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Fake doctors, misleading claims drive OxyContin China sales

Nov. 20, 2019 12:51 AM EST

SHANGHAI (AP) — OxyContin is a dying business in the United States. Purdue Pharma, owned by the billionaire Sackler family, is collapsing under an avalanche of lawsuits that accuse the company of using false claims to push its blockbuster painkiller in the U.S., profiting as an unsuspecting nation slipped...

White supremacist manifesto reportedly shared at Syracuse U

Nov. 19, 2019 7:14 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A white supremacist manifesto that appeared to be a copy of one linked to a man accused of attacking two mosques in New Zealand was circulated electronically at Syracuse University, campus law enforcement said Tuesday, adding to a string of racist episodes that have shaken the upstate...

Macalester College pulls founder’s name from campus building

Nov. 19, 2019 4:43 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A private liberal arts college in Minnesota is removing its founder's name from a campus building after students brought attention to his racist views in the 1800s. The board of trustees for Macalester College in St. Paul announced Monday that Edward Duffield Neill's name will be...

9 charged after student dies amid alleged fraternity hazing

Nov. 19, 2019 4:39 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The death of an Ohio University student and a related investigation into alleged hazing by fraternity members has led to charges against nine people, including two former students indicted for involuntary manslaughter and another for reckless homicide. The Athens County prosecutor...

Loughlin, Giannulli fighting new charges in admissions case

Nov. 19, 2019 4:00 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband are contesting expanded charges against them in the college admissions bribery scandal. Lawyers for Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli entered not guilty pleas on their behalf Tuesday to charges of conspiracy to...

Cornell anticipates Greek reforms after student’s death

Nov. 19, 2019 3:43 PM EST

Cornell University is planning reforms to its Greek life system as it investigates the puzzling death of a first-year student following an unauthorized fraternity party last month, the Ivy League school’s president said Tuesday. The body of Antonio Tsialas was found in an Ithaca gorge Oct. 26. Authorities...

US, Australian hostages freed by Taliban in prisoner swap

Nov. 19, 2019 3:06 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday freed an American and an Australian held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures — a move that the insurgent group asserted could help rekindle talks to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war. The hostages — American Kevin King and...

Police surround last holdouts at Hong Kong campus protest

Nov. 19, 2019 12:55 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A small band of anti-government protesters, their numbers diminished by surrenders and failed escape attempts, remained holed up at a Hong Kong university early Wednesday as they braced for the endgame in a police siege of the campus. Police were waiting them out after 10 days of some of...

The Latest: Pompeo calls prisoner exchange a ‘hopeful sign”

Nov. 19, 2019 12:39 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the Afghanistan prisoner swap with the Taliban for American and Australian hostage held by insurgents since 2016 (all times local): 10:05 p.m. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the prisoner exchange that freed an American and an Australian as well as a promise by...

Coons, US Senator from Delaware, will face primary challenge

Nov. 19, 2019 11:59 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s junior U.S. senator will face a primary challenge next year. The Delaware State News reported Monday that Jessica Scarane plans to run against U.S. Sen. Chris Coons in the state’s Democratic primary. Scarane is a Wilmington-based digital strategist who serves as...