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J&J is using a bankruptcy maneuver to block lawsuits over baby powder cancer claims

Johnson & Johnson spun off liabilities — including roughly 38,000 lawsuits — linked to claims of asbestos contamination in its baby powder to a new firm, which then declared bankruptcy.

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J&J is using a bankruptcy maneuver to block lawsuits over baby powder cancer claims

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Zahra Nealy (left) and Victoria Chamberlin both stand to benefit from recent changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Roxanne Turpen and Amanda Andrade-Rhoades for NPR hide caption

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Student loan forgiveness is a lot closer for some borrowers, and they are pumped

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Karen Watkins is vice chair of the school board of Gwinnett County, a suburban county north of Atlanta. She is surprised that she has become a target for a political culture war. "I just didn't realize that it would impact the local school board," Watkins says. "Our main focus is towards student achievement and ensuring that we are producing children that are thriving." Johnathon Kelso for NPR hide caption

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What it's like to be on the front lines of the school board culture war

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Behind murky claim of a new hypersonic missile test, there lies a very real arms race

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Tech workers recount the cost of speaking out, as tensions rise inside companies

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