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Opioid crisis: Purdue Pharma pays $270 million in historic settlement

Purdue Pharma, the maker of powerful painkiller OxyContin, is paying $270 million to the state of Oklahoma in a settlement. It's the end of the road for the lawsuit accusing the drug company of aggressively marketing the painkiller and helping fuel the opioid epidemic that's claimed close to 200,000 American lives.

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Also in the US this week, three suicides devastated communities already linked by tragic school shootings. Two were young survivors of last year's massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The third was a father of a child killed in the 2012 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The deaths have shone a spotlight on the lingering trauma left by gun violence.

And as Apple was announcing its streaming future, one former video giant is now down to its last store, a victim of the changing way we watch movies and TV. There were once 9,000 Blockbuster rental stores around the world. We check out the very last one, in the state of Oregon.

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