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Another Startling Verdict for Forensic Science

A recent study on the reliability of hair analysis is only latest to shake public confidence.
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The Demolition of Workers’ Comp

The Demolition of Workers' Comp

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Why Comcast Walked Away

A Comcast Time Warner Cable behemoth could have spelled trouble for consumers and online innovators.

Parsing Chris Christie’s Pension Math

The New Jersey governor counts past pension borrowing as “school aid” in his budget – but not when it undercuts his claim of spending more on pensions than prior governors.

The Time a Newspaper Stared Down the Country’s Largest Advertiser 

A little-remembered incident helped establish the notion that news organizations could and should preserve their independence from advertisers.

Reddit Recap: A Q & A With A Halliburton Whistleblower (Who Eventually Won)

Tony Menendez questioned Halliburton’s accounting practices. He blew the whistle. And after a nine-year fight, he won. Chat with him on Friday at 12 p.m. EST.

The Whistleblower’s Tale: How An Accountant Took on Halliburton

In 2005, Tony Menendez blew the whistle on Halliburton’s accounting practices. The fight cost him nine years of his life.

The Hidden Intelligence Breakdowns Behind the Mumbai Attacks

After Edward Snowden, the government said its controversial surveillance programs had stopped a terrorist – David Coleman Headley. In “American Terrorist,” ProPublica and PBS “Frontline” show why the claim is largely untrue.

Murdoch’s Circle: The News International Scandal

From phone hacking to bribery, the corruption at News International has involved many players -- increasingly, ones close to Rupert Murdoch. We’ve mapped out the players involved in this growing debacle, organized by their proximity to Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and other senior staff.

MuckReads Podcast: James Risen on the ‘National Security Bubble’

The acclaimed investigative reporter says journalists need to question Americans’ assumptions about how much privacy they should give up.

Rapid Rise in Super PACs Dominated by Single Donors

Super PACS that get nearly all of their money from one donor quadrupled their share of overall fund-raising in 2014.

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Investigations of California Group Homes Marked By Delays and Uncertainty

Investigations of California Group Homes Marked By Delays and Uncertainty

When California’s Department of Social Services investigates reports of serious harm in its homes for troubled children, the results are often deemed “inconclusive.”

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Insult to Injury

Driven by big business and insurers, states nationwide are dismantling workers’ compensation, slashing benefits to injured workers and making it more difficult for them to get care. Meanwhile employers are paying the lowest rates for workers’ comp insurance since the 1970s.

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Alabama Bill Would Increase Workers' Comp Benefits for Amputees

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Losing Ground

Scientists say one of the greatest environmental and economic disasters in the nation’s history—the rapid land loss occurring in the Mississippi Delta—is rushing toward a catastrophic conclusion. ProPublica and The Lens explore why it’s happening and what we’ll all lose if nothing is done to stop it.

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Reporting From the Youngest Land in the World

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Red Cross

After Superstorm Sandy, Americans opened their wallets to the Red Cross. They trusted the charity and believed it was up to the job. They were wrong.

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Red Cross Demands Corrections to Our 'Misleading' Coverage. Here's Our Response

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Fed Tapes

A confidential report and a fired examiner’s hidden recorder penetrate the cloistered world of Wall Street’s top regulator — and its history of deference to some of the country’s biggest banks.

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What We Still Don’t Know About the Fed’s Leak Investigation

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Firestone and the Warlord

In the first detailed examination of the relationship between Firestone and Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, this ProPublica/Frontline investigation lays bare the role of a global corporation in a brutal African conflict.

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Union Buried Evidence of Firestone Support of Warlord After Labor Deal

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The way lenders and collectors pursue consumer debt has undergone an aggressive transformation in America. Collectors today don’t give up easy, often pursuing debts for years. It’s now routine for companies to sue debtors, then seize their wages or the cash in their bank accounts. For many people, these changes have profoundly affected their lives.

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Senator to Hospitals: Stop Suing Poor Patients

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