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Pickup Truck Drives Into ICE Protesters

Rhode Island attorney general and police are now investigating incident at detention center

(Newser) - A protest outside a detention center used to hold immigration detainees in Rhode Island took a scary turn Wednesday night when a pickup drove into protesters, reports the Providence Journal . The state attorney general and the state police are now investigating what happened at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility... More »

10 Best, Worst States to Give Birth

Vermont comes out on top, Mississippi on bottom

(Newser) - Having a baby is a beautiful—and also expensive and possibly stressful—thing. WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, on 30 factors related to cost (on average, the cost of a conventional delivery in the US is more than $10,000, but some states are pricier... More »

65-Year-Old Arrested After Her 3 Dogs Die in Hot Car

The windows were rolled up and there was no water

(Newser) - A 65-year-old Rhode Island woman has been charged with felony cruelty to animals after leaving her three dogs, including a puppy, in a car during a heat wave. Police in Jamestown say the dogs, a 4-year-old black lab, a 7-month-old black lab and a 4-year-old gray Keeshond—a breed that... More »

Boyfriend's Text Came at Exactly the Wrong Time

Woman was trying to prove to immigration agent that her marriage was real

(Newser) - Under normal circumstances, Rhode Island woman Amanda Hames-Whitman might have been pleased to receive a text from her boyfriend saying they had "the best sex ever." At the time the text from "Chriss" arrived, however, her phone was in the hands of an immigration agent trying to... More »

Student Debt Is the Worst in These 10 States

Going to school in South Dakota could leave you with a big tab by graduation

(Newser) - One of the "hot-button" issues in the upcoming presidential election is how students will pay for their education, WalletHub notes—and to put things in geographical context, it's analyzed the numbers to see which states have the most and least student debt. The site looked at a dozen... More »

This Is the Most Fun US State

California tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - You know the safest , least stressful , healthiest , greenest , and happiest places to live, but what about the most fun? To figure that out, WalletHub looked at 26 factors related to entertainment, nightlife, and recreation—things like restaurants, amusement parks, golf courses, theaters, arcades, music festivals, casinos, and marinas per capita;... More »

Here Are the States With the Best, Worst Economies

Washington state comes in at No. 1; Alaska is dead last

(Newser) - It takes a village—or, in the case of the US economy, each individual state doing its fair share. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states and DC to see how they all fared across more than two dozen metrics in three categories: economic activity (including startup presence and... More »

Kids With Lunch Debt to Get Cold Sandwiches: District

They used to be served a hot meal like everyone else

(Newser) - Owe lunch money to Warwick Public Schools? Then you'll be eating cold sun butter and jelly sandwiches every day until it's paid up, rather than getting a hot meal, the Rhode Island school district announced over the weekend. Kids will also be allowed to go back to hot... More »

Officer Reports His Gun Was Stolen—by Strippers

They are charged, and he is on leave

(Newser) - Two Rhode Island strippers have been charged with stealing a Boston police officer's handgun, prompting the department to place the officer on leave and open an internal investigation. Police say 25-year-old Neish Rivera, 22-year-old Melissa Dacier, and the officer went to a Providence strip club before going to a... More »

Michael Flynn, Meet Your New Neighbor

Sean Spicer buys a house across the street from former national security adviser

(Newser) - Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has bought a house in Rhode Island, and his new neighbor is a familiar face from their days together in the Trump administration: former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the AP reports. The Newport Daily News , citing public records, reported that the sale... More »

Dad Backs Trump, Son Doesn't: They're Running for Same Seat

The two drove to city hall together to file papers in Rhode Island

(Newser) - A father and son in Rhode Island who disagree about President Trump are running for the same office, one as a Republican, the other as an Independent. David Quiroa Sr., 47, and David Quiroa Jr., 22, both filed Tuesday to run for a state House seat currently held by a... More »

Big Move in One State Could Keep Trump Off 2020 Ballot

Rhode Island bill would make all presidential hopefuls release tax returns to get on ballot

(Newser) - Gayle Goldin wants to make sure future presidential candidates fully reveal any potential conflicts of interest. That's why the Democratic state senator from Rhode Island is now sponsoring a bill that would require Oval Office hopefuls to release five years' worth of tax returns—meaning President Trump could see... More »

10 Most, Least Valuable US States

In the Lower 48, New Jersey ranks No. 1, while Wyoming brings up the bottom

(Newser) - If we had to place a price tag on how much the 1.9 billion acres in the Lower 48 are worth, economist William Larson puts it at $23 trillion. But to determine how individual states fare, 24/7 Wall St. looked more closely at a 2015 paper by Larson that... More »

America's Best Summer Job? Nudist Campground's Lifeguard

Winning candidate doesn't need to don a swimsuit

(Newser) - A Rhode Island nudist campground is looking for a lifeguard, and the uniform is cheap: nothing. The Providence Journal reports Dyer Woods Nudist Campgrounds' help wanted notice for a lifeguard this summer says qualified candidates must have "excellent communication skills" and the ability to "work as part of... More »

Lawmaker Dumps Proposed Outhouse Ban Bill

Bill called for all outhouses in Rhode Island to be 'abandoned, filled up, and destroyed'

(Newser) - A Rhode Island lawmaker who introduced a bill that would ban outhouses in the state says he is withdrawing the legislation, the AP reports. Republican Rep. Justin Price said Wednesday he is pulling the measure ahead of a scheduled State house hearing. Price says the issue should be addressed by... More »

RI State Senator, 27, Charged With Extorting Sex

Nicholas Kettle has pleaded not guilty

(Newser) - A grand jury indictment unsealed Monday accuses a Republican state senator of extorting sex from a page in the Senate's page program. The indictment was unsealed as Senate Minority Whip Nicholas Kettle was arraigned on two counts of extortion in Providence Superior Court. Kettle, of Coventry, is accused of... More »

This State Is the Best to Spend Your Golden Years In

Florida ranks at the top of the best states for retirement

(Newser) - Trying to plan ahead for where you'll spend your golden years? WalletHub has done a good portion of the legwork for you, looking closely at three categories—affordability, health care, and overall quality of life—in all 50 states to see which ones offer the best retirement options. The... More »

This State Has the Highest Cancer Rate

It's Kentucky, with Delaware and Louisiana trailing

(Newser) - Cancer may be the second leading cause of death in the US, but its effects across the country vary widely. Kentucky, for example, sees 514 cancer diagnoses per 100,000 people, the highest rate in the nation. New Mexico, on the other hand, has the lowest rate at 370 per... More »

City Must Pay Private Tuition of Girl Raped at School

Victim was 13 when assaulted by fellow student at public school in Pawtucket, RI

(Newser) - A federal judge has ordered the Rhode Island city of Pawtucket to pay private school tuition for a girl who was raped by another student in a public school bathroom when she was 13. George Hovarth, who represents the girl identified in court papers as Jane Doe, told the AP... More »

A Teacher of the Year's Photo With Trump Is Going Viral

Thanks to a rainbow pin and black fan

(Newser) - Rhode Island's Teacher of the Year is drawing attention for his display of LGBT pride in a photo-op with President Trump, the AP reports. The photo from Nikos Giannopoulos' visit to the Oval Office in April shows the teacher wearing a rainbow pin on his suit jacket; he is... More »

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