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Nation Nov 25Money promised to combat U.S. overdose crisis sits unused
A $200 million account set aside as part of Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy case is going unused because attorneys involved in lawsuits against the OxyContin maker can't agree how to spend it.
Nation Nov 24Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, pleads guilty in criminal case
Purdue Pharma says its guilty plea over its role in the opioid crisis is “an essential step to preserve billions of dollars” for the settlement it is pursuing in bankruptcy court.
Politics Nov 17WATCH: Senate Minority Leader Schumer holds news conference
Congressional Democrats and Republicans generally say a new stimulus bill is needed, but they disagree on the scope of it.
Health Nov 17States plead for more federal help as virus outbreak worsens
With more shutdowns looming and a vaccine months away from wide distribution, governors across the U.S. are pleading for more help from Washington ahead of what is shaping up to be a bleak winter.
Nation Oct 21Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in presidential race
The coronavirus outbreak and the Trump administration's response to the pandemic have been a dominating theme in this year's presidential race. That has overshadowed debate over how to handle the nation's drug overdose crisis, which has contributed to the deaths…
Nation Oct 21Justice Department says OxyContin maker will plead guilty to 3 criminal charges
Justice Department officials tell The Associated Press that Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion.
Politics Oct 09Plot highlights threats faced by governors amid coronavirus protests
The alleged plot to kidnap Michigan's governor has put a focus on the security of top state officials, who have been the subject of threats and protests across the country this year.
Economy Sep 10Money for $300 unemployment boost to run out after 6 weeks
The program was created last month by President Donald Trump to replace a more generous $600-a-week supplement that had been authorized by Congress but expired.
Nation Jul 24Extra unemployment aid expires as virus threatens new states
As public health officials warned Friday that the coronavirus posed new risks to parts of the Midwest and South, enhanced federal payments that helped avert financial ruin for millions of unemployed Americans were set to expire — leaving threadbare safety…
Health Jul 07Personal protective gear for U.S. medical workers begins to run low again
The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running low again.