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Tennessee Police: Tossing Drugs in Toilet Could Lead to ‘Meth-Gators’

LORETTO, Tenn. (AP) – Police in Tennessee are asking residents not to toss drugs down the toilet, saying it could lead to “meth-gators” and stoned waterfowl. The warning from the Loretto Police Department on Facebook came after a man was arrested after he allegedly tried to flush methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. According to the police statement, flushed items end up…

Police: Speeding Trucker in Indiana Crash Kills Mother, 18-Month-Old Twins

Courtesy: Indiana State PoliceINDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Police say a semitrailer’s computer data says it was going above the speed limit when it slammed into a line of vehicles on an Indianapolis highway, killing a woman and her 18-month-old twin daughters. State police say Interstate 465 traffic was slowed for a construction zone when the crash happened Sunday. A preliminary probable…

New Clues on Why Women’s Alzheimer’s Risk Differs From Men’s

LOS ANGELES (AP) – New research gives some biological clues to why women may be more likely than men to develop Alzheimer’s disease and how this most common form of dementia varies by sex. At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, scientists offered evidence that the disease may spread differently in the brains of women than…

Congress Questions Potential Facebook Currency

WASHINGTON (AP) – As questions surround Facebook’s plans to create a digital currency, Congress is opening two days of hearings on the heels of criticism from President Donald Trump. Federal officials have expressed concerns the digital currency Libra could be used for money laundering and terrorism financing. Facebook executive David Marcus says in testimony prepared for Tuesday that Libra “is…

Colombian Man Pleads Guilty in Fargo to Leading Fatal Drug Ring

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A Colombian national accused of managing an international fentanyl trafficking operation from a Canadian prison has pleaded guilty in federal court. Thirty-eight-year Daniel Vivas Ceron appeared Friday in North Dakota, where the case originated after an 18-year-old Grand Forks resident died of a fatal overdose in January 2015. Authorities say Vivas Ceron also was responsible for…

Trump Administration Reverses Ban on Pesticide Seen as Threat to Bees

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is allowing a once-prohibited farm pesticide back on the market over objections from beekeepers. The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it would again allow wide use of sulfoxaflor. The pesticide is made by Corteva Agriscience, a spinoff created last month in the DowDuPont merger. Beekeepers say the pesticide is a threat and successfully sued…

‘Endangered’ Children From Tennessee Located in Minnesota

Courtesy: Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationWALKER, Minn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says three young children who were the subject of an Endangered Child Alert have been found in northern Minnesota. The bureau said Friday the children were found in Cass County with their non-custodial parents, who have been arrested. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says someone reported…

Trump Escapes Blame for Ethanol Policy Hurting Corn Farmers

(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – President Donald Trump has repeatedly told U.S. farmers he will support ethanol and he largely continues to have their support but many are growing unhappy with EPA decisions that hamper ethanol production. The EPA refuses to restore 2.6 billion gallons (9.84 billion liters) of ethanol removed from production through refinery waivers. It’s…

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Hearing Could Be Delayed

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Democrats are considering a delay of special counsel Robert Mueller’s high-profile hearing next week, a development that comes amid concerns over the short length of the scheduled hearings before two committees. The House Judiciary and intelligence committees are considering delaying the July 17 hearing as they negotiate with Mueller’s representatives and the Justice Department over the…

Klobuchar’s Plan Would Help Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has a new plan to help seniors that includes more support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. It’s an issue that’s personal for the Minnesota senator, whose 91-year-old father is in a memory care facility. The plan includes new funding for Alzheimer’s research and aims to develop a cure and…

Twitter Blames Internal Configuration for Outage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Twitter says “an internal configuration change” is responsible for an outage that lasted for about an hour. Thursday’s outage began before noon PT; some users were able to access Twitter again by 12:45 p.m. Twitter says some users may be able to access the service as the company works on a fix. The disruption appeared to…

Ohio Hospital Fires 23 Workers in Case of Excessive Painkiller Doses, Deaths

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio hospital system says it’s firing 23 more employees and changing leadership after investigating excessive painkiller doses given to dozens of patients who died. The Mount Carmel Health System announcement Thursday comes five weeks after the Columbus-area doctor accused of ordering the doses, William Husel, pleaded not guilty to murder charges in 25 deaths. Mount…

Carjacking Suspect Hits Indiana Police Cruiser, Killing Police Dog

LARWILL, Ind. (AP) – State police say a northern Indiana police dog died after an officer’s cruiser was involved in a fiery collision with a car driven by a carjacking suspect. Indiana State Police say a Whitley County sheriff’s deputy was sitting in his cruiser after setting up stop sticks along an U.S. 30 intersection Wednesday afternoon when the suspect’s…

TSA Says US Travelers Broke a Record Over July 4 Holiday

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people screened at airport checkpoints last Sunday set a record as people streamed home after a four-day holiday weekend. The Transportation Security Administration said Thursday that its officers screened 2,795,014 passengers and airline crew members, barely beating a record set just five weeks earlier, over the Memorial Day weekend. TSA screens about 2.2 million…

Trump Accuses China of Foot-Dragging on Farm Purchases

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is accusing China of “letting us down” by not promptly buying more U.S. farm products. “They have not been buying the agricultural products from our great Farmers that they said they would,” the president said on Twitter. “Hopefully, they will start soon.” After meeting with President Xi Jinping late last month, Trump…