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News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to host a town hall on the Defense Department's role in national security at the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island. Hagel will answer questions from students, faculty and staff at the Sept. 3 event in Newport.

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - Lifeguards at Rhode Island beaches rescued several more swimmers from rip currents caused by Hurricane Cristobal as it passed far off the New England coast. Misquamicut State Beach says several dozen swimmers were rescued in the last two days. Also, a woman and her grandson were pulled to safety near Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence mayor candidate Jorge Elorza is blaming a former adviser for copying wording used by another politician and using it in a letter to voters explaining Elorza's shoplifting arrest when he was 18. Elorza's opponent in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary, Michael Solomon, is accusing Elorza of plagiarism.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The publisher of The Providence Journal has announced he will retire as the paper is sold. The Journal says Howard Sutton will retire in September. The parent company of Gatehouse Media is buying the Journal and related print and digital assets from A.H. Belo Corp. for $46 million.

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