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Cardinal Health is a major distributor of opioids. Photo: Ty Wright / Bloomberg via Getty

More cities and counties are suing opioid manufacturers and drug distributors, alleging those companies instigated the opioid crisis through deceptive marketing and negligance. Executives of Cardinal Health, a major drug wholesaler, believe they have done the right things but won't rule out a settlement down the road.

What they said: "Down the line (if there is a) more potentially efficient way to go, there might be a settlement. But that’s probably going to be a long time off, and it’s really hard for me to quantify it at this point in time," Cardinal Health CEO Mike Kaufmann said at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco.

Kaufmann defended his company's record, saying Cardinal Health has invested in programs that prevent opioid misuse. But many state officials believe those programs haven't gone far enough, resulting in dozens of lawsuits that could fetch a settlement in the billions.

"Does that mean with all this going on that down the line there might be some type of settlement? Possibly. It’s something that we’ll have to take a look at in the future," Kaufmann said. "Do we feel that we’ve done all the right things? Do I feel that we are in an incredibly good position? I do. This isn’t something where we’re just going to…settle because we haven’t done anything right."

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Driving the news: Riley June Williams, 22, is charged with illegally entering the Capitol as well as violent entry and disorderly conduct. She has not been charged over the laptop allegation and the case remains under investigation, per the DOJ.

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The incoming Biden administration will reverse President Trump's last-minute order to lift COVID-19 related travel restrictions, Jen Psaki, the incoming White House press secretary, tweeted.

Why it matters: President Trump ordered entry bans lifted for travelers from the U.K., Ireland, Brazil and much of Europe to go into effect Jan. 26, but the Biden administration will "strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Jen Psaki said. Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Trump will no longer be president by the time the order is set to go into effect.

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

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