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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo, passengers stand on line at John F. Kennedy International Airport in the Queens borough of New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, that the state is now requiring travelers from non-neighboring states to test for COVID-19 before and after arrival in the state. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Travelers to NY must test for virus, nearby states exempted

Oct. 31, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is now requiring travelers from non-neighboring states to test for COVID-19 before and after arrival in the state. The state is scrapping its list that required residents of most states to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New York. Instead, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, New York state Senate members meet in the Senate Chamber on the opening day of the legislative session at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Democrats aren't in danger of losing their grip on Albany in Tuesday's election, but it could bring subtle shifts in a political landscape where Gov. Andrew Cuomo often calls the shots. Democrats could gain a veto-proof majority by winning just two more seats in the 63-seat Senate. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Democrats could cement wins, wield more influence with Cuomo

Oct. 31, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — For all the drama around the 2020 election, one thing isn't at stake: Democratic control of New York's state legislature. But while the party isn't in danger of losing its grip on Albany, Tuesday's election could bring subtle shifts in a political landscape where Gov. Andrew Cuomo often...

NY's COVID hot spot restrictions upheld again in court

Oct. 30, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge in upstate New York on Friday upheld the state's restrictions on religious gatherings in coronavirus hot spots. The decision by U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe in Albany followed two other similar rulings earlier this month that also refused to block Gov. Andrew Cuomo's...

Tarps and fences block the seating area in the Hoboken Terminal waiting room in Hoboken, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Once a gleaming symbol of early 20th-century ambition and prosperity, the grand rail terminal now sits as a somber reminder of the daunting challenges facing mass transit in the New York region. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

8 years later, Sandy still costing transit systems billions

Oct. 29, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Once a gleaming symbol of early 20th-century ambition and prosperity, Hoboken’s grand rail terminal now sits as a somber reminder of the daunting challenges facing mass transit in the New York region. Eight years ago Thursday, Superstorm Sandy pushed the Hudson River over its...

Women wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk along a moving bus on a street in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China says latest outbreak appears contained

Oct. 28, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

BEIJING — Officials in the northwestern China region of Xinjiang say they believe they have contained the country’s latest coronavirus outbreak. Xinjiang reported 23 new confirmed cases Thursday, all involving people who had initially tested positive but displayed no symptoms. It was the second...

FILE - In this May 30, 2019, file photo, Muscle Joint & Relief Cream is displayed at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition trade show in New York. New York regulators have proposed quality control standards and a licensing program for hemp-derived CBD products that have gained widespread popularity in products such as tinctures, salves and lotions, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

New York proposes regulations for hemp-derived CBD products

Oct. 28, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York regulators have proposed quality control standards and a licensing program for hemp-derived CBD products that have gained widespread popularity in products such as tinctures, salves and lotions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. The state Department of Health proposed the...

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2020, file photo, families of COVID-19 victims who died in New York nursing homes gather in front of Cobble Hill Heath Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York, to demand New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologize for his response to clusters in nursing homes during the pandemic. The Justice Department vastly expanded its inquiry into whether New York is undercounting the number of nursing home residents dead from the coronavirus, demanding the state turn over death tallies from hundreds of private facilities. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura, File)

Justice Department ramps up inquiry into NY care home deaths

Oct. 28, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department vastly expanded an inquiry Wednesday that could determine whether New York is undercounting coronavirus deaths among nursing home residents, demanding detailed data from hundreds of private facilities. The demand ratchets up pressure on Democratic Gov. Andrew...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 29, 2020, file photo, a sign welcomes motorists to New York, on the border with Connecticut, near Rye Brook, N.Y. Governors in New York's tri-state region were left scrambling in late October 2020 when virus infection rates in Connecticut and New Jersey climbed high enough to qualify for their own 14-day quarantine requirements. It highlighted a worrying trend in a region that used the list to set itself apart from large swaths of the country and raised questions about whether it was worth keeping. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Rising infections complicate rules for New York-area travel

Oct. 28, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Rich Collins is trapped in the maze of coronavirus-related travel restrictions in the Northeast. The Rhode Island firefighter has custody of his 5-year-old daughter every other weekend in an agreement with his ex-wife, but he can't bring her to his home because she lives in upstate...

This undated photo shows Jackie Gordon, the Democratic candidate running in New York's 2nd congressional district race against Republican Andrew Garbarino for the seat held by retiring U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. (Jackie Gordon for Congress via AP)

King's retirement sets up fight for Long Island swing seat

Oct. 28, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

Republican U.S. Rep. Peter King's impending retirement after nearly three decades as the aggrieved voice of bridge and tunnel New Yorkers has set off a scramble for control of his suburban Long Island swing district, with outside groups pouring in millions of dollars. King's chosen successor, State Assemblyman...

A man wearing a face shield as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus walks on a street in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. India reports 36,470 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. However, the overall tally neared 8 million, the second in the world behind the U.S. with over 8.7 million positive cases. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

The Latest: India capital has its worst 1-day virus caseload

Oct. 28, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with 43,893 new cases reported for the latest 24-hour period. The total reported Wednesday includes the highest single-day number of cases for the Indian capital of New Delhi — 4,853. The Health Ministry...