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

The Democrat-controlled Massachusetts House of Representatives has approved a bill that aims to protect abortion providers and people seeking abortions from actions taken by other states. The bill passed Wednesday is part of wider effort by officials to build a firewall to ensure abortion access in Massachusetts after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. It now goes to the Senate. The House bill echoes an executive order signed last week by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker barring state agencies from assisting another state’s investigation into those receiving or delivering reproductive health services that are legal in Massachusetts.

A former University of Southern California soccer coach who took bribes in exchange for helping unqualified kids into the school has been sentenced to six months in home confinement. Prosecutors had not been seeking home detention or prison time for Ali Khosroshahin in his sentencing Wednesday. They cited his quick acceptance of responsibility and help in prosecuting others in the massive Operation Varsity Blues case. Khosroshahin was the head women’s soccer coach from 2007 to 2013. He appeared to fight back tears as he apologized to USC, his former athletes, his family, and deserving students who missed out on an admissions spot.

Gov. Ned Lamont and members of his administration say the impact of the predicted tsunami of Connecticut state employees retiring from government service appears smaller than first feared. On Wednesday, he credited an uptick in hiring and some current state workers withdrawing their retirement paperwork in advance of Friday’s deadline. While he noted the state is on track to end the fiscal year with the same number of employees that it had a year ago, state employee unions says there remains a crisis. They argue there were serious staffing shortages in state government that predicate the current surge in retirements.

Great white shark researchers on Cape Cod are reminding visitors that warmer weather signals not just the start of the busy tourist season, but also the arrival of the region’s famous predators. Megan Winton, of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, said Wednesday that July is when white sharks appear in earnest. Sightings peak from August through October. Marine biologist Greg Skomal says they tend to be concentrated on the Atlantic Ocean-facing side of the cape. That's where they feast on a flourishing seal population. A great white shark sighting this week forced the temporary closure of a beach.

A Rhode Island resident previously convicted of bank robbery has pleaded guilty to being in possession of a gun that a juvenile used to accidentally shoot himself in the knee. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that Branden Eddie Smith, of Warwick, was prohibited by law from having the gun because he was convicted of bank robbery in Nevada in 2017. Emergency responders went to Smith’s home in March several hours after a juvenile discharged the firearm, resulting in a self-inflicted wound to his knee. The juvenile told police he thought the gun was unloaded. Sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 29.

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

A former enforcer for the Latin Kings street gang who according to prosecutors was involved in several violent attacks and shootings targeting rivals has pleaded guilty to federal racketeering and drug charges. Federal prosecutors say 27-year-old Orlando Santiago-Torres, who was an enforcer for the New Bedford chapter of the Massachusetts Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation, faces sentencing on Oct. 13, federal prosecutors said in a statement. Prosecutors say Santiago-Torres was responsible for organizing violence against rival gang members and organizing security for the Latin Kings’ apartment buildings from which they distributed drugs.

Rhode Island’s governor signed legislation Wednesday setting the most ambitious target in the nation to require the state to be powered completely by renewable energy. The legislation accelerates plans for the electric grid to operate with 100% renewable energy, so the goal is achieved in 2033. It’s the most ambitious timeline in the country. Oregon is the next closest state, with legislation that requires retail electricity providers to reduce emissions by 100% by 2040, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Other states set 100% goals with timelines between 2040 and 2050. Democratic Gov. Dan McKee signed the bill at a solar farm.

Massachusetts’ Jewish community is on edge after a mysterious website launched earlier this month listing the names and addresses of scores of local institutions -- a number of them Jewish -- and calling to “dismantle” and disrupt them. The Anti-Defamation League is organizing an online forum Wednesday to talk about why the pro-Palestine Mapping Project is harmful. U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Rachael Rollins is among those expected to speak. Meanwhile, members of Congress from across the country are calling on federal law enforcement officials to investigate and shut down the website. Messages sent to the email listed on the site have gone unanswered.

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

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) _ These Connecticut 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.

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:

Massachusetts State Police have released the names of three teenagers who died in a single-vehicle crash over the weekend. Police said Monday that 17-year-old Vincent Ardizzoni, of Holland, 18-year-old Shane Douglas, of West Brookfield, and 17-year-old Dominick Gardner, of Oxford, died in the crash reported at about 1 a.m. Sunday in Brimfield. Police had said that Ardizzoni was believed to be driving. A 17-year-old boy from Brookfield survived the crash and went to the hospital with serious injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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

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

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: