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He Visited the Conways' Home and Found His Story

Ben Terris spends time with George, Kellyanne Conway

(Newser) - Ben Terris writes that Kellyanne Conway invited him to her sprawling $7.7 million home ("like a mini Mar-a-Lago," he notes) "because she thought it would be a good symbol for her commitment to, and the enduring strength of, the Trump presidency." What emerges instead in... More »

She Shot Off Her Face. Now She Has a New One

'National Geographic' spent years following Katie Stubblefield's journey

(Newser) - "The face lies on a surgical tray, eyes empty and unseeing, mouth agape, as if exclaiming, 'Oh!'" It's a line from Joanna Connors' National Geographic September cover story, which follows 21-year-old Katie Stubblefield as she becomes the youngest person on the planet to receive a... More »

Another Fight for Transgender Community: 'Deadnaming'

It's when police refer to trans crime victims by their birth name and gender

(Newser) - A ProPublica story shines a light on what might be a new term for many: deadnaming. It refers to a practice abhorred in the transgender community: when somebody refers to a trans person by the name—and thus, the gender—they no longer use. The story by Lucas Waldron and... More »

ProPublica Unmasks Political 'Arrangement Without Parallel'

Claims the shadowy 'Mar-a-Lago Crowd' are exerting influence over the VA

(Newser) - "On any veterans issue, the first person the president calls is Ike," says a former administration official. If the name Ike doesn't ring a bell, at least in relation to Veterans Affairs, that's appropriate. A ProPublica expose by Isaac Arnsdorf explains he's "reclusive" Marvel... More »

He Was Cleared to Leave Gitmo. Then His Window Closed

Abdul Latif Nasser got caught between 2 administrations

(Newser) - The Huffington Post takes a detailed look at the case of a Guantanamo Bay detainee whose plight illustrates the hurdles involved in gaining release. Abdul Latif Nasser, 53, has been held at Gitmo without charge since May 2002. The Pentagon accused him of being a terrorist loyal to Osama bin... More »

Lisa Jobs Recalls Asking Dad About Namesake Computer

Steve Jobs told her he didn't name it in her honor, only to reverse course years later

(Newser) - In an excerpt of her upcoming memoir in Vanity Fair , the oldest daughter of Steve Jobs recounts their complicated relationship when she was growing up. The Apple co-founder adamantly denied paternity until court-ordered DNA tests forced him to start providing support, and Lisa Brennan-Jobs writes about that and their sometimes... More »

Bin Laden's Mom Speaks of 'Cult' in First Interview

Saudi Arabian crown prince OKs interview with Alia Ghanem

(Newser) - In journalism parlance, securing an impressive interview is called a "get," and Martin Chulov got one. In an article for the Guardian that he writes is the first time Osama bin Laden's mother has spoken out, Chulov explains that Saudi Arabia's new leadership is a contributing... More »

Internet Comment Led to the Complete Upending of Her Life

One fake story led to chaos for Monika Glennon, may have cost her $300K or more

(Newser) - In July 2014, an Alabama news station posted an article on Facebook about a teen who visited Auschwitz and tweeted a smiling selfie from the former concentration camp; commenters, not surprisingly, were split on whether the act was appropriate. Monika Glennon defended the girl, accusing the mass internet condemnation of... More »

Notorious Dutch Crime Boss Done In by His Own Sister

'New Yorker' story digs into tale of Astrid Holleeder, now in hiding in Amsterdam

(Newser) - Astrid Holleeder owns a bullet-proof car, two bullet-proof vests, and a large collection of fake noses and teeth, though she rarely ventures outside in her native Amsterdam. The reason for the 52-year-old's life in the shadows? She is the star witness in a murder trial against "The Nose,... More »

He Rigged a McDonald's Contest, Made a Fortune

Head of security doled out winning Monopoly prize pieces to associates from 1989 to 2001

(Newser) - If you took part in the popular McDonald's Monopoly prize contest through the 1990s and cursed your bad luck for never winning a thing, a fascinating story in the Daily Beast is here to explain why. The short version: It was rigged. The story by Jeff Maysh explains how... More »

His Boss Showed Him Her Breast, He Ended Up Ruined

Mike Picarella's attempts to report the alleged sexual harassment killed his career

(Newser) - Think your job is bad? Brace yourself for the tale of Mike Picarella. When he joined HSBC in May 2011 after a two-decade Wall Street career, the future looked bright. He reported to Eileen Hedges, and the intention was for him to become her—to eventually assume her managing director... More »

The Story You've Heard About Otto Warmbier May Be Wrong

Doug Bock Clark writes that his timeline suggests there was no torture

(Newser) - Doug Bock Clark begins a lengthy piece for GQ on the fate of Otto Warmbier with a bold assertion: That what happened to the 21-year-old American college student "is even more shocking than anyone knew" and that he had the "untold story." So does he? The piece,... More »

Yes, Gwyneth Really Can Smoke Just a Few Cigarettes a Year

And more from Taffy Brodesser-Akner's in-depth article on the actress and her business

(Newser) - Somewhere in the middle of her New York Times Magazine article on Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop, the controversial lifestyle business she founded, writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner sits in the actress's home and smokes a cigarette with her because she once read that Paltrow smokes a single cigarette a week. The... More »

He Said He Needed Toilet Paper. It Was a Ruse to Escape

Michael Scott Moore's attempt to flee Somali pirates didn't work

(Newser) - He said he needed to use the bathroom, and that he had toilet paper downstairs—he just needed permission to get it. There was some verbal tussling, but then Michael Scott Moore was given the OK to retrieve it. It was all a ruse, and the downstairs location he headed... More »

The Family Was Gone, the Bed Was Made. That Was Troubling

Stacy Perman revisits the 1982 vanishing of the Salomon family

(Newser) - When an LAPD officer entered the Salomons' Northridge, Calif., home on Oct. 13, 1982, the family wasn't there but all seemed normal, down to the fact that the master bedroom's bed was made. That detail freaked Dorene Laffer out. She was Elaine Salomon's cousin, and the two... More »

She Thought It Was a Goof on Her Family Tree. It Was a Secret

'The Atlantic' looks at how at-home DNA test kits are revealing decades-old secrets

(Newser) - After Catherine St Clair used AncestryDNA's test, she took to bed crying. What she initially thought was a goof on the part of the company was actually the revelation of a secret that had never occurred to her: Her brother wasn't appearing properly on her family tree because... More »

Months Before Death, Bourdain Talked to Me About Everything

Maria Bustillos spent hours with Anthony Bourdain in February

(Newser) - When Maria Bustillos reached out to Anthony Bourdain's assistant to see if she could secure an interview with him, she got a quick reply: the following Friday, Feb. 16, worked. They were to meet at 3pm at an unfussy Manhattan bar called Coliseum. Bustillos assumed she'd get 15... More »

Best Buy Defied Doomsayers. Now, a New Strategy

Company is training team to be your 'personal chief technology officer'

(Newser) - Big-box retailer Circuit City went belly up in 2009 thanks largely to the encroach of Amazon. The widespread expectation was that rival Best Buy would soon follow. But it's now about a decade later, and, surprise, surprise, the chain is actually "thriving in the age of Amazon,"... More »

'One of the Most Elaborate Scams to Ever Hit Hollywood'

Con artists impersonate female execs and dupe victims into turning over money

(Newser) - It's a con job that sounds straight out of Hollywood—and this time, that is literally true. Scott Johnson of the Hollywood Reporter reveals a bizarre international scheme in which a very talented con artist impersonates some of the film industry's top female executives and dupes people out... More »

Meet Japan's 'Hero Househusbands'

Stay-at-home husbands and dads have gotten an image makeover

(Newser) - Around the turn of the century, if you bumped into a Japanese man in a suit picking through produce at the market, it may have been an early "househusband," a once-frowned-upon role in Japan; the suits these stay-at-home spouses may have donned were meant to make it appear... More »

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