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Off-duty officer charged with assault at abortion protest

Jun. 26, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police officer accused of punching a woman at an abortion protest while he was off-duty has now been charged in connection with Friday's demonstration at the State House. In a Saturday evening news release, state police said Providence...

Officer suspended for off-duty actions at abortion protest

Jun. 25, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police officer accused of punching a woman at an abortion protest while he was off-duty was suspended from his job with pay Saturday while the Providence Police Department conducts a criminal investigation into his actions. Jennifer Rourke,...

Is abortion illegal in the U.S. now? Depends where you live

Jun. 25, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Rhode Island lawmakers pass budget and adjourn for the year

Jun. 24, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers passed a flurry of major bills before the legislative session ended Friday, including the state budget and legislation to provide driver privilege cards to people who are in the country illegally. The General Assembly adjourned early...

States brace for fight over gun laws after high court ruling

Jun. 24, 2022 01:14 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Supreme Court’s decision overturning a gun-permitting law in New York has states with robust firearms restrictions scrambling to respond on two fronts — to figure out what concealed-carry measures they might be allowed to impose while also preparing to defend a...

States with strict gun-permitting laws consider next steps

Jun. 23, 2022 21:34 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a New York state law that had restricted who could obtain a permit to carry a gun in public. Under the law in place since 1913, New York residents needed to show proper cause, or an actual need, to carry a concealed handgun in public for self-defense.....

Live updates | American Medical Association weighs in

Jun. 23, 2022 16:38 PM EDT

The Latest on the Supreme Court ruling on New York's gun law: The American Medical Association has called the ruling a “harmful and deeply disturbing decision.’’ "Firearm violence is a public health crisis, and easier access to weapons and fewer restrictions on...

Head of drug trafficking ring gets 15-year prison sentence

Jun. 23, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

The leader of a large-scale drug trafficking organization that imported millions of doses of cocaine and fentanyl to several U.S. states has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, federal authorities in Rhode Island said. Juni Rafael Jimenez-Martinez, 47, a Dominican national who had...

Former cheerleading coach charged with child molestation

Jun. 22, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former coach at a competitive cheerleading organization has been charged with sexually assaulting a student over a two-year period when the girl was from 12 to 14 years old, police said. Alyshia Tkacs, 33, of Cranston, faces five counts of...

Rhode Island governor signs 3 gun control bills into law

Jun. 21, 2022 14:46 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor signed three firearms bills into law on Tuesday that included a ban on magazines holding more than 10 rounds, calling it a response to a national crisis that has “taken too many lives and torn apart too many families.” The bills...