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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Photo: Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is resigning, after spearheading a crackdown on electronic cigarettes and helping to lead the administration's response to the opioid epidemic.

Between the lines: This has been planned for several weeks. A source inside the FDA said it's happening because of “the difficulty of commuting back and forth between” Washington and Connecticut, where Gottlieb's three young children live. He'll remain in the position for about another month.

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Apple sets September quarter sales record despite later iPhone launch

Apple CEO Tim Cook, speaking at the Apple 12 launch event in October. Photo: Apple

Apple on Thursday reported quarterly sales and earnings that narrowly exceeded analysts estimates as the iPhone maker continued to see strong demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

What they's saying: The company said response to new products, including the iPhone 12 has been "tremendously positive" but did not give a specific forecast for the current quarter.

Supreme Court rejects second GOP effort to cut absentee ballot deadline in N.C.

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The Supreme Court, for the second time in two days, rejected a GOP request to shorten the deadline mail-in ballots must be received by North Carolina officials to be counted.

The state of play: The state's deadline had been extended from 3 days to 9 days post-Election Day.

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