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State attorneys general call Purdue Pharma settlement a 'slap in the face' for victims of opioid crisis

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WoodysPhotos/iStock(NEW YORK) — Purdue Pharma, the makers of the highly-addictive painkiller OxyContin that many blame for fueling the nationwide opioid epidemic, have reached a tentative settlement deal with thousands of local governments and a handful of states for its alleged role in the crisis that has ravaged the nation, sources familiar with the tentative agreement told ABC News on Wednesday.

In total, more than 20 states and 2,000 municipalities are part of the agreement, sources said.

The terms, according to sources, include the impending bankruptcy of Purdue Pharma and the formation of a new company that will continue to sell OxyContin.

The Sackler family is expected to contribute $3 billion up front, plus more from the sale of Mundipharma, a sister company of Purdue Pharma that is also owned by the Sacklers.

“Purdue Pharma continues to work with all plaintiffs on reaching a comprehensive resolution to its opioid litigation that will deliver billions of dollars and vital opioid overdose rescue medicines to communities across the country impacted by the opioid crisis,” the company told ABC News in a statement.

Still, some state attorneys have vowed to keep fighting the makers of the OxyContin painkiller in court, with the Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro calling it “a slap in the face” to alleged victims.

“This apparent settlement is a slap in the face to everyone who has had to bury a loved one due to this family’s destruction and greed. It allows the Sackler family to walk away billionaires and admit no wrongdoing,” Shapiro said in a statement. “We know they targeted Pennsylvanians—especially seniors and veterans—which contributed to the crisis we are dealing with today that claims the lives of 12 Pennsylvanians a day.”

He continued: “I won’t let them get away with the harm they inflicted on our Commonwealth. This is far from over.”

Other state attorneys general also doubled down.

“While our country continues to recover from the carnage left by the Sacklers’ greed, this family is now attempting to evade responsibility and lowball the millions of victims of the opioid crisis,” New York Attorney General Letitia James told ABC News in a statement. “A deal that doesn’t account for the depth of pain and destruction caused by Purdue and the Sacklers is an insult, plain and simple. As attorney general, I will continue to seek justice for victims and fight to hold bad actors accountable, no matter how powerful they may be.”

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong retweeted a link to an article reporting about the tentative settlement, writing: “Connecticut has not agreed to any settlement. Our position remains firm and unchanged and nothing for us has changed today.”

“The scope and scale of the pain, death and destruction that Purdue and the Sacklers have caused far exceeds anything that has been offered thus far,” Tong wrote on Twitter. “CT’s focus is on the victims and their families, and holding Purdue and the Sacklers accountable for the crisis they have caused.”

Lawyers who have been representing more than 2,000 communities in the civil suit against Purdue Pharma said in a statement that they are recommending to their clients to “move forward in support of the current Purdue Pharma settlement proposal that will bring desperately needed recovery resources into local communities that, for years, have been forced to shoulder the consequences, tragedies, and financial burden of the opioid epidemic.”

“This community-driven solution supports those most affected by the prescription opioid crisis—and demonstrates that Main Streets across the country are leading the charge to fight, abate, and recover from the epidemic. In the days to come, if the proposal meets satisfactory documentation of the final terms, we look forward to sharing more details about the resolution’s structure and how it will provide direct support at the local level,” attorneys Paul J. Hanly Jr., Paul T. Farrell Jr., and Joe Rice, the executive committee co-leads from the National Prescription Opiate Litigation said in a statement.

Still, the statement added that, “While this agreement is good progress, we will maintain our aggressive preparation for October’s federal bellwether trial against a host of other opioid industry manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacies to put their behavior on full display for the public.”

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Billy Currington stages impromptu Saturday benefit in Key West for victims of Hurricane Dorian

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ABC/Image Group LABilly Currington’s home in Tybee Island, Georgia narrowly missed being hit by Hurricane Dorian last week. But his home-away-from-home in the Bahamas — and his friends and family there — were not so lucky.

So this Saturday, Billy plans to perform two benefit concerts in Key West, Florida for the islands.

“After seeing the impact Hurricane Dorian had on the Bahamas, I felt I had do something,” Billy says. “I looked online for organizations already in motion, helping out the island of Green Turtle Cay, which I came to know when we shot the video for ‘People Are Crazy.’

Billy will first play the Key West Cares show at the Key West Theatre, which starts September 14 at 7 p.m. You can find more information about the fundraiser online.

Afterwards, he’ll make his way to Sunset Pier at Ocean Key Resort on Zero Duval Street to play a show with his full band at 8:30. The show is free, with money being raised solely from donations and local sponsorships. 

“Most of all, I can’t wait to hang and see people gather together for the love of the Bahamas,” Billy adds.

Fans can expect to hear Billy’s dozen number-one hits, as well as his latest single, “Details.”

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"We Were"… checking out the Jonas Brothers: Keith Urban gives Joe, Nick and Kevin high marks

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Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboThe Jonas Brothers’ Nashville stop on their Happiness Begins Tour was a can’t-miss show for lots of country stars: Dan + Shay came onstage to sing “Tequila” and Kelsea Ballerini posed for photos with the JoBros, and Keith Urban was backstage hanging with Joe Jonas.

“Shout out to Joe Jonas and the Jonas Brothers for an insanely great show last night,” the CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year tweeted, along with a photo backstage with Joe. “You GOT to go see this tour — the energy in the arena was like Cape Canaveral — the whole band was on!!!!!!”

“Joe and Nick splitting verses on ‘Jealous’ and ‘Cake By The Ocean’ — sooooo good!!!!!” he added, referencing Nick’s solo hit, and Joe’s hit with the band DNCE, respectively.

Meanwhile, Keith’s just put out a new music video for the acoustic version of his latest single, “We Were.”

The stripped-down black-and-white performance video is punctuated by pops of color and illustrations that match the song’s storyline. You can check it out now on YouTube.

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Shameik Moore says 'Wu-Tang: An America Saga' reveals the authentic side of the iconic hip-hop group

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Hulu/Craig Blankenhorn(NEW YORK) — Shameik Moore plays a young Raekwon in the new Hulu series Wu-Tang: An America Saga. The 24-year old actor, singer and rapper tells ABC Radio that the Wu-Tang Clan series shows the authentic side of the group that its members never revealed in the past. 

“When cameras came, it felt like the FBI to these guys. So there wasn’t really showing or saying certain things to the camera,” he says. “[We] wasn’t gonna find out what made Method Man tick, what made Raekwon tick, what made RZA tick.” 

“On this show, you get more,” Moore continues. “You get what makes them tick. The stuff that they would never just show you, you know, in a documentary or just being themselves.”

Moore worked with RZA previously when the Wu-Tang leader directed his upcoming film Cut Throat City, which also stars Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard and T.I  The Get Down star says it was on the set of that movie that RZA decided he should play Raekwon.

“He told me that he saw moments in that film, small moments, where I got upset or I got more serious and he was like, ‘I feel like you can play Raekwon based off of that.’”

Ironically, Moore says as a child, he wasn’t allowed to listen to hip-hop.  However, he became a fan through watching the 2004 film You Got Served, starring Marques Houston and B2K.

“I was in military school and Christian schools, like real strict environments growing up,” he recalls. “Then I got into hip-hop after I saw You Got Served.  That was a totally different generation of hip- hop at that point.” 

Wu-Tang: American Saga, also starring Erika Alexander from Living Single, premiered September 4 on Hulu.

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Carrie Underwood takes fans backstage while firing up the fall leg of the Cry Pretty Tour

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ABC/Mark Levine Carrie Underwood celebrated hitting the road again — and hitting nine million followers on Instagram — by going live Tuesday night before her Cry Pretty Tour stop in San Diego, California.

Carrie’s fans got to join her typical backstage hang with her band before the show, and ask the group a few questions as well.

The “Southbound” hitmaker revealed the troupe had enjoyed a few days in San Diego leading up to the trek’s second leg, with all the kids sitting in to watch them warm up.

Carrie also shared a snapshot of her four-year-old Isaiah sitting in the nearly-empty arena watching his mom while holding a toy. “Critiquing rehearsals… with his dinosaur,” she added on her Instagram story.

She added that she was particularly excited because she’d gotten to rest the night before, because even though her nearly eight-month-old son Jacob had gotten up at 5:45 a.m., he’d gone back to sleep.

While some of the band and crew had enjoyed the food in San Diego, Carrie confessed she’d eaten the same dinner several nights in a row, because she typically orders groceries on the road from Instacart.  

The CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee finished her Instagram Live by giving fans a sneak peak at how she starts “Cry Pretty” on tour, singing at a makeup table underneath the stage, before emerging in front of the crowd using a lift.

Wednesday afternoon, Carrie shared a video recap of the evening on Instagram.

This week, Carrie, Maddie & Tae, and Runaway June continue on to Los Angeles on Thursday, before playing Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday.

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