Metro Narcotics in Oxford, Mississippi, makes frequent use of college-age informants. Chris Bland claims he murdered one of them for being a "snitch."
What’s at stake when police arrest women who they believe falsely reported rape? For Lara McLeod, it was her reputation, her mental health, and maybe even her baby nephew’s life.
Only a few years ago, Ellen Page thought she could never come out publicly. Now, her new movie Freeheld marks an important step in the marriage equality movement — and it's just the start of a new stage in her career.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Amanda Chicago Lewis discovers the pitfalls of medical marijuana. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Certain compounds in cannabis have serious medical potential for everyone from cancer patients to children suffering from seizures. But patients and parents have no way to distinguish the snake oil salesmen from the trustworthy companies.
At 6 years old, Jazz Jennings became one of the first openly transgender children ever to appear on television. Eight years later, she boasts a children’s book, YouTube fame, and a TLC reality show — but can she balance being the most famous transgender kid in the world with just being a kid?
Porn has long been a driving force in tech and internet innovation, but the industry now finds itself in unprecedented danger thanks to piracy and free "tube" sites. These are some of the pioneers who are trying to fight back.
Liam Lyburd, from Newcastle, was today sentenced to life in prison for buying a gun, gas canisters, and pipe bomb materials from the Dark Web with intent to shoot students at his former college. BuzzFeed News follows the trail and asks whether someone in future might succeed where he failed.
After more than a decade spent running sketchy online marketing schemes, JustFab's founders have made it big in Silicon Valley. But have they changed their ways?
When you do everything right and society hates you for it, that’s Anne Hathaway Syndrome. In The Intern, Hathaway acts out that conundrum — but will it make us like her?
A year ago, 43 students disappeared after they were attacked by the police in the middle of the night, and their relatives are still looking for answers. BuzzFeed News' Karla Zabludovsky tells the story of a year of grief for the Abraján family.
Amna Farooqi is a Pakistani-American Muslim who grew up in a “Pro-Palestine” household. How did she become the president of J Street U, the campus wing of the Pro-Israel lobbying group?
This week for BuzzFeed News, Michelle Nijhuis revisits America's long lost pipe dreams. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
The North American Water and Power Alliance was an audacious proposal to divert water to parched western states that would have cost hundreds of billions of dollars and pissed off Canada. But what if it had worked?
For 50 years, the name Tiger Beat has promised the same thing: beautiful teen idols. Today, the reboot of the magazine — with such unlikely backers as Kevin Durant and Nick Cannon — hinges on its ability to offer that same thing...in an only slightly updated package.
There's a statue venerating Ricky Williams outside the University of Texas football stadium. Sixteen years and one tumultuous pro career later, he's back on campus – with a very different purpose.
The gliding gadgets are suddenly everywhere, and someone is going to make a killing. Will it be the guy who patented them, the guy who imported them from China, or Mark Cuban?
Nicole Cronin was one of the hundreds of people who overdose in Palm Beach County every year. She came to South Florida for help, but instead found a rehab system with weak scientific backing that's riddled with fraud.
The HMS Erebus and a sister ship left England in 1845 to find the Northwest Passage. They were never seen again — until a team of Canadian searchers discovered the wreckage in the Arctic last year. What followed was a dispute over the facts of, and credit for, the historic find.
A lifetime of frustration has turned the breakout star of ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat into the perfect poster child for Asian-American representation.
Young women with anorexia are now turning to apps like Instagram to find the support they feel like they aren't getting from professional health services. Through photos, these teenagers are creating a support network that they believe is saving lives, but is it doing more harm than good?
How did a 1972 exhibition game between Russia and Uganda become a crucible for Cold War tensions at the dawn of Idi Amin's brutal regime? Ask the former CIA agent who tried to embarrass the Soviets where they'd least expect it: on a basketball court in Kampala.
It's not unusual to find personal meaning in a stranger's tragedy. But would you buy a T-shirt or get a tattoo memorializing a child you've never met? Meet the well-meaning, sometimes obsessive followers who have, and the parents living through their deceased child's online afterlife.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Shaun Raviv revisits the Cold War by way of the basketball court. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
After six years playing a college student on Community — and eight playing a ‘60s housewife on Mad Men — Alison Brie is ready to show she’s more than the sum of her characters’ conservative, type-A parts.
Scott Jones loved being a correctional officer at California's High Desert State Prison. Then he watched his colleagues commit enough abuses that he saw no choice but to break the code of silence, turning himself into a pariah in a neighborhood called CO Row.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Albert Samaha details the tragic story of a prison correctional officer who reported inmate abuse. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
“America killed us, and it said 'we didn’t kill civilians,'” a relative of one victim said. BuzzFeed News speaks to survivors on the border.
Edward Snowden's exposés of the National Security Agency's global surveillance sparked calls to roll them back around the world. But in Russia, where he claimed asylum, Vladimir Putin's censors seized on his revelations to justify unprecedented control over the internet — and expand the Kremlin's surveillance state in the very manner he so feared.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Jesse Hyde uncovers the dark underbelly of one of America's friendliest cults. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Gulfside Assembly — the only place where black Americans could visit a coastal beach during Jim Crow — was once known as a civil rights mecca. Just as it was to make a comeback, Hurricane Katrina laid ruin to the retreat, leaving a dedicated few struggling to keep it from fading into historical obscurity.
For decades, the freewheeling hippies of Jesus People USA — "God's forever family" — forged one of the most influential movements in Christianity. They were also Jaime Prater's family, until he made a documentary exposing the commune's darkest secrets.
When Kathy Phipps was relocated to a suburban Utah neighborhood after the storm, she was hailed by the media as an example of how the tragedy could turn into opportunity. But 10 years later, Kathy is back in Louisiana, scarred by what happened after the cameras went away.
I thought I’d scooped the biggest viral story of the year — turns out, I’d fallen for an elaborate joke. Over a year later, still plagued by embarrassment and resentment, I sat down with Elan Gale, the guy whose fake midair fight nearly derailed my career just as it was starting.
Carson invoked the passengers of Flight 93 to illustrate his point about fighting back against attackers.
Former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall Kerrick agreed to resign in exchange for a nearly $180,000 payout from the city that includes backpay and legal fees.
Reps. John Kline, Hal Rogers, and Candice Miller, among others, are being floated for a short-term role to replace John Boehner through 2016, in the wake of Kevin McCarthy's move to drop out.
Based on a search Wednesday night, the first person to link to the website — rubioamnestyplan.com — was a Trump campaign adviser. The Trump campaign didn’t return a request for comment about whether they created the site.
Authorities in Orange County, California, are seeking other children who may have been victimized.