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The 60-year-old son of a Holocaust survivor turned billionaire banking mogul is convinced that his remix of John Lennon's "Imagine" can save the world and that he can make his father's tragic story bigger than The Diary of Anne Frank. Ivan Wilzig, aka Sir Ivan, aka Peaceman, aka Mr. Mitzvah, has dedicated his life and a sizable chunk of his family's vast fortune to convincing literally anyone else.
After going public with allegations against her instructor, ballerina Lissa Curtis was unwittingly —and uncomfortably — thrust into the role of a spokesperson for sexual assault survivors. What her struggles offstage reveal about coming forward in 2016.
A BuzzFeed News investigation shows that the LAPD violated its own rule against cooperating with immigration agents, a scenario that may become more frequent if Trump targets undocumented immigrants.
A Queens doctor faces a manslaughter charge after his patient died following an abortion. The unusual case may offer an inadvertent glimpse into life without Roe v. Wade.
Whether she's comfortable with it or not, the Barefoot Contessa star has one of the most devoted fandoms among cookbook giants. An unprecedented look inside her picture-perfect empire.
Chabon's new novel, Moonglow, is being received this week with the kind of hype you'd expect for one of America's most successful living writers. He's a big deal. So why doesn't he act like one?
Carlos Carromero served his time for shooting and paralyzing a man in 1984. Thirty years later, the assault charge became a homicide.
Prestige science fiction features are winning over audiences and earning major Oscar attention like never before. The filmmakers behind the movies hoping to join their ranks, Arrival and Passengers, spoke with BuzzFeed News about how sci-fi could lead Hollywood into a better future.
During a violent protest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray's death, Devin Allen took an instantly iconic photo that made him the poster child for how social media is changing photojournalism as a career and an art form. Over a year later, he’s still hopeful that photography can help heal his city’s wounds — and his own.
For over 30 years, Tom Hanks has been one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars — the quintessential Dad. But that simple likability camouflages the political potency of Hanks and the brand of white, middle-class Dad he’s come to represent.
A BuzzFeed News analysis found that three big right-wing Facebook pages published false or misleading information 38% of the time during the period analyzed, and three large left-wing pages did so in nearly 20% of posts.
What, exactly, do all these presidential election forecasts do? And with just two weeks left, why are we still clicking them so compulsively?
ISIS fights back as Iraqi and Kurdish forces steam ahead toward the biggest city held by the militants.
The WikiLeaks founder is out to settle a score with Hillary Clinton and reassert himself as a player on the world stage, says BuzzFeed News special correspondent James Ball, who worked for Assange at WikiLeaks.
For the first time in history, Washington has accused a foreign government of trying to interfere with the US election. Sheera Frenkel investigates the Russian hacking group at the forefront of that claim — and finds they’ve been practicing for this moment for a long time.
Cuban santero Rudy Guardiola has hundreds of "godchildren" in New York and around the US. Like the religion itself, many of its followers, including young people who were drawn to Santeria over trendier forms of spirituality, are in a constant struggle to survive. At Rudy’s botanica, they find safety, healing, and hope.
"Are there black countries?"
The anti-Islam group ACT for America has a direct line to Donald Trump. Now, it has seized on allegations of a hideous crime in Idaho’s Magic Valley to spread its reach among regular Americans.
To investors who lost millions of dollars, Brent Brown is a con man who used a restaurant franchise as his personal piggy bank. But Brown defiantly insists he's been wrongly vilified and just needs a little more time to make everything right, he swears.
“I want to show young Muslim women in the US that it’s possible to be American and wear a hijab and to be stylish, all at once."
Years ago, his grandfather set in motion a cycle of imprisonment that has trapped his family. Now Sheldon Johnson must carry the burden of his name.
Forget about drones, forget about dystopian sci-fi — a terrifying new generation of autonomous weapons is already here. Meet the small band of dedicated optimists battling nefarious governments and bureaucratic tedium to stop the proliferation of killer robots and, just maybe, save humanity from itself.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Michelle Dean investigates a possible case of Munchausen syndrome that ended in murder. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Dee Dee Blancharde was a model parent: a tireless single mom taking care of her gravely ill child. But after Dee Dee was killed, it turned out things weren’t as they appeared — and her daughter Gypsy had never been sick at all.
In the hysteria following the murder of a New Orleans police chief, 11 Italian-Americans were lynched by a vigilante mob angry about the city's influx of immigrants. Here's how the past and future of American nativism may not be that different.
This weekend, BuzzFeed's features team is curating the Digg homepage. Check out that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Albert Samaha details a web of police intimidation and retaliation. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
For 14 years, Kari Brandenburg was the district attorney of the biggest county in New Mexico, like her father before her, and was a loyal ally to the police. But when she charged two officers for the shooting death of a mentally ill man in 2014, the department's revenge was swift and severe.
Over the last three decades, massive sulcata tortoises have become a popular American family pet. Meet the people who made that happen — and the ones that are begging you not to buy one.
Three of the former Libyan dictator’s top officials are living comfortably in Britain despite being wanted in Tripoli for allegedly embezzling millions from the collapsed state – and the UK authorities have done nothing to help investigate.
To understand Drake’s proximity to reggae, and all tings Caribbean, it’s important to acknowledge who shapes the culture of Toronto. But is that enough?
Jim Watkins wants to make The Goldwater the pre-eminent news source for the trolls of 8chan.
My mother would always remind me, “Sara, when people see you in hijab, you are representing Islam.” And whether I liked it or not, she was right.
“Many of our global clients have already requested that we block this site on our activity.”
Here's how Japan's infamous online army, the netto-uyoku, has shaped the far-right movement in America.
UN agencies say people have run out of ways to cope.
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