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Complaint filed about access to RI Election Board's new home

Sep. 18, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE (AP) — The Rhode Island Governor’s Commission on Disabilities has filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Attorney’s Office over access to the state Election Board’s new home. Bob Cooper, the commission’s executive secretary, confirmed Friday that the...

A health worker displays a test kit showing a positive result for COVID-19 in Gauhati, India, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. India’s coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling. India is expected to have the highest number of confirmed cases within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.67 million people have been infected. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

The Latest: New Hampshire school cancels Betsy DeVos visit

Sep. 18, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire Department of Education says a public school canceled a scheduled visit from U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus. The McKelvie Intermediate School in Bedford informed the department Friday morning that it had a...

Providence College deals with surge of student virus cases

Sep. 18, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

The president of Providence College announced that the school is moving to remote-only learning for at least two weeks after a surge of new coronavirus cases among students, saying “we are out of options." The private Roman Catholic university’s president, Rev. Kenneth Sicard, wrote to the school...

Man charged with pandemic relief loan fraud pleads guilty

Sep. 18, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man charged with fraudulently seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in forgivable federal loans designed for businesses struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic has pleaded guilty, federal authorities said Friday. David Andrew Butziger, 52, of Warwick, was...

Suspect in fatal Providence mall stabbing held without bail

Sep. 18, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The suspect in a fatal stabbing at a Rhode Island mall was held without bail at his arraignment Friday. Riky Hilario Cabral, 22, faces a murder charge in the death of Nazzique Hernandez, 19, who was stabbed late Thursday morning at the Providence Place mall and pronounced dead at...

Medical staff prepare to take a COVID-19 tests at a drive through community based assessment centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city, Auckland, goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: First case-free day for New Zealand in 5 weeks

Sep. 17, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out. Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of...

Man fatally stabbed at Providence Place mall; 4 in custody

Sep. 17, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A 19-year-old man was stabbed to death at a Rhode Island mall late Thursday morning and police have taken four people into custody, authorities said. The stabbing at the Providence Place mall at about 11:30 a.m. followed a verbal argument that turned into a physical altercation,...

CVS to double number of pharmacy coronavirus testing sites

Sep. 17, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — CVS Health is doubling the number of drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites at its pharmacy locations around the country, the company said in a statement Thursday. The Woonsocket, Rhode Island, company plans to add more than 2,000 testing sites for a total of more than 4,000 by...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, people rest on grass while reading at Brown University in Providence, R.I. The university and attorneys for student-athletes, who challenged the Ivy League school's decision to reduce several women's varsity sports teams to club status, announced a proposed settlement Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Brown, attorneys reach settlement in women's sports fight

Sep. 17, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

Brown University and attorneys for student-athletes who challenged the Ivy League school's decision to reduce several women’s varsity sports teams to club status announced a proposed settlement Thursday. In addition to restoring the women’s equestrian and women’s fencing teams to varsity...

RI finds toxins in soil at highway construction site

Sep. 17, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials have found toxins in soil brought in by a contractor building highway interchange in Providence and have ordered its removal. Samples taken from the soil at the construction site at the interchange between Routes 6 and 10 contained elevated levels of...