Puerto Rico gives away more than $519 million to multinational seed

During a decade of fiscal crisis, Puerto Rican officials awarded multinational seed corporations preferential tax rates, tax exemptions, industrial incentives and wage subsidies. An investigation by the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI, Centro de Periodismo Investigativo) found that companies including Monsanto and Pioneer Hi Bred received more than $519.7 million in public funds. Both companies…

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‘Panama Papers’ expose crime and corruption hidden by offshore accounts

More than 100 news organizations collaborated to report on the “Panama Papers,” a cache of 11.5 million documents that illustrate the hidden financial dealings of current and former world leaders, politicians and public officials. Among their findings: Associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin secretly shuffled as much as $2 billion through banks and shadow companies. Offshore…

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Documented abuse at Tennessee development center went unreported

An investigation from WJHL in Johnson City, Tenn. revealed 251 cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation at a Greene County developmental center since 2002. Internal investigations from the Department of Intellectual and Development Disabilities revealed that, despite hundreds of documented cases, only 20 employees at Greene Valley Developmental Center lost their jobs in the last…

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A look inside the business of corporate-funded science

In the first installment of a four-part series, VICE News and the Center for Public Integrity dive into the world of business-funded scientific research. In an attempt to downplay the harmful effects of asbestos, a corporate defense attorney in 2008 contacted the Gradient Corporation, an environmental consulting firm, and asked a principal there to publish…

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Former president spoke to groups with issues before State Department

At Hillary Clinton’s hearing for secretary of state, she promised she would take “extraordinary steps…to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.” Later, more than two dozen companies and groups and one foreign government paid former President Bill Clinton a total of more than $8 million to give speeches around the time they also had…

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Evicted and abandoned: The World Bank’s broken promise to the poor

More than 3.4 million people have been physically or economically displaced by projects funded by the World Bank, according to an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, The Huffington Post and more than 20 other media partners. The organization has regularly failed to meet its own policies, falling short of protecting people from…

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Extra Extra Monday: National Guard cronyism, forfeiture abuse, a web of lawyers

Racial bias, cronyism tearing apart N.J. National Guard, senior officers allege | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com The New Jersey National Guard prides itself on rigor and readiness, and, from its sprawling base southeast of Trenton, its members became a beacon of help after Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy ravaged portions of the state.…

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Extra Extra Monday: Death by deadline, online diplomas, vaccine court

Death by Deadline | The Marshall Project An investigation by The Marshall Project shows that since President Bill Clinton signed the one-year statute of limitations into law – enacting a tough-on-crime provision that emerged in the Republicans’ Contract with America – the deadline has been missed at least 80 times in capital cases. Sixteen of…

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Extra Extra Monday: Child abuse deaths unheeded, strawberry pesticides, habitual drunk driving

Nursing homes unmasked: Who owns California’s nursing homes? | Sacramento BeeAs private investment groups scoop up an ever-larger share of the nation’s skilled-nursing care market, it has become increasingly difficult to decipher who owns the nation’s largest chains. Elder-care advocates will tell you this is no accident: A convoluted ownership structure, they say, is a…

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Family members beat the odds in winning prized firefighting jobs

The Los Angeles Times uncovered a pattern of nepotism within the L.A. County Fire Department. The newspaper found that nearly 7 percent of the 2,750 firefighters are the sons of department veterans. Taking into account others such as brothers and nephews, relatives account for 13 percent of the staff, the investigation found. The report also…

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