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Opioid victims can begin filing claims against Purdue Pharma

Opioid victims can begin filing claims against Purdue Pharma

Health
The federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy case of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma set a June 30 deadline to file claims against the companyBy GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated PressJanuary 24, 2020, 9:49 PM4 min read State and local governments have been leading the legal fight against the opioid industry, seeking payouts to help them deal with the fallout from the nation's addiction crisis. Average Americans are about to get their shot. On Friday, the federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy case of Purdue Pharma set a June 30 deadline to file a claim against the company. That includes governments, entities such as hospitals and, for the first time, individuals who have personal injury claims. It's not clear how much money might be at stake. Purdue reached an agreement with some states and local ...
Elon Musk ‘pedo guy’ defamation trial to begin

Elon Musk ‘pedo guy’ defamation trial to begin

Technology
Tesla boss Elon Musk is due to take the stand in a Los Angeles court and face the British diving specialist he accused of being a paedophile.Vern Unsworth was among the team credited with co-ordinating the July 2018 rescue of 12 boys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. Mr Musk, in a now-deleted tweet, described Mr Unsworth as a “pedo guy”. The entrepreneur gave no evidence to support the comment. He is being sued for defamation. Lawyers representing Mr Unsworth have described Mr Musk’s tweets as “vile and false”. The British diver is seeking punitive and compensatory damages.Email to reporterThe outburst last year appeared to be in response to comments made by Mr Unsworth in an interview on CNN, in which he criticised Mr Musk’
Commuters face misery as 27 days of strikes begin

Commuters face misery as 27 days of strikes begin

Business
Strike action due to hit thousands of passengers starts today after South Western Railway (SWR) and the RMT union failed to reach a deal.Hundreds of thousands of commuters on trains into and out of London's Waterloo station face disruption in a long-running dispute over guards on trains - affecting connections to towns and cities such as Portsmouth, Reading and Southampton. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union who work on the SWR are walking out for 27 days between 2 December and New Year's Day.It is the longest stretch of action against a major rail operator in living memory.SWR says only about half of services will run, including those to and from Waterloo, the country's busiest railway station. Advertisement ...
Watch live: Astronauts begin series of complex spacewalks to repair ISS tool

Watch live: Astronauts begin series of complex spacewalks to repair ISS tool

Science
Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Friday's early morning spacewalk will be the first in a series of challenging spacewalks. NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano are scheduled to begin their spacewalk at just after 7 a.m. ET on Friday. The duo will begin work to repair the International Space Station's cosmic particle detector. The efforts of Morgan and Parmitano will be broadcast live on NASA TV, with coverage beginning at 5:30 a.m. "These spacewalks are considered the most complex of their kind since the Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions, which took place between 1993 and 2009," NASA reported last week. On Thursday, in anticipation of the spacewalk, Morgan and Parmitano readied the Quest airlock, the module where astronauts keep their spacesuits and en...
Drones begin delivering online shopping in the US

Drones begin delivering online shopping in the US

Technology
Drones have begun delivering online shopping in the US - with cold medication among the most popular items.Wing Aviation, which received federal approval earlier this year, is operating a trial in Christiansburg, Virginia. The company, owned by Google parent Alphabet, has beaten Amazon's Prime Air in the race to start using the technology.Wing is offering items from pharmacy chain Walgreens, FedEx and local gift shop Sugar Magnolia.One of the first customers, Susie Sensmeier, 81, said she had doubted such technology would "come in my lifetime". Advertisement "I'm thrilled," she said after a drone delivering a purple winter vest from Dicks Sporting Goods landed in her front garden. The first customers orderi...