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Students line up to have their temperature checked before entering PS 179 elementary school in the Kensington neighborhood, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Hundreds of thousands of elementary school students are heading back to classrooms Tuesday as New York City enters a high-stakes phase of resuming in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NYC elementary schools reopen in big back-to-school test

Sep. 29, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Elementary school students went back to classrooms across New York City on Tuesday in a high-stakes test for the nation's biggest public school system even as the mayor warned that a recent rise in coronavirus cases was “cause for real concern.” With children wearing masks...

Wall Street trader gets 5 years in prison in Ponzi scheme

Sep. 29, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Wall Street trader was sentenced Monday to over five years in prison after admitting to defrauding investors of $19 million in a Ponzi scheme. Paul Rinfret, 71, of Manhasset, New York, was sentenced Monday in Manhattan federal court. The sentencing followed his October guilty plea...

FILE - This photo Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, file photo shows Alfred E. Smith IV, left, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, during the 71st annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York. Organizers of the Al Smith Dinner say President Donald Trump will be in virtual attendance and his Democratic rival Joe Biden is also expected to be in virtual attendance, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, as the annual New York City event moves mostly online because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Trump and Biden get evites as Al Smith Dinner goes virtual

Sep. 29, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to be in virtual attendance Thursday as New York City’s annual Al Smith Dinner moves mostly online because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said. Trump has accepted an invitation to return to the dinner for the first time in four years....

Federal jail guard accused of blackmailing visitor for sex

Sep. 29, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A correctional officer at a federal jail in New York City has been arrested on charges he blackmailed a visitor into having sex with him after she smuggled contraband into the facility. It's the latest example of misconduct that has come to light at the jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed...

Pandemic shrinks annual run honoring fallen firefighter

Sep. 27, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of an annual run honoring a fallen firefighter, but the firefighter's brother joined a handful of people in walking through the Battery Tunnel on Sunday to honor the memory of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001. “It’s different...

Informant in top Venezuela case accused of lying to feds

Sep. 26, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — A key informant against one of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s closest aides has been accused of lying to his law enforcement handlers in a case involving millions of dollars transported on private jets in violation of U.S. sanctions, The Associated Press has...

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2011, file photo, Gigi Jordan, the multimillionaire mother charged with killing her autistic 8-year-old son, appears in Manhattan Supreme court in New York. On Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, a federal judge ordered a new trial for a self-made health care millionaire who was convicted six years ago of fatally drugging her 8-year-old autistic son in a luxury New York City hotel room in 2010. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

New trial ordered for NY millionaire in autistic son's death

Sep. 26, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a new trial for a self-made health care millionaire who was convicted six years ago of fatally drugging her 8-year-old autistic son in a luxury New York City hotel room in 2010. Friday's ruling by Manhattan Federal Magistrate Judge Sarah Cave stems from a 2014...

President Donald Trump listens to a reporter's question as he speaks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is traveling to North Carolina and Florida. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Appeals court hears fight over Trump tax returns — again

Sep. 25, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court tested the waters on a potential compromise, but didn't immediately rule Friday after arguments in President Donald Trump’s long-running fight to prevent a top New York prosecutor from getting his tax returns — a battle that seems destined to return to...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2009 file photo, Bernard Madoff arrives at Federal Court in New York. On Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, a federal appeals court said that investors who profited from Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme must pay back their profits even if they knew nothing of it. Madoff is serving a 150-year prison sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to federal charges in 2009. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson, File)

Innocent Madoff investors must pay back profits, court rules

Sep. 24, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors who profited from Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme even though they knew nothing of it must still pay back their profits, an appeals court decided Thursday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan upheld lower-court decisions in cases filed by Irving Picard,...

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Judge dismisses suit against Fox over Trump affair story

Sep. 24, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan judge has tossed out a defamation lawsuit against Fox News brought by the former Playboy model who took a $150,000 payoff to squelch her story of an affair with a pre-presidency Donald Trump. Karen McDougal had alleged in the suit filed late last year that Fox host Tucker...