Millions of US women say first sexual experience was rape

New study finds one in 16 women says first sexual experience was forced or coerced in early teens. The first sexual experience for one in 16 US women was forced or coerced intercourse in their early teens, encounters that for some may have had lasting health repercussions, a new study suggests. The experiences amount to rape, the authors say, although they relied on a national survey that didn’t use the word in asking women about forced sex. Almost seven percent of women surveyed said their first sexual intercourse experience was…

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Gun laws: Texas state eases restrictions

Since recent mass shootings in Texas, eight new pro-gun laws passed in state with highest number of registered guns. As Congress in the United States continues to debate possible gun-control measures, the state of Texas has moved in the opposite direction, making guns more accessible. That’s despite two mass shootings in the cities of El Paso and Odessa in August. But in Texas, owning and carrying a gun has actually become easier. Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Mission, Texas.

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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy protection

The company, accused of fueling the US opioid crisis, faces more than 2,000 lawsuits seeking billions of dollars. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP filed for bankruptcy protection in New York on Sunday night, succumbing to pressure from more than 2,000 lawsuits alleging the company helped heighten the deadly United States opioid epidemic. Purdue’s board met on Sunday evening to approve the long-expected bankruptcy filing, which the company is pursuing to restructure under terms of a proposal to settle the widespread litigation. Purdue reached a tentative deal to resolve lawsuits with…

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New York finds $1bn in hidden Sackler family wire transfers

NY state Attorney General Letitia James says owners of Oxycontin-producer Purdue Pharma made off with opioid ‘proceeds’. The billionaire family that owns Oxycontin-maker Purdue Pharma LP made about $1 billion in transfers among themselves and their shell companies while they were “draining Purdue of its opioids proceeds,” New York Attorney General Letitia James told a judge in a letter. The transfers, some through Swiss bank accounts, were revealed in documents provided by an unspecified financial institution in response to a subpoena – one of at least 10 banks facing demands…

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