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German Finance Minister Cries Foul Over Tax Avoidance Deals

The German government may not be able to recover billions of dollars in lost dividend taxes from complex stock-lending deals that benefited U.S. and other foreign investors.
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Wall Street Stock Loans Drain $1 Billion a Year From German Taxpayers

Carefully timed deals help big money managers skirt dividend taxes in 20 countries, confidential documents show.

Tax Avoidance Has a Heartbeat

Every year at dividend time, demand to borrow German stocks spikes.

University of California Regent Violated Ethics Rules, Review Finds

A secret 2015 report found that a doctor on the UC board of regents tried to negotiate a deal between his eye clinics and UCLA, and engaged in discussions in which he had a financial interest. He denied wrongdoing but resigned as chair of the regents’ health committee.

How Residents Get Ensnared by NYPD Nuisance Abatement Cases

Podcast: How New York Daily News reporter Sarah Ryley discovered that the NYPD was targeting minority neighborhoods in their enforcement of a law that can boot people from their homes and businesses

Officials Were Warned of Trouble With NYPD Lockout Orders, And Then Police Kicked Out Wrong Family

A letter from legal groups to the New York City’s Law Department warned city officials that “vulnerable tenants” are often ensnared in nuisance abatements.

U.S. Rep. Weber Says He’ll Work on Bill to Speed Hurricane Protection Plan

The Texas Republican will introduce a companion to a Senate bill filed this week seeking to expedite a hurricane protection plan for Houston.

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An Unbelievable Story of Rape

An 18-year-old said she was attacked at knifepoint. Then she said she made it up. That’s where our story begins.

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Killing the Colorado

The Colorado River is dying – the victim of legally sanctioned overuse, the relentless forces of urban growth, willful ignorance among policymakers and a misplaced confidence in human ingenuity. ProPublica investigates the policies that are putting this precious resource in peril.

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Attacks in Europe

A look at how the region is grappling with terrorism attacks — and how revolving-door prisons could be compounding the threat.

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U.S. Rep. Weber Says He’ll Work on Bill to Speed Hurricane Protection Plan

U.S. Rep. Weber Says He’ll Work on Bill to Speed Hurricane Protection Plan

The Texas Republican will introduce a companion to a Senate bill filed this week seeking to expedite a hurricane protection plan for Houston.

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Vietnam Vets Push VA to Link Bladder Cancer to Agent Orange

Vietnam Vets Push VA to Link Bladder Cancer to Agent Orange

The Department of Veterans Affairs is evaluating new research as it decides whether to extend benefits to exposed vets with the disease.

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Red Cross

How one of the country’s most venerated charities has failed disaster victims, broken promises and made dubious claims of success.

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Red Cross Donations Plummet and Deficit Spikes

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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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