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The tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma would raise money to help clean up the opioid mess by ... selling more OxyContin.
That would amount to blood money, in the opinion of some critics. And it's one reason two dozen states have rejected the deal.
"The settlement agreement basically requires the settlement payments to be made based on the future sales and profits of opioids. That doesn't really feel to me like the right way to do this," Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said this week.
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A car smashed into the lobby of a Trump building in New Rochelle, New York, police said.
The Mercedes plowed into the lobby of the 40-story Trump Plaza on Huguenot Street just before 9 p.m. Tuesday.
The posh lobby is directly across from Lecount Place, where police believe the car was coming from it smashed into the building.
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"The best way to clear my name was to get myself out,” said Michael Robinson, who was released on parole from prison in Queens, New York, last March. Robinson, now 52, served 26 years for murdering his ex-wife Gwendolyn Samuels. A jury in 1993 convicted Robinson of fatally stabbing Samuels, who worked in the Bayside neighborhood as a home health aide to an elderly woman who was stabbed in the attack but survived, making her the only witness to the killing.
Robinson, a former NYC correction officer, has maintained his innocence. There was no physical evidence linking him to the crime scene, and he passed a polygraph test. Recently, his fight to clear his name has taken a new turn; a judge ordered a hearing to assess the impact of newly discovered DNA evidence that could have affected the trial's outcome.
Rescue workers helped rescue six beached orcas in Argentina on Monday. A seventh Orca died.
New York became the first state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday, a move that comes as federal health officials investigate a mysterious surge of severe breathing illnesses linked to vaping.
The vote by the state Public Health and Health Planning Council means the ban, which covers all flavored cigarettes and other vaping products except for menthol and tobacco flavors, goes into effect immediately. Retailers will have two weeks to remove merchandise from store shelves.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, had proposed the emergency ban Sunday , citing surging use among young people.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fell short of securing a parliamentary majority with his natural religious and nationalist allies in national elections Tuesday, partial results indicated, setting the stage for a period of coalition negotiations that could threaten his political future and even clear the way for him to be tried on corruption charges.
Initial partial results showed challenger Benny Gantz's centrist Blue and White party tied with Netanyahu's Likud. While the results do not guarantee that Gantz will be the next prime minister, they signaled that Netanyahu, who has led the country for over 10 years, could have trouble holding on to the job.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., continue to top the Democratic 2020 presidential field after last week’s debate, according to a national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday.
Despite all of the debates and all the campaigning, the candidates who gained ground since July were the Top 3 of Biden, Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., says Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted this survey with Democratic pollster Peter Hart and his firm.
The poll also shows that just 9 percent of all Democratic respondents said their minds are definitely made up. As a result, these numbers could very well change between now and next year’s early nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.
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For many scientists, Greenland is considered “ground zero” for climate change, a place where global warming’s impact is most apparent — and where the effects of rising temperatures, warming oceans and melting ice could have the most dire consequences. But for the 55,000 people who make their home on this massive, ice-covered island, an autonomous Danish territory, the realities of climate change are complex, bringing both unexpected benefits and acute challenges, NBC News reports.
Across the island, the unprecedented melting of Greenland’s glaciers is opening up new waterways for fishing and tourism. In Ilulissat, in West Greenland, these industries have thrived in recent years, bringing considerable wealth to the town.
But elsewhere, particularly in East Greenland, the shorter winters and longer, warmer summers have endangered hunting, dogsledding and other traditional ways of life for Greenland’s roughly 50,000 Inuits.
“We're seeing unprecedented melting of the ice sheet right now, and Greenland's ice sheet is at the center of everything,” said Thomas Juul-Pedersen, a scientist and education coordinator at the Greenland Climate Research Centre in Nuuk, the country’s capital. “That can potentially have a big impact on Greenland and a big impact on the livelihood of the people here.”
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The U.S. government filed a lawsuit Tuesday against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, alleging he violated nondisclosure agreements by publishing a memoir without giving the government an opportunity to review it first.
The Justice Department is seeking to "recover all proceeds" from Snowden's book, which was released Tuesday.
Abel Oset was seized with panic. After an 11-country odyssey that began when he and his namesake son fled Cuba, and a brief moment on U.S. soil, he was crossing back into America.
But he wasn't sure he'd be able to stay.
The two were going to plead their case in a court set up inside a tent in Laredo, beamed via video conference to a judge in another city — the latest attempt to clear a massive backlog of asylum cases.
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A North Carolina sheriff is accused of urging the murder of a former deputy who planned on going public with an audio recording of the sheriff using racist language, prosecutors said.
Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins was indicted by a grand jury Monday on two counts of felony obstruction of justice following a 10-month investigation that involved the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, NBC News reports.
In August 2014, Wilkins was allegedly recorded encouraging someone he knew to "murder" former Deputy Joshua Freeman, according to the indictment.
Freeman planned to disclose to authorities an audio recording of Wilkins using "racially offensive language," the document states. The indictment does not reveal what was on the alleged recording, and Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman did not immediately return NBC News' request for comment.
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Cokie Roberts, the daughter of politicians who grew up to cover the family business in Washington for ABC News and NPR over several decades, died Tuesday in Washington of complications from breast cancer.
ABC broke into network programming to announce her death and pay tribute.
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Sander Vanocur, a television newsman who for decades covered momentous events from political campaigns to assassinations, the Vietnam War to the civil rights movement, has died, his son said Tuesday.
Vanocur died Monday night in Santa Barbara, California, said Chris Vanocur. He was 91. He had been dealing with dementia in recent years.
As national political correspondent at NBC in the 1960s, Vanocur was a questioner at the first presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960, then covered Kennedy's administration as a White House correspondent.
Friends and family of Mitrice Richardson gathered to press law enforcement for answers about the young woman's mysterious death a decade ago. In 2009, the 24-year-old Richardson was taken into police custody for allegedly leaving a Malibu restaurant without paying her bill. Witnesses from the restaurant said Richardson appeared to arrive and leave on her own, though she appeared to have conversations with some customers while she was there.
Police apparently released Richardson from custody later the same evening, alone and without money or transportation, and there were no confirmed reported sightings of her until her remains were found nearly a year later in the nearby Malibu hills.
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A 41-year-old Green Beret who was on his fourth combat deployment has been killed by small arms fire in Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman Loren Bymer at North Carolina's Fort Bragg said in a statement that Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin died Monday.
Griffin was from Greenbrier, Tennessee, and was a Special Forces communications sergeant based at Joint Base Lewis-McCord in Washington state.