CIA ethics report reveals how ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ got its information

Vice News’ investigation into CIA reports revealed that Leon Panetta, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, revealed unprecedented details about the classified mission to the filmmakers. According to the article, a report on ethical violations committed by the director revealed that screenwriter Mark Boal treated top CIA officials to dinners and hotel stays…

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Investigation into H-2 visa program reveals exploitation, abuse

More than 10,000 people from countries including Mexico, the Philippines and South Africa come to the United States each year on H-2 visas, a government program that allows employers to import foreign labor for jobs Americans won’t take. But a BuzzFeed News investigation has found that thousands of the workers have been deprived of pay,…

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Survey shows only 1 dishonorable discharge for sexual assault in the National Guard

Information obtained by NBC Washington is shedding light on how the National Guard responds to reports of sexual assault. The station sent a survey to every Guard unit in the country and received responses from 40 of the 54 units. The data provides “the first publicly available numbers on what happens to those accused of…

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Hundreds of biolab accidents, safety violations and near misses put people at risk

A USA TODAY Network investigation reveals that hundreds of lab mistakes, safety violations and near-miss incidents have occurred in biological laboratories coast to coast in recent years, putting scientists, their colleagues and sometimes even the public at risk. Oversight of biological research labs is fragmented, often secretive and largely self-policing, the investigation found. And even…

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Sources: Supervisors told to falsify reserve deputy’s training records

Sources speaking on condition of anonymity told the Tulsa World that supervisors in the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were ordered to falsify training records for a reserve deputy charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Eric Harris. Supervisors gave Robert Bates credit for field training he never took and firearms certifications he should…

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Middle school principal resigns amid misconduct allegations

The San Marcos Daily Record obtained records showing that a middle school principal placed on administrative had been linked to allegations of misconduct. According to the documents, teachers accused Ricardo Soliz of “threatening to transfer a teacher if he wouldn’t help him build a case to fire other teachers at the school, pressuring teachers into…

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Money stolen in the U.S. flowed to Cuba through criminal pipeline

U.S. policy created for humanitarian reasons 50 years ago has fueled a criminal pipeline from Cuba to Florida, enabling crooks from the island to rob American businesses and taxpayers of more than $2 billion over two decades. A yearlong Sun Sentinel investigation found money stolen in the United States streaming back to Cuba, and a…

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Wounded soldiers allege mistreatment in the Army’s Warrior Transition Units

Hundreds of current and former soldiers based in Texas have filed complaints over the last five years about the Army’s Warrior Transition Units, which were set up to serve soldiers with physical and psychological wounds. The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV used the records, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, to describe and examine…

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College disciplinary boards impose slight penalties for serious crimes

Secretive college judicial systems make it easy for students responsible for violent offenses – including sexual assault – to transfer between schools. The Columbus Dispatch and Student Press Law Center used disciplinary records from 25 public universities to identify students who had transferred despite university punishment. Some of the students were reprimanded for more than…

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Extra Extra Monday: Injury-leave program, secret service fumbles, the cost of rape

Blacks disproportionately arrested for marijuana possession in Pinellas, Hillsborough counties | Tampa Bay Times Black people in Pinellas and Hillsborough are at least six times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as white people. It’s not because of who smokes pot and who doesn’t. Racial disparities in pot possession arrests is not a new…

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