New York governor says some areas outside New York City ready to reopen this week

(Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that several regions of the state outside New York City could start reopening their economies this weekend after meeting criteria related to hospitalizations and testing for the coronavirus, demonstrating that they are “ready to go.” Cuomo said that the Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley and Southern […]

Beaches eyed as United States takes steps toward reopening

(Reuters) – Many Americans flocked to beaches on Saturday as one Florida county expanded access and California experienced a heat wave, even as new coronavirus cases hit a record high in the United States the day before and deaths topped 200,000 worldwide. People walk up and down Huntington City Beach during the outbreak of the […]

Empty churches, food drive mark start of Easter weekend in coronavirus-hit U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – As American Christians began Easter weekend under threat of the coronavirus, political leaders and health experts on Friday cautioned the faithful not to gather in churches or relax social distancing practices. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert and other health officials pointed to declining rates of coronavirus hospitalizations […]

New York sees glimmer of progress against coronavirus, New Orleans worsens

(Reuters) – New York state, leading the nation in coronavirus infections and deaths, is showing tentative signs of curbing the spread of the disease, the governor said on Wednesday, even as fatalities in New York City jumped while the health crisis deepened in hard-hit New Orleans and elsewhere. The rate of hospitalizations in New York […]

Trump vows ‘major’ steps to aid U.S. economy amid coronavirus rise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he will be taking “major” steps to gird the economy against the impact of a spreading coronavirus outbreak and will discuss a payroll tax cut with congressional Republicans on Tuesday. “We’ll be discussing a possible payroll tax cut or relief, substantial relief, very substantial relief, […]

Sanders heads to big win in Nevada caucuses, Biden battles Buttigieg for second place

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Bernie Sanders appeared headed to a decisive victory in the Democratic presidential caucuses in Nevada on Saturday, and early returns showed Joe Biden possibly landing a second-place finish that would give his struggling campaign new hope. Fox News and MSNBC projected Sanders as the winner in Nevada, where he was leading […]

New York drinkers toast rise in booze-free craft cocktails

NEW YORK (Reuters) – John deBary has spent more than a decade working in New York’s cocktail scene, helping to spearhead the craft cocktail movement as a bartender at PDT (Please Don’t Tell) and then as beverage director with the Momofuku Restaurant Group. In search of what he called “undiscovered country,” deBary began thinking about […]

Weinstein lawyer to jury: texts will show alleged attacks were consensual sex

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer told a Manhattan jury on Wednesday his client was not a “seasoned sexual predator,” as prosecutors claimed, and said the defense had emails and texts that would show the former Hollywood producer and his accusers engaged in consensual sex. Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast points at Harvey Weinstein […]

Chain-reaction crash kills five, injures 60 on Pennsylvania Turnpike

(Reuters) – A chain-reaction crash involving a tour bus, three tractor-trailers and a passenger car killed five people and injured about 60 others on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Pittsburgh early on Sunday, state police said. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators began arriving hours later in Mount Pleasant Township, about 40 miles (64 km) southeast […]

Boeing’s Starliner astronaut capsule fails key test to reach space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Boeing Co’s (BA.N) new astronaut capsule failed after liftoff on Friday to climb high enough in orbit to reach the International Space Station, cutting short a critical unmanned test mission in the embattled aerospace giant’s race to send humans to the orbital outpost. The CST-100 Starliner astronaut capsule was successfully […]