News Briefs: Peru Ex-President kills self; 60 Medical professionals charged in opioids bust; Apple and Qualcomm settle


Here are three news briefs.

The first - this morning, former Peruvian President, Alan Garcia (69), died at a hospital after he shot himself. 

Garcia was accused of accepting bribes from a Brazilian construction company, Odebrecht. Garcia had denied accepting bribes and tweeted that there was no evidence.

When police arrived at his home to arrest him, Garcia asked if he could call his attorney then went into his bedroom, locked the door and shot himself in the head. 

The second news - today, the Justice Department announced that they are charging 60 medical professionals from at least five states for illegally prescribing opioids for about 28,000 patients. 

A strike force with more than 300 investigators found that some doctors acted like drug dealers by trading sex and/or cash for drugs, giving prescriptions without proper medical exams or even pulling their teeth to create a medical reason for the prescriptions.

The third news - today, in San Diego, Apple and Qualcomm have reached a settlement to drop all their lawsuits worldwide. Apple will start buying Qualcomm chips again.

The issue was that Qualcomm wanted Apple to pay licensing fees, royalties, to use their patented modem chips which allows iPhones and computers to connect to cellular networks.

Apple thought Qualcomm was overcharging their fees and that they had too much control over this technology because not many other companies is able to provide this type of technology.

While the United States develops 5G and future cellular technology, this proceeding gives Qualcomm more money, power and control in developing the 5G technology.