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Trussville woman convicted on charges of health care fraud and money laundering

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM – A federal jury today convicted Dr. Patrick Emeka Ifediba, 60, of Shelby County, and Ifediba’s sister, Ngozi Justina Ozuligbo, 49, of Trussville, of numerous crimes stemming from their involvement with Care Complete Medical Clinic, located in Birmingham, Alabama, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr., and Drug ...

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Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports NEW YORK (AP) — The Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was sentenced Wednesday to life behind bars in a U.S. prison, a humbling end for a drug lord notorious for his ability to kill, bribe or tunnel his way out of trouble. A federal judge in Brooklyn handed down the sentence, five months after Guzman's conviction in an epic drug-trafficking case. The 62- ...

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Alabama judge resigns amid judicial ethics charges

By the Associated Press DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge has resigned amid judicial ethics charges that accuse him of having an affair with an attorney who was handling cases in his court. WDHN-TV reports that Coffee County District Judge Chris Kaminski says he is quitting because it isn't "financially feasible" to fight charges filed with the Alabama Court of the Judiciary on Tuesday. A complaint accus ...

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The Latest: Florida paper prints retro Apollo 11 front page

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) —  The Orlando Sentinel commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch by republishing its front page from 1969 and writing minute-by-minute accounts of launch day. The headline on July 16, 1969, was simple: Moon, Here We Come. The newspaper detailed how the day started for astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins as they prepared for launch. The captio ...

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Federal data shows opioid shipments ballooned as crisis grew

MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Newly released federal data shows how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the nation's addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012. The data, released this week by a federal court in Ohio as part of a far-reaching opioids case, shows that companies distributed 8.4 billion hydrocodone and oxycodone pills ...

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Lawyer sentenced to 5 years for scamming Barkley, others

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer convicted of swindling NBA star Charles Barkley and using the name of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to bolster an investment scam was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre also ordered Donald Watkins to pay about $14 million in restitution. Prosecutors had sought a prison sentence of 17½ years for Watkins and 6½ years for ...

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Congressman Palmer announces he will vote against resolution to denounce Twitter remarks by President Trump

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports Washington — Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) announced today that he will vote against H.Res. 489, a resolution that was drafted to condemn comments made by President Trump on Twitter. “President Trump’s comments on Twitter were ill-timed and insensitive, but not racist, as the Socialist Democrats have hypocritically claimed,” said Palmer. “The hypocrisy is glaringly ...

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Judge orders R. Kelly held in jail without bond

By DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in a Chicago jail without bond on sex-related charges, saying that the R&B singer had failed to convince the court that he would not commit new crimes if released. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber handed down the ruling after Kelly was arrested last week. He faces charges in Chicago and New York including ...

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VIDEO: Senator Doug Jones Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission and Alabama’s Role in the Historic Mission

By Caroline Stonecipher WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.), on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, spoke on the Senate floor to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and Alabama’s vital role in making the mission a success. “It was a remarkable feat made possible by the sheer determination and grit of the American space program and all of those who participated in it,” Senator Jones said ...

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Donald Watkins sentenced to 5 years for scamming Charles Barkley, others

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — A lawyer convicted of swindling NBA star Charles Barkley and using the name of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to bolster an investment scam has been sentenced to five years in prison.U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre also ordered Donald Watkins to pay about $14 million in restitution during a hearing Tuesday.Prosecutors were seeking a prison sentence of 17½ years for the 70-year ...

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