A Reuters investigation into the Iranian supreme leader’s $95 billion economic empire—which was partly built on confiscating family property from ordinary citizens: Several other Iranians whose family properties were taken over by Setad described in interviews how men showed up and threatened to use violence if the owners didn’t leave the premises at once. One man said he had been told how an elderly family member had stood by distraught as workmen carried out all of the furniture from her home. According to this account, she sat down on a carpet, refused to move and pleaded, “What ...Read more ...
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Millions have crossed through the fence from Mexico to America, both legally and illegally, making Hidalgo County, Texas, one of the fastest-growing places in America. “El Futuro” is what some residents have begun calling the area, and here the future is unfolding in a cycle of cascading extremes. The country’s hungriest region is also its most overweight, with 38.5 percent of the people obese. For one of the first times anywhere in the United States, children in South Texas have a projected life span that is a few years shorter than that of their parents.
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The ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today. Farmers have wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and contaminated water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found. Five million acres of land set aside for conservation have been converted. The consequences are so severe that environmentalists and many scientists have now rejected corn-based ethanol as bad environmental policy.
A months-long investigation reveals a radio station supervisor is the exempt manager making the most OT, banking about $70,000 in the last 2 ½ years. Plus, a little-known government benefit is costing the district millions. Many WA state workers can cash out sick leave. In 2 ½ years, Seattle Schools paid out nearly $2.5 million in sick leave payouts. Only 4% of the private sector enjoys the same ...Read more ...
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the online files from the Minnesota agency charged with tracking candidate and campaign fundraising are riddled with inaccuracies, leading to errors that total as much as $20 million over the past decade, according to an analysis. About 7,000 records of donations between Minnesota groups are incorrect — an error rate of about one in seven. The flaws are enough to hamper any comprehensive attempt to examine the flow of political money in the state, at a time when that spending has soared to record heights.
In September, Lynne Spalding checked into San Francisco General Hospital for a bladder infection. Soon after, she went missing. No one ordered a full search for Spalding until nine days after she disappeared.
In that time, Lynne Spalding Ford's family scoured the city and passed out thousands of fliers -- only to find out she was dead in a stairwell at the same hospital. Now, authorities have revealed a series of mishaps leading up to the discovery of Spalding Ford's body at San Francisco General Hospital -- 17 days after she was reported missing.
The physical complications of poverty, joblessness and epidemic rates of alcoholism, diabetes and depression spill over into the wards at the only hospital on the Rosebud Reservation, which has a population of 13,000 and stretches across 1,970 square miles of South Dakota prairie. Life is short, violence high and health care lacking in Todd County, the second poorest county in the nation.
Native Americans were promised health care by the government, but what are they really getting? Tracie White of the Stanford Medicine Magazine explores the topic.
National child advocacy groups estimate at least 100,000 U.S. children are exploited by the domestic sex trade each year. As many as 300,000 children are at risk of becoming sexual commodities each year. The numbers are as dubious as they are revealing. The wide-ranging estimate is not born of spurious statistical manipulation or blind guesswork, but rather a simple and undeniable limitation: There is no precise way to gauge how many children are being bartered and sold for sex.
A deeper problem persists. We can’t track something we haven’t been looking for. Sarasota Herald-Tribune reporter ...Read more ...
According to an investigation by Talking Points memo, "across the country, insurance companies have sent misleading letters to consumers, trying to lock them into the companies' own, sometimes more expensive health insurance plans rather than let them shop for insurance and tax credits on the Obamacare marketplaces -- which could lead to people spending thousands more for insurance than the law intended. In some cases, mentions of the marketplace in those letters are relegated to a mere footnote, which can be easily overlooked."