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U.S. Identifies Key Player in ISIS Attacks on Europe

American officials say the investigation of the assaults on Paris and Brussels has led them to a shadowy Moroccan militant who was raised in Southern France and now lives in Syria.

New York City Council Moves to Overhaul Nuisance Abatement Enforcement

The Council speaker will put forward a package of bills aimed at better protecting tenants and businesses targeted by police.

Breaking the Black Box: How Machines Learn to Be Racist

Artificial Intelligence is only as good as the patterns we teach it. To illustrate the sensitivity of AI systems, we built an AI engine that deduced synonyms from news articles published by different types of news organizations.

How Europe Left Itself Open to Terrorism

The ISIS attacks on France and Belgium exposed weaknesses in Europe’s approach to borders and information sharing that counterterror officials had warned about for years. The vulnerabilities remain largely unaddressed.

Codes of Silence and Journalism’s Obligations

Podcast: A reporter in Chicago took on the police department’s alleged code of silence on misconduct. He produced a memorable story and poses some provocative questions to go with it.

Super PAC to Billionaire: We Need More Money to Save a Republican Senate

An errant email from a PAC supporting Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania highlights Republican anxiety: “Trump has taken a real hit this week.”

SRSLY: More Women More Crime?

Your three-minute read on the best reporting you probably missed.

‘Only White People,’ Said the Little Girl

On a playground, the messy birth of a 5-year-old's “otherness.”

Fact-checking Trump and Clinton on the Billionaire’s Tax Break

When the presidential candidates vowed on Sunday to eliminate the “carried-interest” loophole, they left out some important context.

Schwarzenegger and DSK: When Powerful Men Cross Lines

Reporting on politicians’ sexual misconduct calls for people who have been abused to put their humiliations on display. But there’s no guarantee it will have an electoral impact.

After Mayor Pledges ‘Due Process,’ NYPD Renews Aggressive Nuisance Abatement Enforcement

Police in New York pursue civil cases against homes and businesses despite concerns about fairness and in the face of lawsuits.

Stand Up and Be Counted — Maybe

Provisional ballots, meant to ensure every voter gets access to the ballot, are often tossed out.

Maryland’s Move to Pull Children From Group Homes Came Too Late for Teenager Who Died

After unannounced inspections revealed deficiencies, Maryland stopped placing young people at Delaware facilities owned by AdvoServ.

Lawsuit to Seek Rollback of NYPD’s Controversial Nuisance Abatement Efforts

A legal move in federal court will ask for class action status to protect renters and business owners from alleged unconstitutional police enforcement.

Breaking the Black Box: When Machines Learn by Experimenting on Us

As we enter the era of artificial intelligence, machines regularly conduct experiments on human behavior. Here’s a look at how software used by the New York Times and New York Post uses you to test their headlines.

The American Way

President Obama promised to fight corporate concentration. Eight years later, the airline industry is dominated by just four companies. And you’re paying for it.

How Trump Allegedly Ensured His Golf-Course Employees Were ‘Pretty Enough’

Podcast: How a Los Angeles Times reporter documented complaints of sexism from Donald Trump’s golf-course employees.

For Mexican Towns Attacked by Cartel, Few Answers and No Justice

A new report finds that the Mexican government failed to stop a door-to-door campaign of killing that went on for weeks along the United States border.

Introducing the ProPublica Data Store 2.0

We’re relaunching the Data Store, with a complete redesign and new features that make it easier to find the data you’re looking for.

New Jersey’s Student Loan Agency Has Started Getting Good Reviews — By Giving Free Stuff

The agency, which promotes loans with onerous terms, is giving out flash drives for online reviews.

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