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OxyContin maker Purdue proposes $10B plan to exit bankruptcy

Purdue Pharma, which helped revolutionize the prescription painkiller business with its drug OxyContin, is proposing a $10 billion plan to emerge from bankruptcy that calls for it to be transformed into a different kind of company funneling profits into the fight against the nation's intractable opioid crisis.

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Defense in ex-officer’s trial fears impact of $27M settlement

An attorney for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death said Monday that he’s “gravely concerned” that the announcement of a $27 million settlement for Floyd’s family makes it impossible for his client to get a fair trial.

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Minneapolis to pay $27M to settle Floyd family lawsuit

The city of Minneapolis on Friday agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit from George Floyd’s family after the Black man’s death in police custody, even as jury selection continued in a former officer’s murder trial.

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COVID-19 deaths falling but Americans ‘must remain vigilant’

U.S. deaths from COVID-19 are falling again as the nation continues to recover from the devastating winter surge, a trend that experts are cautiously hopeful will accelerate as more vulnerable people are vaccinated.

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Retirement wave signals battles ahead for Republicans

Missouri's Roy Blunt on Monday became the fifth Republican senator to announce he will not seek reelection, part of a retirement wave that portends an ugly campaign season next year and gives Democrats fresh hope in preserving their razor-thin Senate majority.

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Push to oust judge over absentee vote ruling sparks outcry

The Republican-dominated Tennessee House is sparking fears of an unprecedented breach of judicial independence by moving forward with a proposal to remove a judge for expanding absentee voting in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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U.S. journalist arrested while covering protest goes on trial

A journalist went on trial Monday on charges stemming from her coverage of a protest against racial injustice in Des Moines last year, after Iowa prosecutors defied international pressure to drop a rare effort to punish a working reporter.

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House impeachment manager sues Trump, allies over riot

Rep. Eric Swalwell, who served as a House manager in Donald Trump’s last impeachment trial, filed a lawsuit Friday against the former president, his son, lawyer and a Republican congressman whose actions he charges led to January’s insurrection.

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