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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus crisis hearing, Friday, July 31, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

Fauci: Schools should be outdoors as much as possible

Aug. 13, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

School districts developing their plans for reopening for the new academic year should find ways to offer as many outdoor activities as possible, from classes to recess and lunchtime, the nation’s top infectious disease expert recommended in an online discussion Thursday. Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the...

High court: Rhode Island mail-in voters don't need witnesses

Aug. 13, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday left in place an agreement that allows Rhode Island residents to vote by mail through November's general election without getting signatures from two witnesses or a notary. State officials had agreed to suspend the witness requirement because of the...

Alister Martin, an emergency room doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital, poses outside the hospital, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Boston. Martin founded the organization

Doctors, hospitals launch voter registration efforts

Aug. 8, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An emergency room doctor in Boston is assembling thousands of voter registration kits for distribution at hospitals and doctor's offices. Later this month, students at Harvard and Yale’s medical schools are planning a contest to see which of the Ivy League rivals can register the most...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...

Trolls doll pulled after complaints it promotes child abuse

Aug. 5, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — A Trolls doll is being pulled off store shelves amid complaints it promotes child abuse. Toymaker Hasbro said Wednesday that it’s in the process of removing the “Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy” from the market and will be offering customers a...

FILE - In this June 4, 2020, file photo Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks during a news conference in Richmond, Va. Virginia has rolled out a smartphone app to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus. It's the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology created by Apple and Google. The Covidwise app was available on the tech giants’ app stores Wednesday, Aug. 5,  ahead of an expected announcement from Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam.(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia first to roll out pandemic app from Apple, Google

Aug. 5, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has rolled out a smartphone app to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus, becoming the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology created by Apple and Google. But hopes for a nationwide app that can work seamlessly across state...

FILE- In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, the CVS Health logo appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  CVS Health’s second-quarter performance beat Wall Street’s expectations as the drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager experienced reduced benefit costs. It raised its full-year earnings forecast. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

CVS posts strong 2Q, with virus delaying elective procedures

Aug. 5, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

CVS Health reported surprisingly strong second-quarter earnings as people postponed elective medical procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it raised its profit expectations for the year. The postponed procedures led to lower benefit costs for the company's Aetna insurance arm, a main reason net income...

This July 25, 2020 photo provided by 11th Hour Racing shows the 11th Hour Racing Team during training off the coast of Concarneau, France, after a long winter of modifications. The team will sail the boat across the Atlantic to Rhode Island starting Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, as it shifts its training base for the next Ocean Race, which has been delayed a year to 2022 due to COVID-19. (Amory Ross/11th Hour Racing via AP)

11th Hour Racing heads back across Atlantic to Rhode Island

Jul. 31, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — With the coronavirus pandemic affecting sailing as much as it has other sports, an American-based team planning to compete in the next Ocean Race will relocate from France back to Rhode Island. Newport-based 11th Hour Racing will leave France on Saturday aboard its 60-foot foiling monohull...

RI issues tax refunds signed by Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse

Jul. 31, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island mistakenly sent more than 175 tax refund checks signed by Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, rather than the state treasurer and controller. The Rhode Island Division of Taxation uses the signatures on test files, which were mistakenly printed on the real checks and sent...

In this Tuesday, July, 28, 2020, photo provided by the University of Rhode Island, Cooper Monaco holds the large quahog he found Monday while clamming with his grandfather in Westerly, R.I. The quahog is more than five inches across and weighing more than two pounds, and is among the largest ever harvested in the state. The mollusk was donated to the University of Rhode Island's Marine Science Research Facility. (Todd McLeish/University of Rhode Island via AP)

Rhode Island boy digs up massive 2 1/2-pound mollusk

Jul. 31, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — An 11-year-old Rhode Island boy clamming with his grandfather found a giant quahog that is thought to be one of the largest ever harvested in state waters. Cooper Monaco, of Wakefield, found the massive mollusk Monday in the Weekapaug section of Westerly, and donated it to the...