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human-interest story

[hyoo-muh n-in-ter-ist, -trist or, often, yoo-]
noun
  1. a story or report, as in a newspaper or on a newscast, designed to engage attention and sympathy by enabling one to identify readily with the people, problems, and situations described.
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Origin of human-interest story

First recorded in 1925–30
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