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Family says Texas player died of accidental overdose

Oct. 21, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, the younger brother of former Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, died of a an accidental drug overdose caused by fentanyl, the family said Thursday. Jake Ehlinger, 20, was found on May 6. No cause of death was...

12 pounds of fentanyl seized in San Francisco drug bust

Oct. 21, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A drug bust by federal agents and San Francisco police netted 12.5 pounds (5.7 kilograms) of the deadly narcotic fentanyl and charges against 18 people suspected of supplying drug dealing operations in the city's troubled Tenderloin neighborhood, authorities announced...

Maricopa County signs onto national opioid settlement

Oct. 20, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County has become the first local government in Arizona to sign onto a massive settlement agreement with pharmaceutical companies over the nation's opioid epidemic. The county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the...

Tennessee doctor sentenced in opioid overdose death

Oct. 20, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee doctor who pleaded guilty to causing the overdose death of a patient by illegally prescribing the painkiller hydrocodone has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. Thomas K. Ballard III was one of 53 medical professionals in the...

Boston declares addiction, homelessness emergency

Oct. 19, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston declared addiction and homelessness a public health emergency on Tuesday, a move that will help the city clear a sprawling homeless camp at the epicenter of the city’s opioid crisis. Officials said they will get those dependent on opioids into...

SC attorney Alex Murdaugh denied bond on $3M theft charges

Oct. 19, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge denied bond Tuesday for a prominent South Carolina attorney who has become embroiled in two multimillion-dollar insurance fraud cases months after he found his wife and son dead in their home. The judge said Alex Murdaugh's considerable...

Activist Shawn Lang, former leader at AIDS Connecticut, dies

Oct. 18, 2021 21:57 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Shawn Lang, a longtime Connecticut activist for people living with HIV and AIDS, as well as those impacted by opioid addiction and domestic abuse, has died. She was 65. Lang's unexpected death on Sunday , confirmed to the Hartford Courant by her...

Rhode Island man pleads guilty to drug trafficking charges

Oct. 18, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Providence man who tried to sell a large amount of fentanyl and heroin while under surveillance by law enforcement pleaded guilty Monday to drug trafficking charges, federal prosecutors said. Josimar Delacruz-Reyes, 31, was under investigation...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Oct. 18, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

Sandusky Register. Oct. 16, 2021. Editorial: State quiet in death investigation We’re concerned with the state prison department’s sense of obligation. A Sandusky man who was sentenced to serve 2½ years in prison in 2018 died...

Rhode Island man sentenced in North Dakota fentanyl case

Oct. 17, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Rhode Island man accused by prosecutors of having a “leadership role” an international fentanyl trafficking operation has been sentenced in North Dakota to 33 years in federal prison. Steven Pinto, also known as Yeaboy, is one of more than 30...