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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...

Buildings in Harlem sit dark during a power outage early, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in New York. A power outage cast darkness across dozens of blocks in New York City as many people in the city were still without electricity in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias. Con Edison said that a problem with its transmission system

Power outage leaves large swaths of Manhattan in the dark

Aug. 7, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A power outage cast darkness across large swaths of Manhattan early Friday, as tens of thousands of people in other parts of New York City were still without electricity in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias. A spokesperson for Consolidated Edison said Friday's blackout started at 5:13...

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....

FILE - This Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2020, at the National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Md.  New York’s attorney general is suing the National Rifle Association, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over allegations that high-ranking executives diverted millions of dollars for personal benefit. The lawsuit filed Thursday, Aug. 6,  by Attorney General Letitia James followed an 18-month investigation into the NRA, which is a nonprofit group originally chartered in New York.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

New York attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA

Aug. 6, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general sued the National Rifle Association on Thursday, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over claims that top executives illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for...

New York attorney general sues to dissolve the NRA, saying its leaders exploited the company for personal gain

Aug. 6, 2020 11:38 AM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — New York attorney general sues to dissolve the NRA, saying its leaders exploited the company for personal gain.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio talks with residents about damage from Tropical Storm Isaias, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Death toll rises, mass power outages after storm destruction

Aug. 5, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) — At least nine people, including a 5-year-old girl with autism, were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias battered the U.S. East Coast with rain and fierce winds after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina. Millions of people were without power on Wednesday after felled trees...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo removes a mask as he holds a news conference in a Monday, June 15, 2020 file photo, in Tarrytown, N.Y. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes the reins of the group representing the nation’s governors, which has played a pivotal role in communicating with the Trump administration about state needs during the coronavirus pandemic. As head of the bipartisan National Governors Association, Cuomo will have to walk a fine line between his naturally combative style with the White House and a deferential approach favored by Republicans. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Cuomo takes over governors group as virus batters states

Aug. 5, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The governor who in large measure has defined states' up-and-down fight against the coronavirus, including occasional combat with the White House, is poised to widen his national spotlight. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the reins of the National Governors Association on Wednesday...

FILE - In this Friday, July 17, 2020, file photo, Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson speaks during a news conference at the CPS headquarters announcing a preliminary reopening framework for public schools, in Chicago. Chicago Public Schools is expected to announce Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, that it will start the school year with all-remote learning in response to coronavirus concerns, according to published reports. (Pat Nabong/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Reports: Chicago schools to announce all-remote learning

Aug. 5, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools is expected to announce Wednesday that it will start the school year with all-remote learning in response to coronavirus concerns, according to published reports. The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, citing unnamed sources, said the announcement will be made...

Protesters, many from the former encampment at City Hall Park, march for social justice in New York, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Outrage after NYPD hustles protester into unmarked van

Jul. 29, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department’s use of plainclothes officers and an unmarked minivan to haul away a vandalism suspect during a protest Tuesday created confusion and drew outrage from people who compared it to covert tactics used recently by federal agents in Portland, Oregon....

FILE - In this April 19, 2018 file photo, Andrew Taggart, of The Chainsmokers, performs

'Appalled' Cuomo to investigate crowded Chainsmokers concert

Jul. 29, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's governor says he is “appalled” by videos showing crowds standing close together at a Hamptons concert featuring electronic music duo The Chainsmokers over the weekend. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state Department of Health will conduct an investigation into...