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Grand jury charges man with murder charge in overdose death

Oct. 27, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A grand jury charged a 27-year-old central Florida man with first-degree murder for his role in the overdose in January of an acquaintance who used fentanyl-laced heroin he had purchased. Daniel Bachert was arrested in March following the January death of Jessica Ackerman, 19, the...

FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 file photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York. On Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidance aimed at improving care for women and newborns affected by the mothers’ opioid use. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

New guidelines address rise in opioid use during pregnancy

Oct. 26, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

Opioid use in pregnancy has prompted new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, aimed at improving care for women and newborns affected by their mothers’ drug use. The number of affected women and infants has increased in recent years but they often don’t get effective treatment, and the...

Drugs reported in Halloween candy after Simi Valley event

Oct. 26, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Southern California residents were reminded to inspect their children's Halloween-season candy after a bag of prescription painkillers and an anti-anxiety drug were discovered in a child's stash after an event in Simi Valley. The Simi Valley Police Department said a mother...

Mexico seizes industrial-scale meth, fentanyl lab in capital

Oct. 25, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Soldiers and police in Mexico seized an industrial-scale meth and fentanyl lab that was so big it startled investigators, federal prosecutors announced Sunday. The lab had chemical preparation vats about two stories tall that could process 11,000 pounds (5,000 kilograms) of raw material...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 23, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT: Coronavirus protocols more important than ever The Connecticut Post Oct. 19 With cases of the coronavirus on the rise and state officials trying to limit its spread, Connecticut in recent days faced the...

12 accused of part of a drug network arrested in New Jersey

Oct. 23, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Twelve people in New Jersey were accused of being members of a drug network run by a street gang that prosecutors said was distributing approximately 50,000 doses of heroin and a kilo of crack cocaine per week. State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Thursday announced the arrests...

Dozens charged in drug operation stretching across Minnesota

Oct. 23, 2020 7:44 AM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — More than three dozen people have been charged in St. Louis County in connection with a Chicago-based drug trafficking ring that operated throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, authorities said. Duluth police said Thursday that this week's coordinated drug bust led to 35 arrests in...

FILE - This combination of June 3, 2020, file photos, provided by the Hennepin County, Minn.m, Sheriff's Office, shows, from left, Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. A Minnesota judge on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, has dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd's neck, but the more serious second-degree murder charge remains. The judge also denied defense requests to dismiss the aiding and abetting counts against the three other former officers, Lane, Kueng and Thao. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Judge dismisses 1 charge against former cop in Floyd’s death

Oct. 22, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd's neck, saying there was not enough probable cause for that count to proceed to trial. The more serious second-degree murder charge...

NYU to remove Sackler name following Purdue Pharma deal

Oct. 22, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York University's Langone Medical Center will strip the Sackler name from its biomedical institute following the Justice Department's announcement that Purdue Pharma, the company founded by the Sackler family, will plead guilty to federal criminal charges over the company's role in the...

Woman gets 33 years for illegal distribution of pain pills

Oct. 22, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman convicted of running clinics in East Tennessee that illegally distributed more than 11 million prescription opioid pills has been sentenced to more than 33 years in prison, federal officials said. U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan ordered the sentence Wednesday for Sylvia...