PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Brown University says its men's swimming and diving team will not participate in this week's Ivy League Championships as it investigates allegations of hazing. The university says in a statement its investigation and the student conduct review process are expected to conclude "in the coming weeks." It began looking into the team's conduct in November after The Brown Daily Herald student newspaper found team members engaged in a night of drinking and vandalism on Oct. 7.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Leaders of the Rhode Island Senate have taken the first step in trying to expel the Senate minority whip, who was indicted on charges of extorting a teenage legislative page for sex. Legislation was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday to expel Republican Sen. Nicholas Kettle, who has denied wrongdoing. Kettle is charged with extorting a male page for sex in 2011 and with video voyeurism that involved trading photos of his ex-girlfriend and of a New Hampshire woman.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island says in a letter being circulated to members of Congress that he plans to re-introduce legislation for an assault weapons ban next week. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Cicilline says the planned legislation will prohibit the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of semi-automatic weapons and ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) - The National Weather Service says unseasonably warm weather has smashed temperature records across southern New England. The temperature in Hartford, Connecticut, climbed to 74 degrees, setting a new record for the month of February. The previous all-time high was 73 degrees, recorded on Feb. 24, 1985.
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