Extra Extra Monday: Chemical safety data, post-9/11 veterans, NSA love interests

Back Home: The Enduring Battles Facing Post-9/11 Veterans | News21“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…

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Documents show NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year

The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to a report from The Washington Post. Based on an internal audi and other top-secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, The Washington Post…

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Extra Extra Monday: violence in mental hospital, suspect doctors kept secret, feds pay millions for housing

ABC15 Investigation exposes a ‘shocking’ level of violence at the Arizona state mental hospital | ABC15-PhoenixAn ABC15 Investigation has discovered there are hundreds of assaults a year at the Arizona state mental hospital, leaving patients and staff with serious and sometimes permanent injuries. OxyContin maker closely guards its list of suspect doctors | Los Angeles…

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Extra Extra Monday: Payday fees, ATF stings, inpatient bills and unpaid attorneys

The Koch Club | Investigative Reporting WorkshopKoch foundations gave more than $41 million to 89 nonprofits from 2007-2011, part of a wide effort at funding organizations with public policy, education and political interests that align with those of Koch Industries, run by Charles and David Koch. The Investigative Reporting Workshop examined Internal Revenue Service documents…

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Extra Extra Monday: Secrecy for sale, a drone deal sealed in blood, bad business loans and ad rates that don’t add up

Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze | ICIJ“A cache of 2.5 million files has cracked open the secrets of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts, exposing hidden dealings of politicians, con men and the mega-rich the world over. The secret records obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists lay bare the…

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Four of five drug busts by Border Patrol involve U.S. citizens

There’s no argument that Mexico-based crime organizations dominate drug smuggling into the United States. But the public message that the Border Patrol has trumpeted for much of the last decade, mainly through press releases about its seizures, has emphasized Mexican drug couriers, or mules, as those largely responsible for transporting drugs. It turns out that…

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San Diego rail transit security ill-equipped, unprepared for emergencies

Security for San Diego’s rail transit is staffed by private security officers, who say they have long been ill-equipped, untrained and unprepared to respond to many railway emergencies like collisions or terrorist attacks, according to a investigation from Investigative Newsource.

Extra Extra Monday: Teacher absences, prescription painkillers, complaints at for-profit care centers

Welcome to IRE’s roundup of the weekend’s many enterprise stories — the last one of 2012 — from around the country. We’ll highlight the document digging, field work and data analysis that made their way into centerpieces in print, broadcast and online from coast to coast. Did we miss something? Email tips to [email protected] The…

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Audio surveillance quietly being installed in public buses

“Government officials are quietly installing sophisticated audio surveillance systems on public buses across the country to eavesdrop on passengers, according to documents obtained by The Daily.“ “Plans to implement the technology are under way in cities from San Francisco to Hartford, Conn., and Eugene, Ore., to Columbus, Ohio.”