11/19/13 09:18 AM
Accurate autopsies help ensure that murderers don’t go free, that suspects aren’t wrongfully prosecuted and that spouses receive the life insurance payments they deserve. But in North Carolina, heavy caseloads are raising the risk of errors, an Observer analysis has found.
11/19/13 09:15 AM
This summer, the Metra patronage scandal erupted after an allegation that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan tried getting the rail agency to give a raise to a campaign worker who held a state job. Tempers once again flared after the Sun-Times revealed that the raise request — which Madigan...
By Richard Pollock | 11/18/13 07:24 PM
New York's Health Republic nonprofit health insurance co-op can offer cheaper policies and undercut its commercial rivals, thanks to “luxurious” federal subsidies Daniel T. McGowan, Health Republic's former president and CEO, attributed the low rates to “a very luxurious kind of...
11/18/13 09:44 AM
The government’s multi-billion-dollar effort to clean up the nation’s largest nuclear dump has become its own dysfunctional mess. For more than two decades, the government has worked to dispose of 56 million gallons of toxic nuclear and chemical waste stored in underground, leak-prone steel...
11/18/13 09:43 AM
A Nassau County police officer shot an unarmed man in the back. Another intentionally ran down an unarmed man with his squad car, costing him a leg. Still another shot an unarmed cabdriver after a night of drinking off duty. In each case, department investigators reviewed the use of deadly force...
11/18/13 09:41 AM
Year after year the trucks rolled in, dumping loads of sewage sludge and contaminated dirt at a soil-recycling plant in this tiny desert community. Thousands of deliveries were dutifully recorded in a state database. Anyone who checked it would have seen that the plant had no state permit to...
11/18/13 09:40 AM
For two decades, the U.S. military has been unable to submit to an audit, flouting federal law and concealing waste and fraud totaling billions of dollars.
11/18/13 09:39 AM
Dozens of hospitals across Wisconsin are failing to promptly send babies' blood samples to the state lab for testing, delaying potentially lifesaving treatment for newborns with rare yet deadly disorders, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation has found. One year of data analyzed by the...
By Luke Rosiak | 11/15/13 06:28 PM
Federal Election Commission officials may take the nearly unprecedented step of exempting a Tea Party group from disclosing its donors due to concerns its supporters could face harassment and retaliation from government officials such as the Internal Revenue Service and private citizens. The...
By Associated Press | 11/15/13 09:24 AM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Georgia man who pleaded guilty for his role in an $18 million kickback scheme that targeted the U.S. Navy is due to be sentenced in federal court in Rhode Island.
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