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Rapper Fetty Wap jailed after alleged FaceTime death threat

Aug. 09, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Fetty Wap was jailed Monday after, prosecutors say, he threatened to kill a man during a FaceTime call in 2021, violating the terms of his pretrial release in a pending federal drug conspiracy case. Wap, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, told the man,...

Parents of child who died from fentanyl charged with murder

Aug. 05, 2022 19:18 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors in Northern California filed murder charges against the parents of a 15-month-old toddler who died in May after she ingested fentanyl authorities believe her mother had been using. Prosecutors on Thursday also charged Evan Frostick, 26, and...

Ousted prosecutor Chesa Boudin won't run for his old seat

Aug. 04, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ousted San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who was recalled from his post in June, said Thursday that he will not campaign for his old seat in the November election. The progressive criminal justice reformer tweeted that nonstop campaigning has taken...

Tennessee sues Walgreens over opioid prescription onslaught

Aug. 03, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

Tennessee's attorney general said Wednesday he has sued Walgreens, accusing the drugstore chain of contributing to the state's opioid crisis by failing to maintain effective controls against the abuse of prescription pain pills. The lawsuit seeking unspecified civil penalties was...

Street drug dealer suspected of having 42 pounds of cocaine

Aug. 02, 2022 10:06 AM EDT

GRAND TERRACE, Calif. (AP) — Southern California sheriff's deputies investigating suspected small-time drug dealer made an arrest and uncovered nearly 42 pounds (19 kilos) of cocaine, authorities said. Deputies responding to reports of “hand-to-hand narcotic sales” in the city...

After crash, trucker's blood showed heroin-related substance

Aug. 01, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A substance made when the body breaks down heroin was present a truck driver's blood just hours after he was involved in a 2019 crash that killed seven motorcyclists, a forensic toxicologist testified Monday. The metabolite, referred to as “6-MAM," is unique...

FDA chief's long-promised opioid review faces skepticism

Jul. 27, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As U.S. opioid deaths mounted in 2016, the incoming head of the Food and Drug Administration promised a “sweeping review” of prescription painkillers in hopes of reversing the worst overdose epidemic in American history. Dr. Robert Califf even personally...

Drugmaker Teva latest to settle opioid lawsuits nationally

Jul. 26, 2022 19:40 PM EDT

Drugmaker Teva announced Tuesday that it has agreed to contribute more than $4.3 billion in cash and medications to settle lawsuits in the state and local governments and Native American tribes that claimed the company contributed to the U.S. opioid epidemic. The deal in principle...

Truck driver on trial in crash that killed 7 motorcyclists

Jul. 26, 2022 17:48 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A prosecutor said Tuesday that a commercial truck driver charged in the deaths in 2019 of seven members of a Marine motorcycle club told police he caused the crash and wasn't looking, while the driver's lawyer said it was the fault of the lead biker, who looked over his...

Idaho governor taps $1 million to combat illicit fentanyl

Jul. 21, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will spend $1 million to fight illegal fentanyl use and resulting overdose deaths, Gov. Brad Little said Thursday. The Republican governor said he’ll likely recommend additional money in his budget that will be considered by lawmakers early next year....