Warrants approved in just minutes: Are Utah judges really reading them before signing off?

An investigation by The Salt Lake Tribune looked at submission and approval times for every warrant issued in Utah in a one-year period. They found 24 were approved in under a minute, and many were approved in around two minutes. Reporters analyzed all warrants approved in March 2017 and created a database to better understand…

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Lax oversight leaves FAA systems ripe for abuse

In a two-part series from The Boston Globe, the Spotlight Team focused on the Federal Aviation Administration, which is supposed to keep track of every American plane, pilot and airplane mechanic at its offices in Oklahoma City. But their record-keeping system allows so much secrecy and relies so heavily on self-reporting of crimes and other…

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Kids are driving Pinellas County’s car-theft epidemic

In a data-driven explanatory series by the Tampa Bay Times, reporters found that more kids are arrested for juvenile car theft in sleepy, beachfront Pinellas County, Fla. than virtually anywhere else in America. Yet cops are powerless to stop this underestimated, dangerous crime. Kids are driving 100 miles per hour the wrong way down highways.…

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Inside Trump’s holdings: A web of potential conflicts

CNBC is tracking President Trump’s potential conflicts of interest and those of his family in an ongoing project.  Its visualizations present a web of over 500 properties spread throughout the world and their connections with the Trump family. The scope and complexity of President Trump’s holdings are unprecedented in the history of the U.S. presidency. Ethics…

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Reuters finds lead levels higher than Flint’s in thousands of locales

Flint, Michigan, is likely the most well-known lead hotspot in America. But a Reuters examination of lead testing results across the country found that Flint doesn’t rank among the nation’s most dangerous areas for lead poisoning. Reuters found almost 3,000 places with poisoning rates much higher than the Michigan city. To identify these locations, Reuters…

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Designed for fairness, Florida’s sentencing system fails to account for prejudice

“Bias on the Bench,” a yearlong investigation by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, found that judges across Florida sentence black defendants to longer punishment than whites, even when they committed the same crimes under almost identical circumstances. The four-part series shows that racial inequalities in criminal sentencing are rampant throughout Florida. Blacks are found guilty more often…

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Investigation finds safety recalls ignored by taxis, ride-sharing companies across the county

An investigation of taxis, Lyft and Uber in major cities found that one in three cars do not have federally-mandated safety recall work completed. TEGNA-owned television stations, 10Investigates in Tampa, Florida, and Cars.com collaborated to review thousands of vehicle identification numbers for taxis and ride-sharing services. The story lists findings in eight major cities across the…

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Baltimore felony conviction rates fall under State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby

After a new top prosecutor took office in Baltimore in January 2015, felony convictions dropped even as violent crime increased in the city. The Wall Street Journal examined all closed felony cases between 2011 and August 2016 and found that only about 53 percent of felony cases have ended in a conviction since Marilyn Mosby…

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Allegiant Air planes are 4 times as likely to fail during flight as other major airlines

An investigation by the Tampa Bay Times has found that planes operated by Allegiant Air are four times as likely to fail during flight as those flown by other major U.S. carriers. Forty-two of the budget airline’s 86 planes broke down in mid-flight at least once in 2015. And while most U.S. airlines reported about…

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