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Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays performs during a one-man high-tech “A Christmas Carol Live” that is being filmed for streaming this month at the empty 3,000-seat United Palace. The one-man show is an example of how many who work in the theater are increasingly defying COVID-19 by refusing to let it stop their art. (Courtesy of A Christmas Carol Live via AP)

Theater uses its creativity to defy pandemic and stage shows

Dec. 3, 2020 11:21 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — There's theater on Broadway. You just have to adjust your sights. More than a hundred blocks north of Manhattan's shuttered theater district but on that same famed thoroughfare, an actor recently read his lines from a huge stage. But there was no applause. Instead, all that was heard was a...

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2019 file photo, Casanova attends the world premiere of Amazon Prime Video's

Rapper Casanova surrenders in federal racketeering case

Dec. 3, 2020 10:40 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The rapper Casanova has surrendered to law enforcement following his indictment in a gang-related federal racketeering case, authorities said Thursday. The New York City rapper, whose legal name is Caswell Senior, was charged in an indictment unsealed against 18 members of the Untouchable...

Paraprofessional Jessica Wein helps Josh Nazzaro stay focussed while attending class virtually from his home in Wharton, N.J., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Without any in-school special education services for months, Nazzaro’s normally sweet demeanor has sometimes given way to aggressive meltdowns that had been under control before the pandemic. The teenager, who has autism and is nonverbal, often wanted no part of his online group speech therapy sessions, and when he did participate, he needed constant hands-on guidance from aides hired by his family. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

School closings threaten gains of students with disabilities

Dec. 3, 2020 9:58 AM EST

Without any in-school special education services for months, 14-year-old Joshua Nazzaro’s normally sweet demeanor has sometimes given way to aggressive meltdowns that had been under control before the pandemic. The teenager, who has autism and is nonverbal, often wanted no part of his online group speech...

FILE - In this  Friday, March 15, 2019 file photo, Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber bats during a spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Glendale, Ariz. Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. became free agents Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 when the Chicago Cubs declined to offer contracts to two key players from their historic 2016 World Series championship. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Schwarber, Bradley, Duvall among 59 cut in pandemic fallout

Dec. 3, 2020 3:50 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. were cut loose by the Chicago Cubs after helping the team win its first World Series title in more than a century, among 59 players who became free agents as part of the fallout from the coranavirus pandemic when their teams declined to offer them 2021...

A student checks the time as others wait for the start of the annual college entrance examination amid the coronavirus pandemic at an exam hall in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. South Korean officials are urging people to remain at home if possible and cancel gatherings as about half a million students prepare for a crucial national college exam. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Young S. Koreans taking crucial university exam

Dec. 3, 2020 3:45 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 35 COVID-19 patients, are taking the country’s highly competitive university entrance exam despite a viral resurgence that has forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules. The Education Ministry says...

Today in History

Dec. 3, 2020 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 3, the 338th day of 2020. There are 28 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 3, 1984, thousands of people died after a cloud of methyl isocyanate gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India. On...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Dec. 2, 2020 11:07 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Visa Is Doing What Big American Companies Do to ‘Protect This Business’ The New York Times Dec. 2 Visa dominates the lucrative business of processing debit card transactions. Merchants must choose between paying...

New York Mets relief pitcher Chasen Shreve (47) hands the ball to manager Luis Rojas (19) as he leaves the game during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Mets cut Shreve, give Matz $5.2M, finalize May's $15.5M deal

Dec. 2, 2020 11:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Relief pitcher Chasen Shreve became a free agent when the New York Mets declined to offer him a 2021 contract by Wednesday night’s deadline. New York agreed to a $5.2 million, one-year deal with left-hander Steven Matz and finalized its $15.5 million, two-year contract with...

People look from the windows of 30 Rockefeller Center as more than 50,000 lights on the 75-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree are illuminated at the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in New York. The ceremony is a mask-mandated, time-limited, socially distanced event due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree turns on, with virus rules

Dec. 2, 2020 10:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Rockin' around the Christmas tree looks different for visitors at Rockefeller Center this year, starting with Wednesday's tree lighting ceremony. What's normally a chaotic, crowded tourist hotspot during the holiday season was instead a mask-mandated, time-limited, socially distanced locale...

New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning in Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Cessa agrees to $1 million, 1-year deal with Yankees

Dec. 2, 2020 10:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Right-hander Luis Cessa and the New York Yankees avoided salary arbitration when they agreed to a $1.05 million, one-year contract Wednesday before the deadline to offer 2021 contracts to unsigned players on 40-man rosters. New York also agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Ben...