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More Maine firefighters to get bulletproof vests

Nov. 29, 2021 14:51 PM EST

CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — Caribou Fire and Ambulance is the latest in the state to equip ambulance workers with bulletproof vests. The worsening opioid crisis has added to the danger for first responders, necessitating the vests, Caribou Fire and Ambulance Chief Scott Susi...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Nov. 29, 2021 09:03 AM EST

Cleveland Plain Dealer. Nov. 28, 2021. Editorial: Rocketing food costs are also harming the hunger safety net Eye-popping food price increases this fall, notably for meats, have taken a toll on many household budgets, especially for Thanksgiving. But...

California man dies after police use stun gun twice

Nov. 24, 2021 18:50 PM EST

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A 40-year-old California man died in police custody last week after officers used a stun gun on him twice in under a minute, authorities said Wednesday. Jordan Pas was pronounced dead at a hospital at 2:17 a.m. Thursday in Santa Rosa, about 55...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Nov. 24, 2021 11:55 AM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Nov. 21 The Chicago Tribune on the aftershocks of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict: What a seismic difference a trial has made to public and media perceptions of Kyle...

Public nuisance laws in opioid cases give hope to both sides

Nov. 24, 2021 09:06 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury's finding this week that three major pharmacy chains are responsible for contributing to the scourge of opioid addiction in two Ohio counties may be just the beginning of a protracted legal battle that ultimately could leave the communities no better off. ...

Jury holds pharmacies responsible for role in opioid crisis

Nov. 23, 2021 17:43 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — CVS, Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies recklessly distributed massive amounts of pain pills in two Ohio counties, a federal jury said Tuesday in a verdict that could set the tone for U.S. city and county governments that want to hold pharmacies accountable for their roles in...

CVS, Walgreens, Walmart pharmacies did too little to stem opioids, Ohio jury says in victory for accountability efforts

Nov. 23, 2021 13:42 PM EST
CLEVELAND (AP) — CVS, Walgreens, Walmart pharmacies did too little to stem opioids, Ohio jury says in victory for accountability efforts.

Trucker arrested in record-breaking drug seizure at border

Nov. 22, 2021 18:29 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A trucker from Mexico was arrested after trying to smuggle record-breaking amounts of methamphetamine and fentanyl into the U.S., federal prosecutors said. More than 17,500 pounds (7,930 kilograms) of meth and 389 pounds (176 kilograms) of fentanyl...

Police warn of Fentanyl-laced marijuana after overdose

Nov. 22, 2021 16:40 PM EST

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Vermont police are warning Vermonters of Fentanyl-laced marijuana, which led to an overdose over the weekend. Brattleboro Police said that they received a report of an overdose Saturday and used CPR and several doses of Naloxone to revive the...

Autopsy: 5-year-old boy died of 'violence and neglect'

Nov. 22, 2021 15:36 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A 5-year-old New Hampshire boy who went missing and was found dead in Massachusetts died of “violence and neglect," and his death was a homicide, according to autopsy results released Monday. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in...