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Political Scene: R.I. officials in line for parting gift from Licht/ Poll

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:25pm
Before he leaves his post as director of the state Department of Administration to become a Superior Court judge, Richard Licht will be seeking raises for several high-level state employees.

Political Scene: R.I. officials in line for parting gift from Licht

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:25pm
At 3 p.m. Aug. 27, Richard Licht is due to be sworn in as a Superior Court judge. But before he leaves his post as director of the state Department of Administration, the one-time lieutenant governor and...

Sessions plans to stay, despite Trump's remark

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:33pm
 WASHINGTON - Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that he plans to stay in his job despite comments from President Donald Trump that he would not have nominated Sessions to the post had he known that he would recuse himself from the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.Sessions said that he has had the "honor of serving as attorney general," and that he plans "to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate." Asked [...]

Trump's lawyers seek to undercut Mueller's Russia investigation

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:30pm
 Some of President Donald Trump's lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president's authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the effort.Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. [...]

6 people fined for violating Cranston anti-solicitation ordinance

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:51pm
CRANSTON, R.I. — Six people were convicted Thursday of violating the city’s new anti-solicitation ordinance, a controversial provision that restricts a wide variety of solicitations under a certain set of conditions on the street.The case, brought before Municipal Judge Matthew B. Smith, dates back to a demonstration held on March 27 at Sockanosset Crossroads and New London Turnpike, where the defendants, all advocates for the homeless, handed fliers to motorists. [...]

Happy 188th birthday, Providence Journal

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:50pm
John Miller printed the first issue of the Providence Daily Journal, and General Advertiser on July 21, 1829.

Analysis: More jobs in R.I., but not so much for the middle class

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:43pm
While state leaders on Thursday hailed Rhode Island's jobs recovery from the Great Recession, they acknowledge it has been fueled in large part by the growth of high-wage and low-wage jobs.

Apollo 11 bag laced with moon dust sells for $1.8 million

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:21pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A bag containing traces of moon dust sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Thursday following a galactic court battle.The collection bag, used by astronaut Neil Armstrong during the first manned mission to the moon in 1969, was sold at a Sotheby's auction of items related to space voyages. The buyer declined to be identified. The pre-sale estimate was $2 million to $4 million.The artifact from the Apollo 11 mission had been misidentified and sold [...]

Mueller said to expand probe to Trump business transactions

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:43pm
 The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year's election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump's businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe.FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump's involvement in a controversial SoHo development in New York with Russian associates, the [...]

US says ban on laptops in airplane cabins has been lifted

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:38pm
DALLAS (AP) — The ban on laptops in the cabins of planes flying from the Middle East to the U.S. is over, as federal officials say that large airports in the region have taken other steps to increase security.Those measures include checking electronic devices to make sure they don't contain a bomb, and pulling more people out of airport lines for additional screening.A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that all airlines and airports [...]

Exxon fined $2M for Tillerson-era breach of Russia sanctions

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:33pm
 WASHINGTON (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. must pay a $2 million fine for showing "reckless disregard" for U.S. sanctions on Russia while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil giant's CEO, the Treasury Department said Thursday. Exxon sued the U.S. government to stop the fine.Treasury said that Exxon violated sanctions when it signed contracts in May 2014 with Russian oil magnate Igor Sechin, chairman of government-owned energy giant Rosneft. The U.S. [...]

Man robbed Citizens Bank in Pawtucket, police say

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 7:49pm
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect captured by a surveillance camera robbing the Citizens Bank branch at 539 Smithfield Ave. at about 4 p.m. Thursday.The man, described as being about 6 feet tall, weighing between 250 [...]

A lifeguard's day: A whistle blows, everything else stops

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 7:29pm
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Joel Sienko stops mid-conversation when two whistles blow, and runs. Other lifeguards — easily picked out from hundreds of beachgoers by their red or orange swimsuits and neon orange baseball caps — are also running.A dozen other lifeguards, seated on chairs, stand and point in the direction of the whistles, guiding Sienko."Missing child," one of them says.At Chair 8, the lifeguards gather with the family of 9-year-old [...]

House of the Week: Elegant Tiverton Victorian overlooks Mount Hope Bay

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:57pm
Extensively renovated home includes exterior improvements and new mechanicals, a luxury cook's kitchen, and renovated bathrooms.

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington dies in LA at 41

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 5:59pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, whose screeching vocals helped the rock-rap band become one of the most commercially successful acts in the 2000s, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner said. He was 41.Coroner spokesman Brian Elias said authorities are investigating Bennington's death as an apparent suicide at Palos Verdes Estates, but no additional details are available.Band co- [...]

Protesters oppose law that requires schools to gathers data on Asian Americans

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 5:44pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A new state law that requires school districts to provide detailed data about the ethnic backgrounds of their Asian American students drew protests Thursday.Fifty Asian Americans gathered at the State House to ask lawmakers a question: Why just Asians?“If it’s all students, it really should be all,” said Zhijin Wu, a professor at Brown University, who stopped by on her lunch break. “If we are really trying to figure out [...]

Providence 17-year-old shot near Chad Brown

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 5:38pm
He was shot multiple times in his stomach and arm.

O.J. Simpson granted parole after nearly 9 years in prison

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 4:20pm
LOVELOCK, Nev. — O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with the former football star.Simpson, 70, could be a free man as early as Oct. 1. By then, he will have served the minimum of his nine-to-33-year armed-robbery sentence for a bungled attempt to snatch sports memorabilia and [...]

Two charged with larceny, drug possession after Pawtucket police chase

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:52pm
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Two people have been charged with larceny and possession of marijuana following a police chase Wednesday in Pawtucket.Charged are Kenneth Polion, 34, of 104 John St., Pawtucket, and Monica Ciannavei, 24, of 30 Martin Lane, Wrentham, Ma. Polion is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, larceny over $1,500, reckless driving, conspiracy, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.Ciannavei is charged with [...]

Man gets prison sentence for robbing, setting fire in North Providence bank

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:50pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A 49-year-old man was sentenced to 60 months in prison after he robbed and set fire to a Citizens Bank in North Providence last summer.Joseph W. Lavoie, of Providence, pleaded guilty to charges of bank robbery by force or violence, and the use of fire to damage property used in interstate commerce, at a hearing in April.On July 6, 2016, Lavoie made three calls to the FBI while waiting in line at the bank on Mineral Spring Avenue. He told an [...]