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This image made from Monday, May 25, 2020, video provided by Christian Cooper shows Amy Cooper with her dog calling police at Central Park in New York. A video of a verbal dispute between Amy Cooper, walking her dog off a leash and Christian Cooper, a black man bird watching in Central Park, is sparking accusations of racism. (Christian Cooper via AP)

Woman fired after backlash from racist park confrontation

May. 27, 2020 5:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The verbal dispute between a white woman with an unleashed dog and a black man bird watching in Central Park might normally have gone unnoticed in a city preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic. That changed when birdwatcher Christian Cooper pulled out his phone and captured Amy Cooper...

Pedestrians pass a barbershop that displays a sign advertising haircuts by appointment only, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in New Rochelle, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

In an early US coronavirus hot spot, business slowly reopens

May. 26, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The suburbs north of New York City eased outbreak restrictions, and the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange opened for the first time in two months, as the state focused more intently Tuesday on restarting its economy. More on those and other coronavirus-related developments in New...

A bugler plays Taps as a motorcade of veterans stops outside the VA Medical Center for a wreath laying ceremony beside memorial stones on the premises, Monday, May 25, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

New York marks 'especially poignant' Memorial Day amid virus

May. 25, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers marked Memorial Day with car convoys and small ceremonies instead of big parades as the coronavirus reshaped the solemn holiday, blending tributes to virus victims and frontline workers with the traditional remembrance of the nation's war dead. In a year that marks the 75th...

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015, file photo, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa responds to questions during a news interview in New York. Sliwa donned a wetsuit and his trademark Guardian Angels red beret and strode into the water at Coney Island Sunday, May 24, 2020, in defiance of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s no-swimming order. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Curtis Sliwa, in Guardian Angels beret, defies no-swim order

May. 24, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Sliwa donned a wetsuit and his trademark Guardian Angels red beret and strode into the water at Coney Island Sunday in defiance of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s no-swimming order. A crowd cheered Sliwa on as several city Parks Department officers tried to order the Guardian Angels...

Visitors wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus take shelter from a sudden rainstorm at a park in Beijing on Saturday, May 23, 2020. New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Montana outbreak tied to Schwab country club

May. 24, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Montana outbreak tied to golf and country club developed by...

Cars and cyclists move through Times Square after a rain shower during the coronavirus pandemic, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Restrictions eased while virus deaths decline in New York

May. 23, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers experiencing cabin fever after two months of coronavirus quarantine received an unexpected reprieve when Gov. Andrew Cuomo eased the state's ban on gatherings in time for the Memorial Day weekend. But beachgoers faced inclement weather Saturday that dampened crowds. A look at...

A person walks by the water during the coronavirus outbreak, Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York. As pandemic lockdowns ease across the United States, millions of Americans are set to take tentative steps outdoors to celebrate Memorial Day, the traditional start of summer. But public health officials are concerned that if people congregate in crowds or engage in other risky behaviors, the long weekend could cause the coronavirus to come roaring back. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York eases ban on gatherings

May. 22, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dropped the state’s absolute ban on gatherings of any size Friday, issuing an executive order saying up to 10 people are now allowed to be together as long as they abide by other social distancing guidelines adopted during the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Tourists enjoy the outdoors in Big Bear, Calif, Friday, May 22, 2020. The mountain destination of Big Bear Lake announced officials would not enforce the governor's orders, arguing it has kept COVID-19 cases manageable while the economy has suffered. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

May. 22, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

Public health officials are warning Americans to follow social distancing and other measures that aim to stop the spread of the coronavirus as they head into the long Memorial Day weekend with millions of others emerging from lockdowns to celebrate the holiday at beaches and cookouts. At the same time, President...

People cheer for medical workers at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Cuomo: Summer school in New York state will be online

May. 21, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Summer school students will not be reporting to the classroom. New York City will deliver 1 million meals a day to fight hunger during the outbreak. State labor officials hit with a flood of unemployment applications say they're working through the backlog. Coronavirus developments in New...

In this May 13, 2020 file photo, test swabs and specimen tubes sit on a table at a COVID-19 testing site at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. New York City is offering to test all nursing home residents and staffers for the coronavirus amid growing scrutiny of outbreaks that have taken more lives in New York than any other state. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

As focus grows on nursing homes, NYC offers free virus tests

May. 20, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is offering free coronavirus testing at nursing homes amid growing scrutiny of outbreaks that have killed more of their residents in New York than in any other state. It's the latest in a series of steps that city and state officials have taken in recent weeks to institute...