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“It Was On Good Friday”: A Detailed Glimpse Into How Lincoln Spent His Very Last Hours

Originally published in Reader's Digest’s April 1965 issue, this story is a fascinating account… >>

How This Sixth-Grade Teacher's Warning About the Internet Went Viral on Facebook
How This Sixth-Grade Teacher’s Warning About the Internet Went Viral on Facebook

Melissa Bour was concerned by what her students were posting on Facebook. Instead of lecturing, she… >>

Exonerated: How This Innocent Man Spent 39 Years In Prison for a Murder He Didn't Commit
Exonerated: How This Innocent Man Spent 39 Years In Prison for a Murder He Didn’t Commit

A crime, a lie, life sentences and vindication: The remarkable story of how three innocent… >>

A Woman Asks to Pump Breast Milk at Work. Can She Be Fired Without Cause?
A Woman Asks to Pump Breast Milk at Work. Can She Be Fired Without Cause?

Did a Houston, Texas debt collection firm sexually discriminate against a new mom for wanting to… >>

She Was Studying in Her Room. Then a Stranger Fastened a Bomb to Her Neck.
She Was Studying in Her Room. Then a Stranger Fastened a Bomb to Her Neck.

When a man in a ski mask invaded Maddie Pulver's home and attached a bomb collar to her neck, it… >>

Kids Under 18 Can't Buy Cigarettes, But They Work on Tobacco Farms. Is This Safe?
Kids Under 18 Can’t Buy Cigarettes, But They Work on Tobacco Farms. Is This Safe?

Child tobacco field workers say the hazards are worth the risk to support their families. >>

5 Secrets the FBI Doesn't Want You to Know
5 Secrets the FBI Doesn’t Want You to Know

We investigate a few of the juicier government secrets from one of the nation's most private… >>

Should Schools Punish Students for Personal Facebook Posts?
Should Schools Punish Students for Personal Facebook Posts?

One middle school tried to punish a sixth grader for her mean comments about a teacher—and ended… >>

Before 'The Jinx': A Gripping 2002 Account of Robert Durst's Link to 3 Grisly Murders
Before ‘The Jinx': A Gripping 2002 Account of Robert Durst’s Link to 3 Grisly Murders

Almost 13 years ago, Reader's Digest published a gripping story about Robert Durst, son of a New… >>

Photo Quiz: Can You Recognize These Baby Photos of American Presidents?
Photo Quiz: Can You Recognize These Baby Photos of American Presidents?

Ask not what these presidential baby photos can do for you. Ask what you can do to share these baby… >>

13 of Clint Eastwood's Wisest Quotes on War, Women, and Being a Rebel
13 of Clint Eastwood’s Wisest Quotes on War, Women, and Being a Rebel

"The stronger the participation of the female characters, the better the movie." >>

A Deaf Woman Wants to Be a Nurse. Can a School Deem Her Unfit for the Job?
A Deaf Woman Wants to Be a Nurse. Can a School Deem Her Unfit for the Job?

You be the judge: Can a nursing school dismiss a hearing-impaired person because they say she's not… >>

11 Confidence-Boosting Quotes From Seriously Impressive Historical Women
11 Confidence-Boosting Quotes From Seriously Impressive Historical Women

Celebrate National Women's History Month during March with these wise words from 11 inspiring women… >>

This Is Why Zach Fike Reunites Purple Hearts With Soldiers Who Lost Them
This Is Why Zach Fike Reunites Purple Hearts With Soldiers Who Lost Them

Read these stories behind lost Purple Hearts, and the man who finds their owners. >>

13 Secrets Mayors Won't Tell You
13 Secrets Mayors Won’t Tell You

We talked to your local mayors to get the insider juice on the inner workings of politics, taxes… >>

Read One Teacher's Genius Response to the Question
Read One Teacher’s Genius Response to the Question “What Do You Make?”

Teacher Taylor Mali's unforgettable, searing retort to a thoughtless question certainly put a… >>

This Is What It's Like to Survive 93 Days as a Hostage of Somali Terrorists
This Is What It’s Like to Survive 93 Days as a Hostage of Somali Terrorists

American aid worker Jessica Buchanan recounts her horrific three-month ordeal as a prisoner of… >>

8 Rare, Vintage Photos That Prove Winters Were Brutal in the Past
8 Rare, Vintage Photos That Prove Winters Were Brutal in the Past

Frigid temps dragging you down? Let these classic winter weather photos from the Library of… >>

David Carr: 10 Blunt, Introspective, and Downright Inspiring Quotes
David Carr: 10 Blunt, Introspective, and Downright Inspiring Quotes

The New York Times media columnist, culture writer, and author was known for his shrewd criticism… >>

Confused About Measles? These Are the 9 Things You Need to Know
Confused About Measles? These Are the 9 Things You Need to Know

Recent measles outbreaks are raising questions about the measles virus. How serious is a measles… >>