Latest Rhode Island News

Lincoln Chafee weighs presidential bid as Libertarian

Aug. 22, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) is considering another run for president as a Libertarian. The onetime governor of Rhode Island confirmed in a text message he is open to another presidential run, this time with the Libertarians. The Daily Beast...

Bomb squad investigates portable toilet explosions

Aug. 22, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island fire marshal is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for a blowing up a pair of portable toilets last weekend. The first explosion happened at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday at a residential construction...

Inquiry ongoing after truck drives into immigration protest

Aug. 21, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The criminal investigation into the prison guard who apparently drove his truck through a group protesting federal immigration policies should be finished in the coming weeks, Rhode Island's attorney general said Wednesday. Peter Neronha, a Democrat, said during a press conference...

4 Grand Slam champions on 2020 tennis Hall of Fame ballot

Aug. 21, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Goran Ivanisevic, Sergi Bruguera, Conchita Martínez and Jonas Björkman are the four candidates for the International Tennis Hall of Fame's class of 2020. The four players announced Wednesday, all former Grand Slam tournament champions, are in their second year of a three-year...

Infamous counterfeiter sentenced to federal prison

Aug. 21, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who proclaims himself the "world's greatest counterfeiter" is heading to federal prison. The Providence Journal reports that 77-year-old Pawtucket resident Louis Colavecchio was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison on Wednesday for producing counterfeit $100...

Alex and Ani drops $1.2 billion suit against Bank of America

Aug. 21, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Jewelry maker Alex and Ani has dropped its $1.2 billion discrimination lawsuit against Bank of America that had alleged "gender bias and greed." The Providence Journal reports the Rhode Island company agreed to voluntarily dismiss the suit after reaching a confidential agreement with...

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...

Officer resigns after 2 hurt by truck at immigration protest

Aug. 16, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An officer at a detention center resigned Friday amid investigations into a truck that drove through a group protesting federal immigration policies. The resignation of Capt. Thomas Woodworth from the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility was announced in a brief statement from the...

The Latest: 2 hurt, 1 seriously when truck hits protesters

Aug. 15, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation of a driver whose truck menaced a group of immigration protesters (all times local): 5:30 p.m. An organization that has been protesting federal immigration policies says one of two people injured when a truck drove through demonstrators outside a...

2 hurt when pickup drives through immigration protest

Aug. 15, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general and state police launched investigations Thursday after a truck drove through a group protesting federal immigration policies at a detention center, which has since placed an employee on leave. At least two people were injured, one seriously,...