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Suits accuse retail chains of flooding Ohio with painkillers

May. 28, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Five retail chains flooded two Ohio counties with tens of millions of prescription painkillers through their pharmacies while taking few if any steps to stop drugs from being illegally diverted, according to updated lawsuits unsealed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland. The counties are...

DOJ lawyer named new US attorney in Texas after resignation

May. 27, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has named a Department of Justice lawyer to succeed the top federal prosecutor for East Texas, who abruptly announced his resignation this week. Stephen Cox, a deputy associate attorney general in Washington, D.C., will take over as acting U.S. attorney for the...

In this April 8, 2019, photo, United States Attorney Joseph Brown announces information regarding the fight against terrorism at the Collin County Courthouse in McKinney, Texas. Brown, a U.S. attorney in Texas who was appointed by President Donald Trump, announced his resignation Tuesday, May 26, 2020, providing no explanation for his unusually abrupt departure. (Jason Janik/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Trump-appointed US attorney in Texas abruptly resigns

May. 26, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A U.S. attorney in Texas who was appointed by President Donald Trump announced his resignation Tuesday, providing no explanation for his unusually abrupt departure. Joseph Brown, who has served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas since 2018, will leave office on May...

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 Aug. 16, 2000 file photo, Melissa Etheridge, left, and Julie Cypher arrive at a fundraiser for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation in Los Angeles. Etheridge's 21-year-old son Beckett Cypher, whom she had with former partner Julie Cypher, has died. The death was announced Wednesday on the singer-songwriter's Twitter account. No cause of death or other details were given. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Beckett Cypher, 21-year-old son of Melissa Etheridge, dies

May. 14, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Melissa Etheridge said Wednesday that her son Beckett Cypher has died. Etheridge released a statement saying opioid addiction was behind Cypher's death. “Today I joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction,” the statement said....

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...

Oklahoma AG refiles opioid litigation in rural county

May. 1, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

DURANT, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter refiled lawsuits Friday against three opioid distributors in one of the state's counties hit hardest by the opioid epidemic. The litigation previously filed as one case in Cleveland County was refiled as three separate cases in Bryan County in...

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...