• Johnny Manziel's father worried quarterback self-destructing

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — With Johnny Manziel's professional career in doubt and his personal life crumbling, his father fears for the troubled quarterback's safety. Manziel is facing a criminal investigation by police following allegations that he hit his former girlfriend last weekend in Texas. He was dropped by his agent Friday, was ordered this week to stay away from his ex for two years and will be released by the Cleveland Browns next month after two tumultuous seasons. "I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday," Paul Manziel told The Dallas Morning News. Manziel's father said the family has made two unsuccessful attempts in the past week to get the player into a rehab clinic.

  • AP News in Brief at 12:03 a.m. EST

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Strong quake hits Taiwan, killing 5 and injuring 318 TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday, collapsing two high-rise residential towers and killing at least five people and injuring hundreds. More than 220 people were pulled out from rubble, as rescuers raced against time to find dozens of others unaccounted for. Firefighters and soldiers in worst-hit Tainan city scrambled with ladders, cranes and other equipment to the two towers that folded like an accordion in a pile of rubble and twisted metal and extracted dazed survivors. Local media said the building complex included a care center for newborns and mothers.

  • Utah legislators back plan to declare porn a health crisis

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A state senator in Utah wants to declare pornography a public health crisis, echoing an argument being made around the U.S. by conservative religious groups as porn becomes more accessible on smartphones and tablets. Republican Sen. Todd Weiler, a Mormon, contends children are being exposed at young ages to pornography, leading them to engage in riskier sexual behavior. He has said recent research from the United Kingdom found that people who compulsively view porn showed similar brain activity as seen in drug addicts. Weiler's proposal wouldn't regulate or ban anything, but it has attracted attention, including being debated on talk show "The View." He said he's been "mocked internationally" but feels

  • Joe Namath plans to donate his brain for research

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO — Joe Namath said there’s still not enough research on traumatic brain injuries to make any conclusions about the dangers of football. “We talk about it in football a lot,” Namath said Friday at Super Bowl’s radio row. “But I’m going to tell you something, there’s children out there falling down on a daily basis. There are mothers, there’s fathers, there’s people in car accidents. “We don’t know enough about traumatic brain injuries at this time. What we’re trying to do is learn more about it and learn how to help people that have had traumatic brain injuries, not just football players.

  • Doctor gets 30 to life after painkiller overdose deaths

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles-area doctor convicted of second-degree murder for prescribing pain killers that killed three patients was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison in a landmark case that many in the medical community believe will create a chilling effect among physicians across the country. Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng received the lengthy sentence after she apologized to the families of her dead patients and others who became addicted to prescription drugs under her care. "I suffer every day from the impact and I will do everything I can to take responsibility," she said. "I have learned a very hard lesson on this that will stay with me forever.

  • In Obama's final year, Senate is slow to act on his nominees

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you wear combat fatigues to work, then your nomination is almost sure to sail through the Senate. If not, you're likely in for a long wait. In just a week, senators confirmed Army Lt. Gen. John W. "Mick" Nicholson Jr. to be the next top American commander in Afghanistan. By contrast, President Barack Obama's choices for several other government positions are being held up, including his picks for commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, high-level positions at the State and Treasury departments, ambassadors in 10 countries and myriad other posts. Delaying the president's nominees gives the candidates who are running to replace him or for re-election in the Senate a chance to score political poi

  • Manziel’s father: If son doesn’t get help, QB ‘won’t live to see his 24th birthday’

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    Johnny Manziel’s family is concerned for his well-being as his NFL career and personal life falter, but the quarterback has twice declined to be admitted to area rehabilitation facilities in the last week, according to his father, Paul Manziel. “I truly believe if they can’t get him help, he won’t live to see his 24th birthday,” Paul Manziel told The Dallas Morning News. On Friday, Manziel’s agent Erik Burkhardt also voiced concern for Manziel, 23, and announced that he is terminating their professional relationship. Paul Manziel first tried Saturday afternoon to get Manziel, whose birthday is in December, to agree to go to the Enterhealth Ranch addiction facility in Van Alstyne, but he would not stay.

  • Maryland lawmaker moves to decriminalize drugs like heroin

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland lawmaker on Friday proposed decriminalizing possession of small amounts of all illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine. Del. Dan Morhaim, a physician who has treated patients in emergency rooms, outlined four measures he believes could alleviate the ravages of drug addiction. He said it's important to recognize that the "so-called war on drugs is not working." "After 50-plus years of trying, we are worse off than when we started, and the toll is immense," Morhaim said at a news conference. In 2013, Maryland decriminalized possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. Civil penalties include $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense and $500 for a third offense.

  • Review: Errors led to parole of man who later killed officer

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of communication breakdowns led a parole board to release a man to a drug treatment center where he later escaped and killed a police officer working overtime to pay for cancer treatments, the Utah Department of Corrections said Friday following an internal review. The department vowed to take steps to ensure the problem doesn't happen again — including requiring that probation and parole supervisors immediately log all details about arrests into an electronic system. Officials haven't decided if they will discipline those involved. The internal investigation details missteps that led the state parole board to believe Cory Lee Henderson had been arrested in October only on a parole violation

  • Gulfstream Park Entries, Sunday Feburary 7th, 2016

    Updated: 16 hr ago

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  • Indiana county's drug overdose deaths surged to 59 in 2015

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths in northern Indiana's St. Joseph County outnumbered the county's total deaths from homicides and fatal vehicle crashes last year. The increase comes amid a dramatic surge in deaths attributed to heroin and prescription painkillers. The South Bend Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1L2Mxg2 ) that St. Joseph County saw 59 people die from accidental drug overdoses last year. That compares with 2015's combined total of 57 vehicle crash deaths and homicides. Alcohol and Addictions Resource Center counselor Sharon Burden calls the 59 overdose deaths "an outrageously high number." Coroner Randy Magdalinski says many of those deaths happened in clusters, just days apart.

  • Cruz shares his sister’s addiction story in drug-ravaged New Hampshire

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    HOOKSETT, N.H. — The heroin epidemic has ravaged New Hampshire, where nearly half the residents know someone who’s abused the drug. Ted Cruz feels their pain. “Miriam, her whole life was angry. She never forgave my dad for divorcing her mother. Her whole life she had a rage. She was angry at the world, she was angry at God,” he told a forum on drug addiction, sharing in moving detail the story of a sister who died of an overdose at age 49. “Every one of us has seen people we love stumble and fall. And hopefully, we’ve seen people pick themselves up again and turn around,” he said. Cruz is still offering himself as a conservative warrior.

  • Supreme Court says lawyer deserves more punishment


    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court says a lawyer who was embroiled in a sex-scandal with a drug-addicted client deserves more punishment than a board's recommended 30-day suspension of his law license. The state's highest court on Thursday said Knoxville attorney Robert Vogel should have his law license suspended for a year. Vogel said he wasn't aware of the court's decision but was shocked after hearing about it. He said he admitted to having a consensual sexual relationship with a client and had done everything disciplinary authorities had asked him to do.

  • Fireworks fly as Clinton, Sanders square off before NH

    Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders Thursday night of subjecting her to an "artful smear" while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of America's political establishment. The two Democrats embraced a markedly more contentious tone than when they last debated before the year's presidential voting began in Iowa, and it signaled how the race for the nomination has tightened five days ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire next Tuesday. The two argued over ideas, over tactics and over who has the liberal credentials to deliver on an agenda of better access to health care, more affordable college, fighting income

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch Tony Messenger column

    Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    My introduction to opioid addiction came on Christmas Eve many years ago. I was a preteen and our traditional holiday celebration at my grandparents’ house had turned strange. All night long, my dad, and aunts and uncles took turns going into my grandmother’s room. They were somber and wouldn’t tell us kids what was going on. On the way home, Dad fessed up: Grandma had a pain medication addiction. In the almost four decades since that blip on my family radar appeared, national awareness of opioid abuse has skyrocketed, in part because the abuse of painkillers has grown significantly.

  • Peace deal in reach, Obama says US to help Colombia rebuild

    Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nudging Colombia toward a peace deal that's finally within reach, President Barack Obama committed the United States on Thursday to helping the battle-scarred nation rebuild after half a century of guerrilla conflict. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos came to the White House on the verge of a historic truce with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, that promises to end Latin America's longest-running armed conflict. Facing the daunting task of reconstruction, Santos secured promises of financial help from Obama, who said the U.S. "will be your partner in waging peace." "In short, a country that was on the brink of collapse is now on the brink of peace," Obama said, hosting Santos for a

  • New Mexico lawmakers look to curb opioid addiction

    Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the nation, New Mexico has been working for years to curb what has now been identified by the highest levels of government as a national epidemic. The state was the first in to require all licensed clinicians to undergo extra training for prescribing painkillers, but now lawmakers are looking for new ways to fight opioid addiction and getting everyone on board is turning out to be a challenge. After a lengthy debate Thursday, a Senate committee suggested more needs to be done to improve the language of a bill that calls for increasing education and requiring insurance companies to cover medications that deter opioid abuse.

  • BC-NM--New Mexico Evening News Digest, NM

    Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Good evening. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in New Mexico. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Susan Montoya Bryan at 505-822-9022 or apalbuquerque@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, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. All times are Mountain. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. UPCOMING TOMORROW: HOMELESS MEN KILLED ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

  • Rhode Island attorney general: Daily fantasy sports legal

    Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Daily fantasy sports mix chance and skill and are legal under state law, the state's attorney general said Thursday. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said he conducted a review and has forwarded the findings to fellow Democrats Gov. Gina Raimondo, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello. Not long after Kilmartin released his findings, a lawmaker in the heavily Democratic General Assembly introduced legislation to license daily fantasy sports websites. Daily fantasy sports participants put together virtual teams based on real players and compete for points based on the players' statistics. Attorneys general in several states have found the games are illegal. But Kilmart

  • W.Va. lawmakers OK right to work, prevailing wage repeal

    Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dealing blows to organized labor, West Virginia's Republican-led Legislature cleared proposals Thursday to repeal the state's prevailing wage for public construction jobs and make the Mountain State the 26th with a right-to-work law. As union workers looked on, the House of Delegates debated right to work for about five hours before a tight 54-46 vote. Several Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the bill; some siding with unions, others making libertarian arguments. A few hours earlier, state senators cast a party-line 18-16 vote on a bill to nix government-set wages for a variety of workers on public construction projects, from plumbers to electricians. Both bills passed the opposi