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The Horror Before the Beheadings

Those who survived tell the story of twenty three ISIS hostages’ shared months of brutal captivity before some were ransomed and some executed.

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By Noon They'd Both Be in Heaven

Kelli Stapleton, whose teenage daughter was autistic and prone to violent rages, had come to fear for her life. So she made a decision that perhaps only she could justify.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Emergency"

The misadventures of two hospital workers.

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A Place to Root

Walking the East Tennessee woods with a Carol, aka “The Forest Granny,” a woman who lives off the land.

Friday, October 24

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Monaco Murders Reveal Six Hidden Real Estate Billionaires

Monaco’s richest woman was shot in ambush outside a hospital. Her heirs stand to inherit over a billion dollars each.

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There Is No Shame Worse Than Poor Teeth in a Rich World

Life in America without dental care.

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Thursday, October 23

John Jeremiah Sullivan on Longform

Life after The Real World, weed at Disney, the comeback of Axl Rose and more — browse our complete archive of articles by John Jeremiah Sullivan.

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The Ill-Defined Plot

On the origin of the essay.

Excerpted from Best American Essays 2014.

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The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed

The grim world of outsourced content moderation.

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What Kind of Creep Sells a Celebrity's Naked Photos on the Internet?

The on and offline search for the prime suspect in last month’s celebrity nude photo hacking scandal.