U.S. prosecutors say their evidence against notorious Mexican drug
lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman includes killings, torture,
kidnappings, prison breaks and even an attempt to smuggle seven tons
of cocaine in cans of jalapenos.
A government memo filed Tuesday also says there's evidence that Guzman
was involved in a 1992 drug-gang shootout at a Puerto Vallarta,
Mexico, nightclub that left six people dead.
Guzman's lawyer, Eduardo Balarezo, said he was reviewing the memo and
would "respond in due course."
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President Donald Trump speaks after signing into law the bipartisan
Interdict Act, during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House
in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.
Reince Priebus resigned on July 28 and was replaced by John F.
K.T. McFarland was asked to resign on April 9 but became the U.S.
ambassador to Singapore.
James Comey was fired on May 9, amid his investigation of Trump's
campaign and if it had ties to Russia's meddling.
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Each new year brings new driving or transportation-related laws in
California and 2018 is no exception. We'd like to share these new laws
with readers in the next few columns.
Marijuana and edible cannabis use in vehicles, Senate Bill 65:
Recreational marijuana/cannabis is now legal to be purchased and
consumed in certain places, but that doesn't mean you can light up a
joint on your daily commute.
Consuming cannabis while driving or while riding as a passenger in a
vehicle in California is illegal. This new law is similar to the "open
container" laws that outlaw drinking alcohol while driving, though
having some alcohol in your system while driving isn't outlawed.
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Opioid use by American men may account for one-fifth of the decline in
their participation in the U.S. labor force, according to a study by
Princeton University economist Alan Krueger.
"The opioid crisis and depressed labor-force participation are now
intertwined in many parts of the U.S.," Krueger, who was chief
economist at the Treasury Department in the Obama administration,
wrote in the study released Thursday at a Brookings Institution
conference in Washington.
Krueger's study linked county prescription rates to labor force data
from the past 15 years, concluding that regional differences in
prescription rates were due to variations in medical practices, not
health conditions. In previous research, he found that nearly half of
men in their prime worker ages not in the labor force take
prescription painkillers daily.
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The national opioid crisis is spreading. Despite increased awareness
of the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, the numbers of
fatalities and overdoses continue to rise. That is too true in Bergen
As Staff Writer Steve Janoski reports, despite the efforts of Bergen
County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal, the county appears on track to
surpass last year's totals of 320 overdoses; 259 of which were opioid
related. Ninety-eight people died. That's an 11 percent increase in
overdoses from 2015 and a 12.6 percent increase in fatalities.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Thursday that
Congressional Republicans are on a "rescue" mission to repeal and replace
the Affordable Care Act and that he and President-elect Donald Trump are
in perfect sync with the process of replacing Obamacare. (CHIP
Funding for mental illness and opioid addiction treatment in Pennsylvania
will take a big hit if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, according to
research published this week by Harvard Medical School.
More than 181,000 Pennsylvania residents with mental and substance abuse
disorders will lose access to services made available under the ACA,
concluded Harvard health economics professor Richard G. Frank and New York
University public service dean Sherry Glied.
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