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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, cars pass Purdue Pharma headquarters at night in Stamford, Conn. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma should not be able to make any more political contributions without a judge's permission, lawyers for its creditors said in a Friday, July 10, 2020 court filing. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Lawyers seek to halt Purdue Pharma political contributions

Jul. 11, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma should not be able to make any more political contributions without a judge's permission, lawyers for its creditors said in a court filing. The issue came up this week after it was reported that the company, which has a long history of influencing policymakers, made contributions to...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Alexandria Sheriff's Office in Virginia shows William Burgamy. Burgamy pleaded guilty Friday, July 10, 2020, to federal charges after he and another man plotted to firebomb a Nebraska pharmacy to benefit their own online black market drug dealing. (Alexandria Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Video game pals admit to plot to firebomb Nebraska pharmacy

Jul. 10, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A pharmacist and a drug abuser who met while playing online video games pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges after they plotted to firebomb a Nebraska pharmacy to benefit their own online black market drug dealing. William Burgamy, 32, of Hanover, Maryland, ran a website called...

Jonathan Sackler, co-owner of Purdue Pharma, dies

Jul. 6, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jonathan Sackler, one of the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, has died, the company confirmed. Sackler died June 30, according to a court filing. He was 65 and the cause of death was cancer. He was the son of Raymond Sackler, one the brothers who bought drug company Purdue...

Today in History

Jul. 1, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 1, the 183rd day of 2020. There are 183 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 1, 1863, the pivotal, three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, resulting in a Union victory, began in Pennsylvania. On this date: In 1867, Canada became a...

A firefighter sprays water as flames and smoke rise from burning illegal drugs during a destruction ceremony to mark International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking outside Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, June 26, 2020. More than $839 million of seized illegal drugs were destroyed in the country on Friday, officials said. Myanmar has long been a major source of illegal drugs for East and Southeast Asia, despite repeated efforts to crack down. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

Myanmar destroys seized drugs worth more than $800 million

Jun. 26, 2020 5:22 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — More than $839 million worth of seized illegal drugs were destroyed in Myanmar on Friday to mark the annual International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, officials said. The country has long been a major source of illegal drugs for East and Southeast Asia, despite...

Rhode Island reports spike in accidental overdoses

Jun. 23, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island saw an increase in accidental drug overdoses in the first quarter of 2020 compared to previous years, according to data from the state Health Department. The agency released a statement estimating that between 93 and 95 people died of an overdose, a 22% increase from...

Mother gets suspended sentence for death of infant daughter

Jun. 22, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman will not have to report to prison to serve a sentence for the death of her 7-month-old daughter. Judge Daniel Procaccini handed down a seven-year suspended sentence with probation to Mariah Ramos, WPRI-TV reported. “I’m putting my faith and trust in...

Protesters who were arrested by police for breaking a curfew during a solidarity rally calling for justice over the death of George Floyd, sit on a sidewalk as they wait to be taken away in a van on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in New York. Floyd, an African American man, died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

The Latest: Protesters take to NYC streets after curfew

Jun. 5, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Protesters take to New York City streets after curfew, again. — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tells protesters they...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Christopher Harris shows George Floyd. Floyd died May 25, after he was pinned to the pavement by a police officer who put his knee on the handcuffed black man's neck until he stopped breathing. (Christopher Harris via AP, File)

Experts: Floyd’s health issues don’t affect homicide ruling

Jun. 4, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

George Floyd had drugs in his system and severe heart disease when a Minneapolis police officer put a knee to his neck, but independent experts said the medical problems revealed in the full autopsy report don’t change the conclusion that the handcuffed man’s death was a homicide. “He has...

West Virginia sues Rite-Aid, Walgreens over pain pill flood

Jun. 4, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Rite-Aid and Walgreens failed to monitor and report suspicious orders of prescription painkillers in West Virginia while inundating their retail pharmacies with tens of millions of pills, according to a state lawsuit. The lawsuit filed by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey alleges...