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New Haven mayor nominates city police official for chief

May. 23, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker nominated a high-ranking city police official for chief Monday following a nationwide search. The mayor announced Assistant Chief Karl Jacobson was his pick to lead the department. The nomination will now go before the city's...

COVID-19, shootings: Is mass death now tolerated in America?

May. 21, 2022 08:01 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — After mass shootings killed and wounded people grocery shopping, going to church and simply living their lives last weekend, the nation marked a milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID-19. The number, once unthinkable, is now an irreversible reality in the United States...

7 people injured during clash between motorcycle clubs

May. 14, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Seven people were injured during a Saturday afternoon melee between rival motorcycle clubs in a Massachusetts city. Police in Fall River say more than fifty people were involved in the brawl at around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Fall River...

Seafood and meat fraudster gets 10 years in federal prison

May. 06, 2022 09:36 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man convicted of cheating food distributors out of more than $800,000 worth of seafood delicacies and prime cuts of meat, and of trying to run over an FBI agent investigating the case, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Paul Diogenes,...

New reparations focus: Black enclaves lost to development

May. 06, 2022 01:19 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Terrell Osborne knows well what happens when urban renewal comes to communities of color. As a child growing up in Providence, Rhode Island, in the 1950s and 1960s, huge swaths of his neighborhood of Lippitt Hill, a center of Black life at the foot of the...

Henry Winkler to address New England Institute of Tech grads

Apr. 28, 2022 12:27 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Aaaaaaaay! The Fonz is heading to Rhode Island to deliver the commencement address at the New England Institute of Technology. Henry Winkler, 76, an Emmy-winning actor, director, producer and children's author known for his portrayal of Arthur “Fonzie"...

Former Cranston Mayor Allan Fung seeks congressional seat

Apr. 26, 2022 18:10 PM EDT

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — Former Cranston Mayor Allan Fung officially launched his campaign Tuesday for the state’s seat in Congress being vacated by Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin. Fung, a two-time Republican gubernatorial candidate in Rhode Island, said he'd help end...

Rhode Island man facing child rape charge

Apr. 25, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

HANSON, Mass. (AP) — A Rhode Island man was arrested and charged with child rape over the weekend after police received a tip about a video posted on social media, police said. Jared Soltys, 23, of Providence, was held on $5,000 bail at his arraignment Monday on charges of...

RI DMV head won't face charges in prostitution investigation

Apr. 25, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The head of Rhode Island's Division of Motor Vehicles won't face criminal charges in connection with an alleged prostitution operation that leased his rental property, the state's attorney general said Monday. Attorney General Peter Neronha said his review...

Segal, a Democrat, enters Rhode Island congressional race

Apr. 20, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Democratic state lawmaker David Segal has joined the race in Rhode Island to succeed U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, a fellow Democrat who's retiring after over two decades in office. Segal announced his decision Wednesday. He said many voters are fed up with...