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A passenger wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is disinfected her hand before getting on a trolley bus in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: S Korea concerned as new cases spike above 100

Aug. 13, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 103 new coronavirus cases. It is one of the country’s biggest daily jumps in months, and officials are expressing concern that infections are getting out of control in the capital of Seoul and other major cities as Koreans increasingly venture out in...

Most of New York City's virus checkpoints on Staten Island

Aug. 13, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials have been focusing nearly exclusively on Staten Island for the city's COVID-19 checkpoints, with authorities stopping more than 1,350 vehicles to register travelers returning from more than 30 states who are required to quarantine for 14 days. City data reviewed by...

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a pedestrian wears a face mask while standing outside the High School of Economics & Finance, closed due to coronavirus concerns, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, that he would allow children statewide to return to classrooms for the start of the new school year, citing the state's success in battling the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

NYC mayor defends school opening timetable as concerns rise

Aug. 13, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held firm Thursday to plans to reopen the nation’s largest public school system within a month, despite pleas from teachers and principals to delay the return of students to classrooms. The city is aiming for a hybrid reopening Sept. 10, with most...

New York extends some relief for renters amid COVID-19

Aug. 7, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Evictions are still on hold in New York courts as housing advocates worry about the fate of an estimated 14,000 renters who faced eviction before the state's COVID-19 emergency. Courts spokeswoman Lucian Chalfen said Friday that the state's stay of evictions is still in effect through a...

FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, students at Stuyvesant High School leave after classes in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 that he would allow children statewide to return to classrooms for the start of the new school year, citing the state's success in battling the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Cuomo clears New York schools statewide to open, carefully

Aug. 7, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York schools can bring children back to classrooms for the start of the school year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday, citing success in battling the coronavirus in the state that once was the U.S. heart of the pandemic. The Democratic governor's decision clears the way for...

A traveler arriving on a train that originated in Miami gets directions from a porter, right, at Amtrak's Penn Station, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking travelers from 34 states, including Florida where COVID-19 infection rates are high, to quarantine for 14 days after arriving in the city. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NYC begins registering travelers at COVID-19 checkpoints

Aug. 6, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City opened new traveler checkpoints Thursday to register visitors and residents returning from nearly three dozen states who are required to quarantine for 14 days — an initiative that drew swift criticism from privacy advocates. The checkpoints, targeting busy entry points...

People gather in Times Square after the groundbreaking ceremony of a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Ram by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in New York. Hindus rejoiced as Modi broke ground on a long-awaited temple of their most revered god, Ram, at the site of a demolished 16th century mosque. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Supporters, opponents of Hindu temple meet in Times Square

Aug. 6, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Midtown Manhattan celebration of a Hindu temple being built on disputed ground in India brought polarized groups into Times Square, where supporters of the landmark project were flanked by protesters calling it an offense to Muslims. Videos posted online show Hindu celebrators dressed in...

Imagery of the Hindu deity Ram and 3-D portraits of the proposed Hindu temple are displayed on a digital billboard in Times Square, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony of a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Ram by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ayodhya, in New Delhi, India. Hindus rejoiced as Modi broke ground on a long-awaited temple of their most revered god, Ram, at the site of a demolished 16th century mosque. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

Hindu temple ad runs in Times Square despite opposition

Aug. 5, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A large digital billboard in Times Square is displaying images of a Hindu deity and a temple being built on disputed ground in India, despite calls from a coalition of advocacy organizations — including Muslim, human rights, anti-fascist and secular groups — asking advertisers...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Aug. 5, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: New York Needs Less Bickering, More Teamwork New York Times Aug. 4 Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have before them some of the most difficult challenges any holder of their respective offices has ever faced. Both...

NYC checkpoint plan announced, unions question school plans

Aug. 5, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Travelers coming to New York City from 35 states and territories on the state's COVID-19 quarantine list may be met at bridges and train stations and told to fill out travel forms under a program announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The city plans to set up checkpoints at Penn Station and...