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The spy who couldn’t spell: how the biggest heist in the history of US espionage was foiled

Ever since childhood, Brian Regan had been made to feel stupid because of his severe dyslexia. So he thought no one would suspect him of stealing secrets<p>The classrooms and hallways of Farmingdale High in Long Island were deserted on the morning of Saturday 19 August 2001, when a van pulled into the …

Inside the Frozen Zoo That Could Bring Extinct Animals Back to Life

All around us, every day, things are disappearing—birds, butterflies, coral reefs, islands. Places we used to live. Things we used to eat. But what if there was a way to bring some of it back? Well, it turns out there is. A few miles north of San Diego, scientists are gathering up specimens of …

How Wildlife Investigators Found a Killer Grizzly in Yellowstone

<i>On Friday a hiker was found dead in Yellowstone National Park. CNN reports that based on a preliminary invesitgation, "an adult female grizzly and at</i> …

Bellagio Bandit: How One Man Robbed Vegas' Biggest Casino and Almost Got Away

Tony Carleo stole $1 million in chips – then checked himself into casino's hotel to live like a king<p>There's a story Tony Carleo likes to tell about a …

Crime

It was the second week of UNIV 101: University of Phoenix New Student Orientation, and Dr. U. was talking about goals. “What is goals?” she asked in her melodious Polish accent. There were four of us in UNIV 101, me and Ty and Rob and Junior, and no one seemed quite sure what to make of the question. Thus far there had been little evidence of Socratic irony or indirection holding a prominent place in the pedagogical toolkit here at Phoenix, so if Dr. U. was asking what is goals? then the answer was almost certainly somewhere in the reading. …

It was the second week of UNIV 101: University of Phoenix New Student Orientation, and Dr. U. was talking about goals.<p>“What is <i>goals?</i>” she asked in …

Into the Storm: The True Story of a Harrowing Ocean Rescue

One terrible night in 2015, two giant ships sailed into a hurricane—a new breed of superstorm that, thanks to climate change, had defied all expectations and would soon cause the deadliest American maritime disaster in decades. The only hope for those aboard? A young Coast Guard helicopter squad …

When Truth Falls Apart

How do we restore consensus in an age so divorced from fact?<p>If I have recognized the spread in drug warnings and financial doublespeak, where the …

Nick Denton, Peter Thiel, and the Plot to Murder Gawker

As if the sudden death of Gawker Media, felled by a Hulk Hogan invasion-of-privacy suit, wasn’t shocking enough when it happened earlier this year, word quickly got out that the whole thing had been bankrolled by one of Silicon Valley’s most successful investors. But Nick Denton, Gawker’s founding …

Tent Revival

Leaving I-81 South in Virginia at Abingdon, just before it dips into Tennessee, the route crawling up, down, and around the Ridge-and-Valley …

Venezuela, a Failing State

Once the richest country in South America, it now has the world’s highest inflation rate and is plagued by hunger and violent crime. How did this happen?<p>The medical student told me to use his name. He said he didn’t care. “Maduro is a donkey,” he said. “An asshole.” He meant Nicolás Maduro, the …

President Trump’s First Term

His campaign tells us a lot about what kind of Commander-in-Chief he would be.<p>On the morning of January 20, 2017, the President-elect is to visit Barack Obama at the White House for coffee, before they share a limousine—Obama seated on the right, his successor on the left—for the ride to the …

Billy Bob Thornton on Bad Santa 2, Ungrateful Fans, and Why He Won't Direct Anymore

Billy Bob Thornton is angry as hell. Here he is, a goddamn creative genius (have you seen season one of Fargo? And don't pretend you're not fired up for Bad Santa 2), but what he really wants to do is direct. He's fucking great at it (ever heard of a little thing called Sling Blade? ), but none of …

Dwight Yoakam

Scenes From a Donald Trump Victory Party

Last night they assembled in the grand lobby of the Trump International Hotel Washington, formerly the Old Post Office. The transition team was said …