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Virginia jails struggle to screen inmates, prevent suicide

Sep. 15, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Benjamin Wash had a long history of drug addiction and had tried to kill himself at least once before he was booked into the Riverside Regional Jail in Virginia on Nov. 28, 2017. But somehow, he was able to hang himself with a bedsheet two days after he was detained. Wash was one of 51...

The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout's deadly fentanyl empire

Sep. 15, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The photo that flashed onto the courtroom screen showed a young man dead on his bedroom floor, bare feet poking from the cuffs of his rolled-up jeans. Lurking on a trash can at the edge of the picture was what prosecutors said delivered this death: an ordinary, U.S. Postal Service...

Judge orders release of far-right extremist in gun case

Sep. 13, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the immediate release of a man whose relatives reported concerns about his behavior and far-right extremist rhetoric after last year's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly in Washington, D.C., sentenced 31-year-old Jeffrey...

The Latest: Biden takes on fire at debate from Julián Castro

Sep. 12, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Early front-runner Joe Biden took on the most fire at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, and former Obama Housing Secretary Julián Castro was the most explicit in arguing it was time for a new...

Ex-Venezuelan spymaster won't waive extradition to US

Sep. 12, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Venezuela's former military spy chief told a Spanish court on Thursday that he won't waive extradition to the United States, claiming that the drug smuggling and other charges against him are politically motivated. Defense lawyers for retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal claimed in the court that...

THC gummies at school; woman, 11-year-old daughter charged

Sep. 12, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — A 30-year-old Louisiana woman is accused of making THC-laced gummy candies, and her 11-year-old daughter is accused of giving them to classmates at school. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release Wednesday that a deputy assigned to the school learned about the...

Ministry had growing empire before forced-labor charges

Sep. 11, 2019 9:35 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California ministry whose leaders are charged with using deadbolt locks to detain homeless residents and making them turn over panhandling money was no fly-by-night operation. Imperial Valley Ministries was known in the remote desert region for decades of work helping drug...

Potency of Wisconsin THC cartridges may be higher than claim

Sep. 11, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin authorities say an operation that manufactured thousands of vaping cartridges may have been packing them with far more THC oil than the packaging claimed. The revelation Wednesday from the Kenosha County Sheriff's Office underscores warnings that people who buy vaping products on...

Ex-NFL player, doctor are arrested in Georgia opioid case

Sep. 11, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A former NFL football player and a Georgia doctor face charges of illegally distributing prescription drugs, including opioids. Former New Orleans Saints player Sedrick Hodge sold oxycodone pills in Cartersville, Georgia, northwest of Atlanta, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Hodge, 40,...

The rise and fall of former Venezuelan spymaster 'El Pollo'

Sep. 11, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The two intelligence agents scoured the sun-kissed faces of holidaymakers at Madrid's airport until they spotted the 5½-foot bald man. Traveling under a disguised identity, Hugo Chávez's long-time spy chief and one of the U.S.'s most wanted drug fugitives had just landed in Spain...