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Citing an imminent threat to public safety, State Attorney General Paula Dow on Thursday announced that six chemicals found in the drugs will be classified as controlled dangerous substances. As a result, the manufacture, distribution, sale, or possession of the chemicals will be considered a crime punishable by three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

Under state law, officials are allowed to reclassify certain chemicals to restrict their availability. Lawmakers also have a bill pending to outlaw at least one of the known chemicals used in the drugs.

Anyone who voluntarily surrenders the bath salts to police by May 8 will not face criminal charges, Ms. Dow said.


Couple who split house with a wall get divorce

NEW YORK | A feuding couple who built a wall though their Brooklyn house because neither husband nor wife would give it up were granted a divorce after six years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees.

But the legal battles may not be over for Simon and Chana Taub, whom the media likened to Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner’s warring spouses in the 1989 film “The War of the Roses.”

Mrs. Taub is unhappy with the judge’s order to sell the divided house, plus two others, and split the proceeds with her soon-to-be ex-husband, her attorney said. She plans to appeal.

Mr. Taub’s attorney said Mrs. Taub has a history of filing frivolous legal actions.


Man pleads guilty in abortion-gunpoint case

COLUMBUS | A man charged under an Ohio fetal homicide law for taking his pregnant girlfriend to an abortion clinic at gunpoint pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted murder, weapons and abduction counts.

Dominic Holt-Reid, 28, pulled a gun Oct. 6 on Yolanda Burgess and forced her to drive to the clinic, police said. Miss Burgess, who was 26 and three months pregnant at the time, did not go through with the procedure but instead passed a note to a clinic employee, who called police. She has since delivered a healthy baby.

Prosecutors brought their case against Holt-Reid using a 1996 law that says a person can be found guilty of murder for causing the unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said he was satisfied with the plea agreement, under which several charges were dropped. Weapons specifications attached to the attempted murder and abduction charges, which could automatically have meant more prison time, also were eliminated.

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