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Independent report criticizes Cuomo's 'top-down' management of New York's COVID-19 response

Jun. 14, 2024 20:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An investigation into New York’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic found former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's “top down” approach of dictating public health policy through his office, rather than coordinating with state and local agencies, sewed confusion during the crisis. ...

NY governor's subway mask ban proposal sparks debate over right to anonymous protest

Jun. 14, 2024 18:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new proposal by Gov. Kathy Hochul to ban masks on the New York subway is drawing backlash from civil liberties groups and disability advocates, reviving a long-standing debate about the right to anonymous protest that has only grown more complex since the pandemic. ...

Met Opera in New York sold 72% of tickets this season, up from 66% and highest since pandemic

Jun. 13, 2024 17:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera sold 72% of its available tickets this season, up from 66% in 2022-23 and an increase from 61% from its first season following the pandemic. Box office remained down from 75% in 2018-19 and a projected 76% for 2019-20 before the mid-March...

An investment firm has taken a $1.9 billion stake in Southwest Airlines and wants to oust the CEO

Jun. 10, 2024 16:38 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Activist shareholder Elliott Investment Management has bought a $1.9 billion stake in Southwest Airlines and is seeking to force out the CEO of the airline, which has struggled with operational and financial problems. Shares in the airline rose 7% Monday, their...

Fauci pushes back partisan attacks in fiery House hearing over COVID origins and controversies

Jun. 03, 2024 16:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert until leaving the government in 2022, was back before Congress on Monday, calling “simply preposterous” Republican allegations that he'd tried to cover up origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. A GOP-led...

How to find the right balance between telemedicine and in-person care

Jun. 03, 2024 11:29 AM EDT

Patients can now see an array of doctors without leaving their recliner thanks to telemedicine. But that doesn’t mean trips to the office should end. Finding the right balance between virtual and in-person visits can be a key to getting good care. Here’s what you...

Expect the cost of your airfare to continue to rise, an aviation trade group and industry heads warn

Jun. 03, 2024 05:30 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The cost of your next flight is likely to go up. That's the word from the International Air Transport Association, which held its annual meeting Monday in Dubai, home to the long-haul carrier Emirates. While carriers recover from...

WHO member countries approve steps to bolster health regulations to better brace for pandemics

Jun. 01, 2024 18:08 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said member countries on Saturday approved new steps to improve global preparedness for and response to pandemics like COVID-19 and mpox, and set a new deadline for agreeing on a broader treaty. Countries agreed by consensus to amend the...

Lawsuit alleges racial harassment at a Maine company that makes COVID-19 swabs

May. 29, 2024 10:24 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine-based company that makes COVID-19 test swabs is being sued for allegedly condoning or refusing to stop racial harassment against a Black former employee at a plant that opened during a pandemic production surge. While working at a Puritan Medical...

Target's chief food, essentials and beauty officer on innovation in the grocery aisle

May. 28, 2024 07:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Target has revamped its grocery aisles since the COVID-19 pandemic with items ranging from Korean foods and mocktails to barbecue-flavored trail mix as the discount retailer caters to shoppers who want to experiment while sticking to a budget. Like many retailers,...