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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rings the bell as he gives the annual independence shout from the balcony of the National Palace to kick off subdued Independence Day celebrations amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, at the Zocalo in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Instead of the throngs of supporters who pack the Zocalo in a typical year, this Independence Day the president faced an empty plaza as he gave the traditional

Mexico skirts U.S. criticism of anti-drug enforcement

Sep. 17, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday that Mexico will respond “softly, softly” and with “love and peace” to the finding by the U.S. government that his country needs to do more to stop drug trafficking. López Obrador said he did not...

Sri Lankan police officers belonging to the narcotics unit, in green jackets, stand next to a seized haul of narcotics at a fishery harbor in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 3, 2020. For years, authorities in Sri Lanka have tried to rid the Indian Ocean island nation of illegal drugs. But a drug ring allegedly including more than a dozen officers from a key national narcotics unit has exposed how much of a challenge that goal brings. (AP Photo)

Arrests of narcotics police highlight Sri Lanka drug problem

Sep. 17, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — For years, authorities in Sri Lanka have tried to rid the Indian Ocean island nation of illegal drugs, even attempting to lift a decades-old moratorium on the death penalty to be able to execute drug offenders. But a drug ring allegedly including more than a dozen officers from a...

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. On Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said there’s no clear evidence that a reformulated version of the painkiller OxyContin designed to discourage abuse actually resulted in fewer overdoses or cases of addiction. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Experts: Revamped OxyContin hasn't curbed abuse, overdoses

Sep. 11, 2020 10:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of government health advisers said Friday there’s no clear evidence that a harder-to-crush version of the painkiller OxyContin designed to discourage abuse actually resulted in fewer overdoses or deaths. The conclusion from the Food and Drug Administration advisory panel...

FILE—In this file photo from June 5, 2019, former Dr. William Husel, center, arrives at the downtown Columbus Division of Police headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. An Ohio hospital system has reached more settlements related to Husel, who is accused of ordering excessive painkillers for dozens of patients and has pleaded not guilty to 25 counts of murder. The related settlements involving the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System now total more than $16.7 million. That includes three settlements of $750,000 each that were filed in the past two weeks. (Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)

Hospital settlements tied to doc in murder case now top $16M

Sep. 11, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio hospital system has reached more settlements related to an intensive care doctor who is charged with murder and accused of ordering excessive painkillers for dozens of patients who then died. The settlements involving the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System now total more...

This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by him and the other Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Kueng, Lane and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin. Minneapolis adopted a policy in 2016 requiring officers to intervene when colleagues are using inappropriate force. Yet three other officers at the scene failed to stop 19-year police veteran Derek Chauvin when he put his knee on Floyd's neck despite Floyd's cries that he couldn't breathe. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Lawyers for ex-cops raise Floyd's history of crime, drug use

Sep. 10, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for one of four former Minneapolis officers charged in George Floyd's death is highlighting Floyd’s past crimes and history of drug use, calling him an ex-con and “evident danger to the community.” Another is seizing on Floyd’s medical issues and...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, Maria Alberto holds up photos of her missing daughter Montserrat Murrieta, during a protest to call attention to the country's thousands of disappeared, at Mexico City's main square the Zocalo. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

In Mexico, crime, problems resist president's solutions

Sep. 2, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s problems of crime and violence are so deeply rooted and seemingly intractable that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s best efforts appear to be falling short, and his programs are barely making a dent in long-established illicit activities. On...

Today in History

Aug. 30, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Aug. 30, the 243rd day of 2020. There are 123 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 30, 1967, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Thurgood Marshall as the first Black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. On this date: In 1797, Mary...

FILE - In this July 21, 2020 file photo, former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao is flanked by his attorneys as he arrives at the Hennepin County Courthouse before a motions hearing in Minneapolis. Newly released video shows the former Minneapolis police officer involved in George Floyd’s death telling investigators that he was focused on crowd control, minimizing his role in the actions that led to Floyd’s death.  Thao is one of four former officers charged in Floyd's death (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP, File)

Prosecutors depict ex-officer as complicit in Floyd's death

Aug. 25, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have urged a Minnesota judge not to dismiss the charges against one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd, saying Tou Thao pushed back a crowd of concerned bystanders and prevented them from intervening as the other officers pinned...

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Thai court issues new arrest warrant for Red Bull scion

Aug. 25, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — A Thai court issued a new arrest warrant on Tuesday for an heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune, a month after news of the dropping of a long-standing charge against him caused widespread anger. Assistant National Police Chief Lt. Gen. Jaruwat Waisay confirmed that Vorayuth...

Second large seizure of fentanyl at Mexico City airport

Aug. 18, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican marines and customs authorities said Tuesday they seized 250 pounds (113.5 kilograms) of the synthetic opioid fentanyl at the Mexico City airport, the second such large bust there this month. Authorities said the fentanyl was found by trained dogs in four small cardboard drums...