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NYC to reopen zoos and aquarium, cancels street gatherings

Jul. 9, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Bronx Zoo and New York City's aquarium are set to reopen this month, but New York City is canceling street fairs, outdoor concerts, parades and other big events through September as local officials try to keep city blocks open for restaurants and the public. Large outdoor gatherings...

CORRECTS DATE TO JULY 6, 2020 INSTEAD OF JULY 7, 2020 - Parishioners receive the sacrament from the Rev. Luis Gabriel Medina during Communion at Saint Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in the Queens borough of New York, Monday, July 6, 2020. This was the first in-person Mass at the church in almost four months. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Two COVID-19-ravaged churches take different recovery paths

Jul. 8, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The paths of two New York City churches diverged this week — one reopened and one stayed closed. But they have shared a tragic fate, together losing at least 134 members of their mostly Hispanic congregations to the coronavirus. Saint Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in Queens,...

Woman fatally stabbed in NYC, husband in police custody

Jul. 3, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A 45-year-old Queens woman was fatally stabbed Friday, and her husband, who also suffered stab wounds, was in custody, police said. Officers responding to a 911 call shortly before 2:30 a.m. found a man and woman inside an apartment in Jackson Heights, both with stab wounds. The man and...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014, file photo, New York City police officer David Afanador leaves state court in New York following his arraignment. Afanador, 39, was arrested Thursday, June 25, 2020, on charges of strangulation and attempted strangulation over an altercation last weekend on the Rockaway Beach boardwalk. The confrontation on the boardwalk came after weeks of protests following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

NYPD officer charged in swift test of state’s chokehold ban

Jun. 25, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Moving swiftly amid a global furor over police misconduct, New York City prosecutors on Thursday filed criminal charges against a police officer caught on video putting a Black man in what they said was a banned chokehold, causing him to appear to lose consciousness. Officer David Afanador...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, Shinjo Kunieda, of Japan, returns a shot to Alfie Hewett, of the United Kingdom, during the men's wheelchair singles quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York. The U.S. Tennis Association changed its plans and now will include wheelchair competition at the scaled-down U.S. Open after athletes complained about the original decision to drop their event entirely this year. The USTA announced Wednesday, June 24, 2020, that wheelchair tennis will be played at Flushing Meadows from Sept. 10-13, the last four days of the Grand Slam tournament.(AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, File)

Responding to complaints, US Open restores wheelchair tennis

Jun. 24, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Tennis Association changed its plans and now will include wheelchair competition at the scaled-down U.S. Open after athletes complained about the original decision to drop their event entirely this year. The USTA announced Wednesday that wheelchair tennis will be played at Flushing...

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D, New York, center, meets a cluster of media beside a campaign truck plastered with her promotional material in Astoria, Queens, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, on primary election day in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Ocasio-Cortez wins primary in NY, other races undecided

Jun. 24, 2020 2:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her Democratic primary Tuesday, but election night ended with uncertainty over the outcomes of several other New York congressional races featuring other young insurgents. The coronavirus pandemic that moved campaigning from the streets to...

Supporters of and volunteers for Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., follow primary returns Tuesday, June 23, 2020, from Clarke's campaign headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Latest: Many NY races too close to call

Jun. 24, 2020 1:38 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on New York's primary elections (all times local): 1:35 a.m. Dozens of races in New York state are awaiting winners to be called after the state held its primary election. The Associated Press did not declare winners on Tuesday in all primary elections for state legislature, 16...

Jamaal Bowman, who is running against Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., speaks during his primary-night party Tuesday, June. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

The Latest: Primary race for Engel's seat too early to call

Jun. 24, 2020 1:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a handful of primary elections across the United States (all times local): 1:30 a.m. The Democratic primary in New York’s 16th Congressional District is too early to call. As of 1 a.m. ET on Wednesday, challenger Jamaal Bowman had roughly 61% of the counted vote....

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2010 file photo, director Joel Schumacher attends the premiere of

Joel Schumacher, director of 'St. Elmo's Fire,' dies at 80

Jun. 23, 2020 12:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Schumacher, the eclectic and brazen filmmaker who dressed New York department store windows before shepherding the Brat Pack to the big screen in “St. Elmo's Fire” and steering the Batman franchise into its most baroque territory in “Batman Forever” and...

Maya Evans, right, toasts friend Tifffany Webster, 30, on Webster's 30th birthday during the first day of the city's phase two reopening from the coronavirus outbreak, Monday, June 22, 2020, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York. Under phase two, the city's restaurants are allowed to serve patrons for outdoor dining with some precautions and restrictions. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NYC takes 'biggest step' in reopening after virus crisis

Jun. 22, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City ventured into a crucial stage of reopening as stores let people in Monday, offices brought workers back, restaurants seated customers outdoors and residents both welcomed and worried about rebounding from the nation’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak. From Macy's...