The Opioid Files

An epidemic unmasked: 76 billion pain pills saturated the country

Use the slider to see the change from 2006 to 2012. Darker colors represent more pills per person.
Newly released federal data provides an unprecedented look at the surge of legal pain pills that fueled the prescription opioid epidemic, which resulted in more than 100,000 deaths in a seven-year span.

Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, the notorious drug lord, receives life sentence in U.S. federal court

As head of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera presided over a violent and vast criminal enterprise that, over two decades, moved billions of dollars’ worth of drugs from Mexico to the United States.
Campaign 2020

‘Win where we won’: Trump campaign mounts an all-out effort to protect states key to his 2016 victory

As the president's campaign boasts of efforts to expand the electoral map, efforts so far appear squarely aimed at solidifying his base.

House votes to condemn Trump’s racist remarks

All but a handful of GOP lawmakers dismissed the rebuke while many Democrats pressed for harsher punishment of the president.

Trump’s remarks can be used against him in court

His latest comments about four congresswomen of color will add to a record that has affected immigration and other cases.
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50 years after Apollo, conspiracy theorists are still howling at the ‘moon hoax’

The idea that NASA faked the landing proves as durable as the lunar rocks.
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