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Report Paints Grim Picture of US Treatment of Islands

'Los Angeles Times': Marshall Islands dome with radioactive soil in danger of failure

(Newser) - The US used the Marshall Islands as a regular testing site for nuclear weapons decades ago. Now a new investigative report in the Los Angeles Times finds that the repercussions remain all too real. The most tangible sign of this is the Runit Dome—a massive concrete dome built by... More »

Insurance Horror Story, With Bill of $898,984.57

Dignity Health stuck new mom with bill for preemie, until ProPublica asked questions

(Newser) - ProPublica may have saved a young family from financial ruin while illustrating the harsh realities of today's health insurance landscape. The story is about 30-year-old Lauren Bard, a nurse at a hospital in San Bernardino, Calif., who gave birth to a baby some three and a half months... More »

He Thinks He Found $55M in Gold. There's a Problem

Joe Pennisi can't attempt to retrieve the possible treasure

(Newser) - Around 2am one September night in 2014, Joe Pennisi started screaming in bed. His wife woke up, and he explained what had spurred the outburst: Video taken by GoPro cameras he had attached to the fishing net he used to trawl the seafloor off the California coast had captured a... More »

Your Idea of Andrew Yang Might Be Totally Wrong

The Silicon Valley candidate thinks technology is 'leading America into the abyss'

(Newser) - You'd think that a presidential candidate who invokes chants of "PowerPoint, PowerPoint, PowerPoint!" before taking the stage would be a Silicon Valley darling. But Andrew Yang's "candidacy is something of a toxic bouillabaisse for the tech industry," writes Nicholas Thompson for Wired . Sure, Yang... More »

A Modern 'Clark Kent' Lives in Normal, Illinois

ProPublica profiles Michael Gillespie, an unassuming ransomware 'superhero'

(Newser) - He is, as described in a profile at ProPublica , "like a real-life version of Clark Kent or Peter Parker." But 27-year-old Michael Gillespie doesn't battle villains of the usual sort: He has turned into a "crime-fighting superhero"—one recognized by the FBI—in the field... More »

10 Years Later, Letterman Apologizes to Writer Who Called Him Out

Nell Scovell again writes for 'Vanity Fair,' this time with Letterman directly involved

(Newser) - In 2009, as a sex scandal swirled around David Letterman, Nell Scovell authored a piece for Vanity Fair in which the onetime Late Show writer recalled leaving the show in the 1990s thanks to problems including, among other things, a "hostile work environment" in which most writers were white... More »

A Stranger Saw Her Crying and Offered Help. Things Spiraled

'Chicago Tribune' dives deep into the tragic story of AJ Freund

(Newser) - JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund are accused of killing their 5-year-old son in April. Prosecutors allege the couple forced AJ "to remain in a cold shower for an extended period of time and/or struck (him) on or about his body," causing his death , then buried him in a... More »

A Teen's 2015 OD Death Had Link to Something Much Bigger

Alex W. Palmer goes deep into a global fentanyl ring

(Newser) - Prepare to feel pretty worn out after reading Alex W. Palmer's lengthy dive into a global fentanyl ring for the New York Times . The piece is staggering in its scope—in terms of distance (it bounces between Hong Kong, North Dakota, and Florida, among other locales), timeline, and complexity.... More »

Country Doctor's Tiny Practice Sees Extremely Rare Illnesses

James DeLine serves a tiny community in Wisconsin, becomes genetic expert

(Newser) - James DeLine is the country doctor in the Wisconsin village of La Farge, which has a population of 750. The 65-year-old makes house calls with his medical bag and knows everybody by name, along with their medical histories. But the image of the quaint country doctor gets thrown for a... More »

A Defense of Elizabeth Holmes

Vilified former Theranos CEO is a genuine 'visionary,' argues John Tamny

(Newser) - She is perhaps the most vilified CEO—now former CEO—in the country. But in a lengthy analysis at RealClearMarkets , the site's editor stakes out a strong defense of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes . "My take is that with time Holmes will be vindicated as a visionary whose main... More »

He Read the Lotto Numbers. Then He Came Up With a Plan

The tale of Nick Perry and the April 24, 1980, lotto drawing

(Newser) - Pittsburgh’s No. 1 TV station in the late '70s was WTAE Channel 4—and it had a No. 1 of its own. Nick Perry was "Pittsburgh royalty," writes Zachary Crockett for the Hustle , so much so that the announcer and TV host was asked to take... More »

He's One of Just 4 Men on the Planet to Have This Operation

Inside 'Ray's' 2018 penis transplant

(Newser) - "Only a handful of people know the full extent of his injuries." Andrew Zaleski is writing about "Ray," who in March 2018 became the fourth man to ever have a successful penis transplant. Zaleski explains in a piece for the MIT Technology Review that aside from... More »

He Made $600M 'Overnight.' Life Got 'Weird'

Inside the life of RxBar founder Peter Rahal

(Newser) - When Peter Rahal started RxBar with a childhood friend in 2012, they worked out of his mom's kitchen in a Chicago suburb, designed packaging on PowerPoint, and sold the food bars to local CrossFit gyms. Back then, what they were doing "was not cool," recalls Rahal in... More »

This 3-Minute 1980s Song Baffles Internet Sleuths

Nobody can figure out the group

(Newser) - If you took 3 minutes to listen to this song and then were somehow able to identify the group behind it, you'd make a lot of people happy all over the world. Why? As Rolling Stone explains, the song just happens to be nicknamed the "Most Mysterious Song... More »

Book on Trump: We Logged 26 'Unwanted' Sexual Encounters

'All the President's Women' is out later this month, with new allegations

(Newser) - It's a big day for upcoming books with explosive sexual allegations. Esquire is out with an excerpt from All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator, a book by journalists Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy that pulls from more than 100 interviews to chart... More »

It Turns Out Peat Is Way, Way More Important Than You Knew

If peatlands burn, the planet will suffer greatly

(Newser) - If you've never thought much about peat, that's understandable. An accumulation of partially decayed vegetation that can develop into a material more than 20 feet deep, peat covers just 3% of the Earth. But a lengthy article from National Geographic makes clear it's a powerhouse thanks to... More »

Writer Claims to Have Solved Balloon Boy Mystery

Robert Sanchez catches up with the Heene family, 10 years later

(Newser) - It's been nearly a decade since America's attention was briefly fixated on "Balloon Boy," aka Falcon Heene , the Colorado 6-year-old thought to have gone up in the basket of the massive balloon constructed by father Richard Heene. For hours, the media broadcast video of the balloon'... More »

Brain-Dead Patient Allegedly Kept Alive to Boost Stats

ProPublica investigation looks into case at Newark Beth Israel hospital in New Jersey

(Newser) - A ProPublica investigation into practices at New Jersey's Newark Beth Israel hospital reveals a startling case: The hospital is accused of keeping a brain-dead patient alive for a year to boost survival stats on organ transplants. The story alleges that the hospital's transplant team kept the family of... More »

Telling the Full Story of Khashoggi's Murder

On the first anniversary of his death

(Newser) - On Oct. 2, 2018, the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. One year later, Insider tells the story "as we know it," based on a 100-page report by the UN special rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions released in June, hundreds of... More »

Joaquin Phoenix Takes on the Controversy Over Joker

The actor talks about his embrace of the dark side

(Newser) - Joaquin Phoenix has never been shy about going to the dark side. But with critics saying the actor's new movie, Joker , glorifies angry loners—the kind who shoot up movie theaters—he talks to Joe Hagan for Vanity Fair about playing the role and coping with other dark stuff... More »

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