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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...

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 June 12, 2016 file photo, former New York Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford waves to fans from outside the dugout at the Yankees' annual Old Timers Day baseball game in New York. A family member tells The Associated Press on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 that Ford died at his Long Island home Thursday night.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Whitey Ford, Hall of Fame ace for mighty Yankees, died at 91

Oct. 9, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — During an era when the Yankees won the World Series so routinely it was joked that rooting for them was like rooting for General Motors, their ace pitcher owned the most fitting nickname: “The Chairman of the Board.” Whitey Ford, the street-smart New Yorker who had the best...

Members of the Jewish Orthodox community pass a grocery store in the Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. Hundreds of businesses in New York City neighborhoods where COVID-19 cases have spiked were supposed to be closed Thursday by order of the governor, but in Brooklyn's Borough Park section, some merchants subject to the shutdown order appeared to be operating as usual at midday, including a barber shop, cell phone stores and a toy store. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Businesses shut in effort to contain virus in NYC hot spots

Oct. 8, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of businesses and schools in New York City neighborhoods where coronavirus cases have spiked were closed Thursday by order of the governor, but questions swirled about how effectively officials could enforce the shutdown in areas where it has been met with resentment. The new rules...

Holocaust survivor Leon Sherman holds a lulav, a collection of palm, myrtle and willow branches, and an etrog, a citrus fruit, as he recites the blessings in front of his home in the Queens borough of New York, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. In an effort to bring the Jewish fall harvest traditions safely to those isolated by the coronavirus, Rabbi Eli Blokh, of the Chabad of Rego Park Jewish and Russian Community Center, built a mobile sukkah, a temporary shelter where Jews gather to celebrate Sukkot, in the back of a red pickup, making several house calls each day during the weeklong festival to people like Sherman. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

House calls bring Jewish tradition of Sukkot to the isolated

Oct. 8, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sukkot, the weeklong Jewish fall holiday commemorating God’s miraculous protection of the Jewish people in the desert, looks different this year. Many vulnerable individuals remain isolated at home due to the coronavirus during a celebration meant to highlight unity in the sukkah,...

A woman wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus, walks near the social distancing signs at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Seoul region remains virus hot spot for S Korea

Oct. 7, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has 69 new confirmed coronavirus cases, most of them in the Seoul region area where health workers are struggling to track transmissions tied to hospitals, churches, schools and an army unit. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on...

Members of the Jewish Orthodox community speak with NYPD officers on a street corner, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in the Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York.   Gov. Andrew Cuomo moved to reinstate restrictions on businesses, houses of worship and schools in and near areas where coronavirus cases are spiking. Many neighborhoods that stand to be affected are home to large enclaves of Orthodox Jews.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

'Just not fair': Communities bristle at new NYC shutdowns

Oct. 7, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Anger and resentment flared Wednesday in New York City neighborhoods facing new coronavirus shutdowns, with some residents saying the state is unfairly targeting Orthodox Jewish communities as it tries to stamp out hot spots before they spread. Protests erupted in Brooklyn's Borough Park...

Sri Lankans wait to give swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Minuwangoda, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka bans gatherings amid virus cluster

Oct. 6, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have banned all public gatherings as a new cluster of coronavirus infections expands in the Indian Ocean island nation. Health authorities said early Wednesday that the outbreak centered at a garment factory has risen to 830 confirmed cases while more than...

A Department of Education employee, center, answers a parent's questions outside the entrance to Public School 95, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in the Gravesend neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he's ordering schools in certain New York City neighborhoods closed within a day in an attempt to halt a flare-up of the coronavirus. The governor took the action a day after Mayor Bill de Blasio asked the state for permission to reinstate restrictions on businesses and schools in nine ZIP codes in Brooklyn and Queens where the virus was spreading more quickly. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York to impose new shutdowns in coronavirus hot spots

Oct. 6, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will reinstate restrictions on businesses, houses of worship and schools in and near areas where coronavirus cases are spiking, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, saying the severity of shutdowns would vary by proximity to the hot spots. Set to take effect no later than...

A sign posted on Oct. 2nd advises anyone entering Edward R. Murrow High School must go through a city health screening, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in the Midwood section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. The school is one of many in New York City that will close Tuesday after New York Gov Andrew Cuomo ordered schools in city neighborhoods with high coronavirus rates to shut down. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Governor orders some NYC schools closed amid virus flare-up

Oct. 5, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday ordered schools in certain New York City neighborhoods closed within a day in an attempt to halt flare-ups of the coronavirus. The governor took the action a day after the city's mayor, Bill de Blasio, asked the state for permission to reinstate...