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It's 'Almost Like a Murder Squad'

BuzzFeed News digs into the alleged actions of the Spear Operations Group

(Newser) - It's "almost like a murder squad," an incredulous former CIA official told BuzzFeed News . The site had called him for comment as it dug into a potential bombshell of a story: that former elite US special operations fighters were assassinating high-profile figures in Yemen, but not as... More »

Sex Worker's Death in NYC: Family Rejects Suicide Story

'New York Times' looks at the life and death of Chinese native Song Yang

(Newser) - It has the intriguing headline of "The Case of Jane Doe Ponytail," and the lengthy New York Times story that follows reads like riveting fiction that is unfortunately all too true. The "Jane Doe" here is a 38-year-old Chinese immigrant living in Queens and working in the... More »

3 Words Sealed Abused Boy's Fate: 'Close the Case'

'The Atlantic' looks at the failure of caseworkers to save the life of Gabriel Fernandez

(Newser) - "Close the case." A family services caseworker in Los Angeles County named Pat Clement wrote that recommendation on the file of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez in March of 2013 after a home visit. Her supervisor went along, and two months later, Gabriel was dead—the result of brutal beatings... More »

She's 16 and Married. Here's What That Looks Like

Terrence McCoy looks at one instance of child marriage for the 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - Tacked to Maria and Phil Manning's fridge is a budget detailing how the $1,600 they pull in a month is allocated. The hope—unfulfilled time and time again—is to save $450 of that, so they can move out of their trailer in Everett, Pa., and head to... More »

Inside the Truly Weird Heist of a Salvador Dali Painting

It was stolen from Rikers Island

(Newser) - Perhaps the only thing weirder than the fact that a Salvador Dali painting hung for decades in Rikers Island jail complex is the heist that took the piece from its walls. James Fanelli has the story for Esquire , and goes back to the start: In 1965 Dali had agreed to... More »

The Operations Were Hideously Botched. But He Kept at Them

ProPublica looks at how Christopher Duntsch managed to operate on patients for 2 years

(Newser) - There is a single doctor in America who has been sentenced to life in prison in connection with the harm he has done to patients during surgery, reports Laura Beil. In a piece for ProPublica , she unpacks just how neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch managed to keep operating for as long as... More »

He Hit a $19M Jackpot. Then Everything Went Wrong

Jim Hayes eventually went bankrupt and turned to robbing banks

(Newser) - You know those stories about people who strike it rich in the lottery, only to see their lives spiral out of control? Meet Exhibit A, Jim Hayes. At the Daily Beast , Natalie O'Neill recounts the crazy rags-to-riches-to-rags tale. In 1998, the 35-year-old Californian was working as a security guard... More »

'Made in China' May Have High-Tech Spying Implications

Bloomberg reports Beijing implants tiny devices in electronics destined for US

(Newser) - Beijing seems to have figured out a relatively simple way to spy on government contractors and some of the biggest businesses in the US: Implant tiny microchips in the tons of electronic equipment being assembled in China and destined for America. A story by Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the US... More »

What Her Love of Trump Has Cost Her: Her Grandson

Ben Bradlee Jr. profiles Trump super-fan Lynette Villano

(Newser) - When Ben Bradlee Jr. refers to "Mrs. Trump," he's not talking about Melania. Rather, it's a nickname that was bestowed upon Lynette Villano, 72, a die-hard Trump supporter living in Luzerne County, Pa. In a lengthy excerpt of The Forgotten published by Politico , Bradlee explains that... More »

Devin Nunes' California Dairy Farm Is Actually in Iowa

'Esquire' digs in, finds a lot of paranoia related to undocumented immigrants

(Newser) - One fact seems to emerge in every profile of Devin Nunes, the powerful GOP chair of the House Intelligence Committee and one of President Trump's staunchest defenders: As the familiar story goes, Nunes' family runs a dairy farm in California, and that farming background is central to his very... More »

Cops Called Him a Runaway. He Was in the 'Killing Fields'

ProPublica explores the murder of Miguel Garcia-Moran in Brentwood, NY

(Newser) - Nearly two months after her 15-year-old brother Miguel Garcia-Moran vanished in Suffolk County, Long Island, his older sister Lady discovered she could access his Facebook account. What she discovered were 84 text and voice messages exchanged with Alexander, a classmate of Miguel's at Brentwood High who pushed him to... More »

Teen Reported Her Rape, and Texas City Abandoned Her

'Washington Post' revisits what Amber Wyatt said happened in 2006

(Newser) - Amber Wyatt said she was raped by two seniors at a party on Aug. 11, 2006. The next month, the word "FAITH" started appearing on cars of fellow students at James Martin High School. It wasn't a declaration of solidarity with Wyatt, then 16, but rather a vulgar... More »

He Fought a Malpractice Suit, Ended Up Wasting His Life

The 'Tampa Bay Times' looks at Scott Plantz's years-long ordeal

(Newser) - Scott Plantz says it took 20 or 30 minutes for someone to ruin his life. It also took eight years. Those minutes were how long Richard Dellerson spent reviewing the medical records of a patient of Plantz's who died in 2007. Plantz, then the attending physician in the ER... More »

Another 'Incendiary' Book on Trump Hits Shelves

This one argues that Russians did indeed turn the election

(Newser) - Another book on the Trump presidency is coming out, and it won't be received well at the White House. In fact, it "promises to be incendiary," writes Jane Mayer at the New Yorker . The title should explain why: Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a ... More »

He Made $55M in the NBA, Ended Up Dead in a Field

Digging into the marriage and murder of Lorenzen Wright

(Newser) - "It was pretty much a cold case by the time investigators got it," a Memphis, Tenn., police veteran says of the July 19, 2010, murder of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright. This though only 10 days elapsed between when he was last heard from and when his body... More »

The 'Surprise Ascendance' of Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Paige Williams profiles WH press secretary and her job as 'Trump's battering ram' for 'New Yorker'

(Newser) - "What does the press secretary believe in—other than defending the president's every word?" That's the question Paige Williams poses for a deep dive on Sarah Huckabee Sanders (aka "Trump's battering ram") for the New Yorker . It follows Sanders from her "so miserable,... More »

SuperShe Island Is an Actual Place Devoid of Men and Sugar

Kristina Roth opened SuperShe Island in July

(Newser) - What does one do after selling a $45 million tech consulting firm? For Kristina Roth, the answer was to buy her own island—but not to house a mansion for herself. What was once known as Fjardskar has been renamed SuperShe Island, the ultimate extension of what began as a... More »

Hit Caused a Concussion at Age 12. He Was Dead by 13

Bleacher Report looks at what happened to James Ransom after the hit

(Newser) - On the drive home from the game on Sept. 12, 2015, Greg Ransom spotted blood on his 12-year-old son's ear. Ransom had been at James' Pop Warner football game that Saturday but didn't see the hit to his head. James that night simply explained he had his "... More »

His Girl Drowned While Fishing. Was It an Accident or Murder?

Wendell Lindsey's daughter died in 1990

(Newser) - "I let her down," says Wendell Lindsey of his 10-year-old daughter Jeanette, who drowned on Feb. 27, 1990, despite his attempts to save her. Lindsey was 33 at the time; he's now 62, and serving a life sentence at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit prison in Gatesville,... More »

Zuckerberg: My Honeymoon Kind of Had 3 People

Him, his wife, and Roman emperor Augustus, as the 'New Yorker' explains

(Newser) - The New Yorker is out with a lengthy profile of Mark Zuckerberg, and a Scrabble anecdote is drawing attention. It seems Zuckerberg was playing a friend's teenage daughter on a plane, and she beat him in the first game. Before game two, he wrote a computer program to have... More »

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