This week for BuzzFeed News, Amanda Chicago Lewis uncovers the controversies and risks of the budding hash oil industry. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
California dispensaries say butane hash oil, or "wax," now accounts for 40% of sales — despite potential health risks and home lab explosions on the rise. With no regulation and a lack of good information, stoners turn to self-appointed, and self-interested, "experts" like Matt Rize — but at what cost?
This is what young LGBT kids and their parents have learned.
How a small British news agency and its founder fill your Facebook feed with stories that are wonderful, wacky – and often wrong.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Gregory D. Johnsen chronicles the rise and resolve of CIA Director John Brennan. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
How did the candidate of hope and change turn into the president of secret kill lists, drone strikes hitting civilians, and immunity for torturers? The answer may lie in his relationship with the CIA director, a career bureaucrat turned quiet architect of a morally murky national security policy who isn't going to let a little thing like getting caught spying on the Senate bring him down.
More than a thousand Texas teenagers have been ordered to lockup on charges that stem from missing school, often because they have unpaid court fines. The costs to their education are high. Some, like Serena Vela, drop out.
A short checklist called the Static-99 weighs facts about a sex offender’s past in order to predict the likelihood of future crimes. Many legal and scientific experts worry that the way the test is often used — to make high-stakes decisions about an individual’s liberty — is critically flawed.
A small-town narcotics unit has built a team of confidential informants by arresting low-level-offender college students and pressuring them to flip.
Even for a beloved and widely respected director living out his ultimate dream job at the helm of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it might be impossible to survive the Marvel Studios machine intact.
The stars and the director of this genre-busting sleeper hit — which is returning to theaters for one day to celebrate its 20th anniversary — talk to BuzzFeed News about why it still resonates. “I know you don’t smoke weed. I know this. But I’m gonna get you high today. 'Cuz it’s Friday, you ain’t got no job, and you ain’t got shit to do!”
The Russian president stunned Obama when he proposed Steven Seagal as an intermediary between Washington and Moscow. BuzzFeed News' Max Seddon and Rosie Gray tell the extraordinary story of the faded action star's dalliances with the Kremlin.
Why would an American college student run away to Syria and join ISIS? Meet Hoda, a 20-year-old woman from Alabama — and the devastated father she left behind.
Shaneen Allen, a black single mother from Philadelphia, got a raw deal from police and prosecutors. But her biggest champions came not from the political left, but the right.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Jess Testa meets Mackensie, an almost ordinary American teenager. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
Welcome to the first installment of "16," a BuzzFeed News series about ordinary people at the weirdest age. Meet an Atlanta teenager with trichotillomania who's trying to be more than the girl in class who pulls her hair out.
For three friends in Texas, partying until morning with Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, and A$AP Rocky is merely an occupational hazard.
For many victims who want to publicly tell their stories, anonymity for themselves or their assailants seems like the safe, smart decision. But as recent cases have shown, anonymity is no guarantee of protection from an increasingly hostile internet.
Where terrorism succeeds, parents have a hard time recognizing their own children. BuzzFeed News' Jina Moore reports from Nairobi, Kenya.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Freda Moon and Tim Stelloh shed new light on a decades-old case of corruption, murder, and mystery. Read that and these other great stories from around the web.
On the morning of July 4, 1993, a Connecticut bodega owner named Eugenio "Gene" DeLeon Vega was found murdered. Two men were tried and convicted, but that was just the beginning. Part 4 of a four-part look at a case that has baffled and frustrated for over 20 years.
On the morning of July 4, 1993, a Connecticut bodega owner named Eugenio "Gene" DeLeon Vega was found murdered. Two men were tried and convicted, but that was just the beginning. Part 3 of a four-part look at a case that has baffled and frustrated for over 20 years.
On the morning of July 4, 1993, a Connecticut bodega owner named Eugenio "Gene" DeLeon Vega was found murdered. Two men were tried and convicted, but that was just the beginning. Part 2 of a four-part look at a case that has baffled and frustrated for over 20 years.
On the morning of July 4, 1993, a Connecticut bodega owner named Eugenio "Gene" DeLeon Vega was found murdered. Two men were tried and convicted, but that was just the beginning. Part 1 of a four-part look at a case that has baffled and frustrated for over 20 years.
Ronald Taylor and George Gould were jailed for murdering a New Haven bodega owner in 1993. They were exonerated thanks to the efforts of a cop-turned-private investigator, only to be ordered back to prison — along with the investigator himself. And in the middle of it all were the victim’s troubled son and a heroin addict whose changing testimony has been the most mysterious part of a case that has baffled and infuriated for over 20 years.
El marido de mi madre me confesó que cuando era adolescente me espiaba en mi habitación y en el baño. Resolver la manera de relacionarme con él (y con mi madre) fue traumático, aunque ellos no lo consideran abuso sexual.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Kayleen Schaefer pulls back the covers on the surprisingly trendy world of mattress startups. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
In this excerpt from The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, journalist Masha Gessen recounts the Boston Marathon bombing’s immediate aftermath through the eyes of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friends and classmates as they came to realize who was responsible.
After 10 years on Friends, Perry could have chosen to do whatever he wanted — but what he's always wanted is to work. With his reboot of The Odd Couple, the actor seems finally to have found the right role.
It's been eight years since Modest Mouse's last album, and 11 since they found unlikely mainstream success. For frontman Isaac Brock, that's a very long time to stew and think about what he's done.
This really weird thing happened to me. Then it got even weirder. Then it turned insane. Do I have a story for you. [This is the epic continuation of "How I Became a Minor Celebrity in China."]
Casper leads a new crowd of startups in the $14 billion mattress industry, trying to turn the most utilitarian of purchases into a quirky, shareable adventure. Wake up to the new world of selling the fundane.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Albert Samaha explores how, for those exonerated from prison, living free doesn't necessarily mean living easy. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
According to a 2006 police report obtained by In Touch, Duggar admitted to fondling his sisters while they slept when he was a young teenager. In a statement, the now 27-year-old said he deeply regrets his actions.
Though transgender people are still barred from openly serving in the military, a small but increasingly visible population of veterans are demanding health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs — and getting it.
In 2010, then-Gov. Brad Henry signed off on David Johns' parole release. But the paperwork didn't get filed in time and the next governor reversed the decision.
A source at A&E said 17 women were helped by the show. BuzzFeed News investigated the resources provided.
Rebel Wilson isn't the first Hollywood star to fabricate details of her past. But the reason she did so speaks volumes of the industry's logic concerning what sort of bodies should appear on-screen.