Ohio county reports 14 fatal overdoses in 5-day period

Ohio county reports 14 fatal overdoses in 5-day period


The medical examiner for the county that includes Cleveland says he and law-enforcement partners are analyzing a “concerning trend” of 14 fatal overdoses over a five-day period this month, including four Monday.

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson in a statement Tuesday said the county is issuing an alert to make drug users and the public aware and to encourage users to seek help.

Gilson said more analysis is needed to determine why so many people died from Thursday through Monday. He said half of those who died were age 60 or older. The oldest was a 72-year-old man.

Muslim group plans to sue US over terror watch list system


A Muslim civil-rights organization said Tuesday it plans to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal government’s terror watch list system, including a newly disclosed program in which air marshals have secretly monitored air passengers with no known terrorism links.

Gadeir Abbas, senior litigation attorney with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the group will file the lawsuit today in federal court in Greenbelt, Md., on behalf of more than 10 Muslim travelers who allege they faced harassment at airports and suffered other consequences because of being placed on a terror watch list.

More Chicago officers to be sent to neighborhoods


Chicago officials announced Tuesday hundreds of additional police officers will be deployed to city neighborhoods where a burst of gun violence over the weekend left at least 11 people dead and around 70 wounded.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said 400 additional officers are already patrolling areas on the West and South Sides where most of the shootings occurred. Another 200 will be added by the coming weekend.

Johnson refused to give details as to how the extra officers will be deployed, saying criminals are tactical and he doesn’t want to give them the department’s playbook.

1st of McAuliffe’s lost lessons released


The first of Christa McAuliffe’s lost lessons finally was released from space Tuesday, 32 years after she died aboard Challenger.

NASA and the Challenger Center for Space Science Education posted a video of astronaut-educator Ricky Arnold performing one of McAuliffe’s experiments aboard the International Space Station.

McAuliffe, a high-school social studies teacher from Concord, N.H., never got to teach from space. She perished during the launch of shuttle Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986, along with her six crewmates.

Japanese medical school confirms scores were altered


A Tokyo medical school apologized Tuesday after an internal investigation confirmed that it altered entrance exam scores for years to limit the number of female students and ensure more men became doctors.

Tokyo Medical University manipulated all entrance exam results starting in 2006 or even earlier, according to findings released by lawyers involved in the investigation, confirming recent reports in Japanese media.

Associated Press

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