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NY bans incineration disposal of toxic firefighting foam

Nov. 24, 2020 1:22 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York has banned the disposal of toxic firefighting foam by incineration in certain cities after environmental groups raised concerns about an Albany-area firm that had incinerated foam for two years under a Department of Defense contract. The law signed Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo,...

Two students right, wave goodbye to teachers and counselors after attending an in-person blended learning session at West Brooklyn Community High School, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York, after the school's principal announced that the school would be closed until further notice due to rising cases of coronavirus in the city. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday he's shuttering schools to try to stop the renewed spread of the coronavirus. This is the third time the high school has had to close, with the most recent closure due to an outbreak in the immediate neighborhood, although the school has had no reported cases. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York City schools to close again as virus rate rises

Nov. 18, 2020 7:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is shuttering schools to try to stop the renewed spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday in a painful about-face for one of the first big U.S. school systems to bring students back to classrooms this fall. The nation's largest public school system will...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, file photo, a statue of Alexander Hamilton stands in Central Park in New York. A new research paper takes a swipe at the popular image of Alexander Hamilton as the abolitionist founding father, citing evidence that he was a slave trader and owner himself. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Research sheds light on Alexander Hamilton as slave owner

Nov. 11, 2020 1:03 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new research paper takes a swipe at the popular image of Alexander Hamilton as the abolitionist founding father, citing evidence he was a slave trader and owner himself. “Not only did Alexander Hamilton enslave people, but his involvement in the institution of slavery was...

The Hong Kong Observation Wheel is seen at waterfront in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Hong Kong and Singapore say they have agreed to a bilateral air travel bubble, re-establishing travel links as coronavirus infections in both cities decline. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

The Latest: Hong Kong, Singapore plan 'air travel bubble'

Nov. 10, 2020 11:51 PM EST

HONG KONG — Hong Kong and Singapore will establish an "air travel bubble" Nov. 22 allowing travelers from the two cities to visit the other without having to serve quarantine in a first step to stimulate tourism amid the coronavirus pandemic. Under the plan, tourists from either city must take nucleic acid...

A fan wearing a face mask sits alone on the stands before the start of the Champions League group C soccer match between FC Porto and Olympiacos at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Only 3,750 fans were allowed on the stands. (Miguel Riopa, Pool via AP)

The Latest: UAlbany suspends men's hoops; awaits test result

Nov. 4, 2020 12:43 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The University at Albany in New York's state capital has temporarily suspended all men’s basketball activities after an individual associated with the team was part of a pool of tests that came back presumptively positive...

A man wearing a face shield as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus walks on a street in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. India reports 36,470 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. However, the overall tally neared 8 million, the second in the world behind the U.S. with over 8.7 million positive cases. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

The Latest: India capital has its worst 1-day virus caseload

Oct. 28, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with 43,893 new cases reported for the latest 24-hour period. The total reported Wednesday includes the highest single-day number of cases for the Indian capital of New Delhi — 4,853. The Health Ministry...

A woman holds a sign as she and others protest outside the offices of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in New York. Three Rockland County Jewish congregations are suing New York state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying he engaged in a

Jewish leaders call COVID rules 'blatantly anti-Semitic'

Oct. 16, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three Rockland County Jewish congregations are suing New York state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying he engaged in a “streak of anti-Semitic discrimination” with a recent crackdown on religious gatherings to reduce the state’s coronavirus infection rate. The Manhattan...

Acting U.S Attorney for the Northern District of New York, Antoinette T. Bacon, speaks at a repatriation ceremony for the painting

Jewish family's painting looted by Nazis in 1933 is returned

Oct. 15, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A painting of two young, 19th-century skaters that was looted by Nazis from a Jewish family in 1933 and recently discovered at a small museum in upstate New York was returned Thursday after 87 years. The painting “Winter” by American artist Gari Melchers was part of a...

NCAA grants Olivia Owens immediate eligibility at Kentucky

Oct. 15, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky says the NCAA has granted former Maryland center Olivia Owens immediate eligibility to play this season for the Wildcats after transferring in June. The 6-foot-4 Owens missed last season with medical issues after playing 16 games as a freshman with the Terrapins. Rated a...

A Department of Education employee, center, answers a parent's questions outside the entrance to Public School 95, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in the Gravesend neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he's ordering schools in certain New York City neighborhoods closed within a day in an attempt to halt a flare-up of the coronavirus. The governor took the action a day after Mayor Bill de Blasio asked the state for permission to reinstate restrictions on businesses and schools in nine ZIP codes in Brooklyn and Queens where the virus was spreading more quickly. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York to impose new shutdowns in coronavirus hot spots

Oct. 6, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will reinstate restrictions on businesses, houses of worship and schools in and near areas where coronavirus cases are spiking, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, saying the severity of shutdowns would vary by proximity to the hot spots. Set to take effect no later than...