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  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— A Brown University graduate student from South Korea has died after jumping from the 12th floor of a campus building. Brown President Christina Paxson identified him in a statement on the university's website as Hyoun Ju Sohn, a first-year physics doctoral student from South Korea. Paxson said Sohn had "glowing evaluations" as a teaching...

  • A look at top car, truck speed limits across the US Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:59 AM ET

    Nearly all truck tires have been built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph since the middle of last decade, when drivers across the vast majority of the U.S. were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70 mph. But 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80, even 85 mph in part of Texas. Here is a look at the top speed limits for cars in...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— A federal judge ruled Friday that Women and Infants Hospital cannot prevent workers from refusing overtime after the union representing 1,700 of them requested they protest layoffs by turning down extra shifts. Chief Judge William E. Smith said in a memorandum that the Providence hospital did not show that employees' refusal to work overtime...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The legal battle over the state's 2011 public pension system overhaul moved forward in court Thursday, even as some of the plaintiffs are agreeing to settle. Lawyers for the public employees and retirees who are suing and the state's attorneys returned to court in Providence for pretrial motions. Attorney John Tarantino, who represents the...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Authorities say a child has died after she was struck by a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus a short distance from the Statehouse in Providence. Thursday near a gas station on Smith Street, less than half a mile from the Statehouse. The child was taken to Hasbro Children's Hospital, where they say she died from her injuries.

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Doctors and public health organizations told lawmakers Wednesday that making the state the first in the nation to raise the age for legal tobacco purchases to 21 would help prevent death and disease, while convenience store owners urged them not to hurt their businesses. Teresa Tanzi's bill to raise the age from 18 at a House committee hearing.

  • Critics worry firing squad law will tarnish Utah's image Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 2:44 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Utah lawmakers say they took a pragmatic approach in approving the firing squad as a form of execution if lethal-injection drugs aren't available. But critics say bringing back the firing squad in Utah— the only state to use the method in the past 40 years— could tarnish the state's image with visitors. Tourism is big business in Utah, home to...

  • SPRINGFIELD, Mass.— With confetti and fanfare, MGM officially broke ground Tuesday on an $800 million casino in western Massachusetts that represents the largest economic development project the region has seen in generations. MGM seeks to become Massachusetts' first resort casino as rivals in Connecticut and the Boston area are also trying to open casinos.

  • LINCOLN, R.I.— With the trial over the state's 2011 overhaul of the public pension system looming, retired public employees suing the state overwhelmingly accepted a proposed settlement Monday. Leaders of the coalition representing the retirees urged them to accept the deal before the vote at Twin River Casino, saying a trial would be too risky and the case...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Critics of Uber and Lyft say the ride-hailing apps aren't paying Rhode Island sales tax on their services. The Providence Journal reports Terrence Mercer, associate administrator at the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers and a critic of the ride-hailing companies, said neither Uber not Lyft has registered to file sales tax.

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.

  • March 20- A federal judge rejected Bank of America Corp's request to dismiss a lawsuit in which Cook County, Illinois, accused the lender of targeting black and Hispanic borrowers in the Chicago area with subprime mortgages. District Judge Elaine Bucklo in Chicago said Cook County could pursue allegations that the bank steered minority borrowers into an...

  • KING GEORGE ISLAND, Antarctica— They trekked snow-covered mountains, gasped at seals flopping along the coastline and oohed at penguins waddling along on the ice, and even took in the spectacle of a humpback whale flapping its tale amid a sea of melting icebergs. "In Antarctica, you can plan all you like, but you can't really schedule anything," goes a local saying.

  • In a state Supreme Court chamber packed with politicians, union leaders and other observers, Illinois is defending the constitutionality of the law aimed at curbing ballooning public pension costs. The stakes are especially high for Illinois. With a $105 billion unfunded pension liability, Illinois says it cannot afford core services such as healthcare and...

  • "Sharpening the definition of insider trading will clear up ambiguity in the law and help repair a broken system," Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat who like Menendez is a member of the Senate Banking Committee, said in a statement. If enacted, the legislation would broaden what constitutes insider trading following the December ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of...

  • Private equity fund managers, gathering in Berlin on Monday for their largest annual conference, will weigh the potential threat of deep pocketed buyers from developing economies in Asia and the Middle East. This group, which includes China's property and entertainment giant Dalian Wanda Group Co and sovereign wealth funds from Singapore, Qatar, Kuwait and...

  • Private equity fund managers, gathering in Berlin on Monday for their largest annual conference, will weigh the potential threat of deep pocketed buyers from developing economies in Asia and the Middle East. This group, which includes China's property and entertainment giant Dalian Wanda Group Co and sovereign wealth funds from Singapore, Qatar, Kuwait and...

  • Allen Reichman, 55, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a case that originated with a related investigation into a failed New York bank. In December one of his co-defendants, Kentucky businessman Wilbur Huff, pleaded guilty. The case grew out of a probe into Park Avenue Bank, which went under in March 2010.

  • LONDON, Feb 20- Royal Bank of Scotland is likely to write down the value of its U.S. bank Citizens by about 4 billion pounds next week, industry sources said, potentially wiping out much of the state-backed bank's annual profit. RBS, 80 percent owned by the UK government after being rescued in 2008, sold 29 percent of Citizens Financial Group in September and is...