Jan. 6 2018

State’s lawsuit charges:
OxyContin maker, doctors teamed up to push painkiller
Seattle Times
> Years after Purdue Pharma was ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for misleading regulators and the public about the risks of its popular painkiller OxyContin, the company continued efforts to heavily market the addictive opiate, nearly doubling its sales force in Washington, according to a newly unsealed section of a complaint filed last fall by the state Attorney General’s Office.
> The document, made public Friday, reveals new details about Purdue’s marketing practices, including how it partnered with local physicians to boost prescriptions of its highly addictive pain killer, according to Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Michigan dairy farmer gets jail time for hiring immigrants MLive
> U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington on Thursday, Jan. 4, sentenced Denis Burke to two years in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. Ludington did not order Burke taken into custody on Thursday, but gave him time to self-report to the U.S. Marshals Services.
> The judge also ordered Burke to pay a fine of $187,500 and an assessment fee of $100.
> Burke in September pleaded guilty to knowingly harboring illegal aliens for private gain and/or commercial advantage.
> Between February 2008 and May 2013, hired and harbored more than 100 undocumented immigrants …

> Flu season underway, and it may be a bad one Chicago Tribune
>> Severe flu brings medicine shortages, packed ERs

and a rising death toll in California LA Times

Another man shot dead by cops after questionable 9-1-1 call
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Even at good wages, can’t find workers, construction execs say Fox News

Observed: Falcons used burning sticks to set forest fires
New Scientist (truncated by paywall)
Some birds of prey have learned to control fire, a skill previously thought to be unique to humans. The birds appear to deliberately spread wildfires in order to flush out prey. The finding suggests that birds may have beaten us to the use of fire.
>>> and a skeptic weighs in kimberlymoynahan.com

For these airline passengers, shit happens Newser
Plane was headed for Hong Kong, forced to stop for cleanup in Alaska.

 Couple hoping Supreme Court will save their beach tree house AP
> Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen built a Florida beachfront treehouse that would be the envy of any child. It’s got two levels, hammocks and windows looking out on the Gulf of Mexico.
> But the hangout has cost the couple a handsome sum: about $30,000 to construct and probably five times that in legal fees as they’ve fought local authorities over it, Tran said. Now, they’re at their last stop, the Supreme Court. Unless the high court intervenes, the treehouse must be torn down.

Trump seeks $18 billion for wall Mexico was supposed to pay for
Buzz Feed

Possible Arson
Roy Moore accuser’s home burns down
tina johnson-trick> Roy Moore accuser Tina Johnson lost her home Wednesday in a fire that is now under investigation by the Etowah County Arson Task Force.
Johnson, who first came to public notice for accusing Senate candidate Roy Moore of grabbing her in his office in the early 1990s, said her home in Gadsden caught fire Tuesday morning.
“I am devastated, just devastated,” said Johnson on Friday morning. “We have just the clothes on our backs.”
A spokeswoman for the local sheriff’s office said: “A suspect of interest is being spoken to. But there have been no charges, to my knowledge, related to the fire at this time.” 

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