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?
The conservatism of Goldwater, Reagan, and Buckley and its romantic notions of limited government dominated Republican politics for half a century. The rise of Trump marks a seismic shift for those of us for whom this wasn't just a philosophy — it was an identity.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Cat Ferguson tells a cautionary tale about tortoises. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Before the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner took to the streets in protest, there was Iris Baez, a homemaker who became an activist after an NYPD officer killed her son Anthony in 1994.
At a time when Hollywood is finally developing the kinds of projects for actors of color that had traditionally been out of reach, Tessa Thompson’s ascent to the A-list isn’t just welcome — it’s necessary. How can she embody this pivotal cultural moment without being defined by it?
Employees at a textile factory that made Trump shirts report dangerous, abusive conditions — harsh even for Honduras.
In Baton Rouge, local activists want public officials to draw an unequivocal distinction between them and murderous madmen. “They’re trying to tag [Micah Johnson] and Gavin Long with the black community."
From political power brokers to the entire island of Manhattan, a varied cast of taunting insiders has inadvertently driven Donald Trump's lifelong revenge march toward the White House. This is what it's like to be one of them.
After its difficult road to theaters, Ghostbusters has finally come out. Director and co-writer Paul Feig and co-writer Katie Dippold talked to BuzzFeed News about why the movie became a cause célèbre among misogynists. Spoilers abound!
This week for BuzzFeed News, Anita Badejo meets soon-to-be superhero Tessa Thompson. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Soldiers versus police versus a mob in the newsroom of Turkey’s most-watched news channel — and dozens of reporters to document it all.
Even after the voices go quiet, people with schizophrenia struggle to focus and think clearly. Can computerized brain training solve a problem that drugs have not?
At the most powerful companies in Silicon Valley, small teams of anonymous music nerds race to solve the music industry’s toughest problem.
Right after he took office, Barack Obama promised to do away with torture. But documents obtained by BuzzFeed News show for the first time how a harsh interrogation tactic thrived on his watch in Afghanistan. Human rights advocates said it could be inhumane and illegal.
Any elite athlete is under pressure to excel. World champion gymnast Simone Biles is under pressure to be inevitable.
As Europe struggles to handle its refugee crisis, people running from the 14 year-long war in Afghanistan find themselves left on the outside. BuzzFeed News' Jina Moore reports from Lesbos, Greece.
Ken Roh moved to the United States from South Korea 43 years ago. Now, he’s running a pro–North Korea website, the most visible of a small group of Pyongyang’s devotees in the U.S.
To be black in America is to exist in haunting, mundane proximity to death at all moments.
Television’s obsession with the tiny house “revolution” is lighting up conversations about class, race, and even the politics of housing regulation.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Reggie Ugwu meets the stream weavers. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
"It's like Kids Company." Luxury gifts and first-class travel for executives. Home Office grants spent in 24 hours. Warnings ignored by trustees and the Charity Commission. A BuzzFeed News investigation into the closure of Broken Rainbow.
The Southern Arkansas University police chief allegedly told Taylor Moore that no crime was committed when she was groped in a dorm room. A prosecutor said that a jury wouldn’t convict the alleged assailant anyway. Nearly seven months later, a city attorney is considering misdemeanor charges.
In the days after the Pulse massacre, performers in Orlando’s LGBT club scene were recovering from trauma and mourning their friends. But because people have flocked to Orlando’s other gay bars, and because the rent needs to get paid, LGBT nightlife staffers have had to work through their pain in public — not to mention the emotional labor involved in being the face of a national tragedy. Here’s how they’re coping: in stolen, private moments among the queer families that love them.
Michael Katze, famous for his studies of Ebola and the flu, ran a lab at the University of Washington where intoxication and sexual harassment went unchecked, and where he misused public resources for personal gain, according to two investigations obtained by BuzzFeed News.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Dvora Meyers meets gymnastics phenom Simone Biles. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Linda Cox overcame discrimination, ridicule, and explosives to become the military’s first female bomb technician over 40 years ago. Just don’t call her a feminist role model.
Patients get beaten. Their assailants walk free. New York’s special agency dedicated to preventing abuse has vast prosecutorial power – and hardly ever uses it.
The attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport shows how the country has gone from a destination for international commerce and tourism to becoming a magnet for terrorist violence.
The most iconic image of racist brutality in America would have looked different had James Cameron not survived a lynching attempt in Indiana in 1930. He devoted the rest of his life not just to civil rights, but to memorializing the moment of his near death.
Uber data suggests that drivers overall in three major U.S. markets — Denver, Detroit, and Houston — earned less than $13.25 an hour after expenses in late 2015, according to calculations based on more than a million trips.
As science fiction's most venerable franchise marks its 50th anniversary with a new movie and its first new TV series in over a decade, the chance to unify and mobilize its famously devoted — and demanding — fanbase may be the true final frontier.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Syreeta McFadden tells the miraculous story of the only known lynching survivor in America. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.