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A Poison Runs Through It

The author pulls no punches when a chemical spill threatens the water supply in his native West… >>

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Reader’s Digest Recommends: What to Read This Summer

From breezy reads to life-changing lit, our books editor has found something new for everyone to… >>

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Here’s Proof Selfies Have Been Popular Since 1839

Flip through a brief history of America's favorite photo trend. >>

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When Brain Injury Leads to Brilliance

Meet five people—savants, some call them—whose lives changed irrevocably after brain damage. >>

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The Case of the Bone Marrow Buyer

Should a desperate mother be allowed to entice donors with cash? You be the judge. >>

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Photo Contest Winners: How You See America

We received more than 1,200 reader entries for our Made in America photo contest; here are the 26… >>

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Photos of Lasting Interest

Events commemorate D-Day, soldiers come home, and a daredevil sets a world record in this week's… >>

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6 Breathtaking Views of the Night Sky That You Rarely Get to See

Tyler Nordgren, a physics and astronomy professor at the University of Redlands, has a mission: to… >>

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Photos of Lasting Interest

Remembering Maya Angelou, a celebration of Fleet Week, and more in this round-up of memorable… >>