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Convicted abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell signs US drug plea

PHILADELPHIA - After two false starts, a Philadelphia abortion doctor has signed off on a federal plea agreement over his distribution of OxyContin and other painkillers.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is already serving life without parole in the deaths of three babies born alive at his clinic in Philadelphia.

Gosnell, 72, ran a "pill mill" by day and a rogue "abortion mill" by night, authorities said.

The investigation into his abortion practices came after federal agents raided the clinic over allegations he was flooding city streets with the widely abused painkillers.

Gosnell has twice come to federal court for a plea hearing, only to balk at the deal.  

His lawyer, Jack McMahon, said Gosnell signed the latest plea agreement over the weekend and is due in court for the plea on July 9.

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