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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

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'

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...

Rhode Island Is Ditching Part of Its Name

'Providence Plantations' is coming off state documents

(Newser) - The smallest state in the US is not Rhode Island. Technically, the state's full, formal name is "The State of Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations." The little-known latter part has been under renewed scrutiny in recent weeks amid the George Floyd protests because of its evocation...

Shop Ends Cop Discount, Sells Out of Doughnuts

'We're fed up' with injustice, RI shop said

(Newser) - Allie's Donuts has allied itself with Black Lives Matter activists calling for police reforms. The doughnut shop in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, declared on Instagram Saturday that it was ending discounts for police officers and members of the military, Fox13 reports. The owner said the move was sparked by...

Here's Where Jobs Have Taken Hardest COVID Hit

WalletHub looks at states where coronavirus has had the biggest effect on unemployment

(Newser) - Since the coronavirus has found its way to the United States, the economic ramifications have been devastating, leaving unprecedented numbers of people out of work and businesses folding. WalletHub looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see which have been suffering the most on the jobs...

Each State Has Its Own 'Iconic' Job

24/7 Wall St. looks at the jobs that 'shape the identity' of every state

(Newser) - Each state that makes up the Fifty Nifty has a unique economy, culture, laws, and even industries and workers that help "shape the [identity]" of that state. To more closely examine the latter, 24/7 Wall St. looked at Bureau of Labor Statistics data on job concentration in all of...

RI Extends Restrictions to Visitors From 49 States

New Yorkers are no longer being singled out

(Newser) - New Yorkers visiting Rhode Island will still be ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days , Gov. Gina Raimondo says—but so will visitors from the other 48 states. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened to sue after the state introduced restrictions for New Yorkers on Friday, Politico reports. Raimondo said Sunday...

The National Guard Seeks Fleeing New Yorkers

'I know this is unusual,' says Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo

(Newser) - New Yorkers seeking refuge in Rhode Island might want to think again. The state's police and National Guard are pulling over drivers with New York plates, and knocking on doors for recent travelers from the Empire State—America's epicenter for the coronavirus outbreak, NBC News reports. Such visitors...

10 States Waging an Aggressive War Against Coronavirus

And 10 that may need to step it up

(Newser) - As "social distancing" and "flattening the curve" become part of our coronavirus vernacular, certain states are taking extra-aggressive measures to ensure its residents stay healthy. WalletHub wanted to see which states have done the most in terms of limiting exposure to the virus, looking at nearly 36 metrics...

10 Best, Worst US States for the Ladies

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Louisiana is dead last

(Newser) - Women make up just over half of the population in America, so one would think that health care, job opportunities, and goodwill toward working parents as they relate to women would be a top priority. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states, plus the District at Columbia, analyzing two...

Coronavirus Jumps to the East Coast

Italy sees a 50% spike in cases

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence sought Sunday to reassure the American public that the federal government is working to make sure state and local authorities are able to test for coronavirus, as the number of US cases grew following reports of new infections in Illinois, Rhode Island, and Washington state, the...

In These States, It's Driver Beware

WalletHub ranking considers infrastructure, traffic, and more

(Newser) - Traffic in New York City is notoriously bad, but it's not enough to sour driving in the state, which comes middle of the pack in a new ranking of the best and worst US states in which to drive. There's much more than traffic to consider. Indeed, WalletHub...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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