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Native American tribes win $590 million opioid settlement

Native American tribes have reached a landmark $590 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson and three major US drug distributors over the devastation caused to indigenous people by opioid addiction. According to the deal, Johnson & Johnson is going to pay out $150 million over the next two years, with …

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Red Cross hackers steal info on half a million ‘vulnerable’ people

A massive hack of the International Committee of the Red Cross has compromised information from employees, refugees, detainees, migrants, and family members of all those groups, and the culprit remains unknown. Information on some 515,000 “highly vulnerable” individuals has been stolen the Red Cross revealed on Wednesday in a statement …

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Sexual abuse victims to receive $490 million

Survivors of sexual assaults – mostly men – by the late sports physician Dr. Robert Anderson will collectively get a $490 million compensation from the University of Michigan. The university announced 1,050 people will share in the financial settlement.  The victims and their attorneys will decide how to split the …

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Over $250 million of counterfeit HIV treatments sold

In a statement released on Wednesday, drugmaker Gilead Sciences said the company has seized 85,247 bottles from 17 locations in nine US states after an investigation into counterfeit medication. The drugmaker claims that an unauthorized network of drug suppliers sold over $250 million worth of medication that was faked or …

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Prosecutors ask $35 million bail for ex-president

Ukrainian prosecutors have asked a court in Kiev to set bail for former president Petro Poroshenko at $35 million, or send him to jail for two months. He faces accusations of treason, which he insists are politically motivated. To avoid jail, Poroshenko, now the one of the country’s main opposition …

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Over 35 million US families face financial hit

A monthly benefit introduced by the US government in 2021 amid a sharp surge in the cost of living and the continued spread of Covid-19 saw its last payout in December, leaving millions of American families in a cleft stick. This weekend marks the first time in six months that …

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Expiration date on nearly 1 million old Covid tests extended

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lengthened the shelf-life for around 800,000 expired coronavirus tests that have sat in a warehouse in Florida for months, giving state health officials more time to use them up. The FDA allowed the extension after Abbott Diagnostics, the firm that produced the …

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Country shatters records with 1.35 million daily Covid cases

The US shattered all records on Monday with a whopping 1.35 million new Covid-19 cases recorded. The news comes as hospitalizations with the infection also broke records. The troubling figures come courtesy of a fresh Reuters tally. Mondays typically yield particularly high numbers, as many states do not report cases …

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