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The city of Cincinnati is suing the three largest prescription drug distributors — AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson — alleging the companies violated federal law by failing to report suspicious orders of opioids like hydrocodone and oxycodone and are "responsible for the volume of prescription opioids plaguing our community."

Why it matters: Counties and cities in Ohio have aggressively gone after opioid manufacturers and drug distributors, although those companies have argued they are not behind the country's opioid epidemic. Cincinnati marks at least the ninth such lawsuit from an Ohio county or city since July, according to an Axios review of legal filings.

The big picture: The Financial Times reports a "tidal wave" of opioid-related lawsuits from other states, cities and counties across the country.

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Mark Meadows: "We are not going to control the pandemic"

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows defended Vice President Pence's decision to continue traveling and campaigning despite his exposure to aides who have tested positive for COVID-19, saying Sunday that Pence is exempt from CDC guidelines because he is "essential personnel."

Why it matters: CDC guidelines call for people who have been exposed to the virus to quarantine for 14 days. Meadows said on CNN's "State of the Union" that Pence will wear a mask when he travels and argued that "he's not just campaigning," pointing to the Israel-Sudan normalization agreement announced by the White House last week.

Halloween and COVID-19: What you need to know

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Celebrating Halloween and Día de los Muertos will be difficult and more isolated this year, but can still be done while minimizing harm to others.

Why it matters: Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, indoor parties, haunted houses, crowded cemeteries and communal candy bowls are all considered high-risk activities by the CDC.

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