'Zombie' homes haunt Florida neighborhoods

By Alison Fitzgerald and Jared Bennett

Neighborhoods devastated by thousands of abandoned homes as banks fail to follow through on foreclosures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Consumer Law Center":

"… e the loan if a borrower defaults, said Andrew Pizor, a lawyer at the National Consumer Law Center in Washington. “They can say, ‘We want the money. We don’t want the …"

OPINION: favors for special interests

By Wendell Potter

Insurers, drug companies get what they want from Congress; the public, not so much

Excerpts from this story referencing "Max Baucus":

"… eral committee members, including Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and committee chair Max Baucus (D-Mont). Speaking of insurance companies, they, too, made out like bandi …"

Right-wing groups attempt to dislodge justices in Florida, Iowa

By Chris Young

Supreme court justices in two states are under siege from groups that oppose their rulings.

Excerpts from this story referencing "dialysis":

"… ublican Senate majority leader wrote a letter that helped Jacob’s kidney dialysis company keep a state contract.In August, state campaign finance records sh …"

Aggressive Romney spars with Obama in first debate

By FactCheck.Org

No more practice: Five weeks before Election Day, Obama and Romney debate for first time.

Excerpts from this story referencing "dialysis":

"… e Part D prescription drug program, skilled nursing facility, home health, dialysis, ambulance and ambulatory surgical center services, and durable medical eq …"

Aggressive Romney spars with Obama in first debate

By FactCheck.Org

No more practice: Five weeks before Election Day, Obama and Romney debate for first time.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… can have.” Not true. The board only recommends cost-saving measures for Medicare, and is legally forbidden to ration care or reduce benefits.Obama said 5 m …"

"… less or underemployed. And he again said Obama “cut” $716 billion from Medicare, a figure that actually reflects a 10-year target for slowing Medicare spe …"

"… rom Medicare, a figure that actually reflects a 10-year target for slowing Medicare spending, which will continue to grow.AnalysisThe debate was held Oct. 3 i …"

"… of spending. As the Washington Post reported, experts with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that many lost employer-sponsored insurance whe …"

In India, verdant terrain conceals clues to a fatal kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Stony Brook University":

"… the fields, both sexes are affected almost equally, teams from Harvard and Stony Brook University found. Farmers of several different types of crops — coconuts, cashews a …"

"… c exposure. An unpublished study by a team of researchers from Uddanam and Stony Brook University concluded that the disease is “most likely to be the result of a chronic …"

In Sri Lanka, breakthroughs, setbacks and a spiritual touch

By Sasha Chavkin and Anna Barry-Jester

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "dialysis":

"… n, he went to the hospital to find a patient.One day as Sampath lay in the dialysis ward, the stranger approached and offered to donate his kidney. Ajantha is …"

"… e health system, and the vast majority of eligible patients cannot receive dialysis, let alone transplants.As he awaits his operation, Sampath continues to ma …"

"… n the young patient as they insert needles into his neck for his four-hour dialysis session. He flashes a smile, his teeth stained red with the juice of the b …"

As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americas":

"… re linked together.The new form of CKD is not officially recognized in the Americas even though kidney disease has killed more people in El Salvador and Nicar …"

"… tral American nations that would have listed CKD as a top priority for the Americas and adopted an official consensus that the Central American epidemic had d …"

Thousands of sugar cane workers die as wealthy nations stall on solutions

By Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene

Mysterious kidney disease has killed thousands of men in an isolated region of Central America, but why?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention":

"… ease in Central America. David McQueen, a United States delegate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told ICIJ that the U.S. opposed mentioning CKD to keep the focus on diabe …"

Methodology

A note of the data and analysis for 'Island of the Widows'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nicaragua":

"… ies and our interviews and observations indicated the ailment was present: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Studies have indicated the disease …"

"… this increase pales compared to men in Central America. In El Salvador and Nicaragua, the countries where data is complete from 1990 to 2009, male death rates …"

Super Congress hauls in super donations as special interests try to influence budget cuts

By Aaron Mehta and Josh Israel

Gang of 12 tasked with cutting budget by $1.5 trillion hauls in big PAC donations

Excerpts from this story referencing "Max Baucus":

"… Reps. Chris Van Hollen ($1,000) and Jim Clyburn ($5,000), along with Sen. Max Baucus ($4,000). The last time the company had donated to either Van Hollen or Cl …"

"… p. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C. — $36,500Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. — $36,150Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. — $29,000*Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas — $22,500Sen. Pat Toom …"

ANALYSIS: Death panels real and imagined

By Wendell Potter

Congressmen like Phil Gingrey continue to scare foks with talk of death panels, while insurers make real life or death decisions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Beverly Hills":

"… ealership where Mr. Sarkisyan works—wearing one of Nataline’s designs. Beverly Hills designer Pol Atteu brings one of Nataline’s designs to life every year.T …"

VA medical centers in hot water for failing to follow sterilization training

By Laurel Adams

GAO says some VA medical centers aren't following strict sanitation guidelines for reusable medical equipment

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… rans a year. …"

Lawsuit loans add new risk for the injured

By Binyamin Appelbaum and Ben Hallman

The business of lending to plaintiffs has blossomed over the past decade, part of a growing trend in which banks and hedge funds seeking unt

Excerpts from this story referencing "Merck":

"… mesThere was little risk in lending money to Larry Long. The drug's maker, Merck, already had agreed to settle the Vioxx class action. The projected payout …"

Dispute in Pennsylvania town highlights EPA's coal ash dilemma

By Amy Biegelsen

It was a windy Friday morning last December when Gary Kuklish stepped out of the post office in the tiny coal town of LaBelle, PA, looked do

Excerpts from this story referencing "coal miner":

"… ic power plants — to a disposal area up the hill. But Kuklish, a retired coal miner, worried that now what he saw wafting into the valley was also coal ash.He …"

FDA criticized for accepting free help from company that later won generic OK

By Laurel Adams

The Food and Drug Administration last month issued guidelines for agency staff to follow when drugmakers offer free help during emergencies

Excerpts from this story referencing "dialysis":

"… hinning drug used by millions of patients, especially before surgeries and dialysis, and for treating blood-clotting conditions.In early 2008, some patients u …"

Kilpatrick not happy with for-profit earmark ban

By Nick Schwellenbach

Remember the March announcement by House Democrats banning earmarks aimed at for-profit entities? Not every Democrat seems to be entirely ha

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee":

"… happy with the ban. For example, the most junior Democrat on the powerful House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Michigan Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, posted on her website earmark re …"

"… sylvania hometown of the late Rep. Jack Murtha, the former chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and was the beneficiary of numerous earmarks requested by Murtha. The $5 …"