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United Airlines cutting flights at LaGuardia, Newark

Apr. 4, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — United Airlines is temporarily slashing the number of its flights in and out of New York City-area airports to keep employees safe during the coronavirus outbreak, a top executive told employees on Saturday. Beginning Sunday, United will be cutting nearly 90% of flights at LaGuardia Airport...

Casper ter Kuile, left, and his husband, Sean Lair, wave goodbye to their virtual community choir members from their home in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Sunday, March 29, 2020. Created to combat social isolation in times of coronavirus, more than one hundred people from around the world joined the hour-long sing along session. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Contagious singing as Corona Community Chorus unites voices

Apr. 4, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Casper ter Kuile lights a candle in front of his computer screen. And then the music begins. All around the world, linked by video, more than 100 people sing “Come, Come Whoever You Are,” lyrics adapted from a poem by Rumi, the 13th century Sufi mystic. Then, laughing...

Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper prepares to bat during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Harper, Matz latest MLBers to contribute to virus relief

Apr. 3, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper and New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz are the latest baseball players to make donations to coronavirus relief efforts. Harper and his wife, Kayla, are giving $500,000 to Direct Relief and Three Square in his hometown of Las Vegas and...

Pedestrians board a train Thursday, April 2, 2020, in the Corona section of the Queens borough of New York. Data released by city health officials show that residents in the immigrant-rich Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and Corona sections of Queens have tested positive for the coronavirus at higher rates than in wealthy, mostly white parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Virus hits NYC hardest in a few working-class neighborhoods

Apr. 3, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has hit especially hard in a few poorer New York City neighborhoods where telecommuting isn’t an option for many workers and there are more likely to be many people living under one roof. Residents of the immigrant-rich Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and Corona...

Pat Marmo, owner of Daniel J. Schaefer Funeral Home, is interviewed in his body holding facility, hoping for assistance in handling the overflow of clients stemming from COVID-19 deaths, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Like many funeral homes in New York and around the globe, Marmo's business is in crisis.

'Surreal': NY funeral homes struggle as virus deaths surge

Apr. 3, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Pat Marmo walked among 20 or so deceased in the basement of his Brooklyn funeral home, his protective mask pulled down so his pleas could be heard. “Every person there, they’re not a body,” he said. “They’re a father, they’re a mother,...

An Impoverished Indians gives his finger print on a biometric machine after purchasing food ration in Prayagraj, India, Thursday, April 2, 2020. India is adding more resources to tackle its increase in coronavirus cases by announcing that private hospitals may be requisitioned to help treat virus patients, and turning railway cars and a motor racing circuit into makeshift quarantine facilities. The steps were taken after a nationwide lockdown announced last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led to a mass exodus of migrant workers from cities to their villages, often on foot and without food and water, raising fears that the virus may have reached to the countryside, where health care facilities are limited. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The Latest: India's PM looks to boost country's morale

Apr. 3, 2020 12:38 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: — India's PM urges citizens to light candles Sunday night to...

Pat Marmo, owner of Daniel J. Schaefer Funeral Home, is interviewed in his body holding facility, hoping for assistance in handling the overflow of clients stemming from COVID-19 deaths, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Like many funeral homes in New York and around the globe, Marmo's business is in crisis.

'Surreal': NY funeral homes struggle as virus deaths surge

Apr. 2, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Pat Marmo walked among 20 or so deceased in the basement of his Brooklyn funeral home, his protective mask pulled down so his pleas could be heard. “Every person there, they’re not a body,” he said. “They’re a father, they’re a mother,...

Pat Marmo, owner of Daniel J. Schaefer Funeral Home, walks through a viewing room set up to respect social distancing, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. He and other funeral directors are seeing a surge of clients because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

'We need help': Economic, health crises grow as cases top 1M

Apr. 2, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak has thrown 10 million Americans out of work in just two weeks in the swiftest, most stunning collapse the U.S. job market has ever witnessed, and the public health crisis deepened in New York City, where a funeral home in a hard-hit neighborhood had 185 bodies...

The Manhattan skyline is seen behind the parking lot and terminal of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Thursday, April 2, 2020 in New York. N.Y. New York Gov. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the terminal with be transformed into a temporary field hospital to increase New York's hospital capacity while cases of the coronavirus skyrocket. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NYC residents should cover face when in public, mayor says

Apr. 2, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As coronavirus cases soared, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio asked New Yorkers on Thursday to wear a face covering when they go outside to prevent the spread of the virus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that the state’s supply of breathing machines could be exhausted in six days....

A funeral director and a Wycoff Heights Medical Center, employee transport a body, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in New York. 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)

'A battlefield behind your home': Deaths mount in New York

Apr. 1, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers Wednesday as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900 and the wail of ambulances in the otherwise eerily quiet streets of the city became the heartbreaking soundtrack of the crisis. As hot...