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For North Korean Refugees, an 'Underground Railroad'

'GQ' takes a look at the network through the stories of 2 key people

(Newser) - North Koreans trying to escape the hardship of their homeland often rely on what's come to be known as the North Korean Underground Railroad. GQ has a lengthy story providing a look at how this network of safe havens across Asia operates, and the story by Doug Bock Clark... More »

Creator of Cathy Comic Is a 'Paradox'

The Cut profiles Cathy Guisewite, who ponders the meaning of 'AACK!'

(Newser) - Fans of the Cathy comic strip—and critics of it as well—may want to check out a profile of creator Cathy Guisewite at The Cut . Writer Rachel Syme sees the 69-year-old Guisewite as a "paradox." After all, few women were in the field when Cathy first appeared... More »

The Billionaire Died in October. His Quest Lived On

Paul Allen's search for WWII shipwrecks continued, successfully

(Newser) - Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died in October , but his passion for hunting for World War II shipwrecks didn't end when his life did. Allen funded missions that famously found the USS Lexington , USS Juneau , and USS Indianapolis , and in January, the first expedition since his death commenced. Writing for... More »

Roseanne Barr: Sarah Gilbert 'Destroyed My Life'

She pins blame on tweet co-star made in wake of show's cancellation

(Newser) - "Roseanne Barr Just Can't Shut Up," reads the headline of a lengthy Washington Post interview with the actress—a piece that looks at the "unusual, behind-the-scenes battle" by ABC and Roseanne producers that began at the end of 2017 to "protect their TV property" in... More »

From Amazon Warehouses, 189 Disturbing Calls

Daily Beast sees evidence of 'employees on the edge' in 911 logs

(Newser) - Stories about working conditions in Amazon warehouses have been circulating for years, and the Daily Beast is out with an investigation that adds a disturbing tangible element. Between October 2013 and October 2018, it found that 189 emergency calls had been placed from Amazon warehouses across the US because of... More »

She Turned Heads at Olympics. The Full Story Is Fascinating

Magazine profile: Elizabeth Swaney always finds a way to get things done

(Newser) - The name might not ring a bell, but those who followed the 2018 Winter Olympics might remember the unusual story of Elizabeth Swaney . She's an American, but she skied for Hungary (where her grandparents are from) in the women's halfpipe. Typically, skiers in this event do all kinds... More »

Drama Between Musk, Tesla Whistleblower: 'Horrible Human Being'

2nd whistleblower says Tesla tried to destroy previous whistleblower Martin Tripp

(Newser) - More details are emerging about the ongoing saga between Elon Musk and a former Tesla employee. Martin Tripp, a whistleblower who aired alleged evidence of dangerous practices in Tesla's Nevada battery factory, has been accused of leaking information about the company and stealing data ; a lawsuit was filed against... More »

5 Men Vanished in 1978. Why Was One Never Found?

The Sacramento Bee digs into the case

(Newser) - Five young men were supposed to play in a Special Olympics basketball game on Feb. 25, 1978. They never made it. The remains of four of the men were found in Northern California's Plumas National Forest that summer; the fifth was never found. Why the men were there at... More »

New Yorker: Fox Killed 2016 Stormy Daniels Scoop

Jane Mayer reports on the ties between network and Trump

(Newser) - Jane Mayer of the New Yorker is out with a lengthy story about the relationship between Fox News and President Trump that revolves around a question stated in the headline: "Fox News has always been partisan. But has it become propaganda?" Here are three nuggets generating early attention:
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Investigation: WWF Bankrolls Rangers Who Torture and Kill

BuzzFeed says World Wildlife Fund turns blind eye to human rights abuses

(Newser) - The World Wildlife Fund, well-known for its work saving animals from the slaughter of poachers, is now facing allegations of abuse itself. BuzzFeed is out with the start of an investigative series alleging that the charity—one of the world's biggest—bankrolls forces who torture and kill humans in... More »

In America's Jails, a Crisis Is Worsening

More and more inmates have addictions or mental illnesses, and local sheriffs can't cope

(Newser) - It's a collision of realities that adds up to worsening trouble for American jails: More inmates than ever have addictions or mental illnesses, while county sheriffs don't have the expertise or the resources to cope. Steve Coll of the New Yorker takes a deep dive into what his... More »

Here's What Happened Just Before Theranos' Demise

Writing for Vanity Fair , Nick Bilton describes Elizabeth Holmes as being chipper to the end

(Newser) - You've likely heard about the explosive demise of Elizabeth Holmes' blood-testing company Theranos , a downfall that began in late 2015 with an investigative piece by Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou that questioned the reliability of its testing and unmasked the company's use of third-party devices. But you... More »

Ironman Is Worth a Staggering Amount. He Wanted His Piece

Inside the financial fight over the storied triathlon

(Newser) - The Ironman sports empire is owned by China's Dalian Wanda Group, which purchased it in 2015 for $650 million. Writing for the New York Times , John Branch flags an odd financial fact: "None of the people there at the creation of the event made any money from its... More »

She Got New Hands. But at What Cost?

Writing for 'Wired,' David Dobbs dives into the world of hand transplants

(Newser) - After losing your hands, what would you be willing to do to tie your own shoes again, or brush a stray hair off your forehead? Would you risk kidney failure? It's one of the questions underpinning David Dobbs' lengthy piece in Wired on hand transplants, which are currently straddling... More »

It's Comeback Time for Dane Cook

Comedian talks to the 'Hollywood Reporter' about his upcoming tour

(Newser) - In the 2000s, Dane Cook was a sensation. He had Comedy Central and HBO specials, he hosted Saturday Night Live, he got movie roles, he recorded double-platinum comedy albums, he made $20 million per tour. He was "the most successful stand-up [comedian] on the planet." Then things started... More »

Inside the Final Days of Dolores O'Riordan

And how the Cranberries made one final album after her death

(Newser) - A year past the shocking death of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan at age 46, the rest of the iconic Irish band—as well as O'Riordan's mother and the old friend who was the recipient of the singer's final voicemail —sit down with Rolling Stone... More »

Investigation Raises Questions About James Brown's Death

CNN story questions whether singer might have been murdered

(Newser) - Natural causes. That's the official explanation for the death of soul icon James Brown in 2006 at the age of 73. Congestive heart failure to be more specific. Now, however, CNN has come out with a three-part investigation— Part 1 , Part 2 , and Part 3 —raising the bombshell... More »

He's 45, Plans to Live Another 135 Years. Here's How

Bulletproof Coffee founder Dave Asprey has spent $1M in pursuit of his goal

(Newser) - Dave Asprey is 45, which in his view "officially" makes him a young adult. That's because his well-known goal is to live to 180; he's now a quarter of the way there. In a lengthy piece for Men's Health , Rachel Monroe digs into the Bulletproof Coffee... More »

His Brain Was Betraying Him. An Autopsy Showed Why

The 'NYT' looks at the life and death of Jason Hairston

(Newser) - Kirstyn Hairston thought her husband might take his own life. But she didn't expect it would come so soon, or that he would do it in their home as the kids were downstairs. "But would you want to live if you knew you were losing your mind?" she... More »

You Know the Lorena Bobbitt Story. Or Do You?

4-part documentary drops on Amazon Prime on Feb. 15

(Newser) - "I grew up being told it was common knowledge that some crazy white lady cut her husband’s penis off in a fit of vengeance. It was this red hot thing that everybody got wrong." So declares documentary filmmaker Joshua Rofé. Lorena Bobbitt, now Lorena Gallo, agrees with... More »

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