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New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction, new data show.

George W. Bush says his mother didn’t fear death

Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday that his mother, Barbara Bush, didn’t fear death because she believed in an afterlife and that she would be “wonderfully received in the arms of a loving God.”

Memphis pays the price for removing statues

After Memphis, Tenn., removed Confederate statues from city parks last year, the state Senate is moving forward with a $37.5 billion budget that includes no money for the city’s upcoming bicentennial celebration.