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His Obituary Said He Died of Cancer. 2 Years Later, He Almost Died of COVID

US fugitive Nicholas Alahverdian was found in Scottish hospital

(Newser) - An American fugitive who faked his death from cancer was caught after COVID almost killed him for real. Police in Rhode Island say Nicholas Alahverdian, whose many aliases include Nicholas Rossi, was admitted to a hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, last month with severe COVID and ended up on a ventilator,...

After New Probe, Same Conclusion Into Death of Heiress' Employee

Doris Duke ran him down accidentally, city finds

(Newser) - Update: The death of one of Doris Duke's employees remains, officially, an accident after the city manager in Newport, Rhode Island, stood by the city police department's review of the 1966 case. That review determined, as the original police investigation had, that no "definitive motive or intent"...

These Are the Safest States Amid the Pandemic
10 Safest, Least Safe
States in US

10 Safest, Least Safe States in US

Vermont is No. 1 and Louisiana is last

(Newser) - WalletHub usually considers a wide range of factors in determining the safest states in America, including the number of assaults, mass shootings, and terrorist attacks. This year, with the coronavirus pandemic still in play, it's also considering the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated. That's one...

Prosecutors: Fraudster Even Conned Fellow Inmates

Michael Moller also sentenced to almost 7 years over fraudulent PPP loans

(Newser) - A convicted bank robber is headed back to federal prison—this time for fraudulently seeking more than $4.7 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans. Michael Moller, 42, of Middletown, Rhode Island, was under federal supervised release following four armed bank robbery convictions when he filed 11 loan applications under...

They Fired Flares at Wedding, Triggered a $104K Search

Rhode Island men have been fined $5K each

(Newser) - Two Rhode Island men have been fined $5,000 each for setting off flares near a friend's wedding reception last year—which isn't enough to cover the cost of the Coast Guard search operation that ensued. A Department of Justice release states that a search carried out after...

For Sale: 'One of the Most Well-Known Haunted Houses'

Or so says the realtor selling the Rhode Island home that inspired 'The Conjuring' movie

(Newser) - Not afraid of ghosts and things that go bump in the night? The purportedly haunted Rhode Island farmhouse that inspired the 2013 horror movie The Conjuring hit the market Thursday for the scary price of $1.2 million—almost three times the 2019 selling price, per the AP . Mott &...

Senator on Club Membership: 'I Don't Spend a Lot of Time There'

RI Dem Sheldon Whitehouse is in the hot seat again about his ties to an allegedly 'all white' Newport club

(Newser) - A Democratic senator from Rhode Island is playing defense after he was grilled this week about his family's long-standing membership at an exclusive beach club. GoLocal Providence describes Bailey's Beach Club in Newport—which has had Sheldon Whitehouse, his wife, and other relatives as members for decades—as...

Kid Finds Message in Bottle On the Other Side of the Ocean

2 teens have since gotten in touch, thanks to social media

(Newser) - Putting a message in a bottle is a fun thing for a kid to do. Finding a message in a bottle is something every kid wants to do. And now, two kids on opposite sides of the Atlantic are pals because of just such a message. Christian Santos, 17, was...

'Ongoing Feud' Led to Biggest Shooting in Providence History

9 hurt in shooting in Rhode Island capital

(Newser) - In what police in Providence believe was the biggest shooting incident in the city's 385-year history, several dozen shots were fired and nine people were injured Thursday. Police in the Rhode Island capital says four or five guns were involved as two groups of young men exchanged gunfire, the...

Only Home on This Island Can Be Yours, With a Fitting Address

Rhode Island's 0 Patience Way is on the market for $400K

(Newser) - Zero patience for the company of others? Anyone who's ever wanted their own private island getaway now has a chance, and it might be less expensive than you'd think, per the AP . The only house on a small island in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay has hit the...

Ancient Coins Suggest Notorious Pirate Hid in America

Arabic coins linked to Capt. Henry Every found across New England

(Newser) - A handful of Arabic coins unearthed from a pick-your-own-fruit orchard in rural Rhode Island and other random corners of New England may help solve one of the planet's oldest cold cases. The villain in this tale: a murderous English pirate who became the world's most-wanted criminal after plundering...

Steer That Escaped Slaughter Is Back in Custody
R.I. Steer No Longer on the Lam

R.I. Steer No Longer on the Lam

The animal's fate remains unclear

(Newser) - The saga of the steer that escaped the slaughterhouse in Rhode Island has come to a close. The animal—which had been on the lam since early February—was corralled Friday in the town of Johnston the Providence Journal reports. During its 48 days of freedom, the steer was spotted...

Steer That Escaped Slaughter Still Loose a Month Later

He's been roaming Rhode Island since Feb. 4

(Newser) - Where's the beef? Still very much on the mooove in Rhode Island, per the AP . More than a month after escaping while being unloaded at a slaughterhouse, a 1,600-pound steer is still roaming the streets of Johnston , about 10 miles west of Providence. Police said Wednesday in a...

Slated for Slaughter, Steer Makes a Break

The animal has been seen roaming around Providence, R.I.

(Newser) - A 1,600-pound steer has been reported roaming the streets of Rhode Island's capital, the AP reports. Workers with Rhode Island Beef & Veal told WJAR that a wholesaler lost control of the cow while unloading it for slaughter. The animal was first spotted in Johnston, about 10 miles...

Supreme Court Rules Against GOP in State's Mail Voting

Rhode Island is allowed to keep relaxed rules in place to make process easier

(Newser) - A Supreme Court ruling on Thursday means that it will remain easier than usual for people in Rhode Island to vote by mail in the November election. In an unsigned order , the justices kept emergency rules in place that allow people to cast their ballots without the signatures of two...

Looking for Stellar Health Care? Here's Where to Go

Massachusetts ranks No. 1 in WalletHub state rankings, Georgia brings up the rear

(Newser) - Health care is often at the top of many Americans' minds, but never has it been so critical as now, as we struggle through the coronavirus pandemic. To see which states have the best handle on health care, WalletHub looked at all 50 of them, plus the District of Columbia,...

Isaias Is on the Move
Isaias Is on the Move

Isaias Is on the Move

The tropical storm strengthens as it moves north

(Newser) - Bands of heavy rain from Isaias lashed Florida's east coast Sunday, with the tropical storm strengthening slightly in the evening on its way up the Eastern seabord, the AP reports. Officials dealing with surging cases of the coronavirus in Florida kept a close watch on the storm that was...

He Was Clamming With His Grandpa. Then: 'Holy Moly'

The mollusk that Cooper Monaco, 11, found in RI weighs almost 2.5 pounds

(Newser) - An 11-year-old Rhode Island boy clamming with his grandfather found a giant quahog that's thought to be one of the largest ever harvested in state waters. Cooper Monaco, of Wakefield, found the massive mollusk Monday in the Weekapaug section of Westerly and donated it to the University of Rhode...

Tax Refund Checks Bear Odd Signatures

Mickey Mouse signed off on them in Rhode Island, as did Walt Disney

(Newser) - Well this is a little goofy. Recipients of government checks in Rhode Island this week were surprised to see they were signed by none other than Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney, reports WJAR . It seems the state's Division of Taxation uses those dummy signatures for tests, and a glitch...

How a Billionaire Heiress 'Got Away With Murder'
How a Billionaire Heiress
'Got Away With Murder'
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How a Billionaire Heiress 'Got Away With Murder'

Vanity Fair takes a deeper look at Doris Duke's killing of her interior designer

(Newser) - Eduardo Tirella's death was horrible: Hit by a car, slammed through locked gates, and crushed under speeding tires. But was it murder? That's what Peter Lance is asking in Vanity Fair about Tirella's 1966 death at the hands of his employer, America's richest woman—tobacco heiress...

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