Fifty-two Harlan Countians, primarily residents of Benham, Cumberland and Lynch, have been indicted on drug charges. The indictments followed a year-long undercover investigation that primarily revolved around the sale of OxyContin, hydrocodone and Suboxone. A majority of the pills purchased during the investigation originated in Florida, officials said.
Starting Wednesday, small amounts of marijuana or prescription pills may not land a violator in jail. Under provisions of House Bill 463 set to take effect this week, law enforcement officials will issue citations instead of making arrests on many misdemeanor offenses. Hopkinsville Chief of Police Guy Howie said his department has already been issuing citations for some misdemeanor offenses. Still, he admitted any time there is a new procedure there is also an adjustment period. “It’s going to be a change,” Howie said. “It’s going to take some getting used to.”
Dr. Christopher Braden, the chief of food- and waterborne diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doesn't expect the Escherichia coli bug causing serious illness in northern Europe to leapfrog the Atlantic anytime soon.
Still, Braden tells Shots, "I am concerned about something similar that could happen in the United States."
Syrian opposition leaders were bracing Tuesday for a major military crackdown in a northern border town in retaliation for what the government said was an ambush by armed gunmen that killed 120 security troops.
The government has vowed to respond "decisively" to Monday's alleged attack in Jisr al-Shughour on the border with Turkey. NPR's Deborah Amos said activists reported that many residents were fleeing the town of about 50,000 in anticipation of a brutal response.
A massive blaze continues to spread across part of northeastern Arizona, "devouring thousands more acres of forest" and forcing more evacuations from communities in its path, the Arizona Republic writes. Smoke is drifting over neighboring states and has been detected as far away as Iowa.
The newspaper adds that "Gov. Jan Brewer [R] declared a state of emergency for the area and ordered the state's emergency-operations center into action."
"Saleh suffered burns on 40% of his body and a collapsed lung, U.S. government officials briefed on the matter said, as the fate of the embattled leader — and whether he will return to the conflict in Yemen — remains uncertain."