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Drugmaker Mallinckrodt reaches $1.6B opioid settlement

Feb. 25, 2020 10:24 AM EST

The generic drugmaker Mallinckrodt has a tentative $1.6 billion deal to settle lawsuits over its role in the U.S. opioid crisis, it announced Tuesday. The deal is intended to end hundreds of lawsuits faced by the company over opioids. The company said that it had an agreement with a key committee of lawyers...

Bloomberg’s many tentacles of influence stretch far and wide

Feb. 25, 2020 10:22 AM EST

When Mike Bloomberg held a rally this month at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the signs of his wealth and influence were everywhere. Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, long a paid adviser to one of Bloomberg’s charitable programs and now to his campaign, warmed up the crowd with...

Recent Kansas editorials

Feb. 25, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Kansas City Star, Feb. 23 Is it fair that Kansans who work on the Missouri side of Kansas City pay a 1% earnings tax there — but it doesn’t work the other way around for Missourians who work on the Kansas side? Probably not. But what if fixing that inequity would open the door to allowing all...

Recent Missouri editorials

Feb. 25, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, Feb. 23 Lincoln University's police chief is right: We don't need guns on college campuses. Gary Hill, LU's police chief, testified last week to a Senate committee that allowing people to carry guns on the university's campus could lead to shootings, including in situations where...

Storm closes roads in Black Hills of western South Dakota

Feb. 25, 2020 8:49 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Officials say a fast-moving storm through the Black Hills made driving treacherous in some spots and presented a challenge for voters heading to the polls on Tuesday for a Rapid City school bond election. A winter storm warning remained in effect for the northern and central areas...

Carabinieri (Italian paramilitary police) officer checks enter or leave the cordoned area in Casalpusterlengo, Italy, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. A dozen Italian towns saw daily life disrupted after the deaths of two people infected with the virus from China and a pair of case clusters without direct links to the outbreak abroad. A rapid spike in infections prompted authorities in the northern Lombardy and Veneto regions to close schools, businesses and restaurants and to cancel sporting events and Masses. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Canary Islands hotel quarantined after virus confirmed

Feb. 25, 2020 8:29 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A tourist hotel in the Canary Islands was placed in quarantine Tuesday after an Italian doctor staying there tested positive for the new coronavirus, evidence that the epicenter of the outbreak in Europe is spreading with vacationing Italians. The doctor hailed from Italy’s north,...

In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, workers assemble Audi A6 L cars at a workshop of FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co., Ltd. in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin Province.Factories that make the world's smartphones, toys and other goods are struggling to reopen after a virus outbreak idled China's economy. But even with the ruling Communist Party promising help, companies and economists say it may be months before production is back to normal. (Zhang Nan/Xinhua via AP, File)

China struggles to revive manufacturing amid virus outbreak

Feb. 25, 2020 6:06 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Factories that make the world’s smartphones, toys and other goods are struggling to reopen after a virus outbreak idled China’s economy. But even with the ruling Communist Party promising help, companies and economists say it may be months before production is back to normal. ...

FILE - In this July 8, 2003, file photo, Buddhist monk Thich Quang Do, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and perhaps the most prominent dissident in Vietnam, talks during an interview at the Thanh Minh Zen Monastery in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Do, who became the public face of religious dissent in Vietnam while the communist government kept him in prison or under house arrest for more than 20 years, died Saturday in Ho Chi Minh City. He was 91. (AP Photos/Richard Vogel)

Vietnam dissident Buddhist monk Thich Quang Do dies at 91

Feb. 25, 2020 5:21 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thich Quang Do, a Buddhist monk who became the public face of religious dissent in Vietnam while the Communist government kept him in prison or under house arrest for more than 20 years, has died at age 91. Do, who died Saturday in Ho Chi Minh City, was the highest leader of the...

In this photo taken on Feb. 19, 2020 and released by Chen Chi-chuan, Chen Chi-chuan, 51, a Taiwanese electrical and plumbing contractor poses for a photo in his room at the Vienna International Hotel where he's lived in since Jan. 28 in Shiyan city in central China's Hubei province. Chen and about 1,000 other Taiwanese citizens are stuck behind doors in locked-down Chinese cities because their government cannot agree with China on how to arrange charter flights. Some are losing business income, risking too many absences from work and wondering how their children, if also stranded, will make up lost school days. (Chen Chi-chuan via AP)

Dispute leaves Taiwanese stuck in locked-down Chinese cities

Feb. 25, 2020 1:56 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Beauty salon operator Shelly Chen flew from Taiwan to her hometown in China last month to see her aging parents for the Lunar New Year holiday. Two days later, their city in the heart of a new virus outbreak was locked down to stop the fast-spreading infection. At first, Chen...

In this Jan. 23, 2020 photo, the new $52 million Southwell Hospital opened its doors in Adel, Ga. In 2017 officials shut down the old hospital after it had trouble recruiting doctors, had an outdated building and a sizable patient population with no health insurance. The new hospital opened its doors in October. But there was one catch: there was no emergency room, a major financial drain on the old hospital. (AP Photo/ Sudhin S. Thanawala)

Rural Georgia hospital is reborn but without its costly ER

Feb. 25, 2020 1:18 AM EST

ADEL, Ga. (AP) — For years, the hospital in this small, south Georgia city was in grave financial trouble. Like other rural American hospitals, Cook Medical Center was saddled with an outdated building, trouble recruiting doctors and a patient population short on health insurance. In 2017, hospital...