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Verizon’s Zombie Cookie Gets New Life

Verizon is merging its cellphone tracking supercookie with AOL’s ad tracking network to match users’ online habits with their offline details.
An Arrest, a Suicide, a Year Later: The Lasting Tragedy of Kalief Browder
Is the Gun Lobby’s Power Overstated?

Is the Gun Lobby's Power Overstated?

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Blankenship’s Grip on Coal Country, Biker Gangs and More in #MuckReads Weekly

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The Prominence and Plight Of Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

Girls, many of whom have suffered a range of trauma at home, make up a growing share of children arrested and detained across the country.

Bankruptcy Lawyers Strip Cash from Coal Miners’ Health Insurance

Workers often bear the brunt of the coal industry’s decline. One case stands out: 208 Indiana miners, wives and widows whose health care may fall to financial engineering.

How Some Alabama Hospitals Quietly Drug Test New Mothers — Without Their Consent

As hundreds of Alabama women face child endangerment charges, hospitals are mostly mum on their testing policies – even with the patients.

Two Who Moved Through Europe’s Revolving-Door Prisons Get Terrorist Designation

Authorities say former members of a Paris neighborhood gang ended up aiding the Charlie Hebdo attack, recruiting militant fighters to Syria.

Behind Debt by Degrees: How Can You Tell If a College Is Helping Poor Students?

Podcast: We take a closer look inside ProPublica’s new interactive database, guided by reporters and developers Sisi Wei and Annie Waldman.

The Stories of Everyday Lives, Hidden in Reams of Data

Data journalists use data to tell stories that help readers make better choices and live better lives.

Exploding Gas Tanks, Defective Air Bags and Other Car-Company Scandals (MuckReads Weekly)

There’s a long history of car company scandals – and sluggish responses from regulators.

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Troubled California Group Home to Close

Troubled California Group Home to Close

Management’s decision to close a home in Long Beach ends one crisis, but the state is still seeking answers for dealing with its most troubled children.

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Patient Safety

More than 1 million patients suffer harm each year while being treated in the U.S. health care system. Even more receive substandard care or costly overtreatment. Our ongoing investigation of patient safety features in-depth reporting, discussion and tools for patients.

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Editor’s Note: ‘Dr. Abscess’ and Why Surgeon Scorecard Matters

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Senator Wants Names of Red Cross Officials Who Didn’t Cooperate With Government Inquiry

Senator Wants Names of Red Cross Officials Who Didn’t Cooperate With Government Inquiry

Sen. Charles Grassley is demanding more information about the American Red Cross and its “apparent unwillingness to fully cooperate” with a government investigation into its disaster relief work.

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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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Company That Sued Soldiers Closes Its Stores

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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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Amid Drought, California Experiments With Leasing Water Rights

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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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ProPublica Partners With Beacon to Promote Workers’ Comp Reporting

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