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'Blood money'? Purdue settlement would rely on opioid sales

Sep. 17, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

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...

North Carolina AG sues family that owns Purdue Pharma

Sep. 17, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's attorney general is the latest to file a lawsuit against the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma as part of an effort to address the opioid epidemic. A lawsuit filed Tuesday in North Carolina court names eight members of the Sackler family as defendants....

Emory investigates use of racial slur by 2 law professors

Sep. 17, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Emory University is investigating the use of a racial slur against African Americans by two law professors. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that two adjunct law professors used the word in separate classes on Sept. 9. The university said a student confronted one of them...

Mormon leader reaffirms church's opposition to gay marriage

Sep. 17, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reaffirmed Tuesday the religion's opposition to gay marriage, saying God's law dictates that marriage is restricted to unions between a man and a woman. Church president Russell M. Nelson also said during a speech to students...

New parent charged in admissions scam, linked to $400K bribe

Sep. 17, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A woman accused of paying $400,000 to get her son into the University of California, Los Angeles, as a fake soccer recruit has become the 52nd person charged in a sweeping college admissions bribery scheme, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday. Xiaoning Sui, 48, of Surrey, British...

Applications being accepted for College World Series grants

Sep. 17, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The annual grant program sponsored by the College World Series and NCAA is accepting applications through Oct. 1. Since it began in 1973, the program has donated more than $4 million. Grants are primarily distributed to local sports organizations to support baseball and softball. A total...

Iowa St to explore redesign near Hilton, Jack Trice Stadium

Sep. 17, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State is exploring construction of a multi-use "arts, culture and community district' between Hilton Coliseum and Jack Trice Stadium. The school announced the plan Tuesday, saying athletic director Jamie Pollard and Iowa State Research Park President Rick Sanders will lead a $300,000...

University of Kansas ending science, math teaching programs

Sep. 17, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas plans to close its Center for STEM Learning and a program designed to attract math and science teachers. Program director Steven Case said Friday that the center and the UKanTeach program will close at the end of the academic year because of budget cuts at the...

UMaine system moves toward systemwide accreditation

Sep. 17, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's public university system is taking steps to switch to a single accreditation system for its seven schools. The University of Maine System's board of trustees on Monday approved a recommendation by Chancellor Dannel Malloy for a single, statewide accreditation for the...

Purdue Pharma begins Chapter 11 bankruptcy journey

Sep. 17, 2019 7:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Purdue Pharma gets its day in court Tuesday after the OxyContin maker filed for bankruptcy and negotiated a potential multi-billion dollar settlement to resolve thousands of lawsuits. An initial hearing will be held in federal court in White Plains, New York, for the Chapter 11 bankruptcy...