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Hundreds call to report their neighbors on Rhode Island’s social gathering hotline

Hundreds call to report their neighbors on Rhode Island’s social gathering hotline

APPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Hundreds of calls have been made to a new Rhode Island hotline set up for people to report people violating the rule against large gatherings.The hotline manned by Rhode Island State Police had received more than 400 calls as of Sunday, Lt. Col. Kevin Barry said. Troopers responded to 56 of the calls and found four events violating the 15-person limit on social gatherings, including a reception after a funeral and a college party, police said.Barry said officers reminded people of the restrictions and asked them to comply.Rhode Island registered one more death from...

August 11, 2020
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Rhode Island accidentally sent tax refund checks signed by Mickey Mouse

Rhode Island accidentally sent tax refund checks signed by Mickey Mouse

APPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island mistakenly sent more than 175 tax refund checks signed by Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, rather than the state treasurer and controller.The Rhode Island Division of Taxation uses the signatures on test files, which were mistakenly printed on the real checks and sent out on Monday, a spokesperson told WPRI-TV.“No other signature lines were printed besides the two,” said Jade Borgeson, chief of staff for the Rhode Island Department of Revenue, which includes the taxation division. Mickey Mouse is the cartoon character that was animator and producer Walt...

July 31, 2020
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg waited 4 months to say her cancer had returned

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg waited 4 months to say her cancer had returned

ByMARK SHERMAN,APWASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is perhaps the most forthcoming member of the Supreme Court when it comes to telling the public about her many health issues. But she waited more than four months to reveal that her cancer had returned and that she was undergoing chemotherapy.One big difference from her past battles with cancer is that Ginsburg and the rest of the court have been out of the public eye since early March because of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s when they decided to close the building except for official business, then later postponed arguments...

August 2, 2020
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15-month-old killed by family dog in Rhode Island

15-month-old killed by family dog in Rhode Island

APEAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A toddler was killed and two adults were injured in an attack by the family dog, police in Rhode Island said Friday.Police responded to an East Providence home at about 2:45 p.m. Thursday for a report of a disturbance, and learned that a 15-month-old child had been bitten by a dog, East Providence police said in a Facebook post.Officers found the toddler with significant injuries and began life-saving procedures.The girl was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence where she was pronounced dead.The two adults were taken to Rhode Island Hospital for...

July 17, 2020
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A retired FBI agent allegedly drove his truck toward a group of middle-school kids after they taunted him

A retired FBI agent allegedly drove his truck toward a group of middle-school kids after they taunted him

APLONGMEADOW, Mass. (AP) — A former FBI agent is heading to court to answer to charges that he drove his truck toward a group of four middle-school aged children on bicycles after they taunted him, according to police and court records.Cliff Hedges is scheduled for arraignment in Springfield District Court on July 28 in connection with the incident in Longmeadow that occurred June 2, .He faces four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.No children were injured, according to police...

July 16, 2020
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Pope ‘deeply pained’ over Turkey’s move on Hagia Sophia

Pope ‘deeply pained’ over Turkey’s move on Hagia Sophia

APVATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said on Sunday that he is “deeply pained” over the decision by Turkey to change the status of Hagia Sophia — which was originally built in Istanbul as a Christian cathedral — from a museum to a mosque.In a very brief, improvised remark, Francis, speaking from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, noted that the Catholic Church marked Sunday as International Day of the Sea. “And the sea brings me a little far away with my thought: to Istanbul,” the pontiff said. “I am thinking of St. Sophia and I am deeply pained.”Francis said no more but was...

July 12, 2020
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4 great white sharks detected near Rhode Island shore

4 great white sharks detected near Rhode Island shore

APPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Researchers at the Atlantic Shark Institute detected four great white sharks Wednesday in the waters near Block Island, Rhode Island.Seven acoustic receivers detected the presence of the sharks, which range in length from 8 to more than 13 feet, in the waters near the island, the institute’s officials said in a news release.The sensors were installed as a part of a multi-year research project in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Marine Fisheries to track shark presence and activity around Block Island during the...

July 8, 2020
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North Korea says it has no plans for talks with US

North Korea says it has no plans for talks with US

ByKIM TONG-HYUNG,APSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday reiterated it has no immediate plans to resume nuclear negotiations with the United States unless Washington discards what it describes as “hostile” polices toward Pyongyang.The statement by North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui came after President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, told reporters in New York Thursday that Trump might seek another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as an “October surprise” ahead of the U.S. presidential election.South Korean President...

July 4, 2020
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WarnerMedia puts ‘for sale’ sign on CNN Center in Atlanta

WarnerMedia puts ‘for sale’ sign on CNN Center in Atlanta

ByDAVID BAUDER,APNEW YORK (AP) — WarnerMedia said Monday it will sell the iconic CNN Center in downtown Atlanta, but that it doesn’t mean the network will abandon the city.The network will consolidate its Atlanta workforce in a series of offices across town, the same office campus where CNN was first located upon its founding by Ted Turner in the early 1980s.“Downtown Atlanta has seen great investment and is quickly becoming an entertainment destination,” Pascal Desroches, chief financial officer at WarnerMedia, said in a memo to staff. “The CNN Center is of great value to a third party...

June 30, 2020
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Maine has widest virus racial disparity gap in the country

Maine has widest virus racial disparity gap in the country

ByTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS,APPORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The widest racial disparity in the U.S. stemming from the coronavirus pandemic is in Maine, where Black residents are contracting the virus at 20 times the rate of their white neighbors, according to a report in the Portland Press Herald.Maine has the highest percentage of white residents of any state and it also has a low rate of coronavirus infection, with less than 3,000 cases in total. But the Portland Press Herald reports Black Maine residents, who make up 1.4% of the state’s population, account for nearly a quarter of the state’s...

June 21, 2020
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