SAUGUS, Mass. (AP) - The National Weather Service says a microburst, not a tornado, caused damage in a town near Boston as the remnants of Hurricane Florence brought strong winds and heavy rains to New England. Downed trees and tree limbs were reported Tuesday in Saugus, with some of them falling onto homes. A tornado warning had been issued for the area. A Weather Service survey team inspected the damage and determined a microburst, or strong storm downdraft, was the cause.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A sign for a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Rhode Island that was hung from a noose in front of a home has been returned to the campaign. WPRO-AM reports the homeowner returned the sign to the campaign for Cranston Mayor Allan Fung on Tuesday and apologized. Homeowner Ray Izzo was upset that Fung didn't participate in the typical series of debates before the primary. Fung said the display was hateful. He's challenging Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo in November.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A lawyer for a Vermont man accused by relatives of killing his millionaire grandfather and his mother to collect inheritance money says there's evidence that could exonerate him in his grandfather's death. The Hartford Courant reports attorney David Anderson made the statement Tuesday during a court hearing in Rhode Island. Anderson represents Nathan Carman, who denies killing his grandfather, who was shot in Connecticut, and his mother, who disappeared at sea near Rhode Island.

BOSTON (AP) - Two shark attacks on Cape Cod this summer are underscoring the need for better cellphone service at some of the region's beaches. Local officials say the issue is among their top priorities as they prepare to gather later this week in the aftermath of Massachusetts' first fatal shark attack in more than 80 years. They say everything from building more cell towers to installing emergency call boxes or even old school pay phones should be explored.

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