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Ex S. Carolina police chief sentenced for drug, gun charges

Nov. 14, 2019 5:21 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former South Carolina police chief was sentenced to 30 months in prison for using drugs and illegally owning guns. News outlets report former Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott was sentenced Wednesday. He pleaded guilty in August to drug and gun charges. Scott was chief from 2011 to...

Texas state lawmaker admits cocaine at airport was his

Nov. 14, 2019 2:43 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A prominent Texas state lawmaker admitted Thursday that he dropped an envelope containing several baggies of cocaine at an Austin airport, and he said he would be seeking drug treatment. The state police said airport security cameras caught Democratic state Rep. Poncho Nevarez dropping...

Cirque du Soleil founder tangled in Tahiti marijuana probe

Nov. 14, 2019 3:49 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Authorities in French Polynesia have handed preliminary drug charges to the founder of world-renowned circus Cirque du Soleil. State broadcaster Polynesie 1 showed Guy Laliberte released from custody Wednesday after appearing before a judge in the South Pacific territory’s capital...

Cirque du Soleil founder held in Tahiti in marijuana case

Nov. 13, 2019 5:24 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The founder of world-renowned circus Cirque du Soleil has been detained in French Polynesia in a drug-trafficking investigation. A French police official told The Associated Press that Guy Laliberte is expected to appear before a judge Wednesday in the territory’s capital of Papeete, on...

Justice Dept. rolls out new program to combat gun violence

Nov. 13, 2019 2:18 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr announced a new initiative Wednesday that would better enforce the U.S. gun background check system, coordinate state and federal gun cases and ensure prosecutors quickly update databases to show when a defendant can’t possess a firearm because of...

Spain says ex-Venezuelan spy chief wanted by US is missing

Nov. 13, 2019 6:41 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police said Wednesday they have been unable to locate a Venezuelan former spymaster wanted by the United States for extradition on charges of drug trafficking. Police told The Associated Press that its officers have been unable to find Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal. News website El...

US attorney general says feds will focus on high-crime areas

Nov. 12, 2019 8:51 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities will coordinate with state and local law enforcement officers to crack down on violence in cities with high crime rates in the coming months after arresting hundreds of fugitives under a program underway nationwide, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said...

Man linked to neo-Nazi group pleads guilty to gun charges

Nov. 12, 2019 4:45 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who has been linked by the FBI to a violent neo-Nazi group pleaded guilty on Tuesday to gun charges, one of several recent criminal cases against members of the same far-right extremist group. Andrew Thomasberg, 21, of McLean, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison...

Mexican official: Arrests made in killings of US citizens

Nov. 11, 2019 8:11 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's top security official says arrests have been made in last week's killings of nine U.S. women and children by suspected cartel gunmen in northern Mexico. Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo is not saying how many people have been arrested or giving any information on what...

Tenn. doctor plans to plead guilty to opioid distribution

Nov. 11, 2019 3:16 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee doctor who had five patients fatally overdose in a 10-month span intends to plead guilty to distributing a controlled substance. The Tennessean reports 64-year-old Dr. Darrel Rinehart's attorney filed a motion to have a hearing in December where Rinehart "intends to plead...