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National News

September 16, 2019

UNDATED (AP) – The maker of OxyContin has filed for bankruptcy protection as part of a move to settle some 2,600 lawsuits – most from state and local governments. Purdue Pharma and its owners have expressed sympathy but not responsibility for the nation’s opioid crisis, saying, “Like families across America, we have deep compassion for the victims of the opioid crisis.” About half the plaintiffs have agreed a tentative settlement, which the company says could be worth up to $12 billion over time.

DETROIT (AP) – Contract talks between General Motors and the United Auto Workers union have deteriorated into a strike. More than 49,000 UAW members walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early Monday, shutting down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the U.S., as well as 22 parts distribution warehouses. The union says GM has budged little in months of talks over wages, plant closures and other issues.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Iran’s government says it will not negotiate with the United States while it’s under U.S. sanctions and urged Washington to return to the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. Cabinet spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Monday that lifting the sanctions is a main pre-requisite.

UNDATED (AP) – Some operators are cashing in on the CBD craze by selling cheap and illegal synthetic marijuana instead of the real thing in vapes and edibles. CBD is found in cannabis, and marketers say it can treat a range of ailments without getting people high. But dozens of questionable samples tested by authorities and The Associated press found potentially deadly synthetic marijuana in many of the products.

NEW YORK (AP) – He was the frontman for the rock band The Cars. Ric Ocasek is dead at age 75. Police found Ocasek’s body Sunday afternoon in his Manhattan apartment after responding to a 911 call. The death comes a year after The Cars were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, followed by an announcement by model Paulina Porizkova on social media that she and Ocasek had separated after 28 years of marriage.