True Stories

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Remembering the Boy Who Was Brave

The grieving mother of a victim of the Sandy Hook shooting finds solace in her son's last… >>

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Meet a Very Special Courthouse Dog

Rosie was a "failed" service dog who finally found her calling in the courtroom. >>

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Editor’s Note: Quotable Quotes, The Office Edition

Reader's Digest Editor-In-Chief Liz Vaccariello shares her favorite quotes heard around the office… >>

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Immaculate Obsession: A Neat Freak Recalls a Childhood of Chaos

Ours was a house of things, items saved and stored. We didn't have conversations or emotions; we… >>

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Everyday Heroes: The Boy Who Stopped a Kidnapper

When the young Jocelyn Rojas was snatched outside of her home, a quick-thinking teen sprang into… >>

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Gamers Give Back: 3 Charities That Help Kids

Looking for an inspired way to do good? Try one of these video game-centric charities. >>

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Photo Essay: A Husband’s Lens on Breast Cancer

Photographer Angelo Merendino documented his late wife's battle with breast cancer, sharing an… >>

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This is What Real Sportsmanship Looks Like

Jared Stevens, a teenager from Brentwood, Tennessee with severe cerebral palsy, realized his… >>

This Famous Painting Stinks, Say Some
This Famous Painting Stinks, Say Some

Who doesn't love George Washington? Nobody, that's who. And who doesn't love "Washington Crossing… >>

The Year in Trendy News Stories
The Year in Trendy News Stories

Here's one for anyone who's ever sent (or received) an article based mostly on its wacky-but-true… >>

The Scoop: Why Lincoln Grew a Beard
The Scoop: Why Lincoln Grew a Beard

People are buzzing about Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." Did his latest cinematic creation capture… >>

The Perfect Fall Road Trip: No Car Required
The Perfect Fall Road Trip: No Car Required

The wonderful Grace Potter (left) and me. The first thing I noticed when I spoke with Grace… >>

The Lives of Others, as Seen Through Random Letters
The Lives of Others, as Seen Through Random Letters

We all lose papers—scribbled shopping lists, love letters, Post-It Notes. You probably don't… >>

The Kindness of New Yorkers
The Kindness of New Yorkers

Here's one New York City police officer who just smashed the stereotype of the big city as cold and… >>

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The Heroes of Sandy Hook

As the details emerge and the country struggles with the immense horror of the massacre at Sandy… >>

Technology Unites Relatives in New Type of Family Portrait
Technology Unites Relatives in New Type of Family Portrait

Whether you're wearing matching ugly sweaters or experiencing other awkward moments with your… >>

Stopping Bullies is Everybody's Business
Stopping Bullies is Everybody’s Business

In the moving video below, news anchor Jennifer Livingston, of CBS affiliate WKBT  in LaCrosse… >>

Some Gave All: An Interactive List of Our Iraq & Afghanistan War Dead
Some Gave All: An Interactive List of Our Iraq & Afghanistan War Dead

To mark the passing of a grim milestone — the death of the 2,000th American service member in… >>

Send a Card, Save a Dog
Send a Card, Save a Dog

The North Shore Animal League America, the world's largest no-kill rescue and adoption… >>

Seeing Gold: A Blind Soldier Swims to Win
Seeing Gold: A Blind Soldier Swims to Win

This summer, America has an extraordinary opportunity to cheer on one of our country’s wounded… >>