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‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict Likely to Alter Music Business

LOS ANGELES— A jury's verdict that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied Marvin Gaye's music to create their hit song “Blurred Lines” won't just be felt by the singer's pocketbooks - it has the potential to change how musicians work and could open the door to new copyright claims. An eight-person jury determined Tuesday that Williams and Thicke copied elements of Gaye's 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up” and ordered the pair to pay nearly $ million to the late singer's three children. Marvin Gaye's daughter, Nona Gaye, left, talks to the media outside the Los Angeles District Court…
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US Military: Human Remains Found in Florida Helicopter Crash

military officials say rescuers have found human remains in the search for an Army helicopter that crashed off the Florida coast with 11 soldiers on board. A spokesman at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida said debris from the wrecked Black Hawk was discovered early Wednesday after the helicopter failed to return to base Tuesday night. Passengers on the helicopter included seven Marines and four crewmen. The Marines were part of a special operations unit based out of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, while the aircrew and helicopter belonged to a Hammond, Louisiana Army National Guard unit, base spokesman Andy…
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Mayor Elorza Outlines Aggressive Approach to Potholes

PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today outlined efforts to aggressively and systematically repair potholes throughout the City of Providence. Mayor Elorza announced that Department of Public Works has potholes crews out repairing roadways daily. These efforts are guided by daily, proactive surveys of streets and by the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, to identify and prioritize repairs. Roadways are prioritized based on level of traffic and condition of the roadway. This year, the City is using new equipment to help improve the speed and quality of pothole repairs. The City has more than tripled the number of asphalt…
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Urban Outfitters Recalls Teacups Due to Fire Hazard

Urban Outfitters “Cheeky” teacups are mislabeled as microwave safe. If microwaved, the gold paint accents on the teacups can spark, posing a fire hazard.  The consumers should immediately stop using the recalled teacups and contact Urban Outfitters for instructions on returning the product for a refund. The consumer should contact Urban Outfitters at (800) 282-2200 anytime, or online at ;; and click on "Cheeky Teacup Voluntary Recall" for more information. This recall involves four styles of "Cheeky" six-ounce ceramic teacups.  The cups have floral motifs with gold painted accents and have four "cheeky" phrases, such as "booze" and "more whiskey…
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ARREST A PROVIDENCE MAN ON DRUG DISTRIBUTION CHARGES

Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a Providence man on drug distribution charges by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force. On March 6, 2015 members of the HIDTA Task Force and the United States Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations conducted a joint investigation that led to the arrest of a Providence man and the seizure of approximately three (3) kilograms of heroin.  This arrest originated as a result of an international parcel being intercepted and seized at the United States…
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Ex-Rhode Island speaker to plead guilty to federal charges

Posted: Mar 03, 2015 8:28 AM ESTUpdated: Mar 03, 2015 10:23 AM EST By Associated Press Former House Speaker Gordon Fox has agreed to plead guilty to charges of bribery, wire fraud and filing a false tax return following an investigation that included a dramatic federal raid on the Statehouse, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday. The details from the court documents bring an end to nearly a year of speculation about what the FBI, Internal Revenue Service and state police were investigating when they raided Fox's home and Statehouse office March 21, 2014. A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for noon in District…
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Rhode Island State Police Arrest Three Men for Delivery of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver

Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrest of three (3) men on drug distribution charges by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.   On March 2, 2015 members of the HIDTA Task Force, the United States Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations and The United States Postal Inspection Service conducted a joint investigation that lead to the arrest of the three (3) men and the seizure of a kilogram of cocaine.  This arrest originated as a result of an international parcel being intercepted…
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This Day in History – February 2, 1904

On this day in 1904, Theodor Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss, the author and illustrator of such beloved children’s books as “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” is born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Geisel, who used his middle name (which was also his mother’s maiden name) as his pen name, wrote 48 books–including some for adults–that have sold well over 200 million copies and been translated into multiple languages. Dr. Seuss books are known for their whimsical rhymes and quirky characters, which have names like the Lorax and the Sneetches and live in…
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Boehner expected to allow vote on Dept. of Homeland Security bill by Wednesday

House Speaker John Boehner is expected to move soon -- as early as Wednesday -- to bring up the clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for a vote on the House floor, according to two House GOP sources familiar with leadership discussions. A clean bill to fully fund the Department through the end of the fiscal year is what Democrats have been demanding, and conservatives have been fighting against. The plan is for a Republican member to bring up the Senate bill as a "privileged resolution," which would mean it would get relatively quick vote on the…
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Hispanics Will Fill 75% of New US Jobs Between 2020 and 2034

From 2020 to 2034, about 14 million new jobs will be created in the United States and 75 percent of them—approximately 11 million—will be filled by Hispanics. In the nearer future, over the next five years, Hispanics are expected to fill 40 percent of all new jobs. A wave of baby boomer (people born between 1946 and 1964) retirements, and a younger faster-growing Hispanic population are driving those numbers, according to a new report from the research group IHS Economics. “People think Hispanics are going to take three of every four jobs but a lot of what’s going on is replacing…
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