True Stories

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Watch: 5 Bionic Dogs Get a New Leash on Life

After suffering cruelty and loss, these canines got good care and new homes. >>

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Everyday Heroes Who Used Robotics to Help a Classmate

Two engineering students help a classmate in need. >>

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The Stranger Who Changed My Life: Lady of the Library

The elegant woman didn’t seem to belong in these stuffy old stacks. But the book she handed me… >>

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Meet the Prisoner With a Gift for Healing Dogs

Sixty dogs changed one man's life as much as he changed theirs. >>

Animal Videos: Hero Pets Save the Day
6 Amazing Animal Videos That Prove Heroes Are Everywhere

A round of a-paws for these selfless beasts, please. >>

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Orphaned on the Ocean: The Unbelievable Story of Terry Jo Duperrault

A young girl alone on a raft. A mysterious yacht accident. A missing family. It's a strange and… >>

The Black Widow Killer
The Black Widow Killer

Two men. Two murders. Too many questions. >>

The Killer Next Door
The Killer Next Door

No one ever suspected this ordinary man could be the killer next door. >>

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Chilling Medical Dramas: The Mystery of the Boy Who Turned Blue

A mysterious blockage in this child's lung collapsed his parents' world. >>

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Chilling Medical Dramas: He Took a Nail Gun to the Heart

A careless accident on the job turned into a medical nightmare. >>

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Chilling Medical Dramas: The Dinner That Almost Killed Her

One bite of chow mein changed this woman's entire life >>

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Chilling Medical Dramas: She Lost 540 Pints of Blood

A mother's third pregnancy became a bloodbath that seemed impossible to survive. >>

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Chilling Medical Dramas: “I Saw Forceps Sticking Out of My Leg”

A man awakens mid-surgery and is horrifyingly aware of everything. >>

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Meet the Parents Fighting to End Pediatric Cancer

When these parents heard the unimaginable words “your child has cancer,” they grieved—then… >>

Rhonda Crosswhite
Profile in Courage: The Teacher

Rhonda Crosswhite risked her life to protect her students from the tornado that devastated Moore… >>

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The Amazing Ways 8 Extraordinary People Said “I Love You”

Sometimes, the people we love deserve more than chocolate and flowers. >>

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Everyday Heroes: When His Family Fell Overboard

With his family adrift in rough waters, John Riggs swam for help. >>

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Everyday Heroes: “Marathon Queen” Raises $200,000

A dedicated daughter does the extraordinary. >>

Liz Vaccariello
Editor’s Note: This Herring Says I Love You

A Christmas tradition illustrates the true meaning of love. >>

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What’s Navy SEAL Training Really Like?

Facing a new job and the stress of midlife, Stephen Madden wanted to get mentally tougher. Could… >>