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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...

FSSA chief: Mental health issues up amid virus outbreak

May. 27, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is experiencing more substance use disorders and other mental health issues amid the coronavirus outbreak, the state's human services chief said Wednesday. Meanwhile, 21 more Indiana residents have died from COVID-19, state health officials said Wednesday as Indianapolis' mayor...

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...

Worker charged with smuggling drugs into jail facility

May. 27, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A food service worker at a pre-release center for inmates in the custody of the Essex County sheriff's office has been charged with smuggling what appears to be the opioid fentanyl into the facility, officials said. Pedro Carbonell Jr., 39, of Lawrence, an employee of a private food...

Man gets more than 9 years in drug trafficking case

May. 26, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A 37-year-old Connecticut man is going to prison for more than nine years for his role in a drug trafficking and money laundering operation in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Korey Stewart, who used a number of aliases, was sentenced last week in...

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...

Felon arrested after streaming video of himself arrested

May. 25, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A felon wanted for violation of probation was arrested after sheriff's deputies in Florida were notified that he was streaming on Facebook Live, officials said. The livesteam showed Timothy Munford, 25, streamed video of himself driving to Southside Jet Ski and renting a...

New Mexico counties fight to keep drugs out of jails

May. 24, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Ashley N. Fernandez approached the nondescript door on the back of the courthouse early in the morning. She moved quickly, and everything went as planned. She hurried back to a car parked on Morrison Street and drove away, headed toward National Avenue. The transport van arrived...

Officials: Counterfeit oxycodone caused 3 overdoses, 1 fatal

May. 22, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Officials say one man has died and two others are recovering from an overdose of counterfeit oxycodone pills in Mankato. The city's Department of Public Safety said first responders were called to an apartment Thursday about 2 a.m. and found the three overdose victims. All three were...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, defense attorney Jose Baez, right, talks to fired doctor William Husel during a court hearing in Columbus, Ohio. A judge has dismissed Husel's attempt to force Michigan-based Trinity Health Corporation and its insurer to cover the costs of his defense against murder charges in the deaths of 25 patients in the Columbus, Ohio-area, Mount Carmel Health System. Husel has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko, File)

Judge: Hospital need not fund doc's defense in murder case

May. 20, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Michigan-based health system and its insurer don’t have to cover the costs of an Ohio doctor’s defense against murder charges in the deaths of 25 hospital patients, a federal judge ruled. William Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkillers for patients in the...