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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island judge accused of sexual harassment and judicial misconduct has been granted more time to respond to a recommendation that he be removed from the bench. The Rhode Island Supreme Court on Thursday gave District Court Judge Rafael Ovalles 20 days from Aug. 9 to file an objection to the recommendation. The Providence Journal reports witnesses testified Ovalles degraded women, mistreated the public, and slept on the job.

BOSTON (AP) - New England's fall foliage forecast is looking so fine it's enough to make a maple leaf blush. For the first time in several years, little has conspired against a truly glorious autumn: There's no more drought, the summer has been mild and the leaves _ largely spared by marauding gypsy moth caterpillars _ look healthy. Yankee Magazine's annual forecast being released Friday predicts a particularly "strong and vibrant" display.

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - A former Rhode Island House speaker is beginning his stay at a halfway house in Pawtucket after more than two years behind bars. Gordon Fox left a federal prison in Pennsylvania Wednesday and arrived at the halfway house later that day. His husband, Marcus LaFond, says he's relieved to have Fox back in the state since it'll be easier to visit.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island officials approved health insurance premium rates for 2018, giving the OK to increases ranging from 5 percent to 12.1 percent. Marie Ganim, the state health insurance commissioner, said Thursday that approved rates were in some cases lower than the insurance companies had requested. She says that will save consumers nearly $17 million. Ganim says Rhode Island has a better outlook than many other states.

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