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Navy Was Warned of Contractor at Center of Bribery Inquiry

Leonard Glenn Francis, a wealthy Malaysian contractor at the heart of one of the United States Navy’s largest bribery scandals in decades, seemed to have stepped right off the set of…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 20, 2013
LENGTH: 2 minutes (662 words)

Johns Hopkins medical unit rarely finds black lung, helping coal industry defeat miners' claims

No, by the numbers There is an unmistakable pattern in Wheeler’s readings. The Center identified more than 1,500 cases decided since 2000 in which Wheeler read at least one X-ray; in all,…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 30, 2013
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2474 words)

Do you live near an old nuclear-weapons site? A look at a forgotten Cold War legacy

Top Stories in U.S. 1 of 12 A Radioactive Legacy Near You?

Is Funeral Home Chain SCI's Growth Coming at the Expense of Mourners?

Illustration by 731 Photo illustration by Justin MetzBehind this week’s cover Steering his jet-black Cadillac CTS sedan along the streets of West Palm Beach, Fla., Brad Zahn offers a tour of the…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 24, 2013
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3650 words)

Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll

The .45-caliber pistol that killed Lucas Heagren, 3, on Memorial Day last year at his Ohio home had been temporarily hidden under the couch by his father. But Lucas found it and shot himself through…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 28, 2013
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5352 words)

Jailed in Iran: The Story of ex-Marine Amir Hekmati

Also watch parts two and three of "Jailed in Iran," the story of Amir Hekmati, the 30-year-old Iranian-American and former Marine who has been imprisoned in Tehran for more than…
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3872 words)

Sold for Sex at Puberty Village Girls' Fate in Wealthier India

Like many Indian girls, Suchitra was taught her future profession by her mother. In her village, there was only one path. Even before she’d reached puberty, Suchitra had learned different…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 18, 2013
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2758 words)

How Chris McCandless Died

Jon Krakauer updates the story that became Into the Wild—and the question of how Chris McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness:

"The debate over why McCandless perished, and the related question of whether he is worthy of admiration, has been smoldering, and occasionally flaring, for more than two decades now. But last December, a writer named Ronald Hamilton posted a paper on the Internet that brings fascinating new facts to the discussion. Hamilton, it turns out, has discovered hitherto unknown evidence that appears to close the book on the cause of McCandless’s death."
PUBLISHED: Sept. 12, 2013
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2629 words)

Picking Death Over Eviction

Every night for the past eight months, residents have formed a ring around Zhuguosi, a rural village in southwestern China, to prevent demolition crews from destroying it. As she drove down a busy…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 8, 2013
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1976 words)