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The maker of opi­oid painkiller Opana ER is pulling the drug off the mar­ket at the re­quest of fed­eral reg­u­la­tors be­cause it’s be­ing abused.

Endo In­ter­na­tional PLC said Thurs­day it will vol­un­tar­ily stop sell­ing the pills, ap­proved for use in pa­tients with se­vere, con­stant pain, after con­sult­ing with the U.S. Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion. It’s the first opi­oid drug that the FDA has sought to re­move from the mar­ket due to abuse.

The FDA said it had seen a “sig­nif­i­cant shift” from people crush­ing and snort­ing the pill to get high to in­ject­ing it in­stead. Be­sides con­tribut­ing to over­doses, abuse of Opana ER was blamed for a 2015 out­break of HIV and hep­ati­tis C in south­ern In­di­ana, ac­cord­ing to the FDA.

19 AGs sue DeVos over de­lay­ing for-profit col­lege rules.

Demo­cratic at­tor­neys gen­eral in 18 states and the District of Columbia are su­ing Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Betsy DeVos over her de­ci­sion to sus­pend rules meant to pro­tect stu­dents from abuses by for-profit col­leges. The law­suit, filed Thurs­day in Wash­ing­ton, de­mands im­ple­men­ta­tion of rules that aim to make schools fi­nan­cially re­spon­si­ble for fraud and for­bid them from forc­ing stu­dents to re­solve com­plaints out­side court.

Qatar Air­ways no longer on U.S. lap­top ban list. DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMI­RATES»

Qatar Air­ways has joined two other ma­jor long-haul car­ri­ers in the Gulf in get­ting off a U.S. lap­top ban list. Cabin elec­tron­ics on U.S.-bound flights were banned from 10 Mideast air­ports over con­cerns bombs could be hid­den in lap­tops.

States sue, want pes­ti­cide off the mar­ket.

Sev­eral states are seek­ing to join a le­gal chal­lenge to a Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion de­ci­sion to keep a widely used pes­ti­cide on the mar­ket de­spite stud­ies show­ing it can harm chil­dren’s brains. Led by New York, the coali­tion filed a mo­tion Wed­nes­day to in­ter­vene in a le­gal fight over the spray­ing of chlor­pyri­fos on food.

Tiller­son a fo­cus of Exxon probe.

NEW YORK» New York’s at­tor­ney gen­eral con­sid­ers U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son a cen­tral fig­ure in his ex­pand­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether ExxonMo­bil mis­led in­vestors about cli­mate change. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Sch­nei­der­man said he has the le­gal au­thor­ity to ques­tion Tiller­son, Exxon’s for­mer CEO.

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