From the Wires

  • Q&A with Alex Rode, set to represent the South team at the Under Armour All-America Classic

    Q&A with Alex Rode, set to represent the South team at the Under Armour All-America Classic

    Alex Rode, a recent St. Paul’s graduate and All-Metro first-team goalie this spring, has just the right laid-back attitude to thrive when he represents the South team in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic, set for 8 p.m. Saturday at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium. As the area’s...

  • New legislation may make free speech on campus less free

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Neal H. Hutchens, University of Mississippi (THE CONVERSATION) Around the country, state lawmakers have been talking about – and legislating – ways intended to protect free speech on...

  • Why Congress should let everyone deduct charitable gifts from their taxes

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Patrick Rooney, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (THE CONVERSATION) The 30 percent of American taxpayers who itemize their returns are free to deduct every dollar they...

  • Review board wants another look at police shooting decision

    A review board Tuesday found "substantial evidence of error" in a North Carolina police department's decision that the fatal shooting of a black man by an officer last year was justified and scheduled another hearing on the matter in August. Julian Wright, an attorney representing the Citizens...

  • New highly virulent strain of ransomware cripples networks

    A new, highly virulent strain of malicious software that is crippling computers globally appears to have been sown in Ukraine, where it badly hobbled much of the government and private sector on the eve of a holiday celebrating a post-Soviet constitution. The fresh cyber-assault Tuesday leveraged...

  • Shkreli jury selection expected to take a third day

    Jury selection at the securities fraud trial of a former pharmaceutical CEO notorious for price-gouging hit a rough patch on Tuesday as the court struggled to pick a pool of prospective jurors who could ignore a swirl of bad publicity for the defendant. A third day of jury selection in Martin Shkreli's...

  • Pence to visit Cleveland area to hear from business owners

    Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit suburban Cleveland on Wednesday to meet with small business owners. The White House says Pence will hear from business owners and their employees at Tendon Manufacturing Inc. The vice president also is expected to make formal remarks at the metal...

  • Why it's important to understand social media's dark history

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Nicholas Bowman, West Virginia University (THE CONVERSATION) It was in April 2016 that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social media platform was providing its nearly...

  • Millions in Nepal vote in second phase of local elections

    Millions of people in Nepal were voting Wednesday in the second phase of local elections to choose municipal and village councils despite threats from ethnic groups that oppose the polls. More than 162,000 security forces were patrolling the election areas. There were no immediate reports of election-related...

  • Skyscraper lit in Qatar Airways' colors amid dispute

    The Empire State Building in New York City is lit up in burgundy and white for Qatar Airways amid a diplomatic dispute with Qatar. The top of the Empire State Building was lit in the airlines' colors Tuesday night to recognize its 10th anniversary of flying to the United States. Qatar Airways is...

  • Study finds pay for public college presidents up 5.3 percent

    Presidents of U.S. public colleges and universities saw their earnings climb by 5.3 percent last year, with several of them topping $1 million, according to an annual survey. The Chronicle of Higher Education's study of more than 150 college presidents found that their average annual pay increased...

  • 'Big Bang Theory' star home destroyed by California wildfire

    The home of "Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki has been destroyed in a wildfire in California. Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman for the 42-year-old actor, says his home on a ranch in the San Luis Obispo area was destroyed by the wildfire on the state's central coast. By Tuesday night, a 2.5-square-mile...

  • Turkey says it returns fire after attack by Syrian Kurds

    Turkey's military says it has returned fire after a cross-border attack by Syrian Kurdish forces. A statement Wednesday said the People's Protection Units, or YPG, fired on Turkish territory overnight with anti-aircraft weapons from Syria's Afrin region. Turkish artillery units returned fire, destroying...

  • Specialty smoked fish shop sued over listeria contaminations

    A Westchester county smoked fish shop once recommended by Oprah on her "Favorite Things" list has been sued by federal prosecutors for repeated findings of listeria bacterium at the business. The Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday the Smokehouse of New York in Mamaroneck...

  • Death penalty dispute goes to Florida Supreme Court

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott's power to strip a prosecutor of murder cases because she won't seek the death penalty will be tested before the state Supreme Court. State Attorney Aramis Ayala is asking the court to block Scott from assigning her Orlando-area murder cases to a neighboring prosecutor....

  • 1 man killed, 1 man injured by lightning strike

    One man was killed and another was injured when lightning struck at a Florida construction site. The Sun Sentinel reports that the lightning hit Tuesday afternoon in Pembroke Pines. Police say both men were taken to a nearby hospital, where one of them died. It appeared that the man who survived...

  • 'NotPetya' ransomware attack shows corporate social responsibility should include cybersecurity

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Scott Shackelford, Indiana University (THE CONVERSATION) As the "NotPetya" ransomware attack spreads around the world, it's making clear how important it is for everyone – and particularly...

  • Behind Modi: The growing influence of the India lobby

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Ashok Sharma, University of New South Wales, Canberra at Australian Defence Force Academy (THE CONVERSATION) One has 32.9 million Twitter followers; the other has 31 million. When U.S....

  • US envoy: China should allow Nobel laureate treatment abroad

    The new U.S. ambassador to Beijing said Wednesday that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo should be allowed to receive treatment outside China after he was diagnosed with cancer while in prison for advocating democratic reforms. China should allow 61-year-old Liu to seek treatment elsewhere...

  • New cyberattack wallops Europe; spreads more slowly in US

    A new and highly virulent outbreak of data-scrambling software — apparently sown in Ukraine — caused disruption across the world Tuesday. Following a similar attack in May , the fresh cyber-assault paralyzed some hospitals, government offices and major multinational corporations in a dramatic demonstration...

  • 3 Chicago police officers indicted in Laquan McDonald case

    Three Chicago police officers were indicted Tuesday on felony charges that they conspired to cover up the actions of a white police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, and that the officers lied when they said the black teenager "aggressively" swung a knife at them and tried...

  • Clinton campaign chief has closed-door talk with House panel

    Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman met Tuesday with a House committee investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. John Podesta spoke with members of the House intelligence committee behind closed doors. He told reporters afterward he was "happy to cooperate" but...

  • GOP health bill: Big tax cuts for rich, not much for others

    Millionaires would get tax cuts averaging $52,000 a year from the Senate Republicans' health bill while middle-income families would get about $260, according to a new analysis of the foundering bill. The analysis was done by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. It found that half of the tax cuts...

  • LA City Council oks plans for George Lucas museum

    The Force was with George Lucas on Tuesday as the Los Angeles City Council moved with lightsaber speed to clear the way for a $1.5 billion Museum of Narrative Art the "Star Wars" creator plans to build down the road from his alma mater. After hearing from Lucas himself, the council voted 14-0 to...

  • Senate GOP shelves health bill, imperils 'Obamacare' repeal

    Senate GOP leaders abruptly shelved their long-sought health care overhaul Tuesday, asserting they can still salvage it but raising new doubts about whether President Donald Trump and the Republicans will ever deliver on their promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare." Republican leader Mitch...

  • Pentagon: 'active preparations' by Syria for chemical attack

    The Pentagon on Tuesday said it detected "active preparations" by Syria for a chemical weapons attack, giving weight to a White House statement hours earlier that the Syrian government would "pay a heavy price" if it carried out such an attack. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said...

  • Vetoed N Carolina budget poised to become law with override

    It looks like the North Carolina state budget approved by the legislature is about to become the law despite complaints and calls for compromise by Gov. Roy Cooper. The House scheduled debate Wednesday morning to consider overriding Cooper's veto of the two-year spending plan written by Republicans....

  • Michael Moore donates $10,000 to Shakespeare in the Park

    Filmmaker Michael Moore, who is making his Broadway debut this summer in a solo show, says he will donate $10,000 to New York City's Shakespeare in the Park after it lost funding from sponsors due to its controversial "Julius Caesar" production. Moore says he's donating the money — his advance...

  • California sheriff deputy shot in face; condition unknown

    A transit deputy was shot in the face Tuesday at a light rail station in Sacramento after getting into a fight with a suspect. He was in stable condition, authorities said. The suspect, who was not identified, was arrested late Tuesday after a SWAT team searched for him room by room at a hotel...

  • Nielsen's top programs for June 19-25

    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for June 19-25. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 12.74 million. 2. "World of Dance," NBC, 7.61 million. 3. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.45 million. 4. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 7.43 million. 5....

  • 'Farm boy' from Iowa tasked with bridging US-China divisions

    A self-described "farm boy from Iowa" who befriended China's president three decades ago is tasked with smoothing relations between the world's two largest economies amid increased unpredictability in American foreign diplomacy under President Donald Trump. Terry Branstad, 70, a former six-term...

  • Retracted CNN story a boon for president at war with media

    For a president seemingly at perpetual war with "fake news," the resignation of three CNN journalists over a retracted story about a Donald Trump Russian connection is a gift from the political gods when the struggling effort to pass a health bill dominates the headlines. The White House quickly...

  • MTA: Train derailment caused by 'improperly secured' rail

    A subway train that derailed Tuesday as it entered a station, tossing people to the floor and forcing hundreds of shaken-up passengers to evacuate through darkened tunnels was caused by an "improperly secured piece of replacement rail" that was stored on the tracks, New York City transit officials...

  • Cosby rejects 'sexual assault tour' idea floated by reps

    Bill Cosby's "town hall" tour is unlikely to happen before his retrial on sex assault charges in Pennsylvania, one of his lawyers said Tuesday. Attorney Angela Agrusa said after a hearing to set a trial date in a sex abuse lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the comedian that Cosby won't...

  • Transit agency: Human error caused subway train derailment

    A subway train derailment in New York City that injured nearly three dozen people and sparked major delays is being blamed on human error, not a track defect. A preliminary investigation indicates the derailment just before 10 a.m. Tuesday in Harlem was caused by "an improperly secured piece of...

  • Global share sell-off hits Asia after Wall St, Europe losses

    A global stock market sell-off pulled shares lower in Asia on Wednesday as investors grew cautious following losses on Wall Street sparked by a delayed health care vote. Sentiment was clouded in Europe by speculation that European Central Bank stimulus may be wound down if conditions improve. KEEPING...

  • West Virginia attorney general sues charter bus company

    West Virginia's attorney general has asked a state judge to shut down a charter bus company saying it failed to refund nearly $18,000 for two canceled field trips. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says Cav's Coach Company LLC, based in Cross Lanes, and owner Christopher Todd Cavender defaulted...

  • Legionnaire's disease bacteria found at Florida gym

    The bacteria that cause Legionnaire's disease have been found at a health club in Florida, and a second club is being tested for the bacteria. The Orlando Sentinel reports that health officials concluded Tuesday that water samples from an LA Fitness club in Orlando tested positive for the Legionella...

  • Indictment of officers another blow to Chicago police

    Three Chicago police officers were indicted on charges that they conspired to cover up and lie about what happened when a white police officer shot a black teenager 16 times, prompting outrage when a video of the shooting was finally released. The indictment handed down Tuesday alleges that one...

  • Seattle council hears from public about fatal shooting

    Seattle residents and family members of Charleena Lyles demanded change from Seattle city officials during a public hearing about her fatal shooting by police earlier this month. The full Seattle City Council attended the hearing Tuesday evening at the University of Washington, which the Seattle...

  • Sarah Palin sues paper for tying her PAC ad to mass shooting

    Former vice presidential nominee and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is accusing The New York Times of defamation over an editorial that linked one of her political action committee ads to the mass shooting that severely wounded then-Arizona Congressman Gabby Giffords. In the lawsuit filed in Manhattan...

  • Venezuela: Helicopter strafes court in 'terrorist attack'

    A police helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court and Interior Ministry in what President Nicolas Maduro said was a thwarted "terrorist attack" aimed at ousting him from power. The confusing exchange, which is bound to ratchet up tensions in a country already paralyzed by months of deadly...

  • These senators will make or break the GOP's health care push

    President Donald Trump's campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare" is now in the hands of a key group of GOP senators who are opposing —or not yet supporting — legislation Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing. These lawmakers range from moderate to conservative Republicans,...

  • Supreme Court term ended much different than it began

    The Supreme Court began its term nine months ago with Merrick Garland nominated to the bench, Hillary Clinton favored to be the next president, and the court poised to be controlled by Democratic appointees for the first time in 50 years. Things looked very different when the justices wrapped up...

  • Few answers on travel ban as launch deadline looms

    The Trump administration expects to launch a limited version of its travel ban on six mostly Muslim countries on Thursday, but has yet to say how it will be implemented or what it will do to avoid the chaos that accompanied the initial ban. Government lawyers were working on guidelines Tuesday,...

  • Utah officials blame lack of logging for major wildfire

    Insisting that logging could have cleaned up dead, bug-infested trees that are fueling a Utah wildfire, a Republican state lawmaker blamed federal mismanagement and lawsuits by "tree hugger" environmentalists for the blaze that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people. A conservation...

  • For a week, Fallon retakes the lead from Colbert

    Jimmy Fallon has topped Stephen Colbert in late-night ratings for the first time since Donald Trump has been president. But the NBC comic might want to keep the champagne on ice. The Nielsen company said that Fallon's "Tonight" show averaged 2.66 million viewers last week, a whisker above the 2.62...

  • Why a 'cashless' society would hurt the poor: A lesson from India

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Dana Kornberg, University of Michigan (THE CONVERSATION) India recently tried to reduce the use of cash in its economy by eliminating, overnight, two of its most widely used bills in...

  • Is Putin's Russia the critical threat Americans believe it to be?

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Ronald Suny, University of Michigan (THE CONVERSATION) U.S. intelligence agencies – 17 of them – agree that evidence shows the Russian government hacked the Democratic National Committee...

  • FIFA publishes Garcia report on 2018-2022 World Cup bidding

    After years of intrigue about allegedly corrupt World Cup bidding, FIFA published an investigation report Tuesday that showed how voters exploited the murky system yet allowed Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments. FIFA published investigator Michael Garcia's 430-page dossier less...

  • Utah lawsuits to test president's power to shrink monuments

    Native American tribes and environmental groups preparing for a legal battle to stop President Donald Trump from dismantling Utah's new national monument face a tougher challenge than anticipated. Republican officials in the state who oppose Bears Ears National Monument asked Trump to rescind the...

  • Maddon says Cubs making informal trip to White House

    Manager Joe Maddon and some of the Chicago Cubs will visit the White House on Wednesday, though it's not an official visit with President Donald Trump. Maddon said Tuesday that he was going out of respect for the Ricketts family, which owns the Cubs and donated to Trump's campaign. Maddon said...

  • Report finds USA Gymnastics policies muddled on sex abuse

    For years, USA Gymnastics felt it aggressively safeguarded hundreds of thousands of athletes from sexual abuse. Yet the protocols designed to show gymnasts, coaches, staff and parents how to report abuse were muddled, confusing and not well enforced. The fallout, according to a former federal prosecutor...

  • Pick 6: Transfer quarterbacks who could make a big impact

    Florida might have solved its long-running quarterback problem with the addition of Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire. That move became official last week, and as a graduate transfer, Zaire will be immediately eligible. Zaire is no lock to be the Gators starter when they open against Michigan in...

  • Tebow hits St Lucie, the next step of his baseball journey

    Tim Tebow knows he can still improve on everything. Given his numbers, that's obvious. If he's the world's most popular minor league .220 hitter, that's just fine with the new left fielder for the St. Lucie Mets. Called up to the New York Mets' advanced Class A affiliate in the Florida State League...

  • Community college trustees fire president in unanimous vote

    Trustees of a New Jersey community college have fired the school's president who had a year left on her contract. Bergen Community College trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to fire B. Kaye Walter and buy out the remaining year on her contract. NorthJersey.com reports (https://njersy.co/2rZU9xj...

  • 2 Vandy players shot in attempt to recover stolen phone

    Two Vanderbilt football players were shot in what police are calling an "ill-conceived plan" to recover a teammate's stolen cellphone. Tae Daley, 18, suffered a noncritical gunshot wound to his leg, and Frank Coppet, 18, received noncritical birdshot wounds to his arms, Nashville police said Tuesday...

  • Cubs catcher Montero blames Arrieta for Nats' 7 stolen bases

    Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in a 6-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Montero unloaded on Arrieta for his slow delivery not giving him a chance to throw out baserunners. "It really sucked because the stolen bases...

  • Trump hails 'energy revolution' as exports surge

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday hailed an energy revolution marked by surging U.S. exports of oil and natural gas. Trump cited a series of steps the administration has taken to boost energy production and remove government regulations that he argues prevent the United States from achieving "energy...

  • Timeline of the Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald

    A grand jury has indicted three Chicago police officers on felony charges that they conspired to cover up the actions of a white officer now charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The Cook County, Illinois, indictment was announced Tuesday, a day...

  • Textbooks in the digital world

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Kui Xie, The Ohio State University and Nicole Luthy, The Ohio State University (THE CONVERSATION) For decades, textbooks were seen as the foundation for instruction in American schools....

  • Is Nancy Pelosi worth the trouble?

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Kathryn L. Pearson, University of Minnesota (THE CONVERSATION) Democrats in Congress are struggling to keep up a unified front. As the minority party, Democrats have spent the past...

  • How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Katherine Xue, University of Washington and Jesse Bloom, University of Washington (THE CONVERSATION) Evolution is usually very slow, a process of change that takes thousands or millions...

  • Florida beats LSU 6-1 at CWS for 1st national championship

    Maybe this wasn't Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan's best team. It is, however, his first national championship team. A year after the Gators went two games and out at the College World Series with a team seeded No. 1 and loaded with high draft picks, they won five of six in Omaha and completed a...

  • Former Trump campaign chairman registers as foreign agent

    President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, registered Tuesday with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for political consulting work he did for a Ukrainian political party, acknowledging that he coached party members on how to interact with U.S. government officials....

  • Ethics commissioner charged after alleged prostitute mix-up

    A Connecticut ethics commissioner has been charged with patronizing a prostitute after he was pepper-sprayed during which police say was a mix-up with the wrong woman. Police tell the Connecticut Post (http://bit.ly/2tWtPWs ) Noel Kayo, an ethics commissioner in Bridgeport, had arranged to meet...

  • China's navy puts latest-generation destroyer in the water

    China's increasingly powerful navy launched its most advanced domestically produced destroyer on Wednesday, at a time of rising competition with other naval powers such as the United States, Japan and India. The first 10,000-ton Type 055 entered the water at Shanghai's Jiangnan Shipyard on Wednesday...

  • Drew Faust and old, white men: The changing role of university presidents

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Jason Lane, University at Albany, State University of New York (THE CONVERSATION) If your perception of higher education is that it's led by aging white males, you're right. According...

  • Could a tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire happen in the U.S.?

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Brian Meacham, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (THE CONVERSATION) The Grenfell Tower fire in London has triggered questions about how the tragedy could have happened, whether it could...

  • The iPhone turns 10 – and it's isolated us, not united us

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Jean Twenge, San Diego State University (THE CONVERSATION) Sometime around 2011 or 2012, it suddenly became very easy to predict what people would be doing in public places: Most would...

  • LEADING OFF: Cubs visit White House, Francona to return

    A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ STOPPING BY Manager Joe Maddon and some of the Chicago Cubs will go for what the White House calls a "meet and greet" with President Donald Trump. Though it's not an official visit with the president, Maddon said Tuesday that he was going...

  • Woman's car towed twice due to DMV website error

    A Connecticut woman has had her car towed twice due to a glitch in the Department of Motor Vehicles website. Peggy Levesque tells WFSB-TV (http://bit.ly/2sfYKQe ) her registration, taxes and car payments are all up to date. Still, she has woken up to her car being towed from her Bristol apartment...

  • Castle in New York's Central Park to undergo $6M restoration

    An iconic castle in New York City's Central Park is set to undergo a $6 million restoration this fall. NY1 television reports (http://bit.ly/2tjADA6 ) Belvedere Castle, a 19th century centerpiece of the park and one of its most visited sites, will be cleaned and waterproofed later this year. The...

  • The Trump team's poor arguments for slashing SNAP

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Patricia Smith, University of Michigan (THE CONVERSATION) The Trump administration aims to slash spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as...

  • A pair of decades-old policies may change the way rural America gets local news

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Christopher Ali, University of Virginia (THE CONVERSATION) While Americans were distracted by the very important public debates around an open internet and the proliferation of fake...

  • Elite public schools that rely on entry exams fail the diversity test

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Jake Murray, Boston University (THE CONVERSATION) The jewels in many an urban school district's crown are their exam schools, competitive public schools that base enrollment on test...

  • Fish market owner upset by large lobster TSA photo

    The owner of a Connecticut fish market says she is "personally offended" after she saw a photo of a 20-pound (9-kilogram) lobster being handled by a Transportation Security Administration screener on social media. Lisa Feinman owns Atlantic Seafood Market in Old Saybrook, and says she packed the...

  • Heat a possible factor in 12 Maricopa County deaths

    Officials are investigating the heat as a possible factor in 12 deaths in metro Phoenix last week as temperatures soared to 119 degrees. Maricopa County Department of Public Health officials said they have opened investigations into the deaths to determine if they are heat-related. Phoenix has...

  • Ellsbury ties odd Rose mark for most catcher's interference

    Jacoby Ellsbury of the New York Yankees has tied Pete Rose's obscure record for reaching base the most times in a career on catcher's interference. Ellsbury did it for the 29th time Tuesday night. His bat tipped the mitt of Chicago White Sox catcher Kevan Smith on a swing in the ninth inning and...

  • Maeda dominates in spot start, Dodgers beat Angels 4-0

    Kenta Maeda has gone from the rotation to the bullpen to spot starting this month. Maeda, like many baseball players, was built on routine, but his job has become anything but predictable with the Los Angeles Dodgers. No matter. This role seems to suit him just fine. Maeda pitched four-hit ball...

  • Rhode Island Senate takes up $92B budget plan

    A $9.2 billion budget plan for Rhode Island's upcoming fiscal year is moving to a vote in the state Senate after being approved last week by the state House of Representatives. The Senate Finance Committee voted 9-1 to approve the budget plan Tuesday, sending it to a full Senate vote scheduled...

  • Parent driver's education bill heads to Gov. Raimondo

    A bill that would require the parents of teenagers learning how to drive to take their own driver's education class is heading to Gov. Gina Raimondo for approval. WPRI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2tgI5eI ) the proposed legislation passed the General Assembly on Monday. The bill would mandate a free...

  • Firefighter fired over 'fried chicken' remark to black woman

    Officials in Rhode Island say a city firefighter has been fired for saying an elderly black woman should "stop eating fried chicken" when he responded to a call for medical aid. Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says Andre Ferro was terminated Tuesday by the city's Fire Department...

  • State lawmakers begin voting frenzy as session ends

    Rhode Island state lawmakers are working to pass dozens of bills in the final days before they adjourn for the year. The legislation includes union-backed measures to extend public employee labor contract agreements after they've expired, and to allow firefighters and police officers to get disability...

  • Jonathan Zachem named to lead Florida's licensing agency

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott has promoted Jonathan Zachem to secretary of the state's Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Zachem was the deputy secretary for the department and previously served as chief attorney and director of for the state's Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. He has...

  • Amtrak offers discount for travel to view solar eclipse

    Amtrak is offering discounted tickets for passengers traveling to southern Illinois to view the upcoming total solar eclipse. A coast-to-coast total solar eclipse — where day briefly becomes night — will occur in the U.S. on Aug. 21 for the first time in 99 years. It'll last the longest near Carbondale,...

  • Digest (June 27): Goucher's Korba hired to coach Stevenson women's soccer

    Tati Korba, a veteran with 15 years coaching at the college level, has been named women's soccer coach at Stevenson University. Korba, who becomes the ninth head coach in program history, has spent the last 12 years as head coach of the Goucher College women's soccer program. She begins her tenure...

  • Activists take step to recall judge in sex assault case

    Activists seeking to recall a judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman say they believe voters will still support the effort even if it appears on the ballot two years after the trial. The case drew national attention...

  • University president urges community to avoid KKK rally

    University of Virginia's president is urging students and faculty to stay away from an upcoming Ku Klux Klan rally in the city. Local news media outlets report that University President Teresa Sullivan urged community members in an email to "avoid the rally and avoid confrontation" when the North...

  • Rhode Island lawmakers to vote on paid sick days

    A proposal to mandate paid time off for workers who call in sick is moving ahead in the Rhode Island General Assembly, but business groups are making a last-ditch lobbying effort to pare down the plan. The state Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on legislation that would require private sector...

  • EPA to discuss Hudson River dredging at public meeting

    The Environmental Protection Agency will answer questions from the public about the effectiveness of a $1.7 billion cleanup of the Hudson River. The EPA is taking questions Wednesday night in Poughkeepsie during the public comment period for a recently released review of the Superfund project....

  • NYC rent board votes to hike rents

    The New York City Rent Guideline Board has voted to hike rents by 1.25 percent on one-year leases and 2 percent on two-year leases. The Board voted 7-2 Tuesday night. The increases will affect more than one million New Yorkers living in rent-stabilized apartments. At a preliminary vote in April...

  • GOP Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, pummeled, says no on health bill

    U.S. Sen. Rob Portman announced his opposition to the current Senate health care bill on Tuesday, after days of political pummeling that ended with the vote delayed. The Ohio Republican issued his statement only after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed a vote on the bill. Portman was...

  • Is energy 'dominance' the right goal for US policy?

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Daniel Raimi, University of Michigan (THE CONVERSATION) In recent weeks, a new energy buzzword has taken flight from Washington, D.C., making stops in Alaska, North Dakota, Texas, Utah...

  • Actor William Fichtner returns to NY hometown for new film

    Western New York native William Fichtner has returned to his hometown to begin filming a new movie this week. The 60-year-old actor who was raised in the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga (cheek-tuh-WAH'-guh) was at the Buffalo History Museum Tuesday to announce that filming on his directorial debut...

  • 2 upstate NY cities receiving HUD money for lead removal

    Two upstate New York cities are getting financial help from the federal government to help remove lead hazards from homes. Schenectady will receive nearly $3 million and Rochester will receive $1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money will be used to assist...

  • Trump administration plans border wall models in summer

    The agency in charge of U.S. border security plans to start building prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico later this summer. Ronald Vitiello, Customs and Border Protection's acting deputy commissioner, said Tuesday that four to eight companies will get contracts for...

  • A dangerous mix: Bullied youth report access to loaded guns more than other youth

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Maayan Simckes, University of Washington (THE CONVERSATION) For school-aged youth, access to a gun can increase their risk for becoming a victim of or for committing a violent crime,...

  • AP PHOTOS: Music, art help deal with violence in Rio slum

    In a small and crudely painted green room called "the bunker," 18-year-old Lucas dos Santos da Cruz and his friends go over rhymes in their heads. Soon they will be competing in freestyle rap battles on a poorly illuminated square in the "City of God," one of Rio de Janeiro's most notorious and...

  • Montreal man back in US court in Michigan airport stabbing

    A Canadian man accused of stabbing an airport police officer in Flint, Michigan, is returning to court to learn if he'll remain in custody. Amor Ftouhi is unlikely to be granted bond Wednesday because the charge is serious and he lives outside the U.S. The 49-year-old from Montreal is charged with...

65°