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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...

Tennessee man gets 20 years in heroin-fentanyl overdose

Jun. 29, 2020 4:11 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee drug dealer has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for selling heroin laced with fentanyl to a man who died of an overdose, federal prosecutors said. Dwayne Tullous, 57, pleaded guilty in March to causing the death of Larry House by selling heroin and fentanyl to...

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...

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...

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)

Autopsy report shows Floyd tested positive for coronavirus

Jun. 4, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A full autopsy of George Floyd, the handcuffed black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police, was released Wednesday and provides several clinical details, including that Floyd had previously tested positive for coronavirus. The 20-page report released by the Hennepin...

Mexico seizes 2 tons of meth, 8 tons of marijuana, fentanyl

Jun. 4, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers have seized a huge drug stash at a house in the border city of Tijuana, including about two tons of methamphetamine, eight tons of marijuana and 131,500 pills containing the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The Defense Department said Thursday that the haul included about 190...

Demonstrators leave a rally and head toward Seattle City Hall Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Latest: Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule

Jun. 4, 2020 1:39 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: — Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule. — Demonstrators march to U.S. Capitol during peaceful protests in...