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U.S. military vehicles drive on a road in the town of Tal Tamr on Sunday after pulling out of a base in northern Syria. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says some troops may remain in northeast Syria to secure oil fields. Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Cardinal Health was one of a handful of corporations to strike a last-minute settlement with two Ohio counties, to avoid the first major trial in the landmark federal litigation effort concerning the opioid health crisis. Darron Cummings/AP hide caption

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Opioid Trial: 4 Companies Reach Tentative Settlement With Ohio Counties

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After Redistricting, Virginia's House Speaker Faces Tough Re-Election Bid

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California Wildfire Victims Face Deadline To File Against PG&E

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Residents In Kentucky's Martin County Face Escalating Water Bills

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How 2 Kentucky Colleges Are Making Tuition-Free Work

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Off Script: Andrew Yang's Appeal To Undecided Voters

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Rudy Giuliani's Time As New York Mayor

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Impeachment Inquiry: Witness Testimonies Continue This Week

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Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said Sunday that his words were taken out of context when he acknowledged on Thursday that military aid to Ukraine was being tied to President Trump seeking a political favor. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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A Bradley Fighting Vehicle was involved in the training accident that killed three soldiers at Fort Stewart, in Georgia, on Sunday. Above, a Bradley is stationed to support a patrol mission by U.S.-Iraqi forces in Baghdad. Liu Jin/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Lawyer Ben Crump On 'Open Season'

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Family and friends who lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses left pill bottles in protest outside the Stamford, Conn., headquarters of Purdue Pharma in August 2018. Jessica Hill/AP hide caption

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Partisan Divide Grows Over Opioid Settlement Plan

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Supporters of gun control measures gather at the Legislative Office Building in Concord, N.H., in August, to urge Republican Gov. Chris Sununu to act after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. Michael Casey/AP hide caption

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Mayor Of Stockton, Calif., Discusses Universal Basic Income Program Results

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