Sandra Bland, whose death while in a Texas jail cell set off protests, had marijuana in her system, officials said Monday in releasing a toxicology report on her death.

Sandra Bland, whose death while in a Texas jail cell set off protests, had marijuana in her system, officials said Monday in releasing a toxicology report on her death.


Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis also announced that a panel of lawyers will help his office make decisions on the case, which could go to a grand jury as soon as next month.


Officials, who last week noted that there was marijuana in Bland’s system, said Monday they are still awaiting more tests to determine the amount of the drug.


Bland, a 28-year-old black woman, was stopped by Trooper Brian T. Encinia, who is white, on July 10 in Prairie View, Texas. After a hostile confrontation, Bland was taken to Waller County Jail where three days later she was found dead in her cell.


—Los Angeles Times


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MIAMI — A man will be sentenced in October in Miami federal court after pleading guilty two weeks ago to heroin trafficking in a case that may be linked to a major new U.S.-Colombia initiative to dismantle criminal bands in the South American country.


Manuel Ventura Rivera’s Oct. 9 sentencing before U.S. District Judge Robert Scola will mark another milestone in the war on drugs, particularly against heroin-trafficking rings. Heroin is now considered a highly dangerous drug blamed for a record increase in the number of overdose deaths throughout the country.


Ventura Rivera was one of 10 men and women indicted Jan. 13 by a federal grand jury in Miami on charges of conspiracy to import large amounts of heroin from Colombia. The website of the Colombian newspaper El Espectador said in an article May 25 that when members of the gang were arrested in Colombia, authorities seized 25 kilos of heroin and more than 17 kilos of marijuana.


—El Nuevo Herald


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BEIJING — China’s summer stock market roller coaster continued Monday as the Shanghai composite index dropped 8.5 percent, its biggest single-day fall since 2007, casting doubts on stabilization moves from Chinese authorities.


The Shanghai composite lost 345.35 points Monday to close at 3,725.56, with about 1,800 listings falling by the daily limit of 10 percent. That’s off more than 28 percent from Shanghai’s peak in mid-June, but is still 76 percent higher than it was a year ago. The Shenzhen composite fell 7 percent on Monday.


Other Asian markets closed down as well, though their drops were not as steep. Japan’s Nikkei index lost about 1 percent, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell about 3 percent.


—Los Angeles Times


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SANAA, Yemen — At least 12 pro-government Yemeni fighters were killed and about 50 others injured Monday in an airstrike in Lahj in southern Yemen, despite a five-day truce announced earlier by the Saudi-led alliance, local officials said.


The officials told dpa that a warplane struck military sites linked to pro-government fighters, who are loyal to exiled President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, near a military airbase in the city.


The attack was marred by contradictory accounts. While some sources said the warplane was linked to the Saudi-led alliance, others claimed it was used by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.


The Saudi-led coalition did not comment on the incident.


—dpa


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