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War college announces departure of its financial officer

Jul. 17, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The financial officer at the U.S. Naval War College is leaving, but college officials say his departure isn't connected to an investigation at the school. The college said Wednesday that Comptroller Mark Murphy will leave Aug. 2 to teach at the Defense Acquisition University in...

American Commissioner Aresco: No plans to replace UConn

Jul. 16, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Schools interested in joining the American Athletic Conference after Connecticut leaves can call Commissioner Mike Aresco. The AAC will not be soliciting applications for membership. Aresco said Tuesday at the American Athletic Conference media day that the league is leaning toward not...

UCF picked to win American title for 3rd straight season

Jul. 16, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Central Florida has been picked to win the American Athletic Conference and face Memphis in the championship game for a third straight season. UCF was the top choice among media members to win the East Division and the league when the American released its preseason poll Tuesday at...

Festival producers announce commitment to music education

Jul. 14, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The producers of the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival are helping pay for music education in three local schools. Newport Festivals Foundation Executive Producer Jay Sweet says as long as the festivals call Newport home, they'll work to ensure every public school student...

America's Cup boats to hit water in Sardinia in April

Jul. 12, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The America's Cup World Series will begin in Cagliari on the Italian island of Sardinia from April 23-26. It will be the first competition for the innovative AC75 class boats that will vie for the America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2021. The World Series regatta had been...

Ex- Cup winner Enersen to helm Defender in 12 meter worlds

Jul. 7, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The lure of sailing a 12 meter yacht again in Newport, Rhode Island, was too much for Dick Enersen to pass up. Enersen, 76, will be at the helm of Defender in the 12 meter world championship on Rhode Island Sound this week, 55 years after he helped win the America's Cup aboard...

Titanic survivor's light-up cane to be sold at auction

Jul. 4, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Titanic survivor's walking stick, with an electric light she used to signal for help from a lifeboat, is one of thousands of maritime items that will be up for auction in Rhode Island. Guernsey's auction house is holding the auction at the International Yacht Restoration School in...

Rhode Island agency holds its first 'quiet fireworks' show

Jul. 4, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A state agency has held a "quiet fireworks" show for the first time and hopes to make it an annual event. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management partnered with the student veterans organization at the University of Rhode Island for the fireworks, which were held...

Police: Woman drove into reservoir with 3 kids in vehicle

Jul. 2, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation after authorities say she intentionally drove her SUV into a Rhode Island reservoir with her three children inside. The 30-year-old Milford, Massachusetts, woman was held on $30,000 bail after appearing in...

Officials mark 50th anniversary of Claiborne Pell Bridge

Jun. 29, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has marked the 50th anniversary of the Claiborne Pell Bridge. Known as the Newport Bridge, it connects Jamestown and Newport. Officials held a ceremony Friday at the toll plaza, followed by an official rededication ceremony at Gurney's...