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Jury in Tennessee convicts 4 for operating 'pill mills'

Feb. 14, 2020 5:53 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four people have been convicted in a Tennessee federal court of illegally distributing more than 11 million prescription opioid pills from four clinics, federal prosecutors said Friday. After a three-month trial, a jury in Knoxville convicted Sylvia Hofstetter, 55, of racketeering...

Man gets prison for selling fatal drugs to billionaire's son

Feb. 14, 2020 10:33 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for selling cocaine laced with heroin and fentanyl to a Greek billionaire's son who was found dead in a Cleveland hotel room. Terry Lee Christian, 36, pleaded guilty in October to charges related to selling the drugs that killed...

FILE - This Aug. 15, 2017 file photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen, also known as Percocet, in New York. Dozens of Ohio local government leaders gathered privately Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, to discuss how to divide millions of dollars from a prospective opioid settlement. The goal is to position themselves to enter settlement talks with drugmakers as a united front with the state, which would be a first nationally. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)

Local governments in Ohio seeking unity in opioid litigation

Feb. 11, 2020 6:09 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dozens of Ohio local government leaders gathered privately in Columbus Tuesday to discuss how to divide millions of dollars from a prospective opioid settlement, potentially positioning them to enter settlement talks with drugmakers as a united front. About 75 mayors, county...

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Nancy Pelosi look on. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

Text of President Trump's 2020 State of the Union address

Feb. 5, 2020 12:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Text of President Donald Trump's 2020 State of the Union address, as delivered, provided by the White House: Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States and my fellow citizens: Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback....

FILE - This June 24, 2019 file photo shows an exterior view of a Walgreens store in Los Angeles. Walgreens will pay $7.5 million to settle with California authorities after an employee was criminally charged with impersonating a pharmacist and illegally filling more than 745,000 prescriptions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kim Thien Le has pleaded not guilty to felony impersonation charges. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez,File)

Walgreens to pay $7.5M in settlement over phony pharmacist

Feb. 3, 2020 8:09 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Walgreens will pay $7.5 million to settle with California authorities after an employee was criminally charged with impersonating a pharmacist and illegally filling more than 745,000 prescriptions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kim Thien Le has pleaded not guilty to felony...

FILE - In this May 19, 2013, file photo, Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A Minnesota medical board has disciplined Dr. Michael Schulenberg, who treated Prince for prescribing pain medication for the pop megastar in another person's name. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Prince doctor to pay $4K civil penalty for prescription

Feb. 3, 2020 6:48 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota medical board has disciplined a doctor who treated Prince for prescribing pain medication for the pop megastar in another person's name. The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice last month reprimanded Dr. Michael Schulenberg and ordered him to pay a civil penalty of $4,648....

FILE - This undated file image provided by the Maryland U.S. District Attorney's Office shows a photo of firearms and ammunition that was in the motion for detention pending trial in the case against Christopher Hasson.  The Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling guns and drawing up a hist list of prominent Democrats and TV journalists is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 for his guilty plea to firearms and drug offenses. (Maryland U.S. District Attorney's Office via AP, File)

Coast Guard officer-terror suspect sentenced for guns, drugs

Jan. 31, 2020 8:20 PM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Coast Guard lieutenant accused by prosecutors of being a domestic terrorist intent on committing politically motivated killings inspired by a far-right mass murderer was sentenced Friday to more than 13 years in prison for firearms and drug offenses. Christopher Hasson, 50, had...

Letter with apparent fentanyl sickens 11 at Dannemora prison

Jan. 31, 2020 3:52 PM EST

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — Employees at a maximum security New York prison fell ill Friday after a letter was opened that contained a substance believed to be fentanyl, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Eleven people were taken to a hospital from the Clinton Correctional Facility Annex in Dannemora, New York. All were...

FILE - In this June 5, 2019 file photo former critical care doctor William Husel, center, pleads not guilty to murder charges while appearing with defense attorney Richard Blake, right, in Franklin County Court in Columbus, Ohio. This week marks a year since an Ohio hospital system announced a doctor ordered excessive painkillers for dozens of patients who then died. William Husel pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the deaths of 25 patients in the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko, File)

Doctor's lawyer: Murder case simple, about end-of-life care

Jan. 31, 2020 2:18 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Defending an Ohio doctor charged with murder in the deaths of 25 patients will involve educating jurors about medical complexities and hard-to-pronounce pharmaceuticals, but it's really “a very simple case" about hospital employees caring for people who were on life support and...

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $344M in pelvic mesh case

Jan. 30, 2020 8:27 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego judge on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay nearly $344 million in penalties for deceptively marketing pelvic mesh devices for women. Superior Court Judge Eddie Sturgeon ruled against the medical giant in a lawsuit brought in 2016 by the California Department of...