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Mass killing data records not being kept up to date

"USA TODAY examined FBI data -- which defines a mass killing as four or more victims -- as well as local police records and media reports to understand mass killings in America. They happen far more often than the government reports, and the circumstances of those killings -- the people who commit them, the weapons they use and the forces that motivate them -- are far more predictable than many might think."

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Regulations Are Killed, and Kids Die | The Nation
Under pressure, the Obama administration withdrew rules barring young laborers from dangerous work—a decision with grave consequences for several families.

Health-care Web site’s lead contractor employs executives from troubled IT company | The Washington Post
The lead contractor on the dysfunctional Web site for the Affordable Care Act is filled with executives from a company that mishandled at least 20 other government IT projects, including a flawed effort to automate retirement benefits for millions of federal workers, documents and interviews show.

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$45 cost one woman her home

"In part three of Homes for the Taking, The Washington Post's Debbie Cenziper, Mike Sallah and Steven Rich found the District's tax office has risked 1,900 houses to foreclosure by mistakenly counting property owners as delinquent even after they paid their taxes, forcing them to fight for their homes in grueling legal battles that persisted for years. One mistake for $44.79 cost a 95-year-old woman her home. City leaders have offered up emergency legislation."

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AEDs in short supply, distributed unevenly, subject to patchwork of regulations

WPTV reports that AEDs, if publicly available, could save thousands of lives each year. But despite two decades of efforts to expand public access to devices, they "remain unevenly distributed, according to a report from , often hidden away under lock and key, subject to a daunting patchwork of state regulations, mandates and laws, and tens of millions too few in number."

Investigation reveals predatory coaches within USA Swimming

KPNX uncovered a pervasive problem with predatory coaches within USA Swimming and an organization accused of not doing enough to help the victims. Reporter Wendy Halloran also obtained a confidential memo that revealed USA Swimming recognizes it has a problem and needs to “Show Our Face.” For the past three years its strategy has been to decline the majority of interviews related to sexual misconduct cases and issue written statements instead. USA Swimming now states its putting its Executive Director Chuck Wielgus through an intensive media training program. And now its mantra is to "Educate, Prevent & Protect."

Back Home: The enduring battles facing post-9/11 veterans

"In the 12 years since American troops first deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, more than 2.6 million veterans have returned home to a country largely unprepared to meet their needs. The government that sent them to war has failed on many levels to fulfill its obligations to these veterans as demanded by Congress and promised by both Republican and Democratic administrations, a News21 investigation has found."

Thousands of physicians still practicing despite misconduct

The nation's state medical boards continue to allow thousands of physicians to keep practicing medicine after findings of serious misconduct that puts patients at risk, a USA TODAY investigation shows. Many of the doctors have been barred by hospitals or other medical facilities; hundreds have paid millions of dollars to resolve malpractice claims. Yet their medical licenses — and their ability to inflict harm — remain intact.

Scammers make millions through troubled rehab clinics

The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN report widespread fraud in California's taxpayer-funded drug rehabilitation programs. They report that Rehab clinics in Southern California have reaped millions of dollars in public funds despite signs of deception or questionable billing practices, and open clinics are difficult to shut down because officials who try to end fraud run into "weak regulations, bureaucratic apathy and corruption in their own ranks."