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Top of the morning, and a fine one it is. Our shortest person successfully departed for the local schoolhouse for another day of learning, our official mascot is snoozing happily in his designated snoozing corner, and the coffee kettle is firing up yet another cup of stimulation (maple pecan is the favorite today). All of which is to say we can focus on the usual matters at hand — foraging for items of interest. Speaking of which, here are a few tidbits to help you along on your own journey. Hope all goes well today and, as always, please do keep in touch.

Local governments in regions hard hit by the U.S. opioid crisis have opted out of massive litigation taking aim at the drug industry over the crisis, potentially weakening a novel legal mechanism created to help settle thousands of lawsuits, Reuters writes. Overall, 98% of some 34,000 local governments agreed to be bound by a class action against drug makers and distributors. But 541 local governments that opted out are raising the prospect that companies could face expensive trials even if they settled with the class.

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