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Dutch skipper Bekking seeks elusive Volvo Ocean Race victory

Jun. 21, 2018 2:55 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Bouwe Bekking has sailed more than 300,000 nautical miles during the last 33 years and circled the globe nearly eight times trying to win the Volvo Ocean Race. After seven unsuccessful attempts, that elusive victory is just 700 nautical miles away if the Dutch skipper can place Team Brunel...

Welcome center to open at mansion after long-running battle

Jun. 13, 2018 2:09 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The group that owns The Breakers mansion in Rhode Island is opening a welcome center that has drawn strenuous opposition from neighbors, preservationists and many descendants of the Vanderbilt family. The Preservation Society of Newport County is cutting the ribbon Thursday on the...

US Navy leaders looking to light 'a fire in our gut'

Jun. 12, 2018 12:58 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A top military commander asked scholars on Tuesday for bold ideas on how the U.S. Navy can maintain superiority at sea. Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, addressed the 69th annual Current Strategy Forum at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Scholars...

Losing side vows to appeal in fight over oldest US synagogue

Jun. 7, 2018 7:30 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A lawyer for congregants at the oldest synagogue in the United States said they want to take their fight for ownership of the Rhode Island synagogue to the U.S. Supreme Court, after an appeals court let stand a decision giving control of it to a New York congregation. The 1st U.S....

Team Brunel edges AkzoNobel in Leg 9 of Volvo Ocean Race

May. 28, 2018 11:47 PM EDT

Team Brunel has won Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race with a margin of just more than 4 minutes over another Dutch crew, team AkzoNobel, after sailing 3,300 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Newport, Rhode Island, to Cardiff, Wales. This time, Team Brunel was on the winning side of a close finish. It was...

Volvo Ocean Race leaves Newport, headed for Cardiff, Wales

May. 20, 2018 5:48 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Volvo Ocean Race has left Newport, Rhode Island, for Cardiff, Wales, on the ninth leg of its trip around the world. Seven sailboats headed out on Narragansett Bay on Sunday for the 3,300-nautical mile journey to back Europe, where the race began in October. It is expected to take...

Round-the-world sailing race works to protect its racetrack

May. 18, 2018 2:41 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Between the kitesurfing and the paddling and the three times sailing around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race, Liz Wardley figures she spends more time on the water than on land. And she's worried about what she sees. Plastic bottles floating by. Food wrappers. Fishing nets. And...

MAPFRE wins Leg 8 of Volvo Ocean Race in stunning comeback

May. 8, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — With the Volvo Ocean Race fleet ghosting toward the finish of Leg 8 in light, shifty wind, Spanish team MAPFRE emerged from the fog at dawn Tuesday, trailing Team Brunel with about 550 yards to go. MAPFRE caught a puff of breeze on the approach to the final turning mark and passed Team...

Investigators: Training records falsified at a naval station

Apr. 25, 2018 12:23 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Office of Special Counsel says U.S. Navy employees deliberately falsified training records for first responders at a naval station in Rhode Island. In a letter Tuesday to President Donald Trump, the office writes that critical records were falsified for firefighters and...

Museum gets sailor's account of Revolutionary War escapades

Apr. 25, 2018 12:07 AM EDT

NEWPORT, N.Y. (AP) — A manuscript detailing a New York man's experiences as a teenage prisoner of the British during the Revolutionary War has been donated to the Museum of the American Revolution. Curators at the Philadelphia museum say Rhode Island native Christopher Hawkins was 13 when he was captured...