Long reads: The USA TODAY stories readers spent the most time with in 2021 – Yahoo News

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What a year. We laughed, we cried, we socially distanced and we held our loved ones close. And … we read the news. A lot of it.
As part of our look back at 2021, we've pulled together a collection of some of the stories that USA TODAY readers spent the most time with this year.
The selections include a profile of the New Jersey man who became the world's first successful face and double-hand transplant recipient, the journey of a little girl with a rare disease who was given hope through a medical miracle and the story of one family's drug ring that was linked to the Sinaloa Cartel and deaths in three states.
There are also stories of redemption, remembrance and faith, including a woman's tale of escaping Afghanistan and the story of a young boy who lost his mom on 9/11 – and the young man he's become.
All of these pieces were available to USA TODAY subscribers this year and we're making them free this holiday season.
If you want unlimited access to unique, straightforward reporting from around the nation that takes you beyond the headlines, please consider a subscription to USA TODAY.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: USA TODAY long reads, investigations and profiles from 2021
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