RISE: UN rebukes Philippines war on drugs; Penn State probe; El Chapo in court
UN envoy in Philippines rebukes Duterte's war on drugs
MANILA, Philippines — The U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions has rebuked Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly campaign against illegal drugs, saying world leaders have recognized it does not work. Agnes Callamard told a forum in Manila on Friday that badly thought out policies not only fail to address drug abuse and trafficking but compound them and foster a regime of impunity infecting the whole society.
Callamard is an early critic of the Philippine president and has been challenged by Duterte to debate his war on drugs that has left thousands of suspected drug dealers and users dead.
She says U.N. member countries in a joint commitment issued last year have called for a multi-faceted and scientific approach that promotes the dignity and human rights of individuals and communities.
Probe into deadly fall at Penn State frat to be released
BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Prosecutors in Pennsylvania will announce on Friday morning the results of a grand jury investigation into the death of a Penn State student who fell down steps during an alcohol-fueled pledge ceremony.
Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller plans to disclose details about events surrounding the Feb. 4 death of pledge Timothy Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey.
Her office said in a court filing last week that charges were likely against several people for "conduct surrounding the death of another person."
Police have said hazing and excessive drinking at the Beta Theta Pi chapter house on Feb. 2 may have contributed to the 19-year-old sophomore engineering student's death.
Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman returns to court in drug case
NEW YORK — Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is returning to a Brooklyn courtroom Friday, a day after a judge rejected his request to be allowed in the general inmate population.
The 59-year-old defendant famous for twice escaping from prison in Mexico lost his bid Thursday to relax the terms of his confinement at a lower Manhattan lockup when U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan concluded that solitary confinement was appropriate.
Cogan said the U.S. government had good justifications for applying tough jail conditions on a man who escaped twice, including once through a mile-long tunnel stretching from the shower in his cell. But Cogan relaxed the restrictions known as Special Administrative Measures enough for Guzman to communicate with his wife through written questions and answers.
Paradise Woods is the filly to beat at Kentucky Oaks
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bob Baffert knows a good horse when he sees one.
And the Hall of Fame trainer likes what he sees in Paradise Woods. All he had to do was watch her run away from his Abel Tasman in the Santa Anita Oaks.
"Paradise Woods is an extremely talented filly," said Baffert, who trained 2015 Triple Crown winner of American Pharaoh. "I watched her school the other day at Santa Anita and, wow, she's imposing. She's really, really special."
She is the 5-2 favorite for Friday's $1 million race for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs on the day before the Kentucky Derby.