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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act, which was designed to give the public the right to scrutinize the records of government agencies. Almost no one needs public records more than an organization like ProPublica, whose mission is producing work that "shines...

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Sebastian Rotella (ProPublica) 12 July 2016
After assembling suicide bomb vests for the attacks that slaughtered 130 people in Paris last November, Najim Laachroui went underground in his native Brussels.   The 24-year-old explosives expert wasn't just hiding from the biggest manhunt in Europe's recent history. He was plotting....

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The US Internal Revenue Service has sued social networking giant Facebook for the delay in sharing documents related to transferring its assets to Ireland in 2010 to cut corporate taxes.   Ireland’s top corporate tax rate is 12.5%, much lower than the US 35%, the Wall Street Journal...

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Washington: An Indian-origin businessman has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for fraudulently obtaining contracts worth $6 million from a federal program created to help minority-owned small businesses, according to authorities.   Tarsem Singh was sentenced by Washington Federal...

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Justin Elliott (ProPublica) 07 July 2016
Legislation introduced in the Senate today would open the American Red Cross to outside oversight that it has long resisted.   The bill was introduced by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, following a lengthy investigation by his staff that raised questions about the charity's spending...

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A Spanish court on Wednesday sentenced FC Barcelona's Argentine football star Lionel Messi and his father to a prison term for tax fraud committed between 2007 and 2009.   The Barcelona Provincial Court ruled that Messi and his father, Jorge Messi, had committed three counts of tax...

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Chinese internet regulators have banned online media from publishing unverified news reports and content from social media, the authorities said.   Every news item taken from social media must be verified before publishing.   Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) issued a...

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T Christian Miller (ProPublica) 29 June 2016
Today, The Dig dives into water. Pun totally intended. I've received a lot of questions about applying investigative reporting techniques to figuring out whether your water is safe - the stuff in your taps, the stuff in your rivers, the stuff at the beach. Flint, Michigan, has made us all...

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Nina Martin (ProPublica) 28 June 2016
Back in January, 2016 looked to be a watershed year for reproductive rights 2014 and a potentially harrowing one for advocates of abortion and access to contraception. The main reason: two blockbuster Supreme Court cases.   Now, as the Supreme Court ends its 2015201316 term, it's...

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A Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight caught fire while making an emergency landing at the island nation's Changi Airport on Monday.   Flight SQ368 had departed Singapore for Milan, Italy at 2.05 a. m., Xinhua news agency reported    About two hours into the flight, the pilot...

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A lack of consensus amid strong opposition from several countries led by China thwarted India's bid for NSG membership in Seoul on Thursday night even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Chinese President Xi Jinping in Tashkent to consider New Delhi's bid on its merit.   The Indian...

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Over 40 persons were killed in the heavy rains and related incidents across Uttar Pradesh, an official said on Wednesday.   Heavy rains accompanied by lightning hit many parts of the state on Tuesday.   Officials said two dozen people were killed in the Varanasi and Azamgarh...

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Ever wondered how losing your passport while abroad can turn the dream vacation into a nightmare?   Here are some tips from travel freaks Shivani Singh and Anandita Kakkar on how to deal with a passport that goes missing.   Seek help from the local police: Make your way to the...

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Allan Sloan (ProPublica) 16 May 2016
This story was co-published with The Washington Post.   I've written about tax loopholes for decades. But recently, I wrote about Schlupflöcher for the first time, in a venture that shows how journalists can be as multinational as investment banks. We just make a lot less...

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Cezary Podkul (ProPublica) 05 May 2016
The German government may not be able to recover billions of dollars in lost dividend taxes from complex stock-lending deals that benefited U.S. and other foreign investors   Germany's top finance official criticized controversial stock loans that allow U.S. and other foreign...

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New York : Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the US after heart disease and cancer, experts have said.   While accurate data on deaths associated with medical error is lacking, recent estimates suggest a range of 210,000 to 400,000 deaths a year among hospital...

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Washington : Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has lost its second legal battle in a row over its talcum powder which allegedly causes cancer. The company must now pay $55 million to a woman who says she got ovarian cancer after using the product.   Less than four months after...

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