• This undated file photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Ohio shows Rayshon LaCarlos Alexander of Columbus, Ohio. Rayshon Alexander was arrested July 11, 2016, and has pleaded not guilty to 20 counts, including murder, following a death and nine other overdoses that investigators say were caused by drugs that buyers thought were heroin, but were actually the animal tranquilizer carfentanil, used to sedate elephants and other large animals. (Franklin County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

    Elephant sedative emerges as new threat in overdose battle

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country’s heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where authorities say they’ve found it mixed with or passed off as heroin.

  • Iowa court upholds seizure of cash from ex-basketball star

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A court has upheld the seizure of $63,000 from a former professional basketball player suspected of marijuana trafficking.

  • Police officers stand guard as a convoy of ambulances carrying the bodies of drug traffickers drive past by at Wijaya Pura port upon arrival from the prison island of Nusakambangan in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia, Friday, July 29, 2016. Indonesia executed one Indonesian and three Nigerians on Friday and said it had not yet decided when 10 others convicted of drug crimes would be put to death. (AP Photo/Agus Fitrah)

    Indonesia rebuffs UN, EU appeals to halt looming executions

    CILACAP, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia executed four people convicted of drug crimes on Friday despite international protests and said it would decide later when as many as 10 others are put to death.

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  • FILe - In this Nov. 30, 2014, file photo, former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith waves to fans from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Jacksonville, Fla. Retired receiver Jimmy Smith, whose drug addiction often overshadowed his five consecutive Pro Bowls, will be the next member of Jacksonville's ring of honor. The team announced Tuesday, July 26, 2016,  that Smith will be inducted into the "Pride of the Jaguars" on Dec. 11 during halftime of its home game against Minnesota. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

    Decade after retirement, Smith gets into Pride of Jaguars

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Retired NFL receiver Jimmy Smith, whose life has been defined as much by drug addiction as football production, will be the next member of Jacksonville’s ring of honor.

  • NFL investigating possible Aldon Smith video

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The NFL is investigating whether a video linked to an account from suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith shows him using illegal drugs.

  • APNewsBreak: Arkansas execution drug likely from Pfizer unit

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An execution drug obtained by the Arkansas prison system this month appears to have been made by a subsidiary of Pfizer, even though the pharmaceutical giant has said it doesn’t want its drugs to be used in executions.

  • Ex-NFL, Texas A&M standout Mark Wheeler facing drug charges

    BRYAN, Texas (AP) — Former NFL and Texas A&M defensive lineman Mark Wheeler faces drug-related counts after being arrested in a campus parking lot.

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) before the joint session of the 17th Congress Monday, July 25, 2016, at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippine leader declares ceasefire with communist rebels

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a unilateral cease-fire with communist guerrillas effective immediately Monday and asked the rebels to do the same to end decades of deadly fighting and foster the resumption of peace talks.

  • Prosecutor: Venezuela first lady’s nephews confess drug deal

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Two nephews of Venezuela’s powerful first lady confessed to trying to smuggle 800 kilograms (1,763 pounds) of cocaine into the U.S., according to prosecutors in the politically-charged case.

  • Author of ‘The Cartel’ is switching publishers

    NEW YORK (AP) — “The Cartel” author Don Winslow will have a new publisher for the sequel to his acclaimed novel about the Mexico drug wars.