PROVIDENCE (AP) — Several Christopher Columbus statues were vandalized with red paint and messages against the 15th century Italian navigator Monday when the U.S. holiday named for one of the first Europeans to reach the Americas was being celebrated.

    NEW YORK (AP) — Harold Bloom, the eminent critic and Yale professor whose seminal "The Anxiety of Influence" and melancholy regard for literature's old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, died Monday at age 89.

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a third from Harvard University won the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics on Monday for groundbreaking research into what works and what doesn't in the fight to reduce global poverty.

    WESTERLY — Bobcats sightings are on the rise in southwestern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut, but officials said the increase is not a cause for concern.

    PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation has granted a stay in the license revocation of the Boneyard Barbecue Restaurant and Saloon in Ashaway. The decision, released on Oct. 7, means that the restaurant will keep its license, with conditions, at least until a state h…

      PROVIDENCE — The state departments of Environmental Management and Health announced Friday that in the latest round of mosquito surveillance, one pool, or sample, of mosquitoes trapped in South Kingstown has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. DEM set traps on Oct. 7, submitting…

      KINGSTON — Several scientists at the University of Rhode Island have been awarded grants to study oyster genetics, breeding and diseases as part of a region-wide effort to support the growing oyster aquaculture industry in the Northeast and assist efforts to restore wild oyster populations.

      PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The University of Connecticut will redirect some of the money it received from the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to support addiction research and education at the school, university officials said Wednesday.

      WESTERLY — A banker, a restaurant owner, a dentist, an administrator and an executive director are the nominees for this year's Athena Award, according to Lisa Konicki, president of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce.

        CHARLESTOWN — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will allow white-tailed deer hunting during the 2019-20 hunting season in the Lewis Tract Unit at Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge. All hunting is allowed by refuge permit only. The refuge will be open for the November and December 2019 regul…