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Prosecutors announced robbery and armed criminal action charges against 18-year-old Darion O. Page of Kansas City, a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old.

The Kansas City Star reported that police found the teens stuck in a snowdrift early Thursday morning. The victims’ credit cards were among the items found in their vehicle.

Court documents say the 17-year-old denied participating in the robberies and told police that all he did was drive. The documents say Mr. Page admitted being present, but he blamed the holdups on the 16-year-old.

OHIO

Key execution drug discontinued

COLUMBUS | The only U.S. manufacturer of a key lethal injection drug is discontinuing the drug’s production because Italian authorities wanted a guarantee that it wouldn’t be used to put inmates to death, a decision that could disrupt executions in states already struggling with a shortage of the drug.

Hospira Inc., of Lake Forest, Ill., said Friday that it decided to switch manufacture of the anesthetic from its North Carolina plant to a Hospira plant in Liscate, outside of Milan. But Italian authorities insisted the company control the product’s distribution all the way to the end user to guarantee it wouldn’t be used in executions.

After discussions with Italian authorities, with Hospira wholesalers and within the corporation, Hospira decided it couldn’t make that promise.

Sodium thiopental is in short supply, and any batches Hospira manufactured were set to expire in March. That means the decision to halt production could in turn disrupt or delay executions across the U.S.

SOUTH CAROLINA

No Facebook activity in prison

CHARLESTON | South Carolina prison officials say they have seized a cell phone from an inmate who was updating his Facebook page from prison.

Corrections officials told the Post and Courier of Charleston that 22-year-old Quincy Howard is in disciplinary detention and can’t make collect calls or have visitors after the contraband mobile phone was taken from his cell earlier this month.

Howard is serving a 30-year sentence for manslaughter from Marion County.

The newspaper reports Howard spent most of his time on Facebook last year playing the Mafia Wars and Cafe World games. But he occasionally gave status updates like, in screaming all-capital letters: “railroaded by this crooked judicial system in South Carolina.”

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