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When Big Data Becomes Bad Data

Corporations are increasingly relying on algorithms to make business decisions and that raises new legal questions.
The Tiger Mom Tax: Asians Are Nearly Twice as Likely to Get a Higher Price from Princeton Review
‘Dark Money’ Debate: Two Views on Whether the Term is Fair Game
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The Human Reasons Why Athletes Who Dope Get Away With It

The logistics of drug testing, and the reliance on the competence and thoroughness of each country’s efforts, makes catching cheaters extra difficult.

Top Tobacco Bond Banker Departs Barclays

Kym Arnone handled more than $40 billion in deals in which states and other governments borrowed against income from the landmark tobacco legal settlement of 1998.

Foes Dive for Discarded Records in Abortion Clinic Dumpsters

Garbage has become an unlikely battleground in the abortion debate, as anti-abortion groups seek evidence of privacy violations in clinics’ trash. “Is it a little bit on the sketchy side?” one activist said of such tactics. “Yeah, maybe.”

Small Group Goes to Great Lengths to Block Homeschooling Regulation

The efforts of one small but fierce lobbying group has thwarted even modest efforts to monitor homeschooled kids. Some fear lack of laws hides abuse or no teaching at all.

Homeschooling Regulations by State

Homeschooling has been legal throughout the United States for about 25 years, but regulations vary dramatically across the country. Use our map to compare how laws vary by state.

Activists Pursue Private Abortion Details Using Public Records Laws

Across the country, those who support abortion rights and those who oppose them are feuding in court over how much information should be disclosed about women undergoing abortions. Supporters say there’s no margin for error. Opponents say it’s about ensuring quality care.

The Best Defense Is Good Offense: DOJ Challenges Local Public Defense Programs

Court filings bring national attention to local funding issues.

‘No Place for a Kid to Go’

In Long Beach, California, a group home for troubled children sinks into crisis.

How Yelp is Evolving in the Era of Big Data

Podcast: ProPublica senior reporter Charles Ornstein talks with Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman about our new partnership around health data.

ProPublica Partners With Beacon to Promote Workers’ Comp Reporting

Today, ProPublica is teaming up with the journalism crowdfunding site Beacon to encourage more coverage of workers' comp across the country.

How to Investigate Workers’ Comp In Your State

With this Reporting Recipe, we want to make it easier for journalists to find and report stories on changes in workers' comp policies and the impact on local workers.

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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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Unforgiven

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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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 CEO Tried to Kill Government Investigation

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ProPublica Partners With Beacon to Promote Workers’ Comp Reporting

ProPublica Partners With Beacon to Promote Workers’ Comp Reporting

Today, ProPublica is teaming up with the journalism crowdfunding site Beacon to encourage more coverage of workers' comp across the country.

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‘No Place for a Kid to Go’

‘No Place for a Kid to Go’

In Long Beach, California, a group home for troubled children sinks into crisis.

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