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Researchers say they're closing in on Captain Cook's ship

Sep. 20, 2018 10:37 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Researchers say they've identified a site off the coast of Rhode Island where they think the ship that 18th-century explorer Capt. James Cook used to sail around the world may be located. The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, which is leading the search effort, and the...

Parents: Mice, mold found at high school

Sep. 20, 2018 12:48 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Parents say conditions at a Rhode Island high school that was rated one of the ten worst in the state last year haven't improved. WJAR-TV reports there have been complaints concerning mice, mold and leaks at Rogers High School. Students say the conditions are disturbing and distract...

Airbnb claims $4.5 million in lodging taxes in Rhode Island

Sep. 13, 2018 11:54 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Short-term housing rental service Airbnb says it has collected $4.6 million in lodging taxes in Rhode Island since the tax law was changed in 2015. The new law requires online services to collect a 7 percent sales tax, 5 percent state hotel tax and 1 percent local hotel tax. The...

Wedding officiant charged with using stolen credit card

Sep. 13, 2018 11:28 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A non-denominational minister from Rhode Island who has won several awards as a wedding officiant has been charged with using a credit card reported stolen by a guest at a wedding he officiated. The Newport Daily News reports that 39-year-old James Stern was released on personal...

Coast Guard: Disabled cruise ship cleared to sail on to NY

Sep. 8, 2018 1:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A cruise ship that became disabled off the Massachusetts coast was cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday to continue on to New York. The Star Pride docked in Newport, Rhode Island, on Friday night so it could be inspected. The vessel, carrying 351 people, became stranded earlier Friday...

The Latest: Coast Guard to inspect cruise ship that stalled

Sep. 7, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a disabled cruise ship off the Massachusetts coast (all times local): 9:55 p.m. The U.S. Coast Guard says a cruise ship that became disabled off the Massachusetts coast cannot leave Newport, Rhode Island, until it is inspected. The Coast Guard tweeted Friday night that it has...

277-foot-long super yacht docks in Portland Harbor

Sep. 7, 2018 10:53 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The largest single-mast sailing yacht ever built is now docked in Portland, towering over the other boats. The M5 measures about 277-feet-long (84 meters) and has a mast extending 54 feet (16 meters). The Portland Press Herald reports the massive watercraft arrived Monday from...

Educational tall ship to stay in port due to funding issues

Sep. 6, 2018 9:04 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — An educational tall ship in Rhode Island will not sail south in the spring as planned because of funding issues. The nonprofit that runs the Oliver Hazard Perry says it isn't selling enough sail training and education-at-sea programs and it's "pausing for a reset" to rethink its...

Newport looks forward to cruise ship visitors in fall season

Sep. 5, 2018 1:25 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Newport officials say they expect an increase in visitor counts because of expected fall season cruise ship crowds following a disappointing summer season. Local retailers say the summer was a mixed bag, getting off to a slow start due to a chilly and rainy June. The Newport Daily News...

New casino in Rhode Island opens to the public

Sep. 1, 2018 4:14 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new casino in Rhode Island has opened to the public. WPRI-TV reports that hundreds of people lined up at Twin River's Tiverton Casino Hotel in Tiverton well before its 10 a.m. opening Saturday. The casino has 1,000 slot machines and 32 table games. It's replacing the Newport Grand...