The 47-year-old nuclear elephant in the room

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

A growing number of U.S. experts say that feigning ignorance about Israel’s nuclear arsenal creates more trouble than it averts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… ct that Israel has nuclear weapons is classified, Samore — who is now at Harvard University — answered: “It doesn’t sound very classified to me — that Israel …"

Activists say gun debate overlooks gun-related deaths of children

By Kate Murphy and Jordan Rubio

An investigation found that at least 28,000 children and teens 19-years-old and younger were killed with guns in America over 10 years

Excerpts from this story referencing "member":

"… dless of where you stand on gun-owning ideology,” said Colette Martin, a member of Parents Against Gun Violence. “The numbers are that high and we are a …"

"… rom occurring in the first place. Eli Chevalier, a high school senior and member of Peer Solutions, said the group works to prevent violence by teaching mi …"

"… any kids live with gun violence in their neighborhoods. Johnson, an active member and student leader of The Intersection, lives with it every day. “For m …"

"… rker was 12 years old when he was accidentally shot and killed by a family member. He was hunting with his dad, uncle and step brother in Wake Forest, North …"

Firearms more likely to be used in suicides than in homicides

By Carmen Forman and Jacob Byk

At least 50 people died per day from firearm suicide; 26 died from firearm homicides.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Illinois":

"… eking suicide data for 2012, the most recent year available, but Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island denied requests fo …"

"… stics or could not be reached. The FBI received limited homicide data from Illinois and Alabama and none from Florida. That firearm suicides outnumbered fire …"

Firearms used in homicides often purchased illegally

By Kelsey Jukam, Aaron Maybin and Jordan Rubio

A News21 analysis of the FBI’s national database of supplementary homicide reports found that across the country, 17,422 black men between a

Excerpts from this story referencing "General Motors":

"… nd violence stem from drugs, a lack of education, and a lack of jobs. When General Motors and other factories left, the city’s fall from grace came shortly after. …"

Growing number of biosafety labs raises public health concern

By James Arkin

Construction of new biosafety labs a waste of money, possible threat to public health, say reports and experts.

An ethical mess in South Carolina

By Corey Hutchins

A brutal political brawl even by Palmetto State standards.

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney general":

"… rain was washing against the office window of South Carolina's first-term attorney general, Alan Wilson. On the floor near his desk, about a dozen thick black binder …"

"… t a preliminary investigation,” said Wilson, gesturing to the pile. The attorney general will not say what's inside the binders, and no one outside a handful of la …"

"… Gov. Haley for a whirlwind tour of the state to promote ethics reform, the attorney general could not have imagined how the situation would look on the ground less th …"

"… unfolded throughout 2014, House lawmakers tried to pass bills aimed at the attorney general, including one that would limit the AG’s investigative power by, for ins …"

Abuse in court? Deputy strikes boy in court, boy charged with assault

By Susan Ferriss

A court and sheriff's department with a checkered past are accused in a suit of tolerating abuse of a boy in court.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… handle a kid in court who’s accused of an offense.  But in eastern Tennessee, a lawsuit filed on April 24 alleges that it was a court bailiff — a she …"

"… orneys’ fees and other relief the court finds appropriate. In 2011, the Tennessee State Supreme Court upheld a disciplinary 90-day misconduct suspension of …"

"… laint against Bell.   In 2008, the disciplinary council for the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary accused Bell of misconduct for contracting his brot …"

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gibraltar":

"… e established online companies based in exotic locales like Costa Rica and Gibraltar. One casino mogul, Sheldon Adelson, a prominent backer of conservative pol …"

"… rally partnered with other companies, including overseas operators such as Gibraltar-based Digital Entertainment, to run the websites. The casinos, …"

"… line poker companies. The couple, both born in California, were living in Gibraltar at the time, and their company eventually entered into a “non-prosecutio …"

Japan could be building an irresistible terrorist target, experts say

Japan has balked at U.S. security advice for its nuclear plants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "weapons inspector":

"… force. Nuclear engineer Tomonori Iwamoto, who worked as a United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq and serves as director of Rokkasho’s Nuclear Security and Safegu …"

Closing a troubled symbol of Texas juvenile justice

By Maurice Chammah

Closure of Corsicana juvenile facility brings curtain down on a troubling history.

Excerpts from this story referencing "criminologist":

"… ting the boom in incarceration brought on by the national War on Drugs and criminologist John DiIulio’s popular conception of the juvenile “super-predator,” …"

A modern understanding of a long ago confession and a boy’s execution

By Corey Hutchins

Nearly seventy years after his execution, George Stinney Jr.'s involvment in a 1944 double-murder comes into question.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… de sure all interrogations were recorded. By the next decade, here in the United States, two professors at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva Univer …"

"… se cases would be so high,” he says. These days, no murder trial in the United States could ever take just two and a half hours, as Stinney's trial did in 1944. …"

"… mmendation that electronic recording of interrogations be mandatory in the United States. Currently, the FBI doesn't have to tape confessions. At the state level, …"

"… wide.  “People tend to think of the juvenile justice system in the United States as a monolith, and that's just not the case,” he says. “There are …"

FEC: Prison is no excuse for campaign filing failures

By Dave Levinthal

Jailed ex-congressmen Jesse Jackson Jr., William Jefferson must still file disclosure reports, agency says.

Report urges new approach to child prostitution

By Susan Ferriss

New report says teens involved in prostitution should be treated as victims.

Child sex trafficking: schools could help stop it

By Susan Ferriss

This week's news about teen prostitution rings are a reminder that educators can help keep teens from predators.

Throwaway kids: disciplined California teens struggle to school themselves

By Susan Ferriss

Strict district policies, distance from alternatives leave some disciplined teens no option but to school themselves.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Central Valley":

"… ry.  …"

Clinton supporter suspected of illegal donations

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

Clinton's 2008 campaign received $50,000 from "assembly line of illegal campaign contributions."

New protections coming for disgruntled intelligence workers

By Douglas Birch

Compliance with a demand for government-wide anti-retaliatory measures is “on track,” officials say.

State legislators' ties to nonprofit groups prove fertile ground for corruption

By Nicholas Kusnetz

New York scandals reveal corrupt ties between lawmakers, nonprofit groups

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio":

"… s to a pastor and his aide at the direction of a state lawmaker. Illinois, Ohio and South Carolina all have seen similarly close ties between certain legi …"

Controversy ensnaring governor raises new questions about Virginia laws

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Updated: Transparency laws at issue as governor deals with indictment stemming from gifts scandal.

JPMorgan Chase’s record highlights doubts about big banks’ devotion to fighting flow of dirty money

By Michael Hudson

JPMorgan Chase’s record highlights doubts about devotion to fighting flow of dirty money

Excerpts from this story referencing "advocacy":

"… st at McKinsey & Company and a board member of Tax Justice Network, an advocacy group that favors tighter regulation of the offshore system. The study es …"

From homemaker to hell-raiser in Love Canal

By Ronnie Greene

In 1978, Lois Gibbs was a mom with sick kids. Her fight prompted a president to free 900 families -- and paved the way for U.S. buyouts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New":

"… ar-old boy wearing a T-shirt announcing: “Love Canal Guinea Pig. Used by New York State and federal government.” Another picture — published by Tod …"

"… you Lois Gibbs? Are you Lois Gibbs?” reporters asked. Serendipitously, New York health officials were holding a press conference, declaring a state o …"

"… ts with children under two living on the two streets nearest the landfill. New York directed Niagara County to clean the site. The state said it would he …"

"… community. One of the very first things she told me was that the state of New York was lying to the public and they were hiding information and I couldn …"

Corruption case further sullies Albany's reputation

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Alleged bribery scheme reinforces low marks from State Integrity Investigation

Energy Department auto loan program sputters

By Ronnie Greene

A $25 billion Department of Energy loan program has not closed a loan in two years amid the specter of Solyndra.

Current gun debate may not help beleaguered ATF

By Alan Berlow

Federal gun cops handicapped by weak laws, stagnant budgets and Congressional restrictions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oklahoma":

"… another ATF-hater, Timothy McVeigh, blew up the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Okla., killing 168 people — including 19 children under the age of …"

Marijuana decriminalization law brings down juvenile arrests in California

By Susan Ferriss

Study says marijuana decriminalization measure affected juvenile justice in California.

More on Fred Humphries, FBI friend of Jill Kelley

By David Heath

Fred Humphries, who helped initiatiate the invetigation of Patraeus, praised for his interrogations of suspected terroists

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… am provided useful information.Humphries sat down with a reporter from the Center for Public Integrity last year to talk about his personal beliefs opposing the CIA’s enhanced …"

Senate report says national intelligence fusion centers have been useless

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Data gleaned from counter-terrorism centers has been mostly useless, says Senate report

Excerpts from this story referencing "Janet Napolitano":

"… violations or other reasons, and then released.In July 2009, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano called the fusion centers “a critical part of our nation's homeland secu …"

IMPACT: Cabinet officials signal crackdown on Medicare billing abuse

By Fred Schulte and Joe Eaton

Sebelius, Holder signal new scrutiny in wake of Center series

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… led a rise in potentially improper medical billing is a touchy one for the Obama administration, which has championed electronic health records as a means to both improve …"

Contribution limits at risk in states thanks to Supreme Court

By Amy Myers

Illinois and other states may eliminate contribution limits to candidates to offset unlimited outside spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oregon":

"… , just four states have no limits on candidate contributions — Missouri, Oregon, Utah and Virginia.Seven states — Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, N …"

Drones not used effectively on U.S. borders

By Aaron Mehta

A government audit concludes that drones are costly and problematic for inspecting U.S. borders, but enthusiasm remains high.