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Fraud Still Plagues Medicare Drug Program, Watchdog Finds

Medicare has increased oversight of its prescription drug program but many holes remain, allowing fraud and abuse to proliferate. Questionable practices were found at 1,400 pharmacies, which collectively billed Medicare $2.3 billion in 2014.

Headline Writing With an NYT Guru

Podcast: Kyle Massey on what catches readers’ attention, and why the “paper of record” never would have written, “Headless Body in Topless Bar.”

5 Tips for Donating After Disasters

After our investigation of the Red Cross' work in Haiti, readers have repeatedly asked us for tips on giving. Here are a few modest answers.

6 Tips for Protecting Your Communications From Prying Eyes

In an age of ubiquitous surveillance, there are still some things you can do to keep your communications private -- and not all of it is high-tech.

Elite Runner Had Qualms When Alberto Salazar Told Her to Use Asthma Drug for Performance

Elite distance runner Lauren Fleshman says that Alberto Salazar helped her get treatment for asthma, but she became squeamish when he suggested that she use medication in a different manner than the doctor instructed.

End of the Miracle Machines: Inside the Power Plant Fueling America’s Drought

The Navajo Generating Station helps move trillions of gallons of water over mountains, through canals, 336 miles into Phoenix and Tucson. But it comes at an enormous cost.

The Times’s Eric Lipton on DC’s Ecosystem of Influence

Podcast: A two-time Pulitzer winner talks about a new world of pay-to-play, where lobbying has spread to unregulated surrogates.

More Athletes Say Track Coach Alberto Salazar Broke Drug Rules

Following an investigation by ProPublica and the BBC, other athletes describe pressure to get prescription drugs they didn’t need and Salazar’s top runner flies to Oregon to get answers.

Red Cross Holds a Press Conference In Haiti. It Doesn’t Go Well.

Haitian reporters demand answers from the Red Cross but don’t get many.

Left in the Brain: Potentially Toxic Residue from MRI Drugs

Researchers raise alarms about unknown health risks of GE’s Omniscan and Bayer’s Magnevist, drugs injected to get better MRI pictures that contain the heavy metal gadolinium.

What Happens When Millions Donated For Disaster Relief Goes Unaccounted For?

Haiti aid expert Jake Johnston, community organizer Francois Pierre-Louis, plus reporters from ProPublica and NPR will answer almost anything about international aid and the Red Cross’s Haiti relief efforts.

One Nation, Under Sedation: Medicare Paid for Nearly 40 Million Tranquilizer Prescriptions in 2013

Congress wouldn’t allow Medicare to pay for benzodiazepines such as Xanax and Ativan until 2013. Now, the medications are among the most prescribed in its drug program.

Use It or Lose It: Across the West, Exercising One’s Right to Waste Water

“Use it or lose it” clauses give farmers, ranchers and governments holding water rights a powerful incentive to use more water than they need.

Meet the Reporter Behind That Bogus Chocolate Study

Podcast: John Bohannon joins Charles Ornstein to talk bad science, credulous reporters, and the ethics of his brand of journalism.

Violent Crimes Mar Effort at Less Restrictive Homes for Children

The arrest of three runaway boys shines light on New York City’s latest program for troubled youth.

On Repeat: How to Use Loops to Explain Anything

From animated gifs to looping interactives, we're seeing more and more ways of presenting ideas, explaining processes, and just capturing small moments in endless, repeating sequences. Here's how loops work and how you can use them.

New Snowden Documents Reveal Secret Memos Expanding Spying

The Obama administration has stepped up the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program on U.S. soil to search for signs of hacking.

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