Mar 26, 2019

Purdue Pharma settles Oklahoma opioid case

Families protest as Purdue Pharma lawyers enter the courthouse for a status update in the case. Photo: Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Purdue Pharma, the producer of OxyContin, settled a lawsuit on Tuesday brought by the state of Oklahoma alleging that the company made billions of dollars while fueling the country's opioid crisis, reports Bloomberg.

The big picture: Purdue was set to go to trial in Oklahoma in May, along with fellow opioid manufacturers Johnson & Johnson and Teva. The settlement only covers the claims against Purdue, which agreed to pay $270 million with the help of its owners, the Sackler family, per the Wall Street Journal. The outcome of the Oklahoma case was largely viewed as a bellwether for a much larger, consolidated national opioids lawsuit underway in Ohio.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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