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Good evening. News broke all day long.
1. Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family tentatively reached a deal to settle thousands of lawsuits over the company’s role in the opioid crisis.
The settlement involves the dissolution of Purdue Pharma and the formation of a new company that will channel proceeds from its signature opioid, OxyContin, to the plaintiffs, including many municipal, tribal and state governments. The company will also donate “rescue” drugs to treat addiction and overdoses.
The Sackler family will pay $3 billion over seven years. The settlement does not include any admission of wrongdoing.
Claims by a majority of the nation’s states are not covered, and their attorneys general denounced the proposal and vowed to pursue the Sackler fortune.
2. More public health news: The Trump administration is weighing a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid a spate of vaping-related illnesses.
“We’re going to have to do something about it,” President Trump said after meeting with top health officials at the White House to discuss ways to keep the products away from teenagers. Here’s what you need to know about the outbreak.
But the Trump administration was also grappling with the fallout from news that officials high in the White House pushed to repudiate federal forecasters who disputed his claim that Hurricane Dorian put Alabama at risk.
3. The day started on a somber note.
Families gathered at Sept. 11 memorials in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania in an annual ritual mourning, 18 years after terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 people.
“There’s never closure,” said one widow whose husband worked in the World Trade Center, “but when I come here, when the wind blows, it’s like he’s kissing me.”
Life has never been the same since. We have moving essays about growing up in the shadow of Sept. 11, including one from a young Muslim-American, and another from an 18-year-old who was 10 months old when his mother died in the attacks.
4. The Kremlin’s propaganda machine kicked into high gear to counter reports that a Russian informant helped the C.I.A. uncover President Vladimir Putin’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
Russian officials and state-controlled media outlets named the informant as Oleg B. Smolenkov, and dismissed him as a boozy nobody who had no contact with Mr. Putin.
That picture contrasts sharply with what U.S. intelligence officials have said about the spy, who has been extracted from Russia: that he saw Mr. Putin regularly and became “one of the C.I.A.’s most valuable assets.” The C.I.A. declined to comment, and The New York Times was not able to independently confirm that Mr. Smolenkov was the spy extracted by the United States.
5. Uber says it won’t comply with a new California law requiring contract workers to be reclassified as employees.
The company’s chief legal officer, Tony West, takes the position that drivers are not core to its business.
The announcement came a day after the State Senate approved the law, which could reshape the gig economy. It requires companies to use a three-prong test when classifying workers, including weighing how much they direct their tasks and how much of the work is part of the company’s main business.
“Just because the test is hard doesn’t mean that we will not be able to pass it,” Mr. West said.
6. Contract workers, rent regulations, college athletes: Are sweeping new regulations in California blazing a path for the rest of the country?
This week, the State Assembly passed a bill that would let college athletes collect endorsement money, a move that could shatter the business model of college sports. Above, the University of Southern California Trojans celebrated a win over Stanford last weekend.
Up next: Legislators are considering a rent-control bill that would provide protection to millions of tenants, in a big step to address a squeeze in affordable housing.
7. Hong Kong’s stock exchange operator has offered nearly $37 billion to buy the London Stock Exchange in a deal that would create a market juggernaut, pairing the pre-eminent exchanges in Europe and Asia.
The proposed deal comes at a time of wrenching economic, political and social turmoil in Britain and Hong Kong, jeopardizing their standings as international financial hubs.
8. About 10,000 men are sexually assaulted in the U.S. military each year.
“Everyone was so sure the problem was a women’s issue,” said a Pentagon official. But new research has found that there are roughly equal numbers of male and female victims each year. (Women, who account for a smaller portion of the military, are assaulted at a much higher rate.)
Most of the male victims are young and low-ranking, and shame and stigma keep the vast majority from reporting the attacks. But now, six men are speaking out to break the silence, including Billy Joe Capshaw, above.
9. The hip-hop generation has arrived in luxury fashion.
The world’s dominant music genre is dictating the tone of men’s fashion at the highest levels, writes Jon Caramanica, our pop music critic. He profiles five creators who embody the many facets of the movement, including Bloody Osiris, a stylist and mood-board inspiration, and Brick and Du of Bstroy, post-street-wear avant-gardists.
Yes, it’s Fashion Week in New York, looking ahead to the Spring 2020 collections. Vanessa Friedman, our chief fashion critic, looks at post-#MeToo runway trends, including Proenza Schouler’s take on the power suit. Follow Vanessa on Twitter for the latest (she often posts runway videos), and check back here for the best photos of the spring shows.
10. And finally, a whale of a song.
The South Pacific’s latest hot spot is a whale karaoke lounge. Specifically, humpbacks tend to gather near Raoul Island, about 700 miles from New Zealand, on their way from breeding grounds in Tonga and New Caledonia to feeding grounds in the Antarctic Ocean.
While they’re there, each male whale sings his own distinct song, and learns new ones from friends. Scientists have also discovered that whales remix some of their songs to incorporate bits of music associated with other breeding grounds, which may explain why the songs evolve from year to year.
Have a gooOOOOoood night.
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