Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, is preparing to file for bankruptcy by the end of September if it doesn't reach a settlement with the communities suing it over its role in the opioid epidemic, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: If Purdue claims bankruptcy without a payment agreement, the plaintiffs will likely receive less money than they would under the settlement Purdue pitched last month.

  • The company offered a $10–12 billion payout as part of a negotiated bankruptcy case, but some states are unhappy with the offer.

What we're watching: The judge overseeing the massive consolidated case wants 35 state attorneys general to agree to a deal, which hasn't happened yet.

  • Some attorneys general complain that under Purdue's proposal, the Sackler family, which controls the company, would pay too little.

Go deeper: Purdue Pharma reportedly offers $10 billion to settle opioids lawsuit

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Delta CEO: Trump administration should issue mask mandate for air travel

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Delta CEO Ed Bastian on Friday told CNN that he believes the Trump administration should move to require the use of face masks during air travel amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

The big picture: Delta already requires passengers to wear masks during its flights, but Bastian says it can be difficult to enforce that directive if passengers refuse — and he's not sure if other airlines would be on board.

Trump's outdoor New Hampshire rally postponed due to weather

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President Trump's outdoor campaign rally in Portsmouth, N.H., slated to take place on Saturday, was postponed on Friday due to weather from Tropical Storm Fay, a senior White House official confirmed to Axios.

The state of play: Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on Air Force One that the event would take place in "a week or two" instead. The outdoor rally — which had encouraged the use of face masks — was scheduled after sparse attendance at Trump's indoor comeback to the campaign trail in Tulsa.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 12,333,740 — Total deaths: 556,110 — Total recoveries — 6,781,353Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 3,140,840 — Total deaths: 133,542 — Total recoveries: 969,111 — Total tested: 38,032,966Map.
  3. Public health: The U.S.' new default strategy: herd immunity
  4. ✈️ Travel: Delta CEO says Trump administration should issue mask mandate for air travelAirlines say air quality, cleanliness lower risk.
  5. Sports: Sen. Richard Blumenthal calls on colleges to cancel fall sports.