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BELLINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - Federal agents have raided the Rhode Island home of a science teacher in connection with a pipe bomb explosion outside the house of the principal at the Massachusetts high school where she works. The MetroWest Daily News reports investigators seized cellphones and other evidence from the Woonsocket home of Susan Seery. The science teacher said Friday she has been advised by an attorney not to discuss the case.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Christmas tree in the rotunda at the Rhode Island Statehouse is dead. Piles of needles were blanketing the area below the tree on Friday, beneath several bare branches. When touched, needles dropped instantly. The tree was sitting in a large container of water, also filled with needles. The governor's office says there are no plans to replace it.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A former Massachusetts police sergeant who posted ads online asking people to send him nude pictures of their daughters has been sentenced to five years in prison. Former Attleboro officer Richard Woodhead was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Providence after pleading guilty in August to attempted receipt of child pornography.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The attorney appointed by a federal judge to deal with failures in Rhode Island's food stamp system says the state has eliminated a backlog of thousands of applications. The state has been grappling with problems since it introduced a new computer system last year. Deming Sherman also said in a court filing that the state is almost current on processing new applications. He says he's working to address several long-term problems, including understaffing and technical issues.

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