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BC-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 6 pm, RI

January 4, 2018

Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Rhode Island.

Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to AP Providence at 401-274-2270, or approvidence@ap.org. Phil Marcelo is on the desk. AP New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. AP Providence Correspondent Michelle R. Smith can be reached at 401-274-2270 or mrsmith@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.


BOSTON — Brace yourself for Deep Freeze, Part Deux. Commuters face dangerous black ice and the specter of chipping their way into flash-frozen cars as the Northeast awakens to a fresh arctic grip. Forecasters warn that the return of face-numbing temperatures will freeze all that slush and floodwater just unleashed by the monstrous winter storm. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1 a.m.; will be updated, photos, video.





HARTFORD, Conn. — A massive winter storm roared into the East Coast on Thursday, dumping as much as 18 inches of snow from the Carolinas to Maine and unleashing hurricane-force winds that closed schools and offices and canceled thousands of flights. By SUSAN HAIGH and DAVE COLLINS. SENT: 930 words. Photos. Video. UPCOMING: Updates as storm develops throughout the day.



WASHINGTON — When it comes to weather, it’s hard to sound scarier than “bomb cyclone.” It’s a version of a real weather term that applies to a massive winter storm that pulled together Wednesday off the U.S. Southeast coast. But as fearsome as the storm is with high winds and some snow, it may not be quite as explosive as the term sounds. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 400 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday moved to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off the California coast for the first time in more than three decades. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 910 words, photos.


BISMARCK, N.D. — The last suspect fighting charges in what is believed to be the first large-scale Jamaican lottery scam tried in U.S. courts funneled money between the two countries through her airline job, prosecutors allege in new court filings. Melinda Bulgin, of Providence, Rhode Island, also has had legal training, contradicting her assertion that she was confused about her legal rights when questioned by authorities. By BLAKE NICHOLSON. SENT: 390 words.


— US ATTORNEY-RHODE ISLAND: The acting U.S. attorney for Rhode Island has been named the interim appointee.

— EMERGENCY ROOMS-DIVERSIONS: Officials say three hospitals in Providence have started diverting ambulances from their emergency rooms because they were overcome with patients.

— ELECTION COMMISSION-RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission was an attempt to distract voters from the real dangers for election systems and she’s not surprised he disbanded it.

— PREP SCHOOL-RECTOR LEAVING: The head of an elite New England prep school that’s been rocked by years of sexual abuse claims is stepping down. The New Hampshire school requested an investigation following reports a former teacher was accused of sexual misconduct at a Rhode Island school.

— FLU ACTIVITY: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Health says the flu is now widespread in the state. The agency made the declaration Wednesday. SENT: 130 words.

— BASS FISHING: Interstate fishing managers are holding hearings in East Coast states about a plan to change the rules about one of the Atlantic Ocean’s most popular recreational fisheries. SENT: 130 words.



BOSTON — The NHL has postponed Thursday night’s matchup between the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins because of the severe winter storm impacting Boston and the surrounding area.


In a year where two-thirds of the playoff field is new, the AFC still features stand-bys Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, who have seven Super Bowl rings between them, and Alex Smith, who is coming off his best season of his 13-year career. A look at the six AFC playoff teams’ strengths and weaknesses. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,750 words, photos.


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