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Louisiana Coroner Concludes Handcuffed Suspect Killed Himself and More in #MuckReads Weekly

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More Data to Be Withheld from Database of Physician Payments

The federal government won’t release data next month on some research payments to doctors. Health officials had acknowledged previously that the database wouldn’t include one-third of payments made by pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Discussion: Louisiana’s Disappearing Coast

Al Shaw and Bob Marshall discussed Losing Ground, and investigation of Louisiana's disappearing coast.

The Sorry State of Bank Apologies

China’s Cyber Attacks Tied to U.S. Companies, Contractors and Gov’t Systems

A roundup of some of the most notable cyber attacks tied to China from the last several years.

Intelligence Gap: How a Chinese National Gained Access to Arizona’s Terror Center

An un-vetted computer engineer plugged into law enforcement networks and a database of 5 million Arizona drivers in a possible breach that was kept secret for years.

The Best Reporting on California’s Drought

This year may be the driest in California in half a millennium. These reports explore how the drought is affecting agriculture, business and living conditions in the nation’s most populous state.

Podcast: Why Settlements Don’t Fix Wrongful Convictions

Senior Editor Joe Sexton talks about Jabbar Collins’s $10 million settlement with New York City and the long road to an end to prosecutorial misconduct.

South Carolina’s Lax Domestic Abuse Laws and More in MuckReads Weekly

The Post and Courier investigates South Carolina's lax domestic abuse laws and more in #MuckReads weekly

“Less Lethal” Flash-Bangs Used in Ferguson Leave Some Feeling the Burn

A journalist says he was singed by a flash-bang fired by St. Louis County police trying to disperse a crowd, raising questions about how to use these military-style devices safely and appropriately.

In California, Some Efforts to Toughen Oversight of Assisted Living Falter

Cost concerns may derail efforts by lawmakers and advocates to require more frequent inspections and a swifter response to allegations of abuse and neglect.

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Surveillance

ProPublica investigates the threats to privacy in an era of cellphones, data mining and cyberwar, including how citizens are digitally tracked by governments and corporations.

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Leaked Docs Show Spyware Used to Snoop on U.S. Computers

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The Prescribers

Never-before-released government prescription records shows that some doctors and other health professionals across the country prescribe large quantities of drugs known to be potentially harmful, disorienting or addictive for their patients. And officials have done little to detect or deter these hazardous prescribing patterns.

31 Stories in the Series. Latest:

Illinois Suspends Medical License of Leading Prescriber of Antipsychotic Drugs

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California Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Temp Workers

California Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Temp Workers

The bill, inspired in part by a ProPublica investigation, will hold companies accountable for labor abuses by temp agencies and subcontractors they use.

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Examining Medicare

A closer look at the services delivered by providers in Medicare’s Part B program—and the money they collect.

11 Stories in the Series. Latest:

The Obscure Drug With a Growing Medicare Tab

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Restraints

Do you know a child who has been forcibly restrained or secluded at school? Help us investigate by sharing your story.

3 Stories in the Series. Latest:

Federal Investigators Crack Down on Two Virginia Schools’ Use of Restraints

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