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New Mexico has joined opioids settlement with Purdue

Sep. 18, 2019 1:29 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state prosecutors have reversed course to join in a tentative financial settlement over the role that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma played in the nation's opioid addiction crisis. Attorney general's office spokesman Matt Baca confirmed this week that New Mexico will...

Sackler money complicates donation policies for museums

Sep. 18, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ask the CEO and president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art whether he's accepting money from the Sacklers, the billionaire dynasty notorious for its ties to the drug company Purdue Pharma, and the answer is somewhat complicated. For one thing, it depends on which Sackler. "There are people...

University of California to dump fossil fuel investments

Sep. 17, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of California is dumping fossil fuel investments from its nearly $84 billion pension and endowment funds because they are a financial risk, its top financial officers announced Tuesday. "Our job is to make money for the University of California, and we're betting we can do...

New Hampshire joins states suing family over Purdue Pharma

Sep. 17, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has filed a lawsuit against the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma as part of an effort to address the opioid epidemic. Including New Hampshire, at least six states have sued members of the Sackler family in September. New Hampshire, which was among the states...

Former UC Berkeley student to stand trial in sexual assault

Sep. 17, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A former University of California, Berkeley student has been ordered to stand trial for the alleged sexual assault of two women, one at a fraternity house and another who says he punched and bit her as she tried to push him away. The San Jose Mercury News reports that an Alameda...

Purdue Pharma to stay in business as bankruptcy unfolds

Sep. 17, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A judge cleared the way Tuesday for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to stay in business while it pursues bankruptcy protection and settlement of more than 2,600 lawsuits filed against it in a reckoning over the opioid crisis. At the first court hearing since the Chapter 11 filing...

University trustee, wife donate $50 million for student aid

Sep. 17, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — A Northwestern University trustee and his wife are giving the Chicago area institution a large donation for the specific purpose of student financial aid. Jeff and Laurie Ubben bequeathed $50 million to Northwestern to fund scholarships that will be available to undergraduate,...

Mormon leader reaffirms church's opposition to gay marriage

Sep. 17, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reaffirmed the religion's opposition to gay marriage Tuesday, while explaining that leaders lifted a short-lived ban on baptisms for children of gay parents because they felt the "heartache" it caused. Church president Russell...

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

Sep. 17, 2019 4:42 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....