConn on Jan. 21 in the second game of the Revival Series between the college basketball rivals. Naismith officials announced the date of the second game Tuesday. UConn won the first game 60-45 in Hartford, Connecticut, last January. “The...

File-In this June 5, 2020, file photo, Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez poses for a photo in Hartford, Conn. In Hartford, which has 14.7 students per teacher, the district serves many high-poverty communities and also brings in thousands of students from 60 other towns through school-choice programs. The superintendent there said the challenges associated with reopening are so severe, it may be time to come up with entirely new models for instruction.  “Is it that the entire ecosystem has to be examined?” Torres-Rodriguez said (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Budgets put limits on social distancing options for schools

Jun. 23, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

As schools consider how and when to reopen their buildings during the pandemic, many are finding themselves overwhelmed by the potential expenses that would come with operating under social distancing guidelines: protective equipment, staff for smaller classes and additional transportation to keep students spread...

In this Friday, June 5, 2020 photo, parent Titilaya Thompson and her son Nehemiah talk with Sarah J. Rawson Elementary School Principal Dr. Tayarisha Batchelor, right, and Community School Director for The Village for Families and Children Trisila Tirado, left, in Hartford, Conn. With huge percentages of students unplugged from distance learning, educators at schools around the country have been working to understand why. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

To help distance learning absentees, educators go sleuthing

Jun. 15, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — After a knock on his door, third-grade student Jamie-Lee emerged to see his school principal smiling at him from his doorstep. She held out her arms, offering a socially distant “air hug,” and told the boy how much she’d missed him since the pandemic closed their...

FILE - This file image taken from Oct. 3, 2019, video provided by National Transportation Safety Board shows damage from a World War II-era B-17 bomber plane that crashed on Oct. 2 at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn. A lawsuit was filed Tuesday, June 9, 2020, against the owners and operators of a World War II-era airplane that crashed at a Connecticut airport last October, killing seven people. (NTSB via AP, File)

Lawsuit filed over fatal crash of WWII-era airplane

Jun. 9, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed against the owners and operators of a World War II-era airplane that crashed at a Connecticut airport last October, killing seven people. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in state Superior Court by survivors of the crash and the families of passengers who were...

In this Thursday, May 28, 2020, photo, Tom Cummings waits in his car as volunteers place groceries in the trunk during a food distribution drive sponsored by Island Harvest Food Bank in Valley Stream, N.Y.  The Valley Stream stream donations were just one of many events Island Harvest has conducted throughout the area recently. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

'Respect them': Even in wealthy areas, food bank demand high

Jun. 5, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (AP) — One was a nurse, another a retiree. Others had recently lost jobs with an insurance company and a country club. On a humid day last week, in the parking lot of this Long Island town’s largest park, they had a common bond. Each was making their first visit to a food bank...

Protesters run as police officers fire rubber bullets during a protest over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis, in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Latest: One dead in Indianapolis shootings amid protests

May. 31, 2020 1:17 AM EDT

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ INDIANAPOLIS - Authorities are investigating “multiple shootings,” including one that left a person dead, in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has found a Connecticut policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports is illegal. The office says the policy violates Title IX, the federal civil rights law that guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics.  (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

US: Transgender sports inclusion violates others' rights

May. 28, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's policy allowing transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports violates the civil rights of athletes who have always identified as female, the U.S. Education Department has determined in a decision that could force the state to change course to keep federal...

FILE - In this April 22, 2020, file photo, pallbearers, who were among only 10 allowed mourners, walk the casket for internment at the funeral for Larry Hammond, who died from the coronavirus, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in New Orleans. Hammond was Mardi Gras royalty, and would have had hundreds of people marching behind his casket in second-line parades. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

May. 27, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark reality that more Americans have died from the virus than from the Vietnam and Korean wars...