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FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo, Jerry A Mann, center, is held by his grandmother, Sylvia Rubio, as he is tested for COVID-19 by the San Antonio Fire Department at a free walk-up test site in San Antonio. Public health officials have said robust testing for the coronavirus is essential to safely lifting stay-at-home orders and business closures, but states are creating confusion in the way they are reporting the data. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

CDC, states' reporting of virus test data causes confusion

May. 24, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Elected officials, businesses and others are depending on coronavirus testing and infection-rate data as states reopen so that they will know if a second wave of contagion is coming — and whether another round of stay-at-home orders or closings might be needed. But states are...

Hazel Roberts walks in a field of flags ahead of Memorial Day, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Cohasset, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

New England Catholics look forward to celebrating Mass again

May. 23, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Major hospitals in Maine's largest city experienced an uptick in coronavirus hospitalizations; Roman Catholics in New Hampshire can begin receiving Holy Communion again in parishes that follow certain safety guidelines; Vermont’s largest annual event has been canceled for the first...

Some Rhode Island shellfishing areas closing for season

May. 23, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Several shellfishing areas in Rhode Island are closing for the season starting Saturday due to potential water quality impacts associated with marinas and mooring fields. The harvesting areas will remain closed until Oct. 13, according to the state Department of Environmental...

Police: 40-year-old bicyclist killed in hit-and-run

May. 23, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — A bicyclist was killed when he was hit by a car that fled the scene in Middletown, officials said. Police said officials responded to a report of a scene of a crash near the Harbor Village apartment complexlate Friday and found the 40-year-old bicyclist, who died from his injuries....

Server Katie Maloney, of Providence, R.I., center, wears a mask out of concern for the coronavirus while assisting patrons in an outdoor seating area at Plant City restaurant, in Providence, Monday, May 18, 2020. Rhode Island allowed restaurants to provide service with outdoor seated dinning Monday for the first time since the beginning of the government imposed lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Governor: Hair salons, gyms, parks and more to reopen June 1

May. 22, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

Rhode Island is eyeing a broad reopening of its virus-shuttered economy starting June 1. Hair salons and barbershops, gyms and fitness studios, and a range of outdoor venues will be allowed to reopen as part of the state’s planned second phase of resuming normal social and business activities, Gov. Gina...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots' Tom Brady raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in overtime at the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. Brady’s journey to each of his nine Super Bowls with the New England Patriots will be the subject of an ESPN series released in 2021. Entitled “The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady,” the nine-episode series will include a look from Brady’s perspective at the six NFL titles and three Super Bowl defeats he was a part of. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

New England bishop takes tongue-in-cheek shot at Tom Brady

May. 22, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop in New England says not even a Hail Mary is going to help Tom Brady win a seventh Super Bowl championship now that he's with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin, in a tongue-in-cheek tweet Friday, took a swipe at the former...

Unemployment soars to 17% as gov says virus crisis easing

May. 21, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

The coronavirus pandemic that forced the shutdown of businesses across Rhode Island sent the state’s unemployment rate soaring to 17% in April, the state Department of Labor and Training announced Thursday. That’s up from 4.7% in March and 3.6% last April. The state shed almost 99,000 jobs from...

Server Katie Maloney, of Providence, R.I., center, wears a mask out of concern for the coronavirus while assisting patrons in an outdoor seating area at Plant City restaurant, in Providence, Monday, May 18, 2020. Rhode Island allowed restaurants to provide service with outdoor seated dinning Monday for the first time since the beginning of the government imposed lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Towns eye reopening beaches; CVS returns fed pandemic funds

May. 20, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

Rhode Island communities are making plans to open local beaches shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic as Memorial Day weekend approaches. Newport's City Manager Joseph Nicholson said this week that the city hopes to open Easton’s Beach around June 4. He told the City Council during his Tuesday briefing...

Notorious counterfeiter gets compassionate release

May. 20, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who calls himself the “world’s greatest counterfeiter” has been granted compassionate release from prison, where he was serving a 15-month sentence for producing fake $100 bills. A federal judge in Providence on Wednesday reduced Louis...

Officer accused of hitting handcuffed man suspended with pay

May. 20, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police sergeant accused of striking a handcuffed man during an arrest has been suspended with pay. Sgt. Joseph Hanley is charged with simple assault for hitting Rishod Gore, 28, of East Providence, several times, according to the Providence Police Department. Hanley...