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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...

Asian swamp eels are on display for sale at a market in the Chinatown neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. New York state and city wildlife officials say it's too soon to know the local impact of exotic eels dumped into a Brooklyn lake in September 2020. The nonnative eel species has been illegally released into freshwater bodies in at least eight U.S. states, including New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

'Big pile' of eels dumped in NYC park; impact not yet known

Oct. 17, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around and was startled to see a tangle of wriggling snakes. “And quite a big pile — fully alive,” said Orkin, a music composer who lives near the Brooklyn park. They turned...

FILE - In this Tuesday May 5, 2020 file photo, a man sleeps on a bench near the Basilica of Our Lady Catholic Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. In a lawsuit brought the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, a federal judge has refused to block Gov. Andrew Cuomo's order limiting worship to as few as 10 congregants in communities seeing spikes in coronavirus infections.  U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis ruled Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 in a lawsuit brought the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Judge refuses to block New York COVID-19 restrictions

Oct. 16, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

A federal judge has refused to block Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order limiting worship to as few as 10 congregants in communities seeing spikes in coronavirus infections. Ruling in a lawsuit brought by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis said in an order Friday that...

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...

AP journalist Mark Kennedy poses with his kids popping out of the sunroof of his first car, a 2015 Mazda CX-5, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The pandemic has altered so much in America in ways great and small. The subways, buses and ride sharing platforms are trips not for the nervous and car sharing services aren’t practical or economical for long-term rentals. (Lisa Tolin via AP)

VIRUS DIARY: Becoming a car owner in middle age, abruptly

Oct. 16, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It rolled off the car carrier near my home in Brooklyn and less than 20 minutes later it was mine: a 2015 Mazda CX-5 in a deep blue. It is my first car — ever. I happen to be 50 years old. The pandemic has altered so much in America in ways great and small. In the very small...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2020 photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a ceremony unveiling a statue of Mother Frances Cabrini, the patron saint of immigrants, in Battery Park in New York. Cuomo said Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, that the state would seek $20,000 in fines against the promoters who organized a July concert in Southampton, Long Island, by The Chainsmokers that saw widespread violations of social distancing rules. Cuomo also threatened to take away state funding from schools in coronavirus hot spots that are ignoring orders to shut their doors, saying their defiance is endangering public health. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Cuomo warns scofflaw schools, seeks Chainsmokers gig fine

Oct. 14, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that New York would seek $20,000 in fines against the promoters who organized a July concert by The Chainsmokers that saw widespread violations of social distancing rules. The Democrat also threatened to take away state funding from schools in...

FILE - In this March 21, 2017 file photo, a multilingual sign welcomes visitors at the meatpacking company JBS in Lapa, Parana state, Brazil. An owner of the world’s largest meatpacker pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, to paying nearly $150 million in bribes for over a decade to high-level government officials in Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil meatpacker fined for bribes that fueled US expansion

Oct. 14, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The owner of the world’s largest meatpacker pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court on Wednesday to paying nearly $180 million in bribes to top Brazilian officials in exchange for state-backed financing used to go on a buying spree in the U.S. Sao Paulo-based J&F...

Federal crackdown aims to curb violent crime spike in NYC

Oct. 14, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn announced Wednesday that he would put a new priority on firearms and drug cases, seeking stiffer penalties than are being doled out at the state level. Acting U.S. Attorney Seth DuCharme said he was taking action to address a sharp rise in gun...

FILE - The Amazon logo appears in Douai, northern France on April 16, 2020. With many independent bookstore owners facing the most dire financial crisis in their lifetimes, the American Booksellers Association has teamed with an award-winning advertising agency known for “culture hacking” to dramatize the threats of the pandemic and the growing dominance of Amazon.com. On Tuesday, the trade group launched the “Boxed Out” campaign, for which a handful of bookstores around the country will have windows boarded up and boxes piled up out front that resemble Amazon delivery containers. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

Indie bookstores launch anti-Amazon 'Boxed Out' campaign

Oct. 13, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With many independent bookstore owners facing the most dire financial crisis in their lifetimes, the American Booksellers Association has teamed with an award-winning advertising agency known for “culture hacking” to dramatize the threats of the pandemic and the growing...

Heshy Tischler, a City Council candidate and activist in the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Borough Park, leaves Kings County Criminal Court after his arraignment Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in New York. Tischler had been arrested on charges of inciting people to riot and unlawful imprisonment of a journalist who was chased and trapped by a crowd. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

NYC virus lockdown protest leader ordered away from reporter

Oct. 12, 2020 8:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A leader of protests against new coronavirus restrictions in Brooklyn was ordered Monday to stay away from a journalist who was chased and trapped by a crowd. Judge Edwin Novillo told Heshy Tischler, who is charged with inciting people to riot and unlawful imprisonment of a journalist, that...