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Drug killings leave agony, savage facet to Duterte's legacy

Jun. 28, 2022 23:45 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — When Emily Soriano recounts how her 15-year-old son was gunned down with four friends and two other residents while partying in a Philippine slum six years ago, she weeps in grief and anger like the massacre happened yesterday. Police concluded at the...

Puerto Rico police uncover island's biggest pot greenhouse

Jun. 28, 2022 21:24 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico police said they raided the island's largest hydroponic marijuana greenhouse on Tuesday, with nearly 2,000 plants being grown in a former addiction treatment center. Police Commissioner Antonio López Figueroa said officers discovered the...

Missouri lawmaker convicted in medical clinics fraud scheme

Jun. 28, 2022 17:13 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Rep. Tricia Derges was convicted Tuesday of conducting fraud at medical clinics in southwest Missouri in part by falsely claiming that she was giving patients stem cell treatments. After a two-week federal trial, Derges was convicted of 22 counts...

UAE drops death sentence for Israeli woman in drug case

Jun. 28, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has canceled a death sentence issued earlier this year to an Israeli woman who was convicted of cocaine possession, her lawyer said Tuesday. The case was a potential test of ties between the two countries, which normalized relations in...

Man who hid drugs in child's backpack gets 7-year sentence

Jun. 28, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man who stored more than 1,000 counterfeit Adderall pills containing methamphetamine or fentanyl in a child’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack in the Rhode Island apartment he shared with his three children has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison,...

WNBA star Brittney Griner ordered to trial Friday in Russia

Jun. 27, 2022 22:17 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Shackled and looking wary, WNBA star Brittney Griner was ordered Monday to stand trial by a court near Moscow on cannabis possession charges, about 4 1/2 months after her arrest at an airport while returning to play for a Russian team. The Phoenix Mercury center and...

Prison inmate sentenced for dealing meth from behind bars

Jun. 27, 2022 19:46 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An inmate serving time for dealing methamphetamine was convicted was sentenced Monday to an additional 29 years behind bars for running a drug trafficking operation from behind bars. Marco Antonio Avila, 37, was previously sentenced in 2018 to 26 years in...

Credit Suisse fined for facilitating cocaine cash laundering

Jun. 27, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — A Swiss court on Monday said it has fined Credit Suisse more than $2 million for failing to prevent money laundering linked to a Bulgarian criminal organization a decade-and-a-half ago. The court also ordered the confiscation of the equivalent of more than $12 million...

Man who had cache of weapons at home now faces state charges

Jun. 27, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man already facing federal charges in connection with an arsenal of more than 200 guns found at his home now also faces several state charges, state Attorney General Peter Neronha said Monday. Ronald Andruchuk, 38, of Burrillville, faces state...

Justices side with doctors convicted in pain pill schemes

Jun. 27, 2022 13:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled for doctors who face criminal charges for overprescribing powerful pain medication in a case arising from the opioid addiction crisis. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the court that prosecutors must prove that doctors knew they...