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FILE - This Oct. 20, 2011 file photo shows the execution chamber at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution as Security Institution Warden Randy Blades look on in Boise, Idaho. The Idaho Supreme Court says state prison officials must turn over records that include information about where they obtained lethal injection drugs used in recent executions. The high court's ruling on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, was a win for University of Idaho Professor Aliza Cover, who studies how the public interacts with the death penalty. (AP Photo/Jessie L. Bonner, File)

Idaho Supreme Court: State must reveal execution drug source

Nov. 20, 2020 6:23 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho prison officials must turn over information about where they got lethal injection drugs used in recent executions, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday, the latest turn in a long-running challenge over transparency in executions that's playing out nationwide. The high court's...

Man dies days after ramming head into Evansville police car

Nov. 18, 2020 3:37 PM EST

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A 20-year-old man has died three days after he rammed his head into an Evansville police car as officers were taking him into custody following a disturbance at a gathering, authorities said. Evan Terhune died Tuesday afternoon at Deaconess Midtown hospital and an autopsy is...

Man pleads guilty to 2018 killing, says he had used meth

Nov. 15, 2020 10:56 AM EST

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A man with Louisiana connections has pleaded guilty to a murder charge in Mississippi. Dannie Bergeron Jr., 22, apologized to the victim's family in court, although he said he doesn't remember details about killing Tiffany Goodman in 2018 because he was using methamphetamine. The Sun...

Police respond to high number of overdoses in Delaware

Nov. 14, 2020 2:45 PM EST

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Law enforcement authorities in New Castle County on Saturday said officers over the past two days have responded to an unusually high number of drug overdoses in which evidence of heroin use was recovered. The New Castle County Division of Police in a news release said the...

KU shuts down fraternity following hazing investigation

Nov. 13, 2020 1:39 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas has announced it will shut down the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity chapter on campus at the end of the semester after an investigation found evidence of hazing and drug use. University officials informed the chapter in a recent letter that the fraternity would be...

Germany shuts down Telegram-based drugs marketplaces

Oct. 30, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities said Friday that they have shut down online marketplaces for illegal drugs that used the encrypted messaging service Telegram. Prosecutors in Frankfurt said police across Germany and in neighboring Austria on Thursday took control of nine chat groups with a total of about...

FILE - In this June 24, 2019, file photo, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, of West Springfield, Mass., stands during his arraignment in district court in Springfield, Mass. In a trove of documents released Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, by federal investigators related to a June 21, 2019, crash, Zhukovskyy, the pickup truck driver charged with causing the deaths of seven motorcyclists, told authorities he had drug problem, regularly used heroin and cocaine but believed he was not impaired at the time of the crash. (Don Treeger/The Republican via AP, Pool, File)

NTSB release details in crash that killed 7 motorcyclists

Oct. 28, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

The pickup truck driver charged with causing the deaths of seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire last year told authorities he had drug problem, regularly used heroin and cocaine but believed he was not impaired at the time of the crash. The admission by Volodymyr Zhukovskyy was included in a trove of documents...

Lawsuit: New Mexico county failed to monitor suicidal inmate

Oct. 23, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico county that held an inmate struggling with drug addiction failed to properly monitor him before he took his own life, according to a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit involving Fernando Rodriguez filed last week in U.S. District Court alleges that Grants County...

Montana man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend in 2018

Oct. 14, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A southwest Montana man has pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend in 2018, reportedly during a fight after they had used meth and alcohol, court records said. Stanley Gordon Bernardini, 57, of Ennis entered a plea agreement Tuesday as his trial was about to begin before District...

Judge: Truck driver's Miranda rights not violated

Oct. 13, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ruled against a request by a pickup truck driver charged with causing the deaths of seven motorcyclists to leave some statements made to police out of his upcoming trial. Attorneys for Volodymyr Zhukovskyy said their client indicated during a police interview last...