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No Criminal Charges Filed in Prince’s Drug Death

The prosecutor in Carver County, Mn., where Prince died, said no criminal charges will be filed in the musician’s death, ending the state’s two-year investigation into how Prince got the fentanyl that killed him. The physician who illegally prescribed an opioid for Prince agreed to pay a $30,000 federal settlement.

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Opioid Prescriptions Fell Dramatically Last Year

Prescriptions showed their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline comes amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction. Health data firm IQVIA’s Institute for Human Data Science found a 9 percent drop nationwide in the number of prescriptions for opioids filled by retail and mail-order pharmacies.

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Kansas City Sheriff Quits In Sex Scandal

Jackson County, Mo., Sheriff Mike Sharp is resigning amid revelations that he kept up an ongoing romantic, sexual and financial relationship with a female employee of the sheriff’s office while she had a pending lawsuit against Jackson County for harassment. Sharp made the woman the highest-paid civilian employee in his department.

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CA Agrees to Put National Guard Troops on Border

California reached an agreement with the federal government that the state’s National Guard troops will deploy to the border to focus on fighting transnational gangs as well as drug and gun smugglers, Gov. Jerry Brown said. The announcement came after a week of uncertainty in which President Trump bashed the governor’s insistence that troops avoid immigration-related work.

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