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North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced a $40 million settlement agreement with e-cigarette giant Juul Labs on Monday, making it the first state to "hold Juul accountable," Stein said.

Why it matters: North Carolina was the first state to sue Juul in May 2019, alleging the company unlawfully marked and sold its products to youth. At least nine other states followed suit, opening cases against the company, the Raleigh News and Observer reported.

  • In May, the court ruled the company should be "subject to the most extreme sanctions requested by state attorneys."
  • The settlement announced Monday resolves the litigation and requires the e-cigarette giant to pay $13 million within 30 days.
  • The rest of the money is to be paid within a six-year period, with the money going toward helping teens addicted to Juul's product.

Between the lines: The resolution also forces Juul to change how it does business in North Carolina. Those changes include:

  • Not targeting advertising to youth, including on social media.
  • Not claiming that e-cigarettes are a safer alternative than cigarettes.
  • Requiring that products are sold behind counters.
  • Maintaining a secret shopper program to ensure measures are followed.

What they're saying: A spokesperson for Juul said the settlement “is consistent with our ongoing effort to reset our company and its relationship with our stakeholders, as we continue to combat underage usage and advance the opportunity for harm reduction for adult smokers."

  • "[W]e support the Attorney General’s desire to deploy funds to generate appropriate science to support North Carolina’s public health interventions to reduce underage use."

Go deeper: Juul's very bad, no good rotten year

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A residential area in Middlesex County as floodwater from the nor'easter covers streets in New Jersey on Tuesday. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A monster storm was slamming the Northeast with record rainfall and powerful winds over Tuesday night — causing flash flooding that resulted in people having to be rescued in New Jersey and New York roads to close.

Threat level: All of southern New England westward to New York City and northern New Jersey was under the threat of flash flooding and coastal flooding from the nor'easter through Tuesday night into early Wednesday, per the National Weather Service.

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Sudan's Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok. Photo: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP via Getty Images

Secretary of State Tony Blinken spoke on the phone on Tuesday evening with Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok after the military released him from custody.

Why it matters: Hamdok’s release was a result of pressure on Sudan’s military leader General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan from the U.S. and other countries but also from the different political parties in Sudan and massive protests in the streets.

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Brazil senators vote to recommend criminal charges for Bolsonaro

Brazilian senators vote on probe into President Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic. Photo: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments, including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.