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Gun control advocates call for new gun laws at rallies

Aug. 17, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

Gun control advocates rallied around the country on Saturday, seeking to pressure Congress to tighten the nation's gun laws after the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and Northern California. Demonstrators in Providence, Rhode Island, where several dozen people gathered. Some held signs that...

Bill to prevent police officer suicides signed into law

Jul. 26, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says a bill he sponsored to prevent police officer suicides has been signed into law. The Rhode Island Democrat sponsored the Supporting and Treating Officers in Crisis Act with Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley. Whitehouse said Friday that President...

Steamy text message sparks marriage fraud investigation

Jul. 16, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A steamy text message at the most inopportune moment has sparked a federal marriage fraud trial in Rhode Island. The Boston Globe reports Prince Mark Boley, a Liberian man living in Providence, married Amanda Hames-Whitman in 2016. According to court documents, the two visited a...

Key player in Jamaican lottery scam sentenced to 4 years

Jul. 10, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in North Dakota on Wednesday sentenced a Rhode Island woman to four years in prison for funneling lottery scam money between the U.S. and Jamaica, prompting a prosecutor to question the ruling. Melinda Bulgin, 29, of Providence, received a sentence that was 10 years...

Meet Big Tech's new foe - a congressman who fought City Hall

Jul. 2, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Can the congressman who took on an entrenched machine politician in Rhode Island also stand up to Big Tech? David Cicilline, the Rhode Island Democrat now leading a House antitrust investigation into the market dominance of Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple, is about to find out....

Rhode Island diocese posts list of credibly accused priests

Jul. 1, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence on Monday released a list of clerics, religious order priests and deacons it deems to have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children. The list of 50 names posted on the diocese website includes 19 priests and deacons who are still...

Providence diocese to name clergy accused of abusing minors

Jun. 30, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has announced it will release the names of clergy, diocesan and religious order priests as well as deacons who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. The diocese released a statement Sunday evening saying the names and other...

'Tough to lose your brothers': Funerals held for bikers

Jun. 28, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A motorcyclist who was among seven killed in a collision with a pickup truck last week was a family man, proud Marine and dedicated public servant, mourners said Friday at a funeral that drew about 200 people, including leather-clad bikers and law enforcement officers. The funeral...

State reaches new agreement with private lottery operator

Jun. 27, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has reached an agreement to extend the contract of the company running its lottery systems and sports betting. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and legislative leaders announced the terms Thursday, but the new contract still has to be executed. In exchange for a share of...

Eying Alvarez bout, Adrande set to face Sulecki

Jun. 27, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Demetrius Andrade holds one of the four major world middleweight championship belts and wants to fight the man who has the other three, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Before he gets to do that, he has at least one more fight, when he makes the second defense of his World Boxing Organization...