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RI unveils new voter app for mobile devices

PROVIDENCE, -- The Rhode Island secretary of state's office has unveiled a new application, designed to assist voters from mobile devices such as cellphones and tablets. Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis says the app known as RI VIC helps Rhode Islanders learn their voter status, find out where to vote, research district information, and even get GPS directions to their polling place. Mollis says the app is user-friendly and puts voter information literally in the palm of residents' hands no matter where they are. The app is free and available for online download for Apple devices at the Apple…
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Clean Air Settlement with R.I. Chemical Manufacturer will Minimize Emissions

BOSTON – An EPA settlement will require that a Rhode Island chemical manufacturing company take multiple actions designed to minimize air emissions and protect air quality near the facility and in the surrounding community. The company, Mereco Technologies Group, Inc., has agreed to settle EPA claims that the company neither complied with the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Chemical Manufacturing Area Sources, nor applied for a necessary Clean Air Act permit. In addition to a $60,000 penalty, the settlement requires that the company apply for an air permit and take steps to reduce emissions and ensure compliance…
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US News

Obama: ‘Russia Is Responsible For The Violence In Eastern Ukraine’

President Barack Obama made a statement Thursday on the situation in Ukraine, saying he spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and that the two agree "Russia is responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine." "The new images of Russian forces inside Ukraine make that plain for the world to see," Obama said. Obama said he would meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko next month at the White House. Obama is meeting with his national security team Thursday afternoon to discuss the threat of the Islamic State, the militant group formerly known as ISIS, in Syria and Iraq. During the press…
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Featured

Extra Round Providence mayoral debate

  Providence, Rhode Island- The hour-long radio debate between candidates Michael Solomon and Jorge Elorza  was held at the LPR's studios in Cranston and hosted by LPR’s moderator, Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, MD and Wendy Schiller, professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University                       El  Mano a Mano Solomon vs Elorza
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Entertainment

Diane Sawyer signs off early from ABC’s ‘World News,’ ending five-year run as anchor

She's going for an early dismissal. Diane Sawyer will sign off from ABC's "World News" Wednesday ending a five-year run as one of the nation's most watched news anchors. The move came a day earlier than originally planned and caught many by surprise. "See you tonight for my last night anchoring," Sawyer tweeted . “Great adventures ahead." While the Sawyer's exit has been in the works for some time, it will be the fourth anchor swap since the 2005 death of Peter Jennings. "Like everything else, she's doing it on her own terms," an ABC News source said of Sawyer's…
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US News

Cristobal gains strength as it heads toward Bermuda

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –  Hurricane Cristobal moved slowly toward Bermuda after drenching Atlantic and Caribbean islands with heavy rains, causing flooding that officials blamed for at least five deaths. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the hurricane would likely avoid a collision with the Eastern Seaboard, but it was generating life-threatening surf and rip current conditions from central Florida to North Carolina. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, and it was expected to pass northwest of Bermuda on Wednesday, and strengthen slightly by Thursday. Late Tuesday, it was centered 415 miles west-southwest of Bermuda and…
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US Military Launches Airstrikes Against IS Near Irbil

The military says it lauched further air attacks Wednesday against Islamic State militants near Irbil and the  strategic Mosul Dam in Iraq. The United States Central Command said in a statement that forces launched three airstrikes using fighter, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft to support Iraqi security force operations. "The strikes were conducted under authority to support Iraqi security force and Kurdish defense force operations, as well as to protect critical infrastructure, personnel and facilities, and support humanitarian efforts," the statement said. Mosul Dam CENTCOM says the strikes destroyed an Islamic State Humvee, a supply truck, three armored vehicles, and…
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US Journalist Kidnapped in Syria Returns Home

AP/Curtis Family Nancy Curtis (left) and her son, Peter Theo Curtis, reunited in Boston on Tuesday. An American writer released this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria is doing well and is excited to be free, his mother said on Tuesday. "In the days following my release on Sunday, I have learned bit-by-bit that many people have been working on my release.  I had no idea," Peter Theo Curtis, 45, told reporters outside his mother's home in Cambridge, a Boston suburb. "I am overhwlemed with emotional and that total strangers have been coming up to…
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Local News

Boston Marathon bombing victim marries nurse who helped him recover

He once said he was glad he got blown up because the resulting agony led him to meeting the love of his life, who is also his best friend. Boston Marathon bombing survivor James Costello walked down the aisle Saturday with nurse Krista D'Agostino, in a wedding that came about through donated services from local businesses. Costello, 31, met his bride as he struggled through months of surgery and painful rehabilitation after the April 2013 catastrophe that left him with serious wounds throughout his body. A photograph of him — burned, staggering and with his clothes in tatters — become…
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