Andrew Cuomo

New York declares flu emergency

Aaron Lemma receives a flu shot by Dr Sassan Naderi at a health clinic in New York. Photo: AFP

New York’s governor has declared a health emergency over a flu epidemic that has hit more than 19,000 people, and in an exceptional measure cleared pharmacists to immunize infants and children.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Two US firefighters shot dead in arson ‘trap’

Homes burn on Lake Road where two firefighters were killed by a gunman in Webster, New York. Photo: Reuters

A convicted felon shot dead two firefighters and wounded two others on Monday after luring them to a blaze that police said he had apparently set as a trap in a small town in New York state.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Race to find housing for Sandy victims as new storm approaches

Residents in the Rockaway neighbourhood of Queens keep warm by lighting a fire in the street after their homes were damaged by superstorm Sandy. Photo: AFP

With power slowly returning to New York and New Jersey and emergency fuel being rushed into the region, authorities have a potentially bigger problem in the wake of superstorm Sandy - where to house the tens of thousands of people whose homes are no longer habitable.

6 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Lack of fuel, cold threaten New York's Sandy recovery

A crowd gathers at a petrol station in Brooklyn on Saturday amid a gasoline shortage. Photo: AP

Severe fuel shortages on Sunday threatened New York’s attempt to recover from superstorm Sandy as cold temperatures added to almost a week of misery exacerbated by flooded homes, limited public transportation and fraying tempers.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Wall St shuttered as storm hobbles New York

A New York resident, who is packed up and leaving on evacuation orders, passes the New York Stock Exchange in lower Manhattan. Photo: AFP

US stock and options markets will be closed on Monday and possibly Tuesday, the exchange operator said, going back on a plan that would have kept electronic trading going on Monday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am