CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) _ These Rhode Island lotteries were drawn Tuesday:

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says she will leave office six months before her third term ends. The Democrat told The Associated Press she is resigning at noon Thursday to spend more time with her husband, who is facing serious health problems. The veteran Democrat was first elected as the state’s top elections official in 2010 after serving 17 years in the Connecticut General Assembly. She said Tuesday it was a hard decision, considering this is an election year. However, the 73-year-old Merrill says she can no longer juggle the job and help care for her husband.

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) _ These Connecticut lotteries were drawn Tuesday:

Prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump says he will lead the legal fight on behalf of a Black man in Connecticut who was seriously injured in the back of a police van when the driver braked suddenly. Crump said Tuesday he is representing 36-year-old Randy Cox. He was being taken to a New Haven police station June 19 for processing on a weapons charge when his head struck the back wall of the van. Crump says Cox is in intensive care and paralyzed from the chest down. Crump's team has called for a federal civil rights investigation and plans to file a federal lawsuit.

A man who stored more than 1,000 counterfeit Adderall pills containing methamphetamine or fentanyl in a child’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack in the Rhode Island apartment he shared with his three children has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that the drugs were found during the execution of a search warrant at 42-year-old Davith Hoy's Cranston home in 2021. Agents also seized a pill press and other items used to manufacture meth and fentanyl pills. Hoy pleaded guilty in March to multiple drug charges.

Boston leaders and state education officials have reached a last-minute agreement to stave off an “underperforming” designation and a state takeover of the city’s troubled public school system. The agreement announced Monday night by Mayor Michelle Wu and Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley includes pledges by the city to implement immediate improvement efforts in several key areas, including services for English learners and special education students, safety, and transportation. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in a report released in May found “significant, persistent challenges” in the city’s schools. The school system has about 46,000 students.

Two men charged in connection with the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy at a party in September were held without bail at their arraignment. Angel Vasquez and Angel Colon both pleaded not guilty to murder and firearms charges in the death of Leidson Monteiro-Terry in Brockton on Monday. The Plymouth district attorney’s office says police responding to gunfire at about 1 a.m. on Sept. 4 found the victim on the ground at the site of a large house party with a gunshot wound to the head. Lawyers for the suspects say their clients were not involved in the shooting.

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) _ These Rhode Island lotteries were drawn Monday:

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) _ These Connecticut lotteries were drawn Monday:

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    The ringleader of a plot that defrauded multiple Rhode Island banks out of tens of thousands of dollars through a counterfeit check scheme has been sentenced to five years in prison. Federal prosecutors said Monday that Terrance Richardson, of Providence, was also sentenced Friday to three years of probation and ordered to pay more than $80,000 in restitution. He pleaded guilty in March to bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Prosecutors say Richardson and alleged accomplices created counterfeit checks that they deposited into legitimate bank accounts, then quickly withdrew the money before the banks could determine the checks were fraudulent.

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    CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) _ These Rhode Island lotteries were drawn Sunday:

    ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) _ These Connecticut lotteries were drawn Sunday:

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    A Rhode Island police officer accused of punching a woman at an abortion protest while off-duty has now been charged. In a Saturday evening news release, the Rhode Island State Police said Providence patrolman Jeann Lugo was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct. Democratic state senate candidate Jennifer Rourke said he punched her in the face twice. Lugo was running for the GOP nomination for the same seat but has now ended his campaign. Police say the 35-year-old was arraigned and released. He's due in court again July 8. Two others were also charged. Lugo didn't respond to requests for comment.

    ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) _ These Connecticut lotteries were drawn Saturday:

    CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) _ These Rhode Island lotteries were drawn Saturday: