Top News & Analysis Rhode Island

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- The Associated Press and three other news organizations Tuesday filed legal papers asking a Rhode Island judge to unseal documents in a lawsuit contesting the will of an elderly widow who gave some $60 million to the Legion of Christ, a disgraced Roman Catholic religious order.

  • NEW YORK-- Barnes& Noble Inc. said Tuesday that devices used by customers to swipe credit and debit cards have been tampered with in 63 of its stores in nine states. The stores are in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- An auction of items from former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's failed video game company has begun, with early bidders snatching up swords, lamps and even a wheelchair left behind when 38 Studios collapsed. Rhode Island lured 38 Studios from Massachusetts with a $75 million loan guarantee.

  • SMITHFIELD, R.I.-- Bryant University has received a $1 million gift from the foundation established by the chairman of the Hasbro toy company's executive committee to support the work of the school's Institute for Public Leadership.

  • CASSELBERRY, Fla.-- A gunman opened fire at a central Florida beauty salon Thursday, killing three women and wounding the manager, who had asked for a restraining order against him, police said.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Rhode Island's unemployment rate fell in September for the fifth straight month to its lowest level in three-and-a-half years. The state Department of Labor and Training reported Thursday the jobless rate fell to 10.5 percent, down from 10.7 in August.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.-- Aspen Dental Management and the private equity firm that controls it illegally operate dental clinics across the country and engage in aggressive, misleading profit-driven practices that cause patients economic harm, claims a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in New York.

  • TRENTON, N.J.-- New Jersey's unemployment rate ticked down a notch to 9.8 percent in September, even as the state shed 1,200 jobs for the month.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- A Providence- based start-up incubator said Wednesday it is partnering with two local universities and the business community in an effort to boost entrepreneurship in Rhode Island, where the economy continues to struggle.

  • Instead, some folks in Josephine County, larger than the state of Rhode Island, are taking matters into their own hands _ mounting flashing lights on their trucks and strapping pistols to their hips to guard communities themselves. Others have put together a virtual neighborhood watch, using Facebook to share tips and information.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Textron Inc. said Wednesday that its third-quarter net income rose 6 percent on higher demand for Bell helicopters and a strong performance from its industrial unit. Excluding income from discontinued operations, Textron earned 48 cents per share.

  • WARWICK, R.I.-- Rhode Island officials have announced $110 million in federal funds to pay for a runway extension project at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick. Lincoln Chafee, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, and the interim head of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, Peter Frazier, discussed the plan Tuesday afternoon at a news conference at the airport.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- The Rhode Island Foundation plans to spend $1 million on economic development initiatives brainstormed during a summit last month on ways to fix the state's struggling economy.

  • WASHINGTON-- The Department of Justice said Monday that a unit of CVS Caremark Corp. has agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle allegations that it reported false information on prescription drug prices to the government's Medicare program.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Police in Rhode Island say they've made arrests in a half million dollar theft of air conditioning units from a Wal-Mart store. Woonsocket police said Monday that Larry Bates Sr. and Jesse Marinaro of Johnston and Matthew Bruckschen of Woonsocket are charged with conspiracy and larceny in connection with the April theft.

  • The company is selling off all its assets in separate auctions planned for Tuesday in Maryland and next week at the company's downtown Providence, R.I., headquarters, where Schilling's team was working on the "massively multiplayer online game" that was critical for 38 Studios' success.

  • BOSTON-- College savings plans offered through the states of Alaska, Maryland, Nevada and Utah earned top marks from Morningstar Inc. in the company's annual update to ratings of so-called 529 plans.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- A Rhode Island economist says he sees some "real strength" and possible momentum in the state's economy. University of Rhode Island Professor Leonard Lardaro said in his "Current Conditions Index" report for August that the state economy seems to be gaining momentum, along with the U.S. economy.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Gasoline prices in Rhode Island have dropped by two cents in the past week. Costs for fuel in Rhode Island have dropped four cents in the past month. A year ago, gas cost $3.55 a gallon in Rhode Island.