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NY mulls travel rules as neighboring states hit threshold

Oct. 19, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York may have to consider changes to its quarantine rules for out-of-state travelers now that two of its closest neighbors, Connecticut and New Jersey, are on the brink of getting added to the list of places subject to the restrictions. The three states announced earlier this year...

A woman holds a sign as she and others protest outside the offices of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in New York. Three Rockland County Jewish congregations are suing New York state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying he engaged in a

Jewish leaders call COVID rules 'blatantly anti-Semitic'

Oct. 16, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three Rockland County Jewish congregations are suing New York state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying he engaged in a “streak of anti-Semitic discrimination” with a recent crackdown on religious gatherings to reduce the state’s coronavirus infection rate. The Manhattan...

Acting U.S Attorney for the Northern District of New York, Antoinette T. Bacon, speaks at a repatriation ceremony for the painting

Jewish family's painting looted by Nazis in 1933 is returned

Oct. 15, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A painting of two young, 19th-century skaters that was looted by Nazis from a Jewish family in 1933 and recently discovered at a small museum in upstate New York was returned Thursday after 87 years. The painting “Winter” by American artist Gari Melchers was part of a...

NCAA grants Olivia Owens immediate eligibility at Kentucky

Oct. 15, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky says the NCAA has granted former Maryland center Olivia Owens immediate eligibility to play this season for the Wildcats after transferring in June. The 6-foot-4 Owens missed last season with medical issues after playing 16 games as a freshman with the Terrapins. Rated a...

Power outages, 1 death, after storms rip through upstate NY

Oct. 8, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than 120,000 people were without power Thursday morning in upstate New York and dozens of schools were closed after a fast-moving line of violent thunderstorms tore through the region, downing tree limbs and leaving at least one person dead. The storms on Wednesday afternoon...

A Department of Education employee, center, answers a parent's questions outside the entrance to Public School 95, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in the Gravesend neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he's ordering schools in certain New York City neighborhoods closed within a day in an attempt to halt a flare-up of the coronavirus. The governor took the action a day after Mayor Bill de Blasio asked the state for permission to reinstate restrictions on businesses and schools in nine ZIP codes in Brooklyn and Queens where the virus was spreading more quickly. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York to impose new shutdowns in coronavirus hot spots

Oct. 6, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will reinstate restrictions on businesses, houses of worship and schools in and near areas where coronavirus cases are spiking, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, saying the severity of shutdowns would vary by proximity to the hot spots. Set to take effect no later than...

Cuomo defends not wearing a mask at indoor presser

Oct. 5, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended his decision not to wear a mask at an indoor press conference held Monday in New York City where he called for tougher enforcement of state rules requiring masks and social distancing. The governor and five Cuomo aides didn't wear masks while addressing...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, a New York state trooper and members of the National Transportation Safety Board view the scene of a fatal crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie, N.Y. Federal investigators examining the 2018 crash of a stretch limousine that killed 20 people said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, that state regulators repeatedly failed to oversee a poorly maintained vehicle with corroded brakes.  (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Feds fault operator, regulators in limo crash that killed 20

Sep. 29, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State regulators repeatedly failed to properly oversee a poorly maintained stretch limousine with corroded brakes that hurtled down a hill at more than 100 mph (160 kph) and crashed in a ravine, killing 20 people, federal investigators said Tuesday. National Transportation Safety Board...

Strong winds fan growth of southeastern Wyoming wildfire

Sep. 25, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Strong gusts fanned the growth of a southeastern Wyoming wildfire on Friday, forcing evacuations from at least three small communities and prompting authorities to extend a pre-evacuation area south to the Colorado border. The fire in Medicine Bow National Forest has burned at least...

Cuomo aide: NY won't consider slashing budget until election

Sep. 16, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The governor's budget director said Wednesday it's “premature” for some school districts to have laid off workers, and said New York will wait until after the November election to decide whether to slash state spending. Budget director Robert Mujica told The Associated...