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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 2, 1990, file photo, David Dinkins delivers his first speech as mayor of New York, in New York. Dinkins, New York City’s first African-American mayor, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. He was 93. (AP Photo/Frankie Ziths, File)

NYC's first African American mayor, David Dinkins, has died

Nov. 24, 2020 9:52 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — David Dinkins, who broke barriers as New York City’s first African American mayor, but was doomed to a single term by a soaring murder rate, stubborn unemployment and his mishandling of a riot in Brooklyn, has died. He was 93. Dinkins died Monday, the New York City Police Department...

New York sex club busted for 80 people partying sans masks

Nov. 22, 2020 5:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — There were plenty of condoms but no masks at a sex club where 80 people were caught partying the night away without adhering to social distancing rules, the New York Sheriff’s Office said Sunday. Deputies responding to a complaint Saturday night found people drinking, eating at a...

This photo shows from Aztec Media LLC shows online educational company Test Prep Insight CEO John Ross posing in Auburn, Calif., in February, 2020. Promising news about a coronavirus vaccine has small business owners feeling more upbeat despite the virus's continuing spread.   Ross intends to hold off on any major changes.  (Megan Hesson/Aztec Media LLC via AP)

Business owners upbeat about vaccine, wary as virus spreads

Nov. 22, 2020 11:10 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Promising news about a coronavirus vaccine has small business owners feeling more upbeat despite cases of the virus surging in many parts of the U.S. Owners hope consumers and businesses will be more relaxed about spending now that two drug companies, Pfizer and Moderna, have vaccines that...

Man charged with manslaughter in high-speed NYC crash

Nov. 21, 2020 7:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who prosecutors say was driving 97 mph (156 kph) when he caused a fatal crash in New York City has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving and other crimes, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said Saturday. Alamin Ahmed, 22, of Albany, was arraigned in court on...

In this image made from video provided by WABC TV, Jaythan Kendrick, center, leaves the courthouse Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in New York, after being cleared of the November 1994 killing of Josephine Sanchez. After more than a quarter-century behind bars for the deadly purse-snatching, the New York man has been cleared as prosecutors acknowledged that witnesses against him, including a 10-year-old boy, weren't reliable. (WABC TV via AP)

Man freed, case dropped in deadly 1994 stabbing of NYC woman

Nov. 20, 2020 5:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man has been cleared after more than a quarter-century behind bars for a deadly robbery, with prosecutors acknowledging that witnesses against him — including a 10-year-old boy — weren't reliable. Jaythan Kendrick walked out of a Queens courthouse Thursday, free...

5 freed, 2 men in custody after Queens hostage standoff

Nov. 18, 2020 8:29 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Five people who were being held hostage during an apparent robbery attempt at a home in Queens were released by two armed men, who surrendered peacefully to police early Wednesday, authorities said. The roughly five-hour standoff began after officers surrounded the home Tuesday night. A...

NYC woman charged with hate crime in attack on Muslim couple

Nov. 13, 2020 3:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Queens woman accused of shouting an anti-Muslim slur while grabbing a woman's headscarf and then attacking her husband was charged Friday with assault as a hate crime and other offenses, authorities said. Giselle DeJesus, 35, was being held on $10,000 bond after her arraignment Friday,...

This Nov. 5, 2020 photo provided by Josh Spector shows Ariel Cordova-Rojas with Bae, a female mute swan, as the swan is rescued in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, in the Queens borough of New York. Cordova-Rojas was assisted by a couple with a car who agreed to drive the swan and Cordova-Rojas to a nearby subway station. Later an employee of the Wild Bird Rescue met them at another subway station for transport to the organization's clinic on New York's Upper West Side. (Josh Spector via AP)

NYC woman gets ill swan to clinic via foot, car and subway

Nov. 11, 2020 1:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ariel Cordova-Rojas went to New York's Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge last week to celebrate her 30th birthday. She ended up rescuing a swan with lead poisoning, taking it to a wildlife clinic by foot, car and subway with the help of both friends and strangers. Cordova-Rojas is trained in...

A man stops to watch election returns on electronic billboards in Times Square, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Latest: Republican Jacobs wins full term in New York

Nov. 4, 2020 3:52 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest developments in New York's general election: 3:50 a.m., Wednesday Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Jacobs has won a full term representing a district in western New York, beating the same Democrat he defeated in a special election five months ago. Jacobs won a special election in June...

Gas explosion engulfs 3 Long Island homes in flames

Nov. 1, 2020 4:44 PM EST

MEADOWMERE PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Two firefighters and a resident were injured when three Long Island houses were set ablaze by a gas explosion early Sunday morning, fire officials said. The explosion shortly after 5:30 a.m. destroyed three homes in Meadowmere Park in Nassau County, close to JFK Airport, Nassau...