Ruling clears way for Purdue Pharma to settle opioid claims, protect Sacklers from lawsuits

A federal court ruling cleared the way Tuesday for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma's settlement of thousands of legal claims over the toll of opioids. Under the plan approved by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, members of the wealthy Sackler family would give up ownership of Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue, which would become a new company known as Knoa, with its profits being used to fight the

No deaths reported after rescuers rush to save residents from Iowa building collapse, officials say

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Firefighters and other first responders are being credited with saving lives - at great risk to their own safety - after a six-story apartment building in Iowa partially collapsed, authorities said Monday. There were no confirmed fatalities and no known people still trapped the morning after a section of brick building in the eastern Iowa city of Davenport crashed to the ground. Mayor Mike Matson said

Debt ceiling deal: What’s in, what’s out of the bill to avert US default

WASHINGTON (AP) - The details of the deal between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy were released Sunday in the form of a 99-page bill that would suspend the nation's debt limit through 2025 to avoid a federal default while limiting government spending. The Democratic president and Republican speaker are trying to win over lawmakers to the plan in time to avert a default that would shake the

Ready for a digital euro? At 25, European Central Bank preps for future of money

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - As it marks its 25th anniversary Wednesday, the European Central Bank is readying a proposed design for a digital version of the euro, responding to pressure from developing technology that could change how money is used over the bank's next decades. ECB President Christine Lagarde says a digital euro could offer a way for people to buy things without depending on payment service providers controlled by

8 tips for parents and teens on social media use — from the US surgeon general

The U.S. surgeon general is calling for tech companies and lawmakers to take "immediate action" to protect kids' and adolescents' mental health on social media. But after years of insufficient action by both social media platforms and policymakers, parents and young people still bear most of the burden in navigating the fast-changing, often harmful world of secretive algorithms, addictive apps and extreme and inappropriate content found on platforms such as

DEA’s failure to punish distributor blamed in opioid crisis raises revolving door questions

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has allowed one of the nation's largest wholesale drug distributors to keep shipping highly addictive painkillers for nearly four years after a judge recommended it be stripped of its license for its "cavalier disregard" of thousands of suspicious orders fueling the opioid crisis. The DEA did not respond to repeated questions from The Associated Press about its handling of the case

Do not call: States sue telecom company over billions of robocalls

PHOENIX (AP) - Attorneys general across the U.S. joined in a lawsuit against a telecommunications company accused of making more than 7.5 billion robocalls to people on the national Do Not Call Registry. The 141-page lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix against Avid Telecom, its owner Michael D. Lansky and company vice president Stacey S. Reeves. It seeks a jury trial to determine damages. The lawsuit

Piney Woods: A Legacy Of Love That Began With Only One

By: Judykay Jefferson Author's note: Piney Woods School is my happy place. I worked there when now president, Will Crossley, was a student and have had the pleasure of watching his journey back to lead his alma mater, driven by vision, innovation, and a commitment to perpetuate Piney Woods's legacy of excellence. Taking the left off Hwy 49 in Rankin County, Mississippi, just 12 hours before the Mississippi Delta would

One year after Uvalde shooting, investigation of police response continues

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A criminal investigation in Texas over the hesitant police response to the Robb Elementary School shooting is still ongoing as Wednesday marks one year since a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers inside a fourth-grade classroom in Uvalde. The continuing probe underlines the lasting fallout over Texas' deadliest school shooting and how the days after the attack were marred by authorities giving inaccurate and conflicting