Richard Sackler says his family and Purdue Pharma are not to blame for US opioid crisis

An attorney for Washington state asked him repeatedly whether he, his family or the company have any responsibility for the crisis. All three times Sackler answered, “No.” The drug maker’s settlement proceeding could result in a payout of over $4 billion to dozens of states and municipalities, plus thousands of opioid crisis victims who submitted …

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How to Help Afghanistan Refugees and the Relief Effort

In response to reader questions about how to aid the efforts around the world to resettle Afghans fleeing the Taliban, here is a list of some registered charities, organizations and funds accepting help in the United States, Canada and Britain. United States Human Rights First is seeking pro bono lawyers to assist Afghan evacuees. The …

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Afghans are aiding Americans in keeping the tumult outside from swamping the airport.

The U.S. military holds Kabul’s airport, with some 6,000 troops there, but outside its walls, where thousands of people are clamoring to get in, the terrain and roads are controlled by the Taliban. The Americans have turned to several hundred commandos from the former Afghan government’s National Directorate of Security to limit access through some …

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James W. Loewen, Who Challenged How History Is Taught, Dies at 79

Patiently, he explained to his class: Black people never took over the Southern states. They all had white governors, and all but one had white legislative majorities. Reconstruction governments did not “screw up.” They created the best constitutions the South had ever had, and better governments than any others in the South in the 19th …

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