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OxyContin Maker, Government Attorneys in Settlement Talks

This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vermont. (AP Photo / Toby Talbot, File)

State attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments said Tuesday they are in active settlement talks with Purdue Pharma, the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin that is facing billions of dollars in potential liability for its role in the nation’s opioid crisis.

DOJ Moves to Add More Marijuana Growers for Research

In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, California. (AP Photo / Richard Vogel, File)

The Justice Department said Monday it would move forward to expand the number of marijuana growers for federally authorized cannabis research.

Pilot Praised for 1989 Iowa Crash Landing Dies in Seattle

In this July 20, 2014, file photo, United Airlines flight 232 Capt. Al Haynes, right, smiles as he visits with survivors and family members following a remembrance service held in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of the United Airlines flight 232 crash in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo / The Sioux City Journal, Dawn J. Sagert, File)

Al Haynes was hailed for his skill when a jet lost all hydraulic power after the rear engine exploded during a flight from Denver to Chicago on July 19, 1989. Haynes saved nearly 200 lives by guiding the damaged jet into a crash landing in Iowa. Haynes, 87, died Sunday.

GOP Trump Challengers Won’t Get Much Help from Their Party

In this Nov. 15, 2011, file photo former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster, File)

“Never Trump” Republicans are eager to see the president confront a credible primary adversary. But the party will likely erect structural barriers that make that kind of challenge exceedingly difficult.

States Sue Over Rollback of Child Immigrant Protections

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson listens to a question as he stands next to a display board, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, during a news conference in Seattle. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

Nineteen states, including Illinois, sued on Monday over the Trump administration’s effort to alter a federal agreement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept in detention.

Trump Claims Serious Trade Negotiations with China to Begin

President Donald Trump pauses while speaking during a bilateral meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump said his trade negotiators had received two “very good calls” from China on Sunday. But a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry said that he didn’t know what calls Trump was talking about.

Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh Making Longshot GOP Challenge to Trump

In this Nov. 15, 2011, file photo former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster, File)

Joe Walsh, a former Illinois congressman and tea party favorite turned radio talk show host, announced a challenge Sunday to President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020.

Feds to Revamp Confidentiality Rules for Addiction Treatment

In this March 13, 2019 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the goal is to make it easier to share a patient’s drug treatment history with doctors treating that person for other problems. 

FAA Puts Out a Call for Pilots to Test Changes in Boeing Jet

In this Wednesday, May 8, 2019 file photo, workers stand near a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliner being built for American Airlines prior to a test flight in Renton, Washington. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

Federal safety officials are recruiting pilots from airlines around the world to test changes that Boeing is making to the flight-control software on the grounded 737 Max jet, according to two people briefed on the situation.

Sarah Sanders Heads to Fox News as a Contributor

In this June 11, 2019 file photo, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders talks with reporters outside the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo / Evan Vucci, File)

Fox News said Thursday that Sanders has been hired to provide political commentary and analysis across all its properties, including Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and the radio and podcast division.

Planned Parenthood Seeks Cash After Bailing From US Program

In this June 4, 2019, file photo, a Planned Parenthood clinic is photographed in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Jeff Roberson, File)

Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases after its decision to quit a $260 million federal family planning program in an abortion dispute with the Trump administration.

Guidelines Say More Women May Need Breast Cancer Gene Test

This undated fluorescence-colored microscope image made available by the National Institutes of Health in September 2016 shows a culture of human breast cancer cells. (Ewa Krawczyk / National Cancer Institute via AP)

More women may benefit from gene testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, especially if they’ve already survived cancer once, an influential health group recommended Tuesday.

Trump Moves to End Limits on Detention of Migrant Children

In this July 15, 2019, file photo, protesters hold signs outside of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children while members of Congress tour the facility in Homestead, Florida. (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky, File)

The Trump administration is moving to end an agreement limiting how long migrant children can be kept in detention, the president’s latest effort to curb immigration at the Mexican border.

Greenland Fallout: Trump’s Canceled Trip Blindsides Denmark

This July 11, 2015 file photo shows a general view of the town of Upernavik in western Greenland. (Linda Kastrup / Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

President Donald Trump said he would be postponing his upcoming trip to Greenland after Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Greenland was not for sale.

Suit Alleges Security Guards Had Sex with Illinois Students

In this photo provided by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Haywood is pictured in a booking photo dated Feb. 13, 2019, in Chicago. (Cook County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges two security guards who worked at a public high school in suburban Chicago had sex with female students, and the school failed to adequately protect girls from purported predators.

Facebook Rolls Out Tool to Block Off-Facebook Data Gathering

In this July 30, 2019, file photo, the social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple’s App Store. (AP Photo / Amr Alfiky)

The company did not give a timeline for when it might expand it to the U.S. and other countries, only that it will be in “coming months.”

Judge to Rule on Tossing Suit Against Jussie Smollett in October

In this March 14, 2019 file photo, “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, stands before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins where he pled not guilty at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, in Chicago.  (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

The 10-minute status hearing Tuesday was the first since the civil case was moved to federal court from state court. The former “Empire” actor didn’t attend the hearing in Chicago.

Planned Parenthood Leaves Federal Family Planning Program

In this June 4, 2019, file photo, a Planned Parenthood clinic is photographed in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Jeff Roberson, File)

Planned Parenthood said Monday it’s pulling out of the federal family planning program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions.

Slain Chinese Scholar’s Family to Give $20K for Help in Case

In this Monday, June 24, 2019 file photo, Lifeng Ye, the mother of slain University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang, cries out in grief as her husband Ronggao Zhang, left, addresses the media after a jury found Brendt Christensen guilty of Yingying Zhang’s murder, at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Peoria, Illinois. Consoling her is family friend Dr. Kim Tee, center. (Matt Dayhoff / Journal Star via AP, File)

The parents of a University of Illinois scholar from China who was abducted and killed are giving at least $20,000 to people who provided authorities with crucial information that led to the arrest and conviction of their daughter’s killer.

Doctors Say New Rule Will Mean Sicker Immigrants

In this Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, photo, Dr. Jasmine Saavedra, a pediatrician at Esperanza Health Centers whose parents emigrated from Mexico in the 1980s, examines Alondra Marquez, a newborn baby in her clinic in Chicago. (AP Photo / Amr Alfiky)

Doctors and public health experts warn of poor health and rising costs they say will come from sweeping Trump administration changes that would deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, as well as food stamps and other forms of public assistance. 

74% of Economists in Survey See US Recession by End of 2021

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

The economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics, in a report released Monday, mostly didn’t share President Trump's optimistic outlook for the economy.

Trade War’s Losers Could Include Microchips, Energy, Banks

In this Aug. 12, 2019, photo specialist Peter Mazza works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo / Richard Drew, File)

Stocks of companies that do lots of business with China, such as chipmakers and other technology companies, are obvious candidates for investors to sell when trade worries rise. But investors are also looking beyond these first-order effects as they pick out which stocks look susceptible to the trade war. 

Steel Mill Sorry for Spill That Killed Fish, Closed Beaches

 In this Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 photo, a dead catfish floats along the bank of the Burns Ditch near the Portage Marina in Portage, Indiana. Some beaches along northwestern Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline are closed after authorities say a chemical spill in a tributary caused a fish kill. (John Luke / The Times via AP)

A steel company apologized for a spill of cyanide and ammonia that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan, saying it “accepts responsibility for the incident.”

Scientists Confirm July Set New Global Heat Record

In this file photo dated Thursday, July 25, 2019, a bird sits on a straw bale on a field in Frankfurt, Germany, as the sun rises during an ongoing heatwave in Europe. (AP Photo / Michael Probst, FILE)

July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, the latest in a long line of peaks that scientists say backs up predictions for man-made climate change.

Government Wants a New 911-Like Number Just for Suicide Hotline

In this Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, photo, a man uses a cell phone in New Orleans. With suicides on the rise, the government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach. (AP Photo / Jenny Kane)

With suicides on the rise, the U.S. government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach. Once implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help.