MINNESOTA: Overdose sickens 10, kills 1
One teen died and 10 teenagers and young adults were hospitalized Thursday after an apparent mass overdose on a designer hallucinogen at a suburban Minneapolis home, authorities said. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified the drug as 2C-E. It appeared the hallucinogen, sometimes known on the street as "Europa," was legally ordered over the Internet for a spring break party, said a commander in the county sheriff's office. A 19-year-old Coon Rapids man died hours after officers responded to reports of an overdose at the house in Blaine. Several people were found there ill shortly after midnight. Others who fled the house were found to also be suffering the effects of an overdose. Eleven people ranging in age from 16 to 21 were taken to area hospitals. Two remained hospitalized in critical condition yesterday afternoon. Carol Falkowski of the Minnesota Department of Human Services said the drugs were more heavily used in the Twin Cities about 10 years ago when "raves" were more popular.
NEVADA: Simpson appeals again
O.J. Simpson asked the full Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday to do what three of its members have already declined to do: overturn his conviction and sentence in a botched Las Vegas hotel room heist. Lawyer Malcolm LaVergne argued in his last-step appeal to the state's highest court that the jury in Simpson's 2008 trial in Las Vegas wasn't fully screened for bias, that blacks were improperly dismissed from the jury and that kidnapping charges weren't proved. The appeal was expected after a three-justice panel rejected Simpson's appeal in October. Simpson is serving a 9- to 33-year sentence.
NEW JERSEY: Camden rehiring officers
Mayor Dana Redd announced the rehiring of 50 police officers and 15 firefighters Thursday, at least through June 30, in crime-ridden Camden. The city, which laid off 163 officers and 60 firefighters in January, will use a $2.5-million payment in lieu of property taxes from the South Jersey Port Corp., a state agency, to rehire the employees through the end of the current fiscal year.