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'Go back'? Omar and the squad are building strength at home

Jul. 19, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump can tell Rep. Ilhan Omar to "go back" to Somalia all he wants. All indications suggest she's not going anywhere. Safely entrenched in liberal, urban districts, Omar and most of her fellow "squad" mates of progressive Democrats have been posting impressive...

Ex-governor to lead push Sands' push for casino in NYC

Jul. 15, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Gov. David Paterson is joining Las Vegas Sands to lead the casino and resort developer's push for a casino in New York City. Voters have already authorized up to three casinos for the nation's largest city, but under state law they can't be approved until 2023 at the...

3 dead, 2 seriously injured in house fire

Jul. 10, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two adults and a 6-year-old girl were killed and two others were seriously injured in a house fire in New York, authorities said. The blaze was reported Wednesday afternoon in a two-story home in East Elmhurst in Queens. About 100 firefighters responded to the blaze, which was declared...

In Queens, revered Jewish leader's burial site draws crowds

Jul. 5, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's quiet in the middle of the day on the streets of this residential neighborhood in New York City's borough of Queens — except for the steady stream of visitors coming in and out of one particular small converted house next to a cemetery. The men and women, young and old, have...

New tally flips results of Queens DA race, forcing recount

Jul. 4, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A primary for Queens district attorney that was already receiving national attention as a proxy for the national fight between different Democratic factions is taking another turn, with a tally of paper ballots reversing the initial results and the close margin forcing an automatic recount....

Funeral held for detective who fought for 9/11 victims

Jul. 3, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former police detective who fought until his final days for the extension of health benefits for Sept. 11 responders was hailed as a hero Wednesday by family, fellow officers and political figures who pledged to advance his message. "These heroes responded to calls for help. They did not...

The Latest: 9/11 activist hailed for bravery at funeral

Jul. 3, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the funeral for a detective who fought for 9/11 compensation (all times local): 11:55 a.m. A former police detective who fought for the extension of health benefits for Sept. 11 responders was hailed as a hero at his funeral. Police Commissioner James O'Neill said Wednesday...

Funeral scheduled for detective who fought for Sept. 11 fund

Jul. 1, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A funeral will be held Wednesday for a former New York City police detective who was a leader in the fight for the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund. Detective Luis Alvarez appeared with former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart last month to plead with Congress to extend the compensation fund....

'Daughters' welcomes 1st black woman to national board

Jun. 29, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Wilhelmena Rhodes Kelly hit a roadblock while researching her family history, a chance encounter at a conference with members of the Daughters of the American Revolution got her the help she needed to keep going. Now, Kelly is helping the DAR have its own breakthrough moment. On...

Ocasio-Cortez voters may get another win with Tiffany Cabán

Jun. 27, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If Tiffany Cabán becomes the next district attorney of Queens, the Democrat will owe her victory to the same group of electrified voters in the neighborhoods that sent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Congress last year and banded together to oppose taxpayer subsidies for a new Amazon...