New York Times – Juul closes deal with tobacco giant Altria

The tobacco giant Altria, maker of Marlboro and other top-selling brands of cigarettes, has agreed to pay nearly $13 billion for a 35 percent stake in Juul Labs, the wildly popular vaping company that burst on the scene in 2015 with a mission to render cigarettes obsolete.

U.S. News & World Report – In Michigan, carfentanil eyed as a deadly culprit

A spike in opioid overdose deaths in Detroit’s home county was the likely fault of the extremely potent synthetic drug.

The Washington Post – With spending bill stalled, federal agencies prepare to cease operations at midnight Friday

The collapse of talks between President Trump and Republican leaders to keep the government funded temporarily left dozens of federal agencies facing the prospect of closing at midnight Friday, with officials offering scant details on what operations would continue on the eve of the Christmas holiday weekend.

USA Today – FDA warns about teething necklaces, bracelets after death of 18-month-old

The Food and Drug Administration is warning parents and caregivers about using teething necklaces or bracelets after the death of an 18-month-old child.

CBS News – Americans aren’t getting taller, but are getting heavier

A new report released Thursday shows U.S. adults aren’t getting any taller but they are still getting fatter.