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A man holds a U.S. flag upside down, a sign of distress, as protesters march down the street during a solidarity rally for George Floyd, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Protests were held throughout the city over the death of Floyd, a black man in police custody in Minneapolis who died after being restrained by police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

'No justice, no peace': Protests resume in NYC for 4th day

May. 31, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials hoped for a peaceful way forward as the city entered a fourth day of protests against police brutality that have left police cars burned and hundreds of people under arrest. Thousands of people on Sunday again marched through multiple neighborhoods, chanting,...

FILE - In this August 1956 file photo, Herbert Stempel appears in New York. Stempel, a whistle blower of early television whose confession to deliberately losing on a 1950s quiz show helped drive a national scandal and join his name in history to winning contestant Charles Van Doren, has died age 93. Stempel's former wife, Ethel Stempel, told The Associated Press on Sunday, May 31, 2020, that he died at a New York nursing home on April 7. She cited no specific cause of death. (AP Photo, File)

Herbert Stempel, TV quiz show whistleblower, dies at 93

May. 31, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Herbert Stempel, a fall guy and whistleblower of early television whose confession to deliberately losing on a 1950s quiz show helped drive a national scandal and join his name in history to winning contestant Charles Van Doren, has died age 93. Stempel's former wife, Ethel Stempel, told...

A protester gestures atop a damaged police vehicle near New York's Union Square, Saturday May 30, 2020, during a demonstration against the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Police cars burn, windows shatter as protests roil New York

May. 31, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Street protests spiraled into New York City’s worst day of unrest in decades Saturday, as fires burned, windows got smashed and dangerous confrontations between demonstrators and officers flared amid crowds of thousands decrying police killings. A day that began with mostly peaceful...

Emma Hamlet prepares orders received online to be picked up at the Long Beach Surf Shop store her family owns, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Long Beach, N.Y. Long Island has become the latest region of New York to begin easing restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus as it enters the first phase of the state's four-step reopening process. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

New York City now alone in state in keeping economy closed

May. 27, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Long Island became the latest region of New York to begin easing some restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo lobbied the president for help with transportation projects. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said efforts to fight the virus have left...

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...

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...

In this May 10, 2020 photo, Reyna Martinez waits for the start of the fourth day of novena, nine days of prayer, for her father, who died of COVID-19, in the Queens borough of New York. Martinez lost both parents to the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit New York's Hispanic population particularly hard. (AP Photo/Emily Leshner)

Lives Lost: 'A nightmare,' says parishioner who lost parents

May. 20, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Reyna Martinez kept silent when the coronavirus killed her mother. She would hide in a bathroom and cry to keep the secret from her father. Then, the virus killed him, and she mourned again in silence because she felt it would crush her 9-year-old daughter to know that her doting...

The Rev. Fabian Arias performs an in-home service beside the remains of Raul Luis Lopez who died from COVID-19 the previous month, Saturday, May 9, 2020, in the Corona neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NY priest on virus front lines with embattled congregation

May. 18, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Raul Luis López never had the chance to say goodbye. López was hospitalized for COVID-19 on April 3 before succumbing nearly three weeks later. The 39-year-old native of Oaxaca, Mexico, suffered from diabetes which worsened his illness. The day he left for treatment was the last...

Nico Ramos, left, a volunteer with the Grant Houses Tenant Association, holds the door for a resident as he delivers food to elderly residents of the NYCHA Grant Houses, Monday, May 18, 2020, in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Stark disparities in New York City's virus toll

May. 18, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus has cut an unequal path of grief through New York City, hitting hardest in a ring of predominantly poorer, nonwhite neighborhoods a long subway and bus ride from Manhattan, according to data released by the city Monday. The new accounting of fatalities by neighborhood...

Porn actor Ron Jeremy fighting to save childhood tree

May. 17, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Porn actor Ron Jeremy is fighting to save a tree his father planted outside their New York home the day he was born. Jeremy took to Twitter on Saturday, saying that utility Con Edison was going cut down the tree that was planted in Queens in 1953. The tweet includes a 2018 photo of Jeremy...