Rex Tillerson opens up

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Rex Tillerson admits he was an unconventional choice for secretary of state. He had no prior government experience, but as CEO of Exxon-Mobil, he had crisscrossed the globe striking deals with foreign leaders.  Secretary Tillerson – a man who still considers himself a Boy Scout and follows what he calls “the Code of the West”…

Opioid makers gave $10 million to drug advocacy groups

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WASHINGTON — Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications’ use, according to a report released this past week by a U.S. senator. The investigation by Missouri’s Sen. Claire McCaskill shed light Monday on the opioid industry’s ability to shape public…

Students seize control of gun debate, plan walkouts and march

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Students are taking hold of the gun debate in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, by organizing a series of school walkouts across the country and a march in Washington to protest gun violence. The Women’s March youth branch of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — the site of the…

‘Black Panther’s’ $192 million blows away box office

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Although the film’s international footprint doesn’t include several of the largest markets — China, Russia and Japan — it still ranks among the top 15 global debuts ever. It’s also the highest-grossing February opening weekend. “All hail the King of Wakanda!” Disney declared, referring to the movie’s mythical and highly advanced African nation. Ryan Coogler’s…