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The overprescription of opioid pain medications such as these oxycodone pills has been blamed for an addiction epidemic in the U.S. — and has spurred a flurry of activity in American courts. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Justice Williams with gym goers and kettlebells at CORE in Brookline, Mass. Robin Lubbock/WBUR hide caption

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'Queer Gym' Empowers LGBTQ+ Clients, Both Physically And Mentally

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A photo taken from Turkey's Sanliurfa province shows smoke rising after Turkish Armed Forces hit targets in Rasulayn, a town east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria, on Monday. Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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Literary critic and author Harold Bloom addresses an audience in New York on March 9, 2003. Mark Mainz/Getty Images hide caption

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Harold Bloom, A Rare Best-Selling Literary Critic, Dies At 89

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A Moran tugboat nears the stern of the vessel Golden Ray as it lays on its side in Jekyll Island, Ga. The ship capsized last month and is still there on its side, leaking an unknown amount of fuel and oil. Stephen B. Morton/AP hide caption

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Cargo Ship In Georgia Leaked Oil In Marsh After Overturning

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President Trump talked to seniors about health care in central Florida in early October. "We eliminated Obamacare's horrible, horrible, very expensive and very unfair, unpopular individual mandate," Trump told the crowd. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Is Trying Hard To Thwart Obamacare. How's That Going?

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U.S. teens' use of e-cigarettes has doubled since 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Tony Dejak/AP hide caption

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High School Vape Culture Can Be Almost As Hard To Shake As Addiction, Teens Say

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A protester shakes hands with a security officer in Quito, Ecuador, on Sunday as they celebrate the government's announcement that it has cancelled an austerity package. The package had triggered violent protests that paralyzed the economy and left seven people dead. Dolores Ochoa/AP hide caption

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Former Vice President Joe Biden unveiled an ethics plan that also assails practices in the Trump administration. It comes as his son Hunter is making new pledges to curtail overseas business dealings to quell criticism over his role in Ukraine's energy sector while his father was managing policy with the nation. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump frequently criticizes the media at his campaign rallies like this one in Louisiana on Friday. His spokeswoman condemned a video that used a fake image of the president attacking opponents and the media. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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