The Most-Read Stories on MSN: August 2018

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From a daring rescue that saved a boy’s life to Farmer’s Almanac prediction for this year’s winter weather, check out our 5 most-read stories for August.

Mollie Tibbets, missing Iowa student, found dead, sources sayCourtesy Fox News

Partner: Fox News | Publish date: 8/21

Twenty-year-old college student Mollie Tibbets captured the nation’s attention when she disappeared in July while jogging in Brooklyn, Iowa. Microsoft News editors kept readers up-to-date on the case throughout July and August as her loved ones and the police searched for her. On Tuesday, August 21st, Fox News reported that Mollie Tibbets was found dead in Iowa, bringing an end to an intensive search that last more than a month and captured national headlines. This tragic story was the most-read article on MSN during the month of August. Additional stories related to the investigation, such as the cause of death (Associated Press) and the key that finally allowed investigators to find Mollie Tibbets’ body and suspect Cristhian Bahena Rivera (CNN), were also among the most popular news stories during the month. Read the full story here.

Police officer jumps off overpass to save boy’s life in daring New York rescue

Partner: USA Today | Publish date: 8/7

When police officer Jessie Ferreira Cavallo saw a 12-year-old boy jump from an overpass, she grabbed her first-aid kit and jumped after the boy. The boy, who went to the hospital with some broken bones and leg injuries, is expected to survive. Ferreira has received multiple awards for saving lives during her 7-year career.

Read the full story here.




Boats’ Disappearance in Bermuda Triangle Explained By New Theory

Partner: IBT | Publish date: 8/2

British scientists have a new theory as to why so many boats have disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle over the past 100 years. They believe the mystery can be explained by natural phenomenon known as “rogue waves,” which only last for a few minutes and can reach nearly 100 feet. At least 1,000 lives have been lost in the region within the last 100 years. Read the full story here.

Simone Biles Wears Teal Leotard for Larry Nassar SurvivorsSports Illustrated

Partner: Sports Illustrated | Publish date: 8/20

Simone Biles made history in August by being the only woman to ever win five national all-around titles in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. While the focus was on her win, Biles sent an important message by wearing a teal leotard, which is the color of sexual assault awareness. Biles is one of the hundreds of athletes who have come forward as survivors of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse. Full story here.

‘Teeth-chattering’ winter with plenty of snow, Farmers’ Almanac predictsUSA Today

Partner: USA Today | Publish date: 8/29

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, most Americans will be facing a brutal winter. Above-average snowfall is predicted for the Great Lakes, Midwest, New England and Pacific Northwest, with stormy conditions hanging around through the official start of spring. Read the full story here.



We’ll continue to share the most popular news stories with our audience each month so come back in early October to see the most popular stories of September.