Startup Theranos struggles to follow through on technology promises

The Wall Street Journal examined the promises of Theranos, Inc., a privately held company that claims it can perform more than 240 tests, ranging from cholesterol to herpes to cancer, from the blood of a single finger prick. The Journal found that Theranos, a Silicon Valley startup valued at $9 billion, has struggled behind the…

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Quake Debate: Science questioned while state’s earthquake studies go unfinished

In 2014, Oklahoma was the site of 585 earthquakes measured 3.0 or above; that’s more earthquakes than in the past 35 years combined according to Tulsa World. A significant amount of scientific studies have attributed this dramatic shift in natural disasters to the 3,200 active disposal wells, where water produced in the drilling of oil…

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Disciplined doctor behind controversial sports supplement study

The latest installment in USA TODAY’s ongoing “Supplement Shell Game” investigation published today finds that the key author of a safety study of the controversial sports supplement Craze is a doctor who has been disciplined in two states for issues relating to fraudulent billing practices and other misrepresentations. Now the editor of the peer reviewed…

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Extra Extra Monday: Billions given–not received, town sells water at a discount to NSA, Puerto Rico in financial troubles

Donor-advised funds: Where charity goes to wait | The Boston Globe$45 billion of American philanthropic money has been given—but not received. Utah town gave NSA a deal on water | The Salt Lake TribuneBluffdale agreed to sell water to the National Security Agency at a rate below its own guidelines and the Utah average in…

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The secret, dirty cost of Obama’s green power push

The ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today. Farmers have wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and contaminated water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found. Five million acres of land set aside for conservation have been converted.…

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Extra Extra Monday: Child sex trafficking, cigarette money and sweatshop workers

The Stolen Ones | The Sarasota Herald TribuneChild sex trafficking is an underground economy that thrives here, and everywhere. How can we help those who have been ignored for so long? Some N.J. private schools for disabled students cashing in on taxpayers | New Jersey Star-LedgerA two-month Star-Ledger investigation found Somerset Hills and schools like it…

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Highway exhaust plagues many schools in Washington state

An InvestigateWest analysis found nearly 30 public schools in Washington sit within 500 feet of a major road, which decades of study have shown cause lifelong respiratory problems and asthma attacks through air polution and can boost school absenteeism. In one case of a school that re-opened in close proximity to a highway, 21 months…

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USA Today examines players in the risky supplement game

USA Today launched the first part of its investigation titled Supplement Shell Game: The People behind risky pills. The first article examines Matt Cahill, who has spent time in federal prison and now faces another federal charge after creating a series of products over the past 12 years — one of which contained a pesticide…

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Extra Extra Monday: terrorism fears and chemical plants, mental health gaps, factory farm pollution

Terrorism fears have led government to cloak the danger of hazardous chemical plants | The Houston Chronicle“Around the country, hundreds of buildings like the one in West store some type of ammonium nitrate. They sit in quiet fields and by riverside docks, in business districts and around the corner from schools, hospitals and day care…

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