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One park, 24 hours, 76 drug overdoses

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/16/18, 01:13 pm

A spate of drug overdoses broke out Wednesday morning in and around a New Haven, Conn., park, where emergency workers treated 76 people through early Thursday. Authorities suspect a bad batch of synthetic marijuana, or K2, is to blame. Many victims lost consciousness and some became nauseous and lethargic. According to initial toxicology results, some victims tested positive for the powerful opioid fentanyl, which might have been mixed with the marijuana. Onlookers and emergency workers described a spooky scene at the New Haven Green on Wednesday, with people dropping by the minute.

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Houston man gets death for ‘honor killings’

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 8/14/18, 04:26 pm

A Houston jury Tuesday sentenced to death a Jordanian Muslim immigrant convicted of two honor killings. Last month, jurors found Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, 60, guilty of the 2012 shooting deaths of his daughter’s American husband, Coty Beavers, and his daughter’s best friend, Gelareh Bagherzadeh. Prosecuters said Irsan conspired to kill the two after his daughter, Nesreen Irsan, married Beavers and converted from Islam to Christianity. Bagherzadeh reportedly encouraged the marriage.

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Parkland shooter heard voices, didn’t get help

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/08/18, 10:45 am

A safety commission formed after the February school massacre in Parkland, Fla., hears evidence this week about the events leading up to and following the shooting. The commission meetings and newly released documents from the investigation paint a troubling picture of 19-year-old suspect Nikolas Cruz. In the transcript of his post-shooting confession, which officials released Monday, Cruz said a voice in his head told him to “Burn, kill, destroy.” He called himself “worthless” and repeatedly said he wanted to die.

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