• Near LA's Koreatown, pastor tries to lift veil on drug abuse

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a blue-and-white church on the outskirts of Los Angeles' Koreatown, pastor Young Ho Han is trying to lift the veil on a problem silently afflicting his community: drug abuse among young Korean-Americans. It's an issue Han knows well, starting with his own addiction to cocaine in the 1970s to the increasingly young U.S.-born Koreans whose parents approach him today. Among all Asian groups, Koreans have some of the highest rates of illicit drug use. According to federal data, 12.9 percent reported using a narcotic within the last year. Those figures are only slightly below overall nationwide rate. For years, studies lumped all Asians into one category.

  • Korean Pastor Drug Rehab

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    In this Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 photo, a recovering drug addict who declined to give his name, kills his time in the parking lot of Nanoom Christian Fellowship, a church that doubles as a drug rehab for Korean-American drug addicts, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C.

  • Man, 30, gets 10 years, 2nd man pleads guilty in heroin ring

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a 30-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and a 61-year-old man has pleaded guilty in connection with a New Orleans heroin ring. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (puh-LEET) says Melvin Smith had pleaded guilty earlier in the case which brought Theodore Griffin's guilty plea Wednesday. Prosecutors say the ring used Griffin's home in eastern New Orleans to meet with heroin suppliers, maintain a heroin stash, and provide heroin to other dealers. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt scheduled his sentencing Dec. 9. Another defendant is scheduled for trial Sept. 28.

  • Does US pill crackdown help Mexican heroin sales?

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    The following editorial appeared in The Dallas Morning News on Thursday, Sept. 3: ——— Despite heroin’s bogeyman status as one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs on the illicit market, the opium-based drug is staging a comeback across America. Mexican traffickers have developed shorter, faster and easier pathways to bring it to our streets. The expensive and circuitous route from distant Colombia, Afghanistan and Southeast Asia previously helped limit heroin’s popularity in this country. But drug cartels are rapidly gearing up production in the central Mexican highlands where the opium poppy thrives. World opium cultivation today far exceeds that of coca, according to U.N. figures.

  • School drug counselors charged in $46 million fraud scheme

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some were students who had tried drugs or alcohol, but didn't have substance abuse problems. Others were young addicts in need of help. Neither group necessarily fared well under counseling programs run by a Long Beach company for Los Angeles County schools, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Dabblers were dubbed abusers, and hard-core users didn't always get the care they needed. The students unwittingly helped the company take in $46 million in a decadelong health care fraud scheme that led to indictments unsealed Wednesday against eight women employees who managed the program, supervised counselors or worked with students.

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EDT

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Obama seals legacy-defining Iran deal as Senate Dems gather 34 votes to stymie GOP resolution WASHINGTON (AP) — Overcoming ferocious opposition, President Barack Obama secured a legacy-defining foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats clinched the necessary votes to ensure the Iran nuclear agreement survives in Congress. The decisive 34th commitment came from Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring next year after three decades in the Senate. In a statement she said "no deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime." But she called the pact "the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb.

  • School drug counselors charged in $46 million fraud scheme

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some were students who had tried drugs or alcohol, but didn't have substance abuse problems. Others were young addicts in need of help. Neither group necessarily fared well under counseling programs run by a Long Beach company for Los Angeles County schools, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Dabblers were dubbed abusers, and hard-core users didn't always get the care they needed. The students unwittingly helped the company take in $46 million in a decadelong health care fraud scheme that led to indictments unsealed Wednesday against eight women employees who managed the program, supervised counselors or worked with students.

  • EDITORIAL: Does U.S. pill crackdown help Mexican heroin sales?

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Despite heroin’s bogeyman status as one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs on the illicit market, the opium-based drug is staging a comeback across America. Mexican traffickers have developed shorter, faster and easier pathways to bring it to our streets. The expensive and circuitous route from distant Colombia, Afghanistan and Southeast Asia previously helped limit heroin’s popularity in this country. But drug cartels are rapidly gearing up production in the central Mexican highlands where opium poppy thrives. World opium cultivation today far exceeds that of coca, according to U.N. figures. Fueled in part by the production boom in Mexico, domestic American use of heroin has skyrocketed, with disastrous results.

  • Judge OKs gender surgery opposed by 48-year-old's parents

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday cleared the way for a 48-year-old transgender woman to undergo gender-reassignment surgery, rejecting her parents' effort to block the operation because they say she's mentally incompetent. Christine Kitzler, testifying at an emergency hearing, showed a clear understanding of the three-hour procedure and its risks, Judge C. Theodore Fritsch Jr. said. He dismissed her parents' demand that he appoint a legal guardian and subject her to an independent medical exam. "I'm so happy," Kitzler whispered when the judge ruled. Kitzler's lawyers and Philadelphia-area surgeon were trying to schedule the operation for this week. The surgeon, Dr. Christine McGinn, said she would cover the

  • The Latest: Union arbitration override fails in Ill. House

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The latest on action at the state Capitol, where the Illinois House is expected to consider overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of union-related legislation and other measures (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican who has pushed an agenda to curb organized labor's power, won a significant victory when the House failed to reverse his veto on union-backed legislation to aid contract negotiations. The House voted 68-34 to override Rauner's veto of the bill. It needed 71 votes to become law. There were nine members voting "present." The measure would have involved an independent arbitrator if there was an impasse in contract negotiations.

  • Man gets 8½ to 17 years in 2013 crash that killed brother

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    YORK, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 8½ to 17 years in prison in a 2013 crash that claimed the life of his brother. Fifty-year-old Jamey Hartless of Glen Rock pleaded guilty last month in York County to homicide by vehicle, DUI, reckless driving and reckless endangering. He was originally charged with third-degree murder in the December 2013 crash in York Township that killed 51-year-old Timothy Hartless. The York Dispatch reports that Hartless said in court Wednesday that he had struggled with alcohol and drugs his entire life, and missed his brother "every day" — but it was not in his true nature to hurt anyone.

  • 11 arrested in alleged Indiana heroin, meth trafficking ring

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eleven people were arrested Wednesday on federal charges alleging they ran a violent drug-trafficking operation that funneled heroin and methamphetamine from Arizona onto the streets of Indiana's two-largest cities. U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said the ring brought heroin and meth to Indianapolis and Fort Wayne and other communities and was allegedly overseen by David McMichel, a 31-year-old Indianapolis man who's among the 11 in custody. Two others, who were allegedly part of the drug operation, remained at large Wednesday afternoon. McMichel allegedly ran the ring between December 2014 and last month from his home on Indianapolis' west side while serving a sentence on house detention.

  • Audit: 1 person counseled through gambling addiction program

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — The Department of Human Services is facing criticism over an audit that has lawmakers saying a state gambling addiction program is not working. The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1N2AKlq) the audit found five out of 23 counselors who received state money were able to successfully obtain national accreditation in gambling addiction. From 20014 to 2015, one person received counseling while administrative and marketing costs accounted for 83 percent of the budget for fiscal year 2015. DHS Executive Director Reggie Bicha says changes are being made and that the program will no longer be associated with the contractor administering the program. Lawmakers criticized the department and Bicha over the audit,

  • Rekha Basu: Is Hillary playing it too cool?

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    I envy Hillary Clinton’s ability to keep her cool. I wish I knew how she does it. When she walked, characteristically beaming and waving, onto the Des Moines Area Community College stage with Tom Vilsack last week in Des Moines, Iowa, it was as if the previous week’s testy exchange at a Las Vegas press conference had never happened. You wouldn’t imagine that newscasts were being led by stories of the FBI probe involving her handling, as secretary of state, of classified emails. You’d find it hard to believe the steady drumbeat about the Democratic frontrunner’s falling poll numbers. And you certainly wouldn’t pick up, from the glowing introduction by the U.S.

  • Instagram making you sad? Blame the Kardashians

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Shira Hecht keeps up with all her friends on Instagram, but she still hasn’t met most of the 896 people she follows. You might recognize some: January Jones, Lindsay Lohan, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake, Gisele Bundchen, James Franco, Azealia Banks, Lena Dunham, Kendrick Lamar, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Giorgio Moroder, Taylor Swift and Robert Downey Jr. “And all the Kardashians, obviously,” Hecht said. “I guess that’s kind of the point of Instagram.” It could also be making some of its 300 million users sad, according to a recent psychological study that examined the emotional toll of obsessing over the photo-sharing social network and following too many strangers

  • Rally kicks off Ohio substance abuse recovery events

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Statehouse rally is marking the beginning of an annual focus on recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. The event in Columbus Wednesday sponsored by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services kicks off Recovery Month in the state, traditionally celebrated in September. Speakers will include people who have kicked addictions, treatment providers and state policy makers. The event will also honor the late Luceille Fleming, former director of the state's addictions agency, for her work fighting substance abuse. Online: http://www.recoverymonth.

  • AP-AZ--Arizona Evening Digest, AZ

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Good evening. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Arizona. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Phoenix bureau at 602-258-8934 or aparizona@ap.org. Walter Berry is on the desk. AP-Southwest News Editor Josh Hoffner can be reached at jhoffner@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Mountain unless specified otherwise. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all u

  • Wolf administration wraps up overhaul of Medicaid benefits

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Wolf administration said Tuesday that it had completed the transfer of more than 1 million adult Medicaid enrollees into a single, new benefits package it had created as the program expands to record numbers under the 2010 federal health care law. The process that the Human Services Department finished included the dismantling of changes that Gov. Tom Wolf's predecessor had sought to make to Medicaid coverage as part of Pennsylvania's embrace of the Medicaid expansion. As of June 30, there were almost 2.6 million children and adults enrolled in Medicaid in Pennsylvania. Enrollees now include more than 400,000 who joined under the broader income eligibility guidelines that took effect Jan. 1 under

  • Browns' Manziel says sore elbow improving, no surgery needed

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has dealt with a sore right arm since before he lifted the Heisman Trophy. Manziel, who hasn't thrown a pass in practice since Aug. 23 because of elbow soreness and tendinitis, said those issues date back to his freshman year at Texas A&M — when he made a dazzling play almost every game for the Aggies. The 22-year-old is confident that rest will help his elbow and the issue won't derail his NFL career. "I'm really not concerned about it at all," he said following Tuesday's practice. However, he and the Browns were alarmed enough to seek second opinions, and they reached out to famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews to make sure they were taking the correct cou

  • Pence announces task force on Indiana drug abuse problems

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Months after outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis drew national attention to rampant intravenous drug abuse in some parts of Indiana, Gov. Mike Pence announced on Tuesday the creation of a task force that will explore the best way to fight addiction. The Republican governor's move comes as authorities across the U.S. are shifting approaches to illegal drug use, moving away from a get-tough-on-crime approach in favor of reduced sentencing for low-level offenders and an acknowledgement that addiction is a public health concern. "We simply cannot arrest our way out of this problem," Pence said at a news conference. "We have to recognize that we also have to address the root causes of addiction and focus on treatm




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