New York City now alone in state in keeping economy closed

Long Island has become the latest region of New York to begin easing restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that Nassau and Suffolk counties could begin reopening parts of their economy after nonessential businesses were shuttered for two months.

Playwright, AIDS activist Larry Kramer dead at 84

Larry Kramer, the playwright whose angry voice and pen raised theatergoers’ consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to militant protests in the early years of the epidemic, has died at 84.

Mid-Hudson Valley begins to reopen; NYC hires contact tracers

Several counties in New York entered the first phase of the state's four-part reopening process Tuesday. In the meantime, New York City has hired 1,700 coronavirus contact tracers, a crucial step to getting the city closer to meeting the reopening requirements.

Stocks soar on reopening optimism

U.S. equity markets surged to their best levels in months as states continued to reopen and as traders returned to the New York Stock Exchange for the first time since shutting down on March 23 to slow the spread of COVID-19.