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Purdue Pharma has filed for bankruptcy as part of a plan to settle opioid lawsuits. Here’s what we know

(CNN)Purdue Pharma, the maker of the painkiller OxyContin, said it has filed for bankruptcy as part of a plan to settle lawsuits accusing the company of fueling the opioid crisis. Who will get the settlement money? The Sackler family had been in talks for weeks to settle the cases. Purdue estimates that when the bankruptcy process is complete, it will provide more than $10 billion to address the opioid crisis, the company said in a statement. Specifically, that will include settlements with 24 state attorneys general, five US territories and…

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Hundreds of Bahamians stranded on hurricane-ravaged islands look for a way out

(CNN)Hundreds of people stranded on hurricane-ravaged Abaco in the Bahamas waited Friday for a way off the islands as officials said hundreds, possibly thousands, were still missing and the death toll from Hurricane Dorian rose to 30. “This hurricane will set us back for years to come,” Curry said via WhatsApp. But he says the exodus from the island is only temporary. “Abaconians are a resilient group of people,” he said. “When we do come back we will be bigger, stronger, and and better than before.” As people waited to…

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Dorian pounds Bahamas as hurricane warnings are issued for Florida coast

(CNN)Hurricane warnings were issued for parts of Florida on Sunday as Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas with 185-mph winds. Due to Dorian’s slow crawl, the National Hurricane Center forecast that a “prolonged period of catastrophic winds and storm surge will affect the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island” Sunday night. By Sunday evening, the storm’s eye was moving over Great Abaco and was headed west at just 5 mph. TRACK THE STORM “Everyone there should take immediate shelter and not venture into the eye,” the center said. As the storm…

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Ex-NYPD detectives to get probation for having sex with young woman in custody

New York (CNN)Two former New York detectives will serve no prison time after pleading guilty to bribe taking and official misconduct for having sex in a police van with a young woman they arrested and released, prosecutors said Thursday. “The credibility of the victim, or the complainant, in this case was seriously, seriously questionable, at best,” said Chun, according to a court transcript obtained by CNN. While scientific evidence in the case was “very compelling,” Chun said there was a possibility of a jury convicting only on the misdemeanor charges.…

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Bringing a gun to an LDS church is no longer just ‘inappropriate.’ It’s prohibited under new rules

(CNN)Carrying a lethal weapon onto church property was considered “inappropriate” under the policies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now, it’s prohibited. The handbook update took effect in the first week of August, Woodruff said, but the change will be formally communicated to local Church leaders as new meetinghouse safety guidelines in the near future. Those leaders will then be responsible for sharing the guidelines with their members, he added. The change applies to the entire church, but due to a Texas law change regarding firearms in…

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Jeffrey Epstein has died by suicide, sources say

New York (CNN)Jailed multimillionaire financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has died by suicide, two law enforcement sources said Saturday, one day after a court unsealed new details of the claims against him. Staff at the facility started life-saving measures, and Epstein was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the bureau said in a news release.

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Internet sites blamed for helping incite racist violence, but there’s no plan to rein them in

El Paso, Texas (CNN)White supremacists and neo-Nazis have found a racist’s virtual paradise that authorities believe has now become home to three hate-filled rants by suspected mass shooters. The writer said he was inspired in part by another manifesto full of white supremacist language posted on 8chan by a person identifying himself as the man who killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand earlier this year. That atrocity was also cited in an 8chan message before a shooting at a synagogue in Poway, California, by someone identifying himself…

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The people behind that Halloween petition want to create a new holiday: National Trick or Treat Day

(CNN)Fear not, Halloween purists: Your beloved holiday will probably remain on October 31. But what’s better than one day of witches and vampires roaming the street? Two days of treats! The association will partner with Party City to launch #ALLoween, a campaign to promote the new holiday that — fittingly — hits stores on Friday, September 13, according to the petition. The association’s campaign to shift Halloween to a Saturday began in 2018. Organizers claimed that the change would make the holiday “safer, longer and stress-free.” After a year languishing…

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Gilroy Garlic Festival patrons reported metal detectors and patrolling officers, but the shooter still found a way in

(CNN)By several accounts, security was present and conspicuous at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, over the weekend. Law enforcement experts say that despite heavier security at festivals, schools and churches, there’s really little that can be done to prevent attacks from happening. “No one would associate the Garlic Festival with an attractive target,” said James Gagliano, a CNN law enforcement analyst and retired FBI supervisory agent. Patrons offer different views of festival security Police were present all three days of the festival, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee told reporters…

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A pregnant woman was shot and killed at a Georgia apartment complex, police say

(CNN)A pregnant woman was found fatally shot at an apartment complex in Georgia on Monday night, police say. Callaway was taken to a local hospital, where she died. Police detained several people from the apartment complex after serving search warrants Tuesday morning. Gilland said they have all been released as investigations continue. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/23/us/georgia-pregnant-woman-shot-killed-trnd/index.html

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Pennsylvania county says it will never put children in foster care for school lunch debt

(CNN)People in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, were shocked last week when a local school district sent hundreds of letters telling parents who owed lunch money for their children to pay up or else the kids could go into foster care, County Manager David Pedri said. “Your child has been sent to school every day without money and without a breakfast and/or lunch,” the letter said, adding that failure to provide children with food could result in parents being sent to Dependency Court. “If you are taken to Dependency court, the result…

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Lightning strike at Florida beach leaves 8 injured

(CNN)A lightning strike Sunday at a Florida beach injured eight people, Clearwater Police Department Lt. Michael Ogliaruso said. Four people, including the man struck by lightning, were taken to the hospital, Ogliaruso said Three of those taken to the hospital had non-life threatening injuries. The three others involved declined treatment. It’s not uncommon for people to stay on the beach and watch the storms, Ogliaruso said. “It was one of those bad Florida storms. It came and now it’s gone sunny and clear out,” Ogliaruso said. “As dangerous as they…

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Trump made a surprise appearance at a wedding reception at his New Jersey golf club. The crowd chanted, ‘USA! USA!’

(CNN)President Trump popped into a wedding reception at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Saturday night, prompting the bride, groom and guests to chant, “USA! USA!” Video posted on social media showed Trump, wearing a dark suit but no tie, standing in a doorway and waving to the cheering crowd. The President motioned for the newly married couple from Staten Island to approach and they stood on either side of him, pumped their fists and led the chant, “USA! USA!” the video showed. “He was such a gentleman,”…

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Fire at electric substation leaves 13,000 without power in Madison, Wisconsin, during heat wave

(CNN)More than 13,000 customers are without electricity in Madison, Wisconsin, during a dangerous heat wave, after a fire at a downtown substation, a utility spokesman says. The power outage comes as a potentially deadly heat wave hovers over the Midwest, prompting cities throughout the region to warn residents to stay hydrated and cool. Madison on Friday morning was under an “excessive heat” warning, with high temperatures forecast to reach the mid-90s. The heat index will reach values of 105 to 110, according to the National Weather Service. Schultz said the…

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About 195 million people are under watches and warnings as the heat wave begins to reach peak temperatures

(CNN)Peak temperatures from a potentially deadly heat wave are expected to begin Friday, and major US cities are taking special measures to prepare — with New York City declaring an emergency. The heat has the potential to break records and turn deadly as temperatures climb over the weekend all along the East Coast and through the Midwest. Live updates: Heat wave descends on the US East Coast High temperatures are expected to scorch the major cities of the East Coast. Why the heat index matters more than the temperature in…

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