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Alcoa City Schools staff members hand bags of food for children to families on Monday, May 18. ACS has been serving about 5,500 meals a week while school buildings remain closed because of the coronavirus and plans to continue the meal program through June. The free breakfast and lunch program is open to any child 18 or younger. AHS distributes food from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays.(Tom Sherlin/The Daily Times via AP)

Drug overdoses in Memphis spike during virus outbreak

May. 19, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Demand for opioids such as fentanyl has surged during the new coronavirus outbreak in Tennessee’s largest county, where more than 100 people have died of drug overdoses since mid-March, officials said Tuesday. Officials in Shelby County, which includes Memphis, said more than...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 16, 2020, file photo, a protester with an image of Ahmaud Arbery on a mask joins others gathering outside the Glynn County Courthouse for a rally to protest the shooting of Arbery in Brunswick, Ga. A video released Monday shows police in Georgia attempting to search Arbery's parked car in 2017 and when he refuses and attempts to walk back to the vehicle an officer tried to tase him. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

May. 19, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

Your daily look at nonvirus stories in the news: 1. VIDEO SURFACES OF POLICE CONFRONTATION WITH ARBERY A video from 2017 shows police in Georgia attempting to search Ahmaud Arbery’s parked car, and when he refuses to let them and begins to walk back to the vehicle, an officer tries to tase him. 2. STORM...

FILE: In this June 26, 2019, file photo, smoke and flames billow from burning narcotics during a destruction ceremony on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar. Narcotics police in Myanmar have seized a large amount of liquid fentanyl, providing the first evidence that the synthetic opioid is being produced in quantity in Southeast Asia’s infamous Golden Triangle region. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw, File)

UN agency warns of fentanyl production threat in SE Asia

May. 19, 2020 3:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Narcotics police in Myanmar have seized a large amount of liquid fentanyl, providing the first evidence that the synthetic opioid is being produced in quantity in Southeast Asia’s infamous Golden Triangle region. The discovery during a series of drug raids in Myanmar’s Shan...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2016 file photo, Los Angeles police investigators work the scene of a fatal shooting in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles. Detectives nationwide are grappling with changes the coronavirus has wrought on their investigations. Cold cases are getting colder, plainclothes investigators are digging out their dusty uniforms for patrol duty, and detectives are struggling to find new ways to connect with victims through thick masks. Even as police departments report major decreases in crime statistics thanks to stay-at-home orders, authorities say enough wrongdoing abounds to keep cops busy. And some detective work must still be in-person and hands-on, despite COVID-19. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Cold cases get colder as coronavirus pandemic wears on

May. 13, 2020 6:42 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cold cases are getting colder. Detectives are struggling to connect with victims through thick masks, and investigators accustomed to wearing plainclothes are digging out their dusty uniforms for patrol duty as the coronavirus pandemic rages. Police departments nationwide are grappling...

2 more Ohio counties to be subject of another opioid trial

Apr. 30, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

A judge has added claims from two Ohio counties against pharmacies to the growing list of trials on governments' claims that the drug industry should be held liable for the U.S. opioid epidemic. U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster ruled Thursday that Lake and Trumbull counties should be the plaintiffs in a test...

Welcome mat at Florida home seeks warrant and deputies did

Apr. 27, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — A welcome mat at the front door of a Florida home read “come back with a warrant” — and that's just what deputies did before finding drugs and drug paraphernalia inside. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the home in Palm Coast was part of an investigation...

FILE - This Nov. 16, 2019, file photo shows Washington State defensive back Bryce Beekman (26) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford in Pullman, Wash. Bryce Beekman has died. Police Cmdr. Jake Opgenorth said Wednesday, Marc 25, 2020, the 22-year-old Beekman was found dead at a residence in Pullman. He declined to provide additional details and said more information would be released later by the Whitman County coroner’s office. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)

Coroner: WSU safety Bryce Beekman died of acute intoxication

Apr. 24, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The Whitman County coroner says a Washington State football player who was found dead in his apartment last month died of acute intoxication. Coroner Annie Pillers said Friday that 22-year-old Bryce Beekman died after consuming a combination of fentanyl and promethazine. Pillers said...

This March 2020 photo provided by the U.S. Border Patrol's San Diego Tunnel Team shows a tunnel under the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, Calif. Federal authorities seized a panoply of narcotics inside the newly discovered underground passage connecting a warehouse in Tijuana with south San Diego. The bust of $30 million worth of street drugs was also notable for its low amount of fentanyl - about 2 pounds. (U.S. Border Patrol via AP)

‘Cartels are scrambling’: Virus snarls global drug trade

Apr. 19, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus is dealing a gut punch to the illegal drug trade, paralyzing economies, closing borders and severing supply chains in China that traffickers rely on for the chemicals to make such profitable drugs as methamphetamine and fentanyl. One of the main suppliers that shut down is in...

FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo a ventilator is displayed during a news conference at the New York City Emergency Management Warehouse, where 400 ventilators have arrived and will be distributed. As hospitals scour the country for scarce ventilators to treat critically ill patients stricken by the new coronavirus, pharmacists are beginning to sound an alarm that could become just as urgent: Drugs that go hand in hand with ventilators are running low even as demand is surging. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Next potential shortage: Drugs needed to run ventilators

Apr. 10, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As hospitals scour the country for scarce ventilators to treat critically ill patients stricken by the new coronavirus, pharmacists are beginning to sound an alarm that could become just as urgent: Drugs that go hand in hand with ventilators are running low even as demand is surging....

FILE - In this June 24, 2019, file photo, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, of West Springfield, Mass., stands during his arraignment in district court in Springfield, Mass. Zhukovskyy, is charged in the deaths of seven motorcyclists in a fiery June 21 collision on a rural highway in Randolph, N.H. A trial is scheduled for November 2020. A defense motion seeking a bail hearing, filed Friday, March 27, 2020 and made public Tuesday, March 31, said the state recently disclosed a report from an independent accident reconstruction firm, which shows the state police initial assessment

Lawyers list drugs in driver's system in motorcycle deaths

Apr. 7, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A truck driver charged in a crash that killed seven motorcyclists had fentanyl, morphine and a chemical found in cocaine in his system that day, and told authorities he often would take drugs before starting work, prosecutors said in a document made public Tuesday. The morning of the...