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Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) rounded off Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Thursday on a perfect, sun-bathed Newport morning

NEWPORT, Rhode Island, May 7 – Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) rounded off Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Thursday on a perfect, sun-bathed Newport morning with their heads held high, but a burning sense of what might have been. For so long in the 5,010-nautical mile (nm) leg to the American sailing capital of Newport, from Itajaí, Brazil, the all-women’s crew were right in the mix in the fight for supremacy. But in the final four days of a 17-day stage, they conceded nautical mile after nautical mile to their rivals and ended up finishing sixth again (see…
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Welcome home, boys!

NEWPORT, Rhode Island, USA, May 7 – Tired, a little disappointed, but still proud, Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA) savoured their home town welcome in the small hours of Thursday as Newport residents stayed out in bitterly cold conditions to cheer them in. Skipper Enright grew up in nearby Bristol, but learned much of his craft in the sailing crazy town’s Narrangansett Bay. He had targeted the sixth leg, won late on Wednesday by Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) after a thrilling tussle with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR), as the perfect stage to grab Team Alvimedica’s first victory. But…
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A glorious comeback

NEWPORT, Rhode Island, USA (May 7) – Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) edged overall Volvo Ocean Race leaders Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) by just three minutes and 25 seconds to win Leg 6 to Newport after an enthralling duel over the past 24 hours. The result cuts the Emirati boat’s lead over the Chinese-backed challengers to six points and marks a fantastic comeback for Caudrelier and his crew after they were forced to pull out of the previous leg to Itajaí because of a broken mast. The French skipper paid tribute to his shore crew who managed to…
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US Approves Ferry Service to Cuba

The Obama administration took another step forward in its efforts to normalize relations with Cuba by restoring commercial ferry services between the former Cold War rivals. The Treasury Department Tuesday issued licenses to at least four companies to ferry passengers and cargo along the 150-kilometer (90-mile) route from the southern tip of Florida to Havana. Three of the companies are based in Florida. In a related story, airliner Jet Blue announced Tuesday it would provide charter flights between New York City and Havana beginning in July. Possible host ports for ferry service between Florida and Cuba Ferry service between the…
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Baltimore Mayor Seeks Federal Probe of Police

Baltimore will ask the Justice Department to investigate whether the city's police department employs a pattern of excessive force or discriminatory policing after the death of an African-American man from injuries suffered while in police custody, the mayor said Wednesday. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's request for a probe into possible civil rights violations by the city's police department comes a day after new Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited the city. She said Lynch understands the urgency of her request. The investigation will look into police "patterns and practices" and potential violations of the Constitution's Fourth Amendment, which bars unreasonable searches and…
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Officials Look for Links Between IS, Texas Attack Gunmen

authorities are trying to determine if there are any connections between the Islamic State group and two gunmen who attacked a contest in Texas where cartoonists drew pictures of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. Investigators have been looking at Twitter accounts linked to one of the men as well as electronic devices used by both. Federal authorities confirmed Wednesday a Twitter account belonging to Elton Simpson, one of the gunmen killed Sunday at the event, posted a final tweet about 20 minutes before the shooting that said: "May Allah accept us as mujahideen," or holy warriors. Among the hashtags used by…
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Arrivals Update – Volvo Ocean Race in Newport

Newport - Today's the day! After 17 long and tiring days sailing north from Itajaí, Brazil, the fleet is moving ever closer to Rhode Island - and the excitement is growing by the hour! The American flags are out in force to welcome these boats to the only North American stopover of the 2014-15 edition - the race's first ever visit to Newport! Racing close all the way to the finish, the boats are still battling it out for first place, and the leaders are expected to arrive between 2000UTC and 0300UTC tonight! (That's between 00-07 UTC time on 7 May)…
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Volvo Ocean Race Fleet Expected To Finish This Evening Between 8 PM And 3 AM

The past 24 hours have been swift for the six boats competing in the Volvo Ocean Race and the leader’s estimated time of arrival is now expected tonight, between 8 and 3 tomorrow morning. The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village at Fort Adams State Park will remain open past the scheduled 7 closing time to accommodate race fans and families of the sailors who will be on hand to welcome the weary sailors after a 5,000-nautical mile leg. Based on this morning’s position report of 8:40 EDT (12:40 UTC), Dongfeng Race Team, skippered by Frenchman Charles Caudrelier, led the…
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Raimondo, Paiva Weed Officially Open New State Pier At Fort Adams

PROVIDENCE,  – Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Rhode Island Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed and Director of the Department of Environmental Management Janet Coit today officially opened the new public pier at Fort Adams State Park. Construction on the pier began in April 2014 to improve public access to Narragansett Bay. “Increasing public access to Narragansett Bay is a great way to attract visitors to one of our beautiful state parks,” Governor Raimondo said. “Completing this type of project demonstrates Rhode Island is ready to welcome residents and tourists alike to enjoy all our state has to offer.” “This investment…
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Providence Fire Department promotes twenty-four members to various ranks within the department

PROVIDENCE, RI- Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré and Fire Chief Clarence A. Cunha joined at City Hall this afternoon for a promotional ceremony of twenty-four members of the Providence Fire Department.   “The Providence Fire Department is simply as fine as they come. I congratulate all of the firefighters being promoted this afternoon and thank them for their continued service to the City,” said Mayor Elorza.   “I would like to congratulate the members of the Providence Fire Department being promoted this afternoon,” said Chief Cunha.  “I commend for their commitment, hard work and compassion…
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