Real Life Stories

You’ve got to read it to believe it! These true stories seem almost too good to be true, but we promise that we couldn’t make these up. From love to loss and from survival to unbelieavable coincidences—we’ve got the wildest stories to keep you informed, entertained, and inspired.

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    Schoolteachers Take Charge of Field Trip

    It was 6 a.m. on the March day of a field trip to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. Fifth-grade teacher


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    World Trade Center Attack Survivor Lauren Manning: A Long Road Back to Health

    September 2006, and Lauren Manning looks terrific. Striding across the lobby of a Manhattan high-rise, she exudes the confidence she


    The Heroes Rebuilding New Orleans

    Three years after Hurricane Katrina, die-hard citizens like these seven are bringing the city back to life.


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    Shark! How One Surfer Survived an Attack

    Silver fog blanketed California’s Monterey Bay on a late August morning last year. For Todd Endris, it was a perfect


    Hope for Deaf-Blind Triplets — Light in the Dark

    How parents of triplets found hope in a dismal situation.


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    The Killer Next Door

    Something doesn’t seem right, thought Cindy Plant, as her truck bounced along an old dirt road north of Wichita last


    Bart Corbin: Double Deception

    Jennifer Corbin was one of those people almost everybody liked, probably because she liked everybody. Tall, blonde and pretty, the


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    True Stories: Inspiring Words from Real Couples

    The 1,001 men and women who participated in the Reader’s Digest Marriage in America Survey didn’t get paid to participate;

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    Michael Oher: Homeless Hero Becomes Academic Success

    The New Kid When Sean Tuohy saw the new kid sitting in the high school gym, he saw a boy


    Bombshell: Documents Throw New Light on Marilyn Monroe’s Death

    These little-known facts will change your perspective.


    RD on TV: Gracie’s Choice

    An inspirational story about a teen hero found a way to keep three brothers from being separated.


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    Invincible: World Trade Center Attacks Survivor Lauren Manning

    Running Late On a hazy late afternoon in New York City, Lauren Manning breezes through the door with an upbeat


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    The Black Widow Killer

    Call it a mother’s intuition. When a medical examiner reported the cause of death for Glenn Turner, 31, his mom,


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    America’s Most Vicious Gang

    For the Ivano family, the school day began like any other. It was a Tuesday morning in December, just days


    Photo Essay: The Patriots Guard Riders Who Honor Fallen Heroes

    When soldiers fall or veterans pass away, this motorcycle group shows up to honor them.


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    Everyday Hero: Jeff May

    The ninth-graders in Missy Dodds’s seventh-period study hall were restless that Monday afternoon, March 21, 2005. It was the last