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Eric Gonzalez on track to be N.Y.'s first Latino DA

Eric Gonzalez won the Democratic primary for Brooklyn district attorney on Tuesday, meaning he likely will become the state’s first Latino DA. Gonzalez, now the acting DA, won in a landslide, with 53% of the vote. He has no Republican challenger in November’s general election. The 48-year-old Gonzalez was personally selected by District Attorney Ken […]


Resolution condemning violence in Charlottesville heads to Trump

Congress unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday, putting the pressure on President Trump to recognize the violence in Charlottesville, V.A., last month as a “domestic terror attack” and take an active role in addressing the prevalence of hate groups in the country. The resolution, which was passed unanimously in the Senate on Monday before it won […]


Porn star Cory Chase doesn’t ‘like’ Sen. Ted Cruz

For the porn star that went viral on Sen. Ted Cruz’s Twitter account, the “like” is not mutual. Veteran erotic entertainer Cory Chase was oblivious to the lawmaker’s supposed fandom because Hurricane Irma took her home offline when it raged through southern Florida over the weekend. She discovered a deluge of tweets, calls and texts […]


Embattled de Blasio donor to testify against Norman Seabrook

A big-time donor to Mayor de Blasio, expected to testify in an upcoming public corruption trial, is more deeply involved in criminal activity than the government lets on, new court papers claim. Jona Rechnitz, who quietly admitted to giving campaign contributions in exchange for favors, is set to take the stand against former Correction Officers’ […]


Crooked domestic abuser Monserrate sees City Council hopes dashed

Convicted felon and disgraced former Queens politician Hiram Monserrate lost his comeback bid for a seat on the City Council Tuesday as voters in his working class Corona district couldn’t look past his sordid history of corruption and domestic abuse. Monserrate was beaten by Assemblyman Francisco Moya after a mud-spattered campaign that included the National […]


De Blasio wins low-turnout Democratic mayoral primary

Mayor de Blasio easily won the Democratic nomination for mayor Tuesday — but few even bothered to vote. Turnout was light as Hizzoner cruised past several challengers, the best known being former City Councilman Sal Albanese. The Associated Press declared him the victor about 20 minutes after the polls closed at 9 p.m. Valerie Vazquez-Diaz, […]


N.Y. lawmaker calls for cap on airline prices after Irma

A New York lawmaker wants to end airline prices lifting off when natural disasters force thousands to flee for their lives. Rep. Nydia Velázquez is introducing the AirFAIR Act, which caps price increases for flights from areas under emergency at 30 percent, after passengers scrambling to leave Florida before Irma paid a premium to leave […]


Sean Spicer wants Melissa McCarthy to share her “SNL” Emmy

Sean Spicer wants a piece of Melissa McCarthy’s Emmy. The former White House press secretary told The Blast that he deserves part of the award for the actress’ portrayal of him on “Saturday Night Live,” which she won for guest actress in a comedy series at the Creative Arts Awards Sunday. Spicer hasn’t always been […]


New stats: Poverty rate down, median household income on the rise

The U.S. poverty rate dropped by 0.8% and the median household income rose by 3.2% from 2015 to 2016, federal statistics released Tuesday revealed. The poverty rate decreased to 12.7% last year from 13.5% in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s “Income and Poverty in the United States: 2016 report. The median income increased […]


Seattle's mayor resigns after 5th man accuses him of sex abuse

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his resignation Tuesday after a fifth man — one of his cousins — came forward and accused him of sexual abuse decades ago. Murray, who had already announced that he would not seek a second term even as he denied the claims, said he would step down effective 5 p.m. […]

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