N.Y. jury finds accused Silk Road mastermind guilty

Feb 5, 2015

N.Y. jury finds accused Silk Road mastermind guilty

The creator of shadowy online marketplace Silk Road faces a lengthy prison sentence after a New York jury convicted him of masterminding the criminal website dubbed the “e-Bay of drugs.” Ross Ulbricht, 30, was shown to have amassed a fortune of $18 million from ...

Maternal pot use under microscope in Colorado

Feb 4, 2015

Maternal pot use under microscope in Colorado

A Colorado proposal to require warning signs aimed at pregnant or nursing women at shops selling marijuana was rejected Tuesday, but the suggestion renewed debate about how to approach maternal marijuana use. The bill would have required dispensaries to post signs warning about “dangers ...

Mexico opium farmers expand to feed U.S. heroin boom

Feb 3, 2015

Mexico opium farmers expand to feed U.S. heroin boom

Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero. The multibillion-dollar Mexican opium trade starts here, with poppy farmers so poor they live in wood-plank, tin-roofed shacks ...

Whitney Houston's daughter found unresponsive in tub

Feb 1, 2015

Whitney Houston's daughter found unresponsive in tub

The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in the north Atlanta suburbs, police said. Bobbi Kristina Brown was found by her husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend and given cardiopulmonary ...

Jan 29, 2015

'Expensive' placebo beats 'cheap' one in Parkinson's disease: study

When patients with Parkinson’s disease received an injection described as an effective drug costing $1,500 per dose, their motor function improved significantly more than when they got one supposedly costing $100, scientists reported on Wednesday. Underlining the power of expectations, the motor improvements, measured ...

Jan 28, 2015

U.S. exonerations hit record, driven by errors in Texas drug cases

The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, due in part to cases in Texas in which drug convictions were dismissed after lab tests determined that the accused never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows. The National Registry of Exonerations ...

Jan 28, 2015

Years-old stash of marijuana found in woman's van

A woman drove a van for more than 13 years without realizing there was marijuana hidden inside. Melodie Peil told the Alamogordo Daily News she bought a 1990 Chevrolet van at a local dealership in 2001 so she would have room to transport her ...

Indonesia rejects clemency for Aussie drug smugglers

Jan 23, 2015

Indonesia rejects clemency for Aussie drug smugglers

President Joko Widodo has rejected a final appeal for clemency from an Australian sentenced to death on drug smuggling charges, an official said Thursday. The attorney general’s spokesman, Tony Tribagus Spontana, said his office had just received a copy of a decree signed by ...