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Busting drugs with China

Drug Abuse | China promises to combat opioid drug sales to the United States
by June Cheng
Posted 12/06/18, 11:19 am

During President Donald Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit last Saturday, the two leaders agreed to curb the flow of the synthetic opioid fentanyl to the United States. 

A White House announcement said Xi agreed to label fentanyl a controlled substance so that sellers of the drug would be “subject to China’s maximum penalty under the law,” which is the death penalty. The Trump administration called the move a “wonderful humanitarian gesture”: Opioid overdoses, often involving fentanyl, led to more than 70,000 American deaths in 2017.

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Accused Border Patrol vigilante faces death penalty

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/06/18, 11:09 am

Prosecutors said Wednesday they will seek the death penalty for a U.S. Border Patrol agent who confessed to murdering four prostitutes. A grand jury indicted Juan David Ortiz, 35, on capital murder charges in the string of killings that occurred in September.

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Dallas officer charged with murder in shooting

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/30/18, 03:45 pm

A grand jury on Friday indicted a former Dallas police officer for murder in the killing of her unarmed black neighbor in his apartment. Amber Guyger, who is white, was arrested on a manslaughter charge three days after the Sept. 6 shooting of her upstairs neighbor, Botham Jean, a 26-year-old who worked for the accounting and consulting firm PwC. Guyger told investigators that after finishing her shift, she returned home in her uniform and parked on the fourth floor of her apartment complex’s garage, rather than the third floor, where her unit was located.

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