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S. Korean actresses convicted of propofol abuse

Three South Korean actresses have been handed suspended jail terms for abusing propofol, a short-acting sedative and anaesthetic blamed in the death of US pop icon Michael Jackson, a court official said Tuesday. Park Si-Yeon, Lee Seung-Yeon and Jang Mi-In-Ae were charged in March with taking the prescription drug for "non-medical purposes." All three were found guilty by the Seoul Central District Court on Monday and received eight-month prison terms -- suspended for two years, the court spokesman told AFP.

TV actresses get suspended jail terms for drug abuse

SEOUL, Nov. 25 (Yonhap) -- Three female celebrities, including top TV actress Park Si-yeon, received suspended prison terms Monday for illegally taking the psychotropic drug propofol. The Seoul Central District Court sentenced Park and two others -- Jang Mi-inae and Lee Seung-yeun -- to eights months in prison, suspended for two years, for taking the prescription drug for reasons other than its intended purpose.

Insight: U.S. farm kids lavish shampoos and drugs on their prize cattle

By Lisa Baertlein and P.J. Huffstutter DALLAS (Reuters) - For more than a century, ranchers and their kids have paraded cattle around the dusty show ring at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, in a rite of passage that is part farm economics, part rural theater.

Ohio to use execution drugs combination never tried in U.S

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio said on Monday that it does not have enough of the drug pentobarbital to carry out a scheduled execution next month and will turn to a combination of two drugs that a death-penalty expert said has never been used before in the United States.

Missouri drops new execution drug after European opposition

By Kevin Murphy Kansas City, Missouri (Reuters) - Missouri on Friday abandoned plans to become the first U.S. state to use the anesthetic propofol in an execution after it drew strong opposition, especially in Europe, where 90 percent of the drug is manufactured. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a longtime death penalty supporter, announced that propofol would not be used in an execution scheduled for later this month, and directed state officials to find another lethal drug for future use.

German firm blocked shipments to U.S. distributor after drug sent for executions

By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - A German manufacturer confirmed on Thursday that it took the extraordinary step of suspending shipments of a widely used drug to a U.S. distributor this year after 20 vials were mistakenly sent to the state of Missouri to be used in executions. Drugmaker Fresenius Kabi said shipments of the anesthetic propofol were halted to a Louisiana distributor for 4 1/2 months through mid-March because the company feared the European Union would ban export of the drug altogether if it was used in executions.

Missouri governor halts October execution over drug controversy

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said on Friday he was halting an execution set for October 23 that was supposed to be the first ever using the drug propofol and directed the state corrections department to find another form of lethal injection. Propofol is widely used as an anesthetic in hospitals and its potential use in executions has triggered strong opposition from the European Union, which opposes the death penalty. The union has threatened to cut off all exports of the drug if it is used for executions.

11 months after distributor's request, Missouri agrees to return shipment of execution drug

ST. LOUIS - The Missouri Department of Corrections said Wednesday that it will return a shipment of a common anesthetic it intended to use for executions, nearly a year after the drug distributor's urgent request for it to be sent back. The department said in a news release that it still has a supply of propofol, but it didn't clarify whether it had enough of the drug for two upcoming executions. Phone and email messages left with the agency's spokespeople were not returned.

Missouri to return execution drug after European objections

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - The state of Missouri said on Wednesday it will return an anesthetic it planned to use for executions after the German manufacturer voiced concerns that using it for lethal injections could lead to the European Union to ban export of the drug to the United States. The Missouri Department of Corrections said in a statement that it will send a 2012 order of propofol back to Morris & Dickson LLC, a Louisiana company that supplied the drug.

Texas experimenting with secret execution drugs -lawsuit

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - Three Texas death row inmates claim the state plans to execute them by experimenting with new drugs, never used for such a purpose, that were obtained under false pretenses, attorneys told Reuters on Wednesday. Texas is turning to the new execution drugs in a desperate attempt to keep the United States' most active execution chamber operating despite dwindling supplies of the drug traditionally used for lethal injections, a lawsuit filed by the inmates says.
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