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Correction: Citizens Bank Headquarters story

Aug. 14, 2018 12:39 PM EDT

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) — In a story Aug. 13 about Citizens Bank, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the bank is unveiling its new corporate headquarters. Citizens Bank is opening a campus in Johnston, Rhode Island. Its headquarters remains in Providence, Rhode Island. A corrected version of the...

Reporter accused of assaulting man at mayoral debate

Aug. 10, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A reporter for Latino Public Radio has been accused of putting his hands around another man's neck during an altercation at a Providence mayoral debate and charged with simple assault. James Kuo says Reynaldo Almonte knocked a phone out of his hands and grabbed his neck during...

Historic Rhode Island cottage reopens to the public

Aug. 10, 2018 1:30 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A historic cottage that was owned by a descendant of the founder of Rhode Island has reopened to the public. WJAR-TV reports the first floor of the Betsey Williams Cottage in Roger Williams Park in Providence opened for tours Thursday for the first time in 30 years. The home dates...

New England cities scramble to regulate electric scooters

Jul. 25, 2018 5:51 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — One New England city is ordering a California company's electric stand-up scooters off its streets and another is scrambling to craft new scooter rules since the rental vehicles began appearing last week with no warning. Cambridge, Massachusetts, sent a letter to Los Angeles-based...

Bishop deletes Twitter account, calls it 'occasion of sin'

Jul. 24, 2018 12:15 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The leader of Rhode Island's Roman Catholics has deleted his Twitter account, calling it a major distraction, an obstacle to his spiritual life and an "occasion of sin" for himself and others. Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin wrote on Twitter on Monday it was his final...

Ex-police officer sentenced on firearm, gas theft charges

Jul. 24, 2018 10:01 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former Providence police officer fired for stealing newspaper coupons has been sent to prison for illegal possession of a gun and using a city gas card without authorization. The attorney general's office says 51-year-old Jesse Ferrell pleaded guilty Monday to possession of a...

The Latest: Ex-NTSB chairman: Duck boats prone to accidents

Jul. 22, 2018 9:46 AM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly tourist boat accident in Missouri (all times local): 7:40 p.m. A former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board says duck boats aren't designed for commercial recreational use. James Hall said Saturday that the boat's design makes the World War II-era...

Cape-to-Connecticut ride shows progress, bumps on Greenway

Jul. 19, 2018 4:53 PM EDT

BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — After a white-knuckle trip over a bridge from Portsmouth into Bristol, which involved lifting our bicycles over concrete barriers and construction equipment, the police officer who pulled us over told us something we had already figured out. "You shouldn't try to cross that bridge on a...

Group armed with baseball bats beats up man, steals his car

Jul. 16, 2018 10:07 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police say a Rhode Island man was beaten up by a group of people armed with baseball bats, who then proceeded to steal his car. The 26-year-old Providence man told police he was outside his home smoking early Monday when a group of seven to nine people came up and told him to hand...

Man faces charges in 2 road rage highway shootings

Jul. 10, 2018 7:32 PM EDT

NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) — Two separate road rage highway shootings have led to an arrest by Rhode Island State Police. Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Jackson of Providence has been arrested Tuesday and charged with felony assault, drive-by shootings and discharge of a firearm from a motor vehicle. The...