Good afternoon. 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

Susan Haigh is on the desk until 8 p.m. AP Providence Correspondent Michelle R. Smith can be reached at 401-274-2270 or New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. — A brutal winter storm dumped snow, sleet and freezing rain from normally balmy Florida up the Southeast seaboard Wednesday, delivering a white coating that some cities hadn't seen in decades. Cars spun out of control on icy overpasses from Texas to Georgia. The water park at Disney World and other Florida theme parks closed because of the unusually cold temperatures, adding to the misery of a dayslong bitter cold snap across the country. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1,000 words. May be updated. AP Photos.





— VINNY PAZ — Ex-boxing champion Vinny Paz has been released after turning himself in on a felony assault charge in Rhode Island.

— DEADLY SHOOTING — Police say two young children were in a Providence home when it was hit by gunfire that killed a man inside.



BOSTON — The Boston Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers, matching up the foes from last year's Eastern Conference finals for the first time since Gordon Hayward was injured in the season opener. Isaiah Thomas is not expected to play. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by midnight.


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