The Family Trying to Escape Blame for the Opioid Crisis

Much as the role of the addictive multibillion-dollar painkiller OxyContin in the opioid crisis has stirred controversy and rancor nationwide, so it has divided members of the wealthy and philanthropic Sackler family, some of whom own the company that makes the drug. In recent months, as protesters have begun pressuring the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and other cultural institutions to spurn donations from the Sacklers, one branch of the family has moved aggressively to distance itself from OxyContin and its manufacturer, Purdue Pharma. The widow and one daughter of Arthur Sackler, who owned a related Purdue company with his two brothers, maintain that none of his heirs… Read More

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The US and South Korean military appear to be trying not to give North Korea an excuse for more provocations

Journalists were reportedly barred from covering a joint US-South Korean military drill in South Korea. The duration of some of the military exercises were reportedly scaled back, despite official statements that indicated otherwise. This could be because so the US and South Korea can limit the optics of their military drills — which Pyongyang sees as a provocation — in light of the upcoming summits. Amid the thaw in relations and upcoming summits between North Korea and the US, news coverage of US-South Korean joint exercises near the North Korean border have been unusually muted. The two major annual drills — Foal Eagle and Key Resolve — kicked off on… Read More

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HQ Trivia now lets you play with (and compete against) friends

HQ Trivia is a sensation. The app-based game show sees people try to answer twelve questions – some easy, some fiendishly difficult – in the hope of winning cash. Since its launch, it’s gone from strength to strength, launching a UK version, bringing on new guest hosts, and clinching sponsorship deals with global brands like Nike. Now, it’s introducing a new feature that lets you play with (and compete against) friends and family. The feature – called “Friends on HQ” – lets you see friends who are playing, and track their progress in the game. So, if you stumble after… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Yulia Skripal has been discharged from hospital after being poisoned with nerve agent

The daughter of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal has been discharged from hospital after being poisoned by nerve agent, doctors have confirmed. Yulia Skripal collapsed next to her father in Salisbury on March 4 after being exposed to Novichok nerve agent. Both Skripals were in critical condition for about a month after their collapse. Yulia’s condition upgraded from critical to stable on March 30, while her father was declared to be no longer in critical condition last Friday. Yulia said in a statement last week that her strength “is growing daily” and described her experience as “somewhat disorientating.” Prime Minister Theresa May said last month, before the Skripals’ recovery from… Read More

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How neuroscience is illuminating the importance of daydreaming

What scientists know as mind-wandering tells us much about what it means to be human. We all daydream, whether about marrying Rihanna, discovering a sudden ability to sing opera or never having to answer another email again. Yet it is only in the last few decades that the science behind daydreaming, or mind-wandering as it is termed in most academic literature, has transitioned from the realms of pseudoscience to the cutting edge of cognitive neuroscience. At its most basic, daydreaming is your mind wandering from the here and now. Traditionally, daydreaming was considered to be a single psychological state of mind. This, however, caused conflict in academic literature, and the… Read More

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Hilary Clinton warns Theresa May that Brexit could destroy the Irish peace deal

Hillary Clinton has warned Theresa May’s that Brexit Brexit to “undermine” the Good Friday. “The hand of history will be heavy and unforgiving” if the UK government oversees the return of a hard Irish border, the former US presidential candidate said. The historic peace deal was struck 20 years ago today. The most significant problem May has yet to resolve in Brexit negotiations is the Irish border issue. Labour MP Barry Gardiner and Brexit secretary David Davis were both accused of making inflammatory comments about the Irish border issue on Monday. LONDON — Hillary Clinton has warned that “the hand of history will be heavy and unforgiving” if Theresa May’s… Read More

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