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Your Guide To The Massive (And Massively Complex) Opioid Litigation

The largest-ever federal action related to the U.S. opioid crisis is on the cusp of its first trial next week — and it's complicated. So here's a brief(ish) explainer breaking it all down.

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Ronan Farrow: 'Catch And Kill' Tactics Protected Both Weinstein And Trump

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He was followed and his house bugged as he reported on allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Farrow says it's part of a pattern in which powerful entities go to extremes to quash unfavorable stories.

Ronan Farrow: 'Catch And Kill' Tactics Protected Both Weinstein And Trump

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How Magic Mushrooms Can Help Smokers Kick The Habit

Magic mushrooms — they're not just for getting weird with your friends. Researchers are increasingly looking at psychedelics to treat conditions such as depression and addiction.

How Magic Mushrooms Can Help Smokers Kick The Habit

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British Family Detained By ICE After Unlawfully Entering U.S. From Canada

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Eileen and David Connors say they accidentally crossed the U.S.-Canada border while vacationing. The couple and their 3-month-old son have been in a federal immigration facility since Oct. 3.

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U.S. 'Show Of Force' After Turkish-Backed Fighters Get Too Close To Base In Syria

The potential risk to U.S. personnel came on the same day Russia said its military is now acting as a buffer between Turkish and Syrian troops along the border.

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Vampire Weekend Hits On Complicated Relationships And Identity

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Father of the Bride is an ambitious collection of 18 songs featuring guests like Steve Lacy and Danielle Haim.

Vampire Weekend On World Cafe

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Then-National Security Adviser Called Rudy Giuliani 'A Hand Grenade' On Ukraine

Former White House aide Fiona Hill told impeachment investigators on Monday that she and former Trump adviser John Bolton were troubled by actions by the president's private lawyer.

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The Key To Raising Brilliant Kids? Play A Game

We all want our kids to succeed, but that doesn't mean running math drills. Author Kathy Hirsh-Pasek explains the "6 C's" that kids need to thrive and why raising brilliant kids starts with redefining brilliant.

The Key To Raising Brilliant Kids? Play A Game

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