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Today in History

Jul. 4, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, July 4, the 186th day of 2020. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. On this date: In...

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks volunteer Alejandro Ortiz closes the gate after allowing an overnight camper access to the parking lot at Francis Beach at Half Moon Bay State Park in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the parking lots of state beaches to close for the Fourth of July weekend to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Half Moon Bay added to the closure by restricting visitors access to the beach. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)

The Latest: Calif gov warns local officials on enforcement

Jul. 3, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Newsom has rolled back or limited some businesses reopening in Los Angeles and 20 other counties, now including...

NY reports 918 new virus infections, 9 COVID-19 deaths

Jul. 3, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state reported 918 new coronavirus infections and nine deaths from COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. The 918 figure recorded Thursday represents the first time more than 900 new infections have been reported since June 12, when 916 people tested positive for the virus...

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Surge protection: Some travelers face quarantine in Chicago

Jul. 2, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — People traveling to Chicago from 15 states with increasing numbers of confirmed cases of the coronavirus will have to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival or face possible fines, city officials announced Thursday. To comply with the order that takes effect Monday, travelers must stay at a...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2019, file photo, New York state Sen. Julia Salazar, D-18th District, speaks to state legislators during a public hearing in Albany, N.Y. On Thursday, July 2, 2020, a news release by Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced that Salazar has tested positive for the coronavirus and is self-quarantining at home. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

New York state senator tests positive for COVID-19

Jul. 2, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The leader of the state Senate says a New York City senator has tested positive for COVID-19. State Sen. Julia Salazar, who represents Brooklyn neighborhoods including Bushwick, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Thursday news release released by Senate Majority Leader...

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2019, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo addresses a regional summit of governors in New York. In April 2020, Cuomo and Democratic legislative leaders agreed to amend a law that ruled out money bail and pretrial detention for most misdemeanor and nonviolent felony charges. Changes to the law will allow judges to set bail for more crimes, including misdemeanor bail jumping. Several criminal justice reform groups and state lawmakers raised concern at a Thursday, July 2, 2020, virtual news conference that the amended law, which goes into effect in July, will land more people behind bars amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Groups worry new law will land more New Yorkers behind bars

Jul. 2, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new state law in New York allows judges to set bail for more criminal charges than originally allowed under a sweeping 2019 reform that largely did away with cash bail for many people awaiting trial. Several criminal justice reform groups and state lawmakers raised concern at a...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019, file photo, Jimmie Johnson (48) drives through the area of the course called

Watkins Glen open again, optimistic for NASCAR weekend

Jul. 2, 2020 2:18 AM EDT

The roar is back at New York's Thunder Road. Three months after its opening day was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic, Watkins Glen International is hosting car clubs again as NASCAR weekend looms in mid-August. “Everybody is excited about getting back in the saddle. I know we are," track president...

Long-serving Rochester Assemblyman David Gantt dies at 78

Jul. 1, 2020 9:09 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Assemblyman David Gantt, who served the Rochester area in New York state government for decades, has died. He was 78. His office announced his death on Wednesday, and it brought out a wave of accolades from elected officials, praising Gantt for his dedication and concern for those he...

FILE- This June 24, 2020 file photo shows House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., speaking during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. After mail-in ballots were counted, Nadler was chosen by Democrats in his district to seek another term in the U.S. House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool, File)

Clarke, Nadler hold off challengers in Democratic primary

Jul. 1, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two members of Congress representing New York City, Yvette Clarke and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, have prevailed in the state's Democratic primary. Thousands of votes cast by mail in the primary that concluded June 23 have yet to be counted, but an AP analysis of...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jul. 1, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: John Roberts Is No Pro-Choice Hero The New York Times June 29 The Supreme Court upheld abortion rights on Monday, with Chief Justice John Roberts concurring with the liberals on the court to strike down a Louisiana...