A former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in jail because a longer sentence would have "a severe impact on him," according to a judge. At his sentencing Thursday, his victim read him a letter describing the "severe impact" the assault had on her.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Adam B. Vary ventures deep into the galaxy of Star Trek fandom. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
In 1969, the Zombies had a huge hit single, despite having broken up two years earlier. To meet the unexpected demand, one promoter did the only sensible thing: hire four kids from Texas to tour America pretending to be a defunct British psych-rock band.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Kayleen Schaefer finds out life really does move fast. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Six years after opening its first salon, the chain is on track to do $100 million in sales this year. Here's how it got there.
Politicians called it a symbol of European failure. Media reports called it squalid. But until it was bulldozed this week, the Idomeni refugee camp offered hope to the thousands of people who lived there. Jina Moore reports for BuzzFeed News.
E-cigs are more popular than ever — but they're also exploding in vapers’ faces at an alarming rate. Will new regulations be enough?
This week for BuzzFeed News, Daniel Ralston uncovers one of the strangest capers in rock history. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
For over a century, fraternal orders like the Elks served as the cornerstone of American social and civic engagement. Here’s how one Seattle neighborhood has made the Elks, and the community it provides, cool again.
In a remote conference room in Tennessee, some of America's most prominent white nationalists and many in the alt-right gathered last weekend for an annual meeting. This year, however, is different.
After their husbands — including many who were caught up in Mexico’s drug cartels — vanished or were killed, these women have put their blood, sweat, tears, and hopes into a small ramshackle factory. BuzzFeed News’ Karla Zabludovsky reports from Apatzingán, Mexico.
How one California university faked students' scores, skated by immigration authorities, and made a fortune in the process.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Anne Helen Petersen discovers a new world order. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
When Aleppo's leading pediatrician was killed in an airstrike, his friends and colleagues were devastated. But it won't stop them from going back to work on the frontline of the war. Borzou Daragahi reports for BuzzFeed News.
Silicon Valley has sold us on a cashless, cardless, walletless, supposedly frictionless future — but as I learned living in it for a month, we're not quite there yet.
Thomas Pogge, one of the world’s most prominent ethicists, stands accused of manipulating students to gain sexual advantage. Did the fierce champion of the world's disempowered abuse his own power?
Shot and killed just shy of his 18th birthday, he was one of 489 homicide victims in Chicago last year. How this happened — and how it keeps happening — is both one person's story and the story of how a community has been forced to adjust to murder as an everyday fact of life.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Albert Samaha chronicles the life of the 53rd person murdered in Chicago in 2015. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
It's the kind of plot twist you can't help but give a shady nod to whether you agree with it or not.
While anti-transgender bathroom bills have only recently gained momentum, gender-segregated public restrooms have been sites of gender inequity for over a century. Cultural anxieties about bodily secretions, disease, sex, shame, and power — codified into law and reinforced by Hollywood — have allowed the segregated institution to stand. But should we let it?
Fifty years ago, Rona Barrett forged a Hollywood gossip empire. Then she left it all behind, her innovations attributed to others, her legacy almost entirely overlooked. But as she nears 80, there’s very little Miss Rona regrets.
A push for marriage equality is building in Japan, but same-sex couples aren’t leading the charge. J. Lester Feder reports from Tokyo.
Abusing foreign “guest workers,” stealing their wages, even threatening their lives: There is almost no workplace abuse so extreme that the U.S. government will not reward employers with the chance to do it again.
They talk on Telegram and send viruses to their enemies. BuzzFeed News’ Sheera Frenkel looks at how ISIS members and sympathizers around the world use the internet to grow their global network.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Marisa Carroll meets one of Snapchat's most controversial stars. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
After almost a decade chasing fame, plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer has struck gold Snapchatting boob jobs and butt lifts as Dr. Miami. But can this Orthodox Jewish father of five take his gimmick mainstream and still preserve his identity?
She's directed Mel Gibson, Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and herself. Here's what Jodie Foster has learned along the way.
A cache of internal documents shows that despite growing revenue, Palantir has lost top-tier clients, is struggling to stem staff departures, and isn't collecting most of the money it touts in high-value deals.
When Boko Haram snatched 276 schoolgirls from a school in Nigeria, their families led a global campaign to bring them back. Two years on, distraught relatives live in hope they will return, but also fear that they may have lost their daughters to the group's brainwashing. Monica Mark reports from Abuja for BuzzFeed News.
It’s boom time in Tijuana, with upscale restaurants, farmers markets, and galleries attracting Americans to cross the border. But gentrification has come at the expense of the city’s poorest residents, many of whom were deported from the U.S. Karla Zabludovsky reports for BuzzFeed News.
Jasha McQueen is battling her ex-husband for the embryos they froze nine years ago. Will her fight — which has now reached the Missouri State Capitol — threaten reproductive rights across the country?
Last summer, explorers in Poland claimed to have discovered tunnels built for trains carrying plundered Nazi gold, only to be debunked a few months later. But for the true believers who've been hunting for this treasure for decades, this merely proved what they've thought all along: Inside these mountains are secrets and stories that some would rather stay buried.
In recent months, hundreds of Canadian Indigenous people have tried to kill themselves, with 11 people attempting suicide in a single night in April. As the crisis intensifies across the country, the residents of one Cree reserve try to make sense of it while tracing the decades of injustices that led them here.
The easiest way to maintain your fame while revealing nothing of your private life? Hide in plain sight.
In Provo office parks and Salt Lake City startup incubators, tech is increasingly making a home for itself in the Beehive State. But not everyone's happy about tech’s impact on the Utah way of life.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Sarah A. Topol searches for buried treasure. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
The woman who devoted herself to the creation of a national holiday to honor overworked, underappreciated mothers regretted the commercial juggernaut it became. Was Anna Jarvis stubborn and crazy, as many came to believe, or misunderstood?
The position of the Department of Justice, Attorney General Loretta Lynch says, "should always be toward inclusion and equality." From Black Lives Matter to transgender protections to efforts at improving the lives of people released from prison, Lynch tells BuzzFeed News how she is working to give effect to that mission.
In the wake of the Charleston church massacre, a mother searches for a way to talk to her children about how to stay safe in America.