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Court: Russian Name, Flag Banned From Next 2 Olympics

Punishment for a 2014 Olympics doping scheme

(Newser) - Russia was banned Thursday from using its name, flag, and anthem at the next two Olympics or at any world championships for the next two years. The Court of Arbitration for Sport's ruling also blocked Russia from bidding to host major sporting events for two years, per the AP...

Cops: Mayor Busted With Crack Cocaine After Chase

Tim Currier threw a gram out the window of his car, sheriff's office says

(Newser) - If politicians are involved in a chase, it usually has to do with votes or polling and not the cops, but the latter is the apparent plight of a small-town upstate New York mayor busted in an undercover sting. The St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office says it arrested 55-year-old...

On Marijuana, a 'Huge, Historic Victory'

UN committee takes cannabis for medical use off of list of most dangerous drugs

(Newser) - Drug policy advocates are celebrating a win this week after a United Nations commission voted to remove marijuana for medical use from a list of the world's most dangerous drugs. In a 27-25 vote, with only Ukraine abstaining, the 53 member states of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs...

Senior Couple Safe After Bizarre Kidnap Plot

Authorties say James and Sandra Helm were taken to Canada, ransomed for cocaine

(Newser) - A senior couple in upstate New York were kidnapped and driven into Canada before their captors demanded the return of 50 kilograms of cocaine or its value, $3.5 million. Prosecutors described the "terrifying ordeal," in which the victims—James Helm Sr., 76, and Sandra Helm, 70—had...

7 First Responders Sickened at Bridge Crash

7 exposed to what authorities believe was fentanyl on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge

(Newser) - A section of the Golden Gate Bridge was deemed an accident scene, a crime scene, and a hazmat scene in one fell swoop over the weekend after first responders started becoming ill while responding to a car crash. Per KGO , officers got a call just before noon on Sunday about...

Critics to Cops: Don't Give Ketamine During Arrests

The drug has led to hospitalizations and even deaths

(Newser) - Police stopped Elijah McClain on the street in suburban Denver last year after deeming the young Black man suspicious. He was thrown into a chokehold, threatened with a dog and stun gun, then subjected to another law enforcement tool before he suffered cardiac arrest and died: a drug called ketamine,...

He Got Life for Selling $30 of Weed. Now, This

Derek Harris, a military veteran, is about to go free

(Newser) - A Louisiana man serving life for selling less than a gram of weed is about to see the light of day, CNN reports. Prosecutors have agreed to free Derek Harris, a military veteran who was arrested in 2008 for selling an officer less than $30 of marijuana. In a Louisiana...

Whistleblowers to SEC: Facebook Is Hiding Illegal Activity

'WaPo' describes claims, including from an ex-Facebook moderator, on drug, child porn sales

(Newser) - A whistleblower complaint filed with the SEC claims Facebook has failed to adequately police illegal activity on its platform, including sales of drugs and child pornography. The complaint filed Tuesday by critics, including a former Facebook content moderator, further claims Facebook has hidden the extent of illegal activity from its...

France: This 'Should Not Be Prescribed' for COVID Patients

Country bans use of hydroxychloroquine

(Newser) - Another negative headline for hydroxychloroquine: France has banned the use of it as a coronavirus treatment. Politico lays out the timeline leading to the move. After the Lancet on Friday published the results of a worldwide study suggesting that the anti-malaria drug doesn't help patients and may well...

This Is the State With the Worst Drug Abuse

Missouri gets unwanted distinction in WalletHub list

(Newser) - As America remains mired in a drug crisis , the added weight of the coronavirus pandemic has only made things harder. That's per WalletHub , which looked at all 50 states and DC to see which areas are affected the most by drug abuse. It looked at nearly two dozen metrics,...

'Best Chance' for Coronavirus Cure? Might Be This Llama

Scientists are trying 'antibody therapies' for near-term coronavirus cure

(Newser) - Llamas are known as sociable animals with pleasantly soft wool—and now, a possible cure for the coronavirus. Scientists say llamas and alpacas at a research farm in Belgium are producing special antibodies that show promise in stopping the coronavirus, the Washington Post reports. A new scientific paper says these...

Popular Heartburn Drug Is Latest Hope on Virus

Test underway involving active ingredient in Pepcid

(Newser) - Next up in the coronavirus drug parade: Pepcid. More specifically, famotidine, the active ingredient in the popular heartburn drug, reports Science Magazine . Hospitals in New York have begun a test involving COVID-19 patients in which roughly half will receive the drug and the rest will get a placebo, per CNN...

2 More Dings Against Drug: an FDA Warning and a Study

Agency cautions hydroxychloroquine should only be used in very restricted settings

(Newser) - The drug once touted by President Trump as a possible "game changer" in the fight against the coronavirus has been the subject of more sobering headlines of late, and the newest one from the Food and Drug Administration doesn't help matters. Per Stat News , the FDA on Friday...

Trump Called It a Potential 'Game Changer.' No Longer

A coronavirus panel recommended against hydroxychloroquine's use on Tuesday

(Newser) - The bloom appears to be off the rose when it comes to the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine. President Trump has repeatedly touted it as a possible treatment for the novel coronavirus, but a yet-to-be-peer-reviewed study released Tuesday found there were more deaths among COVID-19 patients at US veteran hospitals who were...

CDC Nixes 'Highly Unusual' Wording on Trump-Pushed Drugs

'Why would CDC be publishing anecdotes? That doesn't make sense.'

(Newser) - What Reuters calls "highly unusual guidance" on two drugs President Trump has been pushing to treat the coronavirus has been removed from the CDC site almost as quickly as it went up. The original guidance on hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, which showed up over the weekend under "Therapeutic Options,...

Tom Sizemore's Traffic Stop Took a Turn

Actor busted for DUI, drug possession in California

(Newser) - The past few years have been headline makers for Tom Sizemore, but not in a good way. That streak continued this week, when the 58-year-old actor was arrested for DUI and drug possession, law enforcement sources tell TMZ . Sizemore was reportedly cruising around Glendale, Calif., at about 2:30am Thursday...

Guy in Convenience Store: 'Keep My Bags' for $100

But he left the Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags anyway

(Newser) - Louisiana authorities are perplexed over why a man left apparent designer bags holding drugs, a gun, cash, and a digital scale in a convenience store, the AP reports. The man went into the store early Thursday and put the Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags on a chair, according to a...

NYC Mayor Slams 'Infuriating' Claim on Murdered Student

Bill de Blasio says NYPD union chief shouldn't be 'shaming' Tessa Majors with marijuana claim

(Newser) - A 13-year-old suspect is in custody related to the murder of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors , with police still seeking other suspects, but her killing has become what the New York Daily News calls a "political football," drawing in New York City's mayor, the head of the...

Chicago Cops Say Facebook Is 'Harboring Criminals'

More than 50 arrested after investigation

(Newser) - Private Facebook groups have "emboldened" sellers of illegal drugs and guns to connect with potential buyers over the social media site, Chicago police said Tuesday, as leaders announced that a two-year undercover investigation led to more than 50 arrests. Police leaders, including former LAPD chief Charlie Beck, who's...

Troopers Searched the Fish Box. There Wasn't Fish Inside

Cenen Placencia accused of trying to smuggle $400K of drugs in spoiled goat intestines

(Newser) - An Alaska man found with $400,000 in illegal drugs hidden in spoiled goat intestines at an airport has been arrested. Per the AP , Cenen Placencia of Kodiak was arrested Wednesday at Anchorage’s international airport, authorities said. Investigators with Alaska State Troopers searched a large fish box the 71-year-old...

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