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Machine Bias

There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks.

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'On Like Donkey Kong': How a Dubious Super PAC Boosted a Questionable Penny Stock

The U.S. government's loose supervision has spawned many problems with super PACs, but helping to tout shares worth a fraction of a cent would be a new one.
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For Many of Connecticut’s Disabled, Home Is Where the Harm Is

Again and again, the disabled turned up in emergency rooms only to have the injuries they’d suffered in the state’s group homes go uninvestigated.

Bank of America’s Winning Excuse: We Didn’t Mean To

A federal appeals court overturned a $1.3 billion judgement against Bank of America, ruling that good intentions at the outset shield bankers from fines for subsequent fraud.

Most Drugs Aren’t Tested on Pregnant Women. This Anti-nausea Cure Shows Why That’s a Problem

For years, Zofran was the most popular morning-sickness medication in the U.S. Now it’s being accused of causing birth defects. The larger issue is a drug-safety system that excludes women from clinical trials, potentially putting them and their babies at risk.

Congressman to Red Cross: ‘How Do You Get Lost Going to a Disaster Area?’

Rep. Bennie Thompson wants answers about the Red Cross’ performance.

What Algorithmic Injustice Looks Like in Real Life

A computer program rated defendants’ risk of committing a future crime. These are the results.

Unsafe at Many Speeds

Your risk of getting killed by a car goes up with every mile per hour.

Two Decades Later, Democrats Say Giuliani Was Wrong About Rent Limits

Since 1995, developers in lower Manhattan have relied on a letter written by former Mayor Giuliani to justify receiving tax breaks without rent restrictions. Former lawmakers who wrote and voted for the law say the practice violates the intent and clear meaning of the statute.

Machine Bias

There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks.

How the NY/NJ Port Authority Misspent Millions in Federal Money Meant to Cut Air Pollution

Podcast: Six years ago, the two-state agency pledged to reduce emissions from trucks and accepted $35 million in federal dollars to do it. Today, it has little to show for the money it spent. Writer Max Rivlin-Nadler takes ProPublica’s Joaquin Sapien inside his Village Voice investigation.

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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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‘On Like Donkey Kong’: How a Dubious Super PAC Boosted a Questionable Penny Stock

‘On Like Donkey Kong’: How a Dubious Super PAC Boosted a Questionable Penny Stock

The U.S. government’s loose supervision has spawned many problems with super PACs, but helping to tout shares worth a fraction of a cent would be a new one.

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Drought be Dammed

Drought be Dammed

The water crisis in the West has renewed debate about the effectiveness of major dams, with some pushing for the enormous Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River to be decommissioned.

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Hell and High Water

Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It’s home to the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And it’s a sitting duck for the next big hurricane. Why isn’t Texas ready?

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

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Reliving Agent Orange

ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot are exploring the effects of the chemical mixture Agent Orange on Vietnam veterans and their families, as well as their fight for benefits.

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Vietnam Vets Push VA to Link Bladder Cancer to Agent Orange

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Congressman to Red Cross: ‘How Do You Get Lost Going to a Disaster Area?’

Congressman to Red Cross: ‘How Do You Get Lost Going to a Disaster Area?’

Rep. Bennie Thompson wants answers about the Red Cross’ performance.

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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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Corporate Campaign to Ditch Workers’ Comp Stalls

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