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A Sri Lankan airport worker stands next to a thermal scanner inside a terminal at the Katunayake International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Sri Lanka's tourism minister said that the airports in the country will be reopened for tourists according to health guidelines from Jan.21. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka reopens tourism after 10-month closing

Jan. 20, 2021 11:56 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka is welcoming tourists again after keeping the doors closed to visitors for nearly 10 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government’s action Thursday is seen as an effort to revive the island nation’s tourism industry, which has been badly hit by the...

FILE - This photo from Wednesday March 7, 2012, shows Illinois gun owners and supporters file NRA applications during an Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day convention before marching to the Illinois State in Springfield, Ill. Lawyers for the influential gun-rights advocacy group told a federal judge Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 that the organization’s recent decision to seek bankruptcy protection and reincorporate in gun-friendly Texas was not an attempt to dodge a lawsuit brought by the attorney general in New York, its current corporate home. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

NRA fights for its future in Texas, New York courts

Jan. 20, 2021 8:17 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Rifle Association is in a double-barreled legal battle for its future, moving forward with its bankruptcy case while fighting accusations it only sought Chapter 11 protection to avoid a potentially crippling lawsuit. Lawyers for the influential advocacy group told a federal...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jan. 20, 2021 5:45 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Biden’s Stimulus Plan Will Bring Relief, but There’s One Flaw The New York Times Jan. 19 Joe Biden will take the oath of office as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday in the center of a city...

A man wearing a face mask walks on the street, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in New York. The city will run out of first doses of COVID-19 vaccine sometime Thursday without fresh supplies, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

New York officials push for more COVID-19 vaccine supplies

Jan. 19, 2021 6:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's effort to speed up coronavirus inoculations is increasingly colliding with a lack of vaccine. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that the city will run out of first doses of COVID-19 vaccine sometime Thursday without fresh supplies. “If we don’t get new...

Police: Dozens arrested, 11 officers hurt at NYC protest

Jan. 19, 2021 5:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Martin Luther King Jr. Day march that ended with 29 arrests and 11 injured police officers represented the “antithesis of what Martin Luther King stood for,” New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday as the police department came under criticism for tactics...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address virtually from The War Room at the state Capitol, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, Pool)

Gov. Cuomo threatens tax hikes without $15B in federal aid

Jan. 19, 2021 3:51 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Tuesday his state will raise taxes and reduce spending if Congress doesn't send $15 billion in unrestricted emergency COVID-19 aid. The Democrat presented two vastly different budget scenarios: one if Congress provides New York with $6 billion and...

CVS Pharmacist Gerard Diebner prepares a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine for the nursing home residents at Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a nursing home facility, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 in Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

NY gov explores buying virus vaccine directly from maker

Jan. 18, 2021 8:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Frustrated by the flow of coronavirus vaccine from the federal government, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday floated the idea of buying shots for New Yorkers directly from one of the vaccine makers, Pfizer. The idea seemed far from a sure bet, with the pharmaceutical giant saying it would need...

Rochester legislator reports political pressure over photo

Jan. 17, 2021 10:07 AM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York legislator says “politically connected individuals” have tried to blackmail him after he sent an explicit photo to a 19-year-old woman. Monroe County Legislator Ernest Flagler-Mitchell said in a statement Saturday that he sent a photo “intended...

Tri-City ValleyCats suing Major League Baseball, Astros

Jan. 16, 2021 10:05 PM EST

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Left in the lurch by minor league contraction, the Tri-City ValleyCats have filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the Houston Astros. The suit, filed Thursday in New York State Supreme Court, seeks more than $15 million, ValleyCats chairman Doug Gladstone told the Albany...

A bus in New York City which careened off a road in the Bronx neighborhood of New York is left dangling from an overpass Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, after a crash late Thursday that left the driver in serious condition, police said. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Bus driver in dramatic bridge plunge says it 'just took off'

Jan. 16, 2021 5:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The driver of a New York City bus that plunged off a bridge blamed the dramatic crash on mechanical failure, saying Saturday that the tandem vehicle “just took off” as he slowed into a turn. Everton Beccan, 55, disputed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's assertion a...