Providence gives 1st OK to major changes aimed at profiling

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s largest city has given first passage to a sweeping new ordinance that would ban racial profiling by police and establish strict controls on how officers conduct traffic and pedestrian stops. The Providence City Council voted 12-0...

Drones used for first time in major search at Grand Canyon

PHOENIX (AP) — The desperate effort this week to find two hikers who disappeared at the bottom of the Grand Canyon represented the National Park Service’s most extensive use yet of drones in a search-and-rescue mission. The Grand Canyon is the only national park with...

Trump Jr.'s prairie dog hunt in Montana prompts backlash

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. will target more than just Montana’s Republican voters when he helps technology entrepreneur Greg Gianforte campaign for an open U.S. House seat. A prairie dog hunt is also on the agenda for the four-city tour for President Donald...

Undergrads build prosthetic arm for 10-year-old violinist

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The pressure was on for Abdul Gouda and his classmates at George Mason University: not only did their graduation depend on the success of their project, but so did the hopes of impossibly cute 10-year-old girl. Fifth-grader Isabella Nicola wanted to play...

Attorneys general to Trump: Don't cut drug treatment funds

The top government lawyers from 19 states are telling President Donald Trump and the Republican leaders of Congress not to pass health insurance changes that would stop the flow of federal drug treatment money. A letter sent Friday by a group of state attorneys general led by...

Newly released Egyptian-American charity worker visits Trump

AP Photo/Susan Walsh WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met Friday at the White House with an Egyptian-American charity worker who was freed after nearly three years of detention in Egypt. Trump was directly involved in negotiations to free Aya Hijazi, 30, said White...

Resort island without Uber or Lyft wants to keep it that way

AP Photo/Matt O’Brien NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (AP) — Twelve miles and a ferry ride from the New England shore, Block Island is one of the last major tourist destinations in the United States without Uber or Lyft – and islanders want it to stay that way. Come summer,...

Drugmaker asked Arkansas not to use drug in executions

AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel A drugmaker asked Arkansas officials not to purchase its products for executions months before the state accepted a “donation” of potassium chloride as one of three drugs to use in lethal injections, according to letters obtained by The...

Researchers to look for CTE evidence in Hernandez's brain

AP Photo/Elise Amendola BOSTON (AP) — Boston University researchers will study Aaron Hernandez’s brain to determine if the former NFL star suffered from the same degenerative brain disease as Hall of Famer Junior Seau and former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, who...

Lawmakers revisiting requiring those on Medicaid to work

AP Photo/Evan Vucci WASHINGTON (AP) — A simple question – should adults who are able to work be required to do so to get taxpayer-provided health insurance? – could lead to major changes in the social safety net. The federal-state Medicaid program for low-income...