TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The maker of the acne drug Accutane faces a $70 million lawsuit claiming the medicine caused severe psychosis in a 15-year-old boy who crashed a stolen plane into a Tampa high-rise.
The lawsuit, filed against Hoffmann-La Roche on Monday by the family of Charles Bishop, blames Accutane for the boy's suicide. Bishop slammed the small plane into the high rise on Jan. 5 and left behind a note expressing sympathy for Osama bin Laden and supporting the Sept. 11 attacks.
An autopsy found no trace of Accutane in Bishop's blood, but attorneys for the family say so much blood was lost in the crash that the test may not have been useful.
Florida post office evacuated
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- About 75 workers and customers were evacuated from a U.S. Postal Services building for three hours Tuesday after a worker became sick while handling a letter from India.
The 35-year-old male worker became nauseous, dizzy and began sweating after the letter came open by accident. He was taken to a hospital; it was not immediately known what caused his symptoms.
Field tests came back negative for any biological or chemical agents, but the letter was sealed in an airtight container and sent to a lab for further testing, Broward Fire Rescue spokesman Todd LeDuc said.
Chinese smuggling ring broken up
MIAMI (AP) -- Undercover immigration agents broke up a ring that charged up to $50,000 to smuggle illegal Chinese immigrants into the United States, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Seven people were indicted after paying agents nearly $220,000 for papers listing 18 aliens as crew members for a shipping line to ensure they wouldn't be turned away when they flew to the United States, prosecutors said.
Five have been arrested and a sixth was being sought in New York. The lead defendant, Ming Hou Lau, is believed to be in China. The charges carry possible five- to 10-year prison sentences.
"Chinese smuggling is the most sophisticated of all alien smuggling," said Jim Goldman, deputy district INS director. "This is the very essence of Chinese organized crime."
Police say siblings killed, buried boy
LEWISVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Authorities found the body of a 6-year-old boy buried in a creekbed behind his suburban Dallas home Tuesday and said his 10-year-old brother and 15-year-old sister had confessed to killing him.
Police say the girl led them to the shallow grave of Jackson Carr about six hours after he was reported missing Monday evening. Jackson's brother told their parents the boy disappeared after a game of hide-and-seek, sparking a search by police and neighbors.
Jackson was stabbed in the neck and suffocated, the coroner said in ruling the death a homicide. The grave in heavily wooded terrain is about 100 yards from the family's home.
The siblings were being held at a Denton County detention center on murder charges, police investigator Eddie Barrett said. Formal charges were not immediately filed.
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