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NBA, Knicks and Nets help New York

New York has been hit hard by coronavirus, with more than 3,500 deaths and the number of recorded cases exceeding 113,000.

In collaboration with the Knicks, Nets and Huang, the NBA is moving to help New York's workers.

"The @NBA is contributing 1 million desperately needed surgical masks for New York's essential workers in collaboration with @nyknicks, @BrooklynNets and China's Consul General Huang Ping," governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

"New York thanks you. We are beyond grateful for this gift of critically needed PPE."

Troops sent to New York coronavirus 'containment zone'

New Rochelle has seen "probably the largest cluster" of US cases, he said.

National Guard troops will be used to clean schools in the town and deliver food to any quarantined individuals.

The death toll in Italy, one of the countries worst hit by the virus, rose to 631 as the authorities placed the whole country in lockdown.

The latest increase in deaths in Italy - 168 - is the biggest the country has recorded in a single day, and the total number of cases went from 9,172 to 10,149.

Five people wounded at home of New York rabbi

The house in Monsey, north of New York City, was hosting a religious celebration when the attacker burst in, according to the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC).

The suspect fled but was later taken into custody, police said. The motive was not immediately clear.

One of the victims was stabbed at least six times, OJPAC said in a tweet.

The attack came a day after New York city police said officers were stepping up patrols in heavily Jewish districts following a spate of anti-Semitic threats and attacks.

New York power cut: Supply restored in Manhattan

Energy company Con Edison said more than 70,000 homes and businesses lost power in Manhattan, the most densely populated of the city's five boroughs.

The outage lasted for about five hours.

It came on the anniversary of a massive power failure in 1977 that plunged the New York skyline into darkness and triggered widespread looting and arson.

Shortly before midnight (04:00 GMT Sunday) Con Edison head John MacAvoy said all six networks which had been affected were now up and running.

Unseen 9/11 photos bought at house clearance sale

They appear to have been taken by an as yet unidentified construction worker who helped to clear up the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers and surrounding area.

The CDs were in poor condition but the data was ultimately retrievable.

The archivists have uploaded the photos to Flickr.

The digital albums include images of Ground Zero itself taken both at ground level and from above, construction staff at work and the damaged interiors of the blocks surrounding the towers.

Air New Zealand to spend billions to buy new fleet Boeing Dreamliner long-haul jets

Speaking in Auckland on Monday Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon said it had eight firm orders for the new aircraft and an agreement with Boeing includes an option to increase the number of aircraft from eight to up to 20. 

The deal is worth US$2.7 billion (NZ$4.12b). Air New Zealand has negotiated a significant discount on current list prices and the parties have agreed not to disclose the actual purchase price.

California fire now larger than New York

The Thomas fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties has consumed 230,000 acres in the past week.

Fanned by strong winds, it has become the fifth largest wildfire in recorded state history after it grew by more than 50,000 acres in a day.

Residents in coastal beach communities have been ordered to leave.

On Sunday, firefighters reported that 15 percent of the blaze had been contained but were forced to downgrade that to 10 percent as it continued to spread.

Up to six dead in New York vehicle attack

Police have confirmed there have been "several fatalities" after the truck was driven down a cycle/pedestrian path, striking multiple people.

The truck then collided with another vehicle, and the driver got out. Police said the man had imitation firearms and was shot by officers at the scene. The suspect is now in custody.

CNN reported sources said up to six people were killed, while local news channel PIX 11 said at least five people had been hurt.

     

Former doctor opens fire at New York hospital

The gunman, a former doctor at the hospital, killed himself in the attack.

The shooting began about 2.55pm on Friday New York time at the 1000-bed Bronx-Lebanon Hospital.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the shooting was not an act of terrorism, but rather workplace-related.

He said the attack had been a "horrific situation in the middle of a place that people associate with care and comfort".

Several of the injured are "fighting for their lives," he added.

'I love Australia' Trump says as leaders meet after refugee row

It is their first encounter since an acrimonious phone call in February.

"We get along great. We have a fantastic relationship, I love Australia, I always have," the AFP news agency quoted Mr Trump as saying.

Protesters also gathered in Mr Trump's home city, the first time he has returned there since his inauguration.

Mr Trump said the two leaders had "reaffirmed ties" between their two countries, and discussed economic, trade, and national security co-operation, as well as migration issues.