As Superstorm Sandy’s floodwaters receded from the New York metropolitan area, much of the hardest, dirtiest, and most dangerous work fell to immigrant day laborers. Their stories, in their own words, as told to BuzzFeed News’ David Noriega.
Television networks like TLC and MTV can’t keep mining poor rural Americans for show ideas and then act surprised when their stars implode.
An exclusive ground-level look at the illicit oil trade that has made ISIS the world's richest extremist group. BuzzFeed News' Mike Giglio reports from the Turkey–Syria border.
This week for BuzzFeed News, David Peisner tells the heartbreaking story of a mother's 19-year struggle to recover her kidnapped daughter. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the net.
When a coal miner's lungs finally gave out, his autopsy proved a top doctor was wrong — giving hope to thousands of other miners. The story of Steve Day and his final vindication.
As if losing a child to kidnapping wasn't horrifying enough, ineffective law enforcement agencies and predatory private investigators only add to the confusion and pain. Deana Hebert's long, maddening search for her daughter — and the ex-husband who took her — may be the rule, not the exception.
This week for BuzzFeed, Alex Campbell investigates laws that imprison battered women whose partners have killed their children. Read that and these other stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Illegal, secret, expensive, and incredibly scary. A 74-year-old grandmother tells her story.
The on- and offline search for the prime suspect in last month's celebrity nude-photo hacking scandal.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Natalie Shure describes surviving tuberculosis in the social media age. Read that and these other great stories.
While volunteering for the Peace Corps in Ukraine in 2010, I contracted a rare, severe strain of drug-resistant TB. Two years of painful, isolating treatment taught me the vital role social media may play in dragging this disease out of the shadows and finally getting rid of it for good.
This week for BuzzFeed Features, Katie J.M. Baker tells the strange story of a Texas woman who for 20 years tricked families, employers and high schools into thinking she was a helpless teenager. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Our get-it-now economy depends on enormous, futuristic warehouses — but the people who live in their shadows face lung-stunting pollution and, in some cases, political corruption.
When police raided a suburban Georgia home, looking for drugs and weapons, a stun grenade would leave a 19-month-old fighting for his life and his family facing more than $1 million in medical debt. The story of Baby Bou Bou and the commando cops. [Warning: Graphic Images]
This week for BuzzReads, Mark Oppenheimer questions whether organized atheism is hostile to women. Read that and these other stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
When I was 21, I flew to Central America to be with a man I'd only met once before. I wanted to live a very romantic story.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Keegan Hamilton introduces the researchers who are coming close to discovering a cure for cocaine addiction. Read that and these other stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Researchers are closer than ever before to finding a cure for dependence on stimulants like methamphetamine and cocaine. But will big pharma and the FDA stand in the way?
After meeting a much younger white man online, I began exploring what it would be like to have a submissive lover.
Collin Grant’s stepfather repeatedly raped him — but under laws exposed in a BuzzFeed News investigation, Collin’s mom went to prison for more time than his rapist. Today, Collin wants his mother pardoned.
This week for BuzzReads, Ryan Broderick introduces the women who are fighting to criminalize revenge pornography. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
West Virginia has a juvenile incarceration problem that's costing one of the poorest states in the country millions of dollars. Families say it's because judges are too quick to take their kids away.
"How does somebody go into a Walmart and not come out alive?"
This week for BuzzReads, Alex French spends a week at one of the fastest growing cities in America: an 100,000 person retirement community in Florida called The Villages. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
I left Mexico because I was unhappy and believed that my unhappiness had roots in history and geography. But every once in a while I feel the need to feel at home — and make carnitas.
Arlena Lindley’s boyfriend Alonzo Turner beat her for months and murdered her child — so why was she sent to prison for 45 years? A BuzzFeed News investigation.
Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong was a trailblazer despite the openly racist industry in which she worked. Remembering her story and contemplating how much things have changed.
In 1937, my great-grandfather started a workwear company in New England called Madewell. In 2006, 17 years after the last factory shut down, J.Crew relaunched a hugely successful women's clothing line with the same name and logo, based on a 50-year history in which it had no part.
With showrunner Jason Katims' raw storytelling and the passion and dedication of young actor Max Burkholder, the NBC drama has depicted a journey never before seen on network television, shedding light on life on the spectrum.
The families of unarmed black teenagers who died in high-profile cases have come to support and rely on one another.
This week for BuzzReads, Tim Stelloh and Freda Moon investigate a real estate deal gone very wrong on the isolated coast of Nicaragua. Read that and these other great stories.
On New Year's Eve 2007, a clot blocked one half of my brain from the other. My reality would never be the same again.
This week for BuzzFeed, Soraya Roberts tells the true story behind Flashdance — and asks whether those who inspired it deserve more. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
The 34-year-old Texas woman didn’t want to steal money or hurt anyone. So why did she trick people all over the country into believing she was still in high school?
In the middle of an empty bar, I erupted into grief, knowing full well that I’m only here because my suicide attempts were unsuccessful.
This week for BuzzFeed, Gregory D. Johnsen traces whether and how the U.S. is paying blood money to families of drone strike victims. Read that and these other stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Conversations between young women who claim to be ISIS members living in Syria provide a disturbing insight into the everyday lives of female militants.
This week for BuzzReads, Leigh Cowart journeys into a big clown convention's novelty-sized heart of darkness. Read that and these other stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
The red-nosed pros at the 2014 World Clown Association annual convention know you think they're creepy. How does a maligned and misunderstood centuries-old art form survive bad PR and cultural decline?
The U.S. government is one of the world’s biggest buyers of AK-47s and other Soviet bloc weapons, which it has poured into Afghanistan, Iraq, and other hot spots. An exclusive look at a strange string of U.S.-backed arms deals.