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Trump Hand-Picked Finalists in His Miss Universe Pageants

'New Yorker' looks at tangled business interests, and the potential fallout in the Mueller inquiry

(Newser) - The Miss Universe judges may have thought they were calling the shots, but Donald Trump apparently had the most sway in picking winners. A lengthy New Yorker story by Jeffrey Toobin recounts how Trump, when he owned the pageant from 1996 to 2015, would talk to contestants himself during rehearsals,... More »

Her Disease Is Incredibly Rare. So Is Her Dad's Effort to Cure It

A look at the research into NGLY1 deficiency

(Newser) - Grace Wilsey is Chelsea Clinton's goddaughter. But that's not the only very rare facet of the 8-year-old's life. Four years ago she became one of the first children to be diagnosed with NGLY1 deficiency, a single genetic mutation that causes a host of problems, from muscle weakness... More »

Priebus Opens Up About White House Chaos

'Take everything you’ve heard and multiply it by 50'

(Newser) - Prior to President Trump taking office, Reince Priebus sat down for lunch with nearly a dozen former presidential chiefs of staff. They didn't think much of their successor's chances. "He struck a lot of us as clueless," recalls one. "He doesn't have a prayer,... More »

He Was a Hacker Sent to China to Make Money for the North

A look at the 'foot soldiers' in North Korea's hacker army

(Newser) - If the phrase "North Korean hacker" conjures up the image of someone sowing viruses or stealing secrets, Bloomberg Businessweek introduces a different type, a "foot soldier" given one very specific task: make money, and lots of it. With the country stifled by sanctions, the prevailing assumption is that... More »

After Missteps, Mnuchin's Wife Turns to Protocol Expert

Louise Linton says she is 'super duper sorry' over gaffes last year

(Newser) - Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin, did not have a great 2017 in the public eye. First came her Instagram fiasco in which she belittled a critic of her love of branding, then came an unfortunate photo op with newly printed dollar bills. Now, she's back... More »

'I Am Ashamed,' Read the Email. Then Facebook's Problems Grew

An 11K-word 'Wired' piece delves into Facebook's 'tumultuous two years'

(Newser) - "I am disappointed. I am embarrassed. I am ashamed." So read an email Roger McNamee sent to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg just days before the 2016 election. McNamee is the Zuckerberg mentor who convinced the Facebook CEO to hire Sandberg in the first place, and as an... More »

On Dec. 13, Stacy London Got a Wake-up Call

The former host of 'What Not to Wear' was broken, learned she was going broke

(Newser) - As the former co-host of What Not to Wear, Stacy London dished out straight-up, honest fashion advice. So while you might expect her to be candid in all things, London's recent essay for Refinery 29 is somehow still surprisingly frank. The celeb holds little back: First her body broke,... More »

Explorer Turned Back, but Decision Came Too Late

'New Yorker' looks at Henry Worsley's epic Antarctic feat and its tragic end

(Newser) - After 71 days and more than 900 miles, British explorer Henry Worsley finally made the agonizing decision to end his epic journey through the Antarctic in early 2016. The decision, however, came too late, and the 55-year-old died of organ failure after being airlifted out. Incredibly, he was just 30... More »

He Says He Was Nurturing Relations With Russia. Now, Spy Charges

Frode Berg first Norwegian arrested for espionage in Russia since Russian Revolution

(Newser) - For 25 years, Norwegian border agent Frode Berg fostered relations with Russia from his post in the town of Kirkenes, just minutes from the border. That is, until the 62-year was arrested in December in Moscow on espionage charges, shocking those who knew him in Kirkenes, as Anton Troianovski explains... More »

The Girls Are Made Beautiful, With a 'Deadly Consequence'

A look at Boko Haram's use of female suicide bombers

(Newser) - The Chibok girls were infamously taken by Boko Haram in 2014. That was the same year the group used a female suicide bomber for the first time. Writing for the BBC , Vladimir Hernandez and Stephanie Hegarty look at the group's practice of using suicide bombers—noting the militants far... More »

Quincy Jones Says He 'Can't Stand' Trump, Dated Ivanka

Legendary music producer gives off-the-wall interview

(Newser) - "All I've ever done is tell the truth," Quincy Jones says in an off-the-wall interview with Vulture . "I've got nothing to be scared of, man." Among the self-proclaimed truths told by the legendary music producer: he dated Ivanka Trump 12 years ago, Microsoft... More »

It Cost $648K to Save Her. Here's Why That Didn't Ruin Her

Molly Osberg on the illness that nearly killed her

(Newser) - It cost $648,221.53 to keep Molly Osberg alive. Well, it didn't personally cost her that much. The cut insurance had her pay was $2,654.42, and in a long piece for Splinter , she does two things: chart her extreme and sudden illness, and make the case... More »

Kevin Barnaby's Credit Stinks. He's 4 Years Old

BuzzFeed looks at the hazy and thorny issue of child identity theft

(Newser) - Like a lot of Americans, Kevin Barnaby Jr.'s credit is messed up. The difference in his case is that he's a 4-year-old with two Capital One credit card accounts. Writing for BuzzFeed , Leticia Miranda uses his story as a launchpad from which to dive into the hazy... More »

He Went From the NFL to Prison. The Question Is, Why?

The LAT looks at the downfall of Titus Young

(Newser) - "I believe God has a plan for me and deep down I believe it's to dominate the NFL." So wrote Titus Young—from an LA prison. In a piece for the Los Angeles Times , Nathan Fenno tracks the former Detroit Lions wide receiver's unraveling, poking at—... More »

Her Pain Drove Her to the ER. The Bill Hurt Much More

Vox looks at new policy Anthem is testing

(Newser) - Brittany Cloyd is like plenty of other 27-year-olds: married with a mortgage, student loan payments, and less than $1,000 in the bank. Which made a $12,596 hospital bill all the more distressing. Cloyd has insurance, but as Sarah Kliff explains in a larger look at the issue for... More »

He Has Millions Coming to Him, but Not If His Aunts Succeed

Inside the deaths of Nathan Carman's mom and grandfather, and the suit against him

(Newser) - Last July, Nathan Carman's aunts sued him . The "slayer action" was designed to keep the man, in his early 20s, from inheriting millions in the wake of the deaths of his maternal grandfather and mother—with his aunts accusing him of murdering that grandfather. James D. Walsh takes... More »

Israel Tried to Kill Him for Decades. His Survival Wasn't All Luck

What was behind the failed assassination attempts on Yasir Arafat

(Newser) - Israel has turned to assassination to deal with its enemies more than any other western country since WWII. And "no target thwarted, vexed, and bedeviled the Israeli assassination apparatus more than Yasir Arafat," the New York Times reports in a deep look at Israel's futile, decades-long attempt... More »

The Eviction Process in the US: 'Efficient and Surreal'

The middle class is now being affected, thanks to gentrification, among other factors

(Newser) - John Williams once had a white-collar career as a political reporter and a $2,000-a-month apartment in suburban DC. Then he lost his job, fell behind on his rent to the tune of five figures, and was kicked out of his home by housing court. It was a "smooth,... More »

Scott Dozier Just Wants Nevada to Kill Him Already

The Marshall Project takes a look at one death row inmate's desire to die

(Newser) - It's a death-row fact that is likely to surprise: In five states—Connecticut, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and South Dakota—only one type of condemned man has been put to death since the 1970s: a "volunteer." That's legal-world parlance for a person who has been sentenced... More »

'Squirming on the Floor': Uber's Kalanick Had Crazy Demise

Bloomberg has a long look at his rocky final year in charge of the company

(Newser) - Bloomberg is out with a lengthy feature about the final, turbulent year of Travis Kalanick at the helm of Uber, which the story maintains was "a lot weirder and darker than you thought." As evidence of that, reporters Eric Newcomer and Brad Stone unearth a bizarre anecdote... More »

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