Heroin overdoses spike in Licking County
The Newark Advocate Heroin abuse and overdose are on the rise for Licking County and its environs, according to coroners. There have been 12 heroin-related deaths in 2013. In 2012, Licking County hospitals treated 402 overdoses, up from 117 in 2011.
State house to debate teen driving laws
The Columbus Dispatch A new bill limiting teen driving, sponsored by state Republicans, is up for debate in the Ohio state legislature. If passed, licensed teenagers could only drive with family members or licensed 21-year-olds within a 10 p.m. curfew.
13 shot at park in Chicago
Chicago Tribune An assailant with military-grade weaponry opened fire on a pickup basketball game in a South Side Chicago park Thursday night. Thirteen victims include a three-year-old boy. All survived, but the gunman is still at large.
JPMorgan fined $920 mil.
Reuters Financial multinational JPMorgan Chase & Co., the U.S.’s largest bank, will pay out $920 million in settlements in four civil suits regarding its “London whale” scandal. The bank still faces probes from several governments regarding other alleged crimes.
Gunmen assault Kenyan mall; 59 dead
ABC News Ten to 15 armed gunmen identified as Islamist radicals opened fire on crowds at an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday. As of press time 59 are confirmed dead with over 175 wounded. Kenyan forces have surrounded the mall, where hostages are being held.
Syria submits chemical weapons data, considers ceasefire
Al Jazeera The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons received information from the Syrian government Saturday about its chemical weapons programme. This is the beginning of a process that could lead to destruction of the Assad regime’s nuclear stockpiles. Qadri Jamil, a deputy PM of Assad, said his government is considering peace talks with rebel groups.
78 dead in Pakistan church bombing
CBS News Taliban-associated militants bombed a Christian church in Peshawar, Pakistan as the faithful were exiting from Mass on Sunday. 78 were killed and over 120 wounded. Secular and religious leaders in Pakistan condemned the attack.