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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...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus pass by a statue with a face mask at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. South Korea's daily coronavirus tally has dropped below 50 for the first time in more than two weeks despite reports of small-scale local infections. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S. Korea increases hospital, nursing home tests

Oct. 18, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus as officials begin testing tens of thousands of employees at hospitals and nursing homes to prevent transmissions at live-in facilities. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Monday brought...

FILE - In this Sunday, June 28, 2020 file photo, Senior Pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress addresses attendees before Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Southern Baptist megachurch First Baptist Dallas during a Celebrate Freedom Rally in Dallas. Jeffress’ church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Its leadership adopted a stringent anti-abortion stance nearly 40 years ago that remains in place. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Most US clergy avoid hellfire threats over abortion politics

Oct. 18, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

James Altman is a Roman Catholic priest in Wisconsin, little known outside his parish until a few weeks ago. Robert Jeffress is the high-profile pastor of a Baptist megachurch in Dallas. They have a message in common for members of their faiths: Voting for Democrats who support abortion rights is an evil...

FILE -This May 13, 2020 file photo shows AMC Empire 25 theatre in Times Square in New York.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced limited reopening of theaters outside the city area, allowing 25 percent capacity, or a max of 50 people per screen beginning Oct. 23. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Cuomo: Movie theaters in NY can open Friday, with limits

Oct. 17, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Movie theaters in New York state can reopen beginning Oct. 23 with restrictions on audience size and other precautions in place, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. Theaters in New York City aren’t included, and counties must have a positivity rate below 2% on a 14-day average and have...

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...

FILE - In this July 25, 2020, file photo, signs, flowers and candles expressing love for the Jewish community stand outside the Temple Emanuel in Pueblo, Colo. Richard Holzer, 28, a man described by federal prosecutors as a neo-Nazi and white supremacist, pleaded guilty Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, to a hate crime for plotting to bomb the historic Colorado synagogue last year. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP, File)

Man described as neo-Nazi pleads guilty in synagogue plot

Oct. 15, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A man described by U.S. prosecutors as a neo-Nazi and white supremacist pleaded guilty on Thursday to a hate crime for plotting to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue last year. Richard Holzer, 28, pleaded guilty to attempting to stop people from exercising their religion with an explosive or...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, arrives at the Israeli Knesset, or Parliament in Jerusalem ahead of the discussion of the peace treaty with the United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Alex Kolomoisky/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel eases some lockdown measures as virus cases decline

Oct. 15, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel decided on Thursday to relax some of the restrictions imposed during a monthlong nationwide lockdown that was meant to drive down a raging coronavirus outbreak. The country's coronavirus Cabinet voted to resume daycare and pre-school for children up to six years old, allow...

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Coronavirus lockdown 2.0 deepens divisions in Israel

Oct. 14, 2020 2:07 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Israel went into lockdown last spring, Jerusalem pub owner Leon Shvartz moved quickly to save his business — shifting to a delivery and takeaway model that kept him afloat throughout the summer. Then came the second lockdown. With restaurants and shops shuttered again,...

In this photo provided by Chaya Spitz, Rabbi Avrohom Pinter, left, stands beside Joel Friedman, right, the director of Public Affairs for the Interlink Foundation, an umbrella organization for Orthodox Jewish charities on July 4, 2019 in Downing Street, London. Pinter gave his life to save his neighbors. When the British government ordered a lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus, Pinter went door-to-door to deliver the public health warning to the ultra-Orthodox Jews in northeast London. Within days, the 71-year-old rabbi had caught the disease and died. (Chaya Spitz via AP)

Lives Lost: London rabbi worked to end community's isolation

Oct. 13, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Rabbi Avrohom Pinter gave his life to save his neighbors. When the British government ordered a lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus, Pinter went door-to-door in northeast London to deliver the public health warning to the ultra-Orthodox Jews in his community. Within days, the...

Saudi Arabia presides over G-20 interfaith forum

Oct. 13, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia is presiding over a virtual global interfaith forum that began on Tuesday, with participation from Muslim clerics, Jewish rabbis, Christian priests and others religious figures. The kingdom is hosting the online event as part of its presidency this year of...