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Student wrongly tied to Boston bombings found dead

Sunil Tripathi - CNN

Reddit apologized for the 'dangerous speculation' on the site that pointed fingers at the student. A body pulled from the water off Indian Point Park in Rhode Island has been identified as the Brown University student mistakenly linked by amateur sleuths on a social media site to the Boston bombings.


Rhode Island struggles with highest unemployment

Rhode Island

Mark Simmons began dialing Rhode Island's unemployment call center at 8 a.m. on a recent Monday. He got a busy signal. He tried 67 more times before the automated system picked up and told him that because of heavy call volume, he should try back another time....


Rhode Island Gay Marriage Measure Introduced By State Lawmakers


Rhode Island lawmakers introduced a measure on Thursday that would make the state the 10th in the nation and the last in New England to legalize same-sex marriage. Sponsors of the proposal tried to move through similar legislation in 2011, but met with opposition and were forced to change the bill to allow civil unions only.


20-year-old Rhode Island cellist wins Miss USA

Miss USA

The nation's newest Miss USA winner is a Rhode Island cellist who describes herself as a nerd and aspires to be more like Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn. Olivia Culpo shares Hepburn's European heritage and dark brown hair and soon they will share something else. Culpo said after winning her crown Sunday night that she plans to go to Tiffany & Co. in New York and recreate Hepburn's iconic opening scene from "Breakfast at Tiffany's."


Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich Make Last-Ditch Effort to Hold Off Mitt Romney

Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul

After a three-week lull, the Republican presidential primaries resume on Tuesday when five Northeastern states -- Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island -- have their say.


Rhode Island woman, 81, wins Powerball: $336 million

Powerball Lottery Winner

Louise White, 81, of Newport, R.I., is winner of the third-largest Powerball jackpot in the history of the game: $336.4 million.


Winner has yet to claim Powerball $336 million jackpot

Powerball Lottery

The winner of Saturday's $336.4 million Powerball jackpot bought the ticket at a Stop & Shop supermarket in Newport, Rhode Island Lottery officials say. No one has come forward yet to claim the prize, officials said Monday.


'City with a bright future' files for bankruptcy

The city of Central Falls, Rhode Island — one of a handful of U.S. cities and counties facing fiscal collapse in the wake of the economic recession — has filed for bankruptcy.


Suspect in 'East Coast Rapist' Case Arrested

Suspect in 'East Coast Rapist' Case Arrested

A man suspected of terrorizing women with sexual assaults from Virginia to Rhode Island over a span of 12 years as the so-called East Coast Rapist has been arrested in Connecticut, federal and local authorities said.


R.I. City Issues Pink Slips to All Teachers

R.I. City Issues Pink Slips to All Teachers

The financially troubled city of Providence on Tuesday issued layoff notices to all its nearly 2,000 teachers because city officials say they must make an unknown number of cuts in the budget, and they want "maximum flexibility."


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