68 stores undergo 'dappo' drug checks in Tokyo

Jul 10, 2014

68 stores undergo 'dappo' drug checks in Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Thursday inspected 68 outlets known for selling “dappo” (loophole) drugs, which are not technically illegal but cause effects similar to illegal drugs. The inspections came after a revised ordinance took effect July 1 to prevent the abusive use of ...

Google exec killed by call girl's heroin: police

Jul 10, 2014

Google exec killed by call girl's heroin: police

An alleged high-end prostitute who is accused of injecting heroin into a Google executive on his yacht and leaving him to die after he overdosed appeared in court Wednesday on criminal charges including manslaughter, prostitution, destroying evidence and transporting a controlled substance. Alix Tichelman, ...

Jul 9, 2014

First legal pot shops open in Washington state

Eager customers lined up before dawn on Tuesday as Washington became the second U.S. state to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use, although shortages and high prices were likely to accompany any euphoria. Store employees clapped and cheered at Top Shelf Cannabis ...

Washington state gears up for legal marijuana sales

Jul 8, 2014

Washington state gears up for legal marijuana sales

As Washington state readied to become only the second U.S. state to allow people to buy marijuana legally without a doctor’s note, lines were already forming in front of the lucky few stores that got last-minute approval to sell. The start of legal pot ...

Jul 8, 2014

Washington state issues marijuana shop licenses

Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses Monday a day before the start of legal sales, and 21 hours before the only store licensed to sell in Seattle was set to open, a line was already forming. At Cannabis City, a 65-year-old retiree ...

Bob Ford says he's used 'every drug' you can think of

Jul 3, 2014

Bob Ford says he's used 'every drug' you can think of

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said Wednesday he’s used “every drug you can probably think of” and blamed substance abuse for the racist and homophobic language he’s used. Ford returned to work this week after a two-month stay in rehab for drugs and alcohol. The ...

Jun 28, 2014

Mexican chopper 'fired on U.S. agents'

Mexican law enforcement officers on Thursday crossed into Arizona by helicopter and fired two shots at U.S. border agents, a border patrol union leader said. Mexican authorities, however, have denied shooting at agents and say they were under attack during a mission to find ...

Five years on, Jackson fans around the world remember King of Pop

Jun 26, 2014

Five years on, Jackson fans around the world remember King of Pop

Michael Jackson fans from around the world laid flowers Wednesday at the mausoleum where the pop icon is interred, grieving but also celebrating on the fifth anniversary of his shocking death. Around 100 fans, some dressed as the self-proclaimed King of Pop, gathered at ...

Tokyo car crash injures seven pedestrians

Jun 24, 2014

Tokyo car crash injures seven pedestrians

A man under the influence of quasi-legal herbs slammed his car into pedestrians Tuesday evening in Tokyo’s bustling Ikebukuro district, injuring seven people, police said. Three of the victims sustained serious injuries, while a woman was thrown into a state of cardiac arrest. The ...