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Nation May 165 states announce new lawsuits over prescription opioids
With the suits, 45 states are now taking legal action against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, asserting that the company downplayed the addiction risks of its powerful prescription drug.
Nation Apr 02Family behind OxyContin calls Massachusetts opioid suit false, misleading
The Sackler family says a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that accuses Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma and the family of hiding the risks of opioids from doctors and patients is riddled with inaccurate and misleading statements.
Nation Mar 26Oklahoma settles with maker of OxyContin over opioid crisis
The maker of the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin has reached a settlement with the state of Oklahoma over its role in the nation's deadly opioid crisis, officials said Tuesday. The terms were not immediately disclosed.
Nation Feb 21States are betting on sports gambling to close revenue gaps. Will it pay off?
At least 22 states are considering legislation to legalize sports gambling. An Associated Press review of all the bills introduced this year — more than 100 so far — found high interest among lawmakers, but also many questions about how…
Nation Feb 01Purdue Pharma family sought to profit off opioid crisis, filing alleges
While aggressively marketing OxyContin, the Sackler family also sought to profit off the drug abuse crisis its company helped create by exploring selling drugs used to treat addiction and reverse overdoses, state lawyers contend in previously secret parts of their…
Nation Jan 17Drug maker pushed OxyContin despite danger signs, prosecutor says
Details were made public in a case brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that accuses Purdue Pharma, its executives and members of the Sackler family of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids and pushing prescribers to…
Nation Dec 17U.S. homelessness climbing overall, but some key cities make progress
Cities in California, Oregon and Washington have driven an overall spike in the number of homeless people nationwide in recent years.
Politics Sep 23Many states’ governor’s races become proxy battle over Trump
It's a resume that reads like an ideal springboard to higher office: investigated sexual assaults of Olympic gymnasts, charged government officials responsible for a tainted water crisis, bucked the governor on tax hikes. With that background and his party controlling…
Nation Aug 24Trump administration acts to stop high-tax states from skirting $10,000 cap
Four states — Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and New York — already have sued the federal government over the deduction cap, asserting it's aimed at hurting a group of Democratic states and tramples on their constitutional budget-making authority.
Nation Aug 11Trump’s tariffs boost rebuilding costs for wildfire victims
The import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump are adding thousands of dollars to the cost of building homes.