PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island hospital group is warning of "devastating consequences" for the people of the state if state health regulators approve a proposed merger of another hospital group with Boston-based Partners HealthCare. Lifespan's board of directors in a statement Wednesday said the proposed acquisition of Care New England by Partners would drive up costs in Rhode Island and cost jobs. Care New England says the proposed acquisition will create a stronger health system.

BOSTON (AP) - A Rhode Island man has been charged with sending a series of threatening emails to a college professor in Massachusetts apparently because of the professor's pro-abortion rights stance. The U.S. attorney in Boston says 30-year-old Matthew Haviland, of North Kingstown, was charged Wednesday with cyberstalking and with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. Neither the professor's name nor the college at which they work was disclosed.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island man acquitted of murder in the killing of his friend has been sent to prison for 18 years as a habitual offender for stealing the dead man's car and probation violations. Louis Sinapi, of Cranston, was sentenced Wednesday by a judge who referred to the "extraordinary and aggravating" circumstances of the crimes. A jury found Sinapi not guilty of fatally stabbing 55-year-old John Fiore in 2014. The jury convicted Sinapi of larceny for stealing Fiore's car.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A resolution to ask the state health department to establish standard protocols for detecting sepsis has passed the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Lawmakers approved it Tuesday night. Parents of children who have died of sepsis in Rhode Island asked the state to act. The House resolution doesn't require Senate approval. It asks the health department to develop statewide evidence-based sepsis protocols for the early diagnosis and treatment of sepsis.

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