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Pope Francis listens to a priests introducing the group of faithful attending the weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Divided reactions in US as pope backs same-sex civil unions

Oct. 21, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

LGBTQ Catholics and their allies in the U.S. welcomed Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions, the first time he’s done so as pontiff, while some prominent members including a bishop said Wednesday that he was blatantly contradicting church teaching. Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence,...

Videos unclear on whether cruiser led moped rider to crash

Oct. 21, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police released two new videos Wednesday showing events just before a crash that seriously injured a Black man on a moped that was being followed by a Providence police cruiser — but neither helped resolve whether the cruiser struck the moped, as witnesses have said. Jhamal...

Ex-AP, Baltimore Sun reporter Erika Niedowski dies at 46

Oct. 2, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Erika Niedowski, a former journalist for The Associated Press and a Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Baltimore Sun, died Friday after a brief and sudden illness. She was 46. Niedowski's longtime partner, Patrick Laverty, said she died after being hospitalized with flu-like symptoms...

Indian passengers queue up to test for COVID-19 at a facility erected at a railway station to screen people coming from outside the city, in Ahmedabad, India, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. India's coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling. India is expected to have the highest number of confirmed cases within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.67 million people have been infected. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

The Latest: U of Colorado shifting students for virus cases

Sep. 18, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

DENVER — The University of Colorado has forced some students to move out of their dorms to create more isolation housing for students with coronavirus infections as case numbers continue to increase at the Boulder campus. The Denver Post reported that the university said in an email to affected students...

The second racing yacht belonging to U.S. America's Cup challenger American Magic, Patriot, is unloaded at it's base at the Viaduct in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday Sept. 4, 2020. The 75-foot foiling monohull was flown from Providence, Rhode Island, on a giant Antonov cargo plane and then trucked through Auckland's empty streets to the team's base early Friday morning, New Zealand time. (Will Ricketson/American Magic via AP)

Two America's Cup US yachts now in Auckland for 2021 race

Sep. 4, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

America’s Cup challenger American Magic took another big step in its campaign when it took delivery of its second yacht, Patriot, in Auckland, New Zealand. The 75-foot foiling monohull was flown from Providence, Rhode Island, on a giant Antonov cargo plane and then trucked through Auckland’s empty...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, people rest on grass while reading at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Brown is rebutting what the Ivy League school calls

Brown U. rebuts 'conspiracy' in fight over women's sports

Sep. 3, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University rebutted what the school calls “spurious conspiracy claims" as it responded to an allegation that it is failing to comply with a 1998 agreement ensuring gender equity in sports. The Ivy League school this year announced it was cutting several varsity women's...

Men buy face masks to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 in Caloocan city, Philippines on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to ease a mild coronavirus lockdown in the capital and four outlying provinces to further reopen the country's battered economy despite having the most reported infections in Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Philippines allows partial reopening in capital

Aug. 31, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — Fitness gyms, barber shops and internet cafes were allowed to reopen partly in the Philippine capital Tuesday as the government further eased quarantine restrictions despite the country having the most coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia. President Rodrigo Duterte, however,...

A procession of vehicles drive past photos of Detroit victims of COVID-19, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 on Belle Isle in Detroit. Families have a chance to take one last public look at their lost loved ones in the nation's first citywide memorial to honor victims of the pandemic. Mourners will join 14 consecutive funeral processions to drive past nearly 900 large poster-sized photos of their loved ones staked around the island. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit turns island park into COVID-19 memorial garden

Aug. 31, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit island park was transformed Monday into a drive-thru COVID-19 victims memorial as policy makers across the U.S. moved forward with plans to reopen schools and public spaces. Hearses led processions around Belle Isle Park in the Detroit River, where more than 900 large photos of...