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Surgeon Scorecard

We calculated complication rates for surgeons performing one of eight elective procedures under Medicare, carefully adjusting for differences in patient health, age and hospital quality. Use this database to know more about a surgeon before your operation.

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Bet Big, Then Go Short

Governments that borrow money to fund their pensions often pay less into their pension funds in future years than they’re supposed to. Here’s how the 20 biggest pension bonds deals since 1996 have worked out.

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New Dollars for Docs

Pharmaceutical and medical device companies paid billions to doctors from late 2013 through 2014, new data shows. Search for your doctor in our interactive database.

On Repeat: How to Use Loops to Explain Anything

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From animated gifs to looping interactives, we're seeing more and more ways of presenting ideas, explaining processes, and just capturing small moments in endless, repeating sequences. Here's how loops work and how you can use them.

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Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, While Water Supplies Last

How 40 years of unchecked growth may eventually bust Las Vegas’ water supply.

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Killing the Colorado: Explore the River

How the Colorado was turned into a giant plumbing system.

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Cruise Control

Your one-stop shop for health and safety data on cruise ships

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Boondoggle HQ

The $25 Million Building in Afghanistan Nobody Needed

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Money as a Weapons System

How U.S. commanders spent $2 billion of petty cash in Afghanistan

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NSA Surveillance Lawsuit Tracker

A federal appeals court recently ruled that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records is illegal.

Antebellum Data Journalism: Or, How Big Data Busted Abe Lincoln

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Horace Greeley, between about 1860 and 1865. Credit: National Archives and Records Administration, via Wikimedia Commons.

An 1848 investigative news story that relied on heavy data analysis snared big fish, including two future presidents.

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Workers’ Comp Benefits: How Much is a Limb Worth?

If you suffer a permanent injury on the job, you’re typically entitled to compensation for the damage to your body and your future lost wages. But depending on the state, benefits for the same body part can differ dramatically.

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Employers Complain of Rising Premiums, But Workers’ Comp Is at 25-Year Low

Despite the drumbeat of complaints about costs, employers are paying the lowest rates for workers’ compensation insurance than at any time in the past 25 years, even as the costs of health care have increased dramatically.

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Workers’ Compensation Reforms by State

Over the past decade, states across the country have been unwinding a century-old compact with America’s workers: A guarantee that if you are injured on the job, your employer will pay your medical bills and enough of your wages to help you get by. In all, 33 states have passed laws that reduce benefits, create hurdles to getting medical care or make it more difficult to qualify for workers’ comp.

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Over 1,100 Health Data Breaches, but Few Fines

Since October 2009, health care organizations and their business partners reported 1,142 large-scale data breaches, each affecting at least 500 people, to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of those, seven breaches have resulted in fines.

One Year, 2,000+ Downloads: Here’s How Our Data Store Is Doing

A year after we launched it, here’s what our Data Store looks like.

Form 990 Documents Return to Nonprofit Explorer

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(Hannah Birch/ProPublica)

Today we released an update to our Nonprofit Explorer database and API. It includes updated organization profiles and — more significantly — has re-enabled links to Form 990 document PDFs. Those links had been disabled after they were removed by their source, Public.Resource.org, during an ongoing dispute with the IRS over privacy issues last year.

What I Learned From My Fellowship at ProPublica

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From left: Yue Qiu, Annie Waldman, Al Shaw. (Mike Tigas/ProPublica)

News applications fellow Yue Qiu reflects on her seven months on ProPublica's news apps team.

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The Human Toll of Flashbangs

At least 50 Americans have been seriously injured, maimed or killed by flashbangs since 2000. Here are their stories.

Reporting Recipe: How to Investigate Health Professionals

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(David Sleight and Hannah Birch, ProPublica)

We've launched two 50-state guides to researching the license and disciplinary records of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

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