'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 "Alabama":

"… for alleged predatory lending that led to abandoned homes, but Birmingham, Alabama’s lawsuit failed, according to Kathleen Engel, a law professor at Suffol …"

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 "Orrin Hatch":

"… paign contributions over the years to several committee members, including Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and committee chair Max Baucus (D-Mont). Speaking of insurance c …"

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 "Politics":

"… association also spent more than $20,000 on radio advertising.Justice Not Politics Action, a nonprofit group created to counter the anti-Wiggins campaign, ha …"

"… ampaign. In October, the national gay-rights organization gave Justice Not Politics Action $100,000.Florida’s ‘spending arms race’The point of contentio …"

"… ke.The three justices have also been getting help from Defend Justice from Politics, another 527 organization. Like Restore Justice, state records show that D …"

"… filings, the group lists just one contributor: “Defend Justice from Politics.”“We’re not hiding” the group’s donors, says Neal Roth, a Miami …"

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 "Lori Robertson":

"… escribed here for these provisions.”– by Brooks Jackson, Eugene Kiely, Lori Robertson, Robert Farley, D’Angelo Gore and Ben FinleySourcesRomney for President. …"

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 "federal health care law":

"… n his speech at the Democratic National Convention, also implying that the federal health care law deserved credit. But as we said then, most of the law hasn’t even been i …"

"… g factor.As for that increase in health care premiums, experts told us the federal health care law has had a limited impact on those, too, but the impact was to increase cos …"

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 "diabetes":

"… a. They come from farming communities and are mostly poor. Few suffer from diabetes or hypertension. The climate is sweltering, toxic pesticides are used libe …"

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 "diabetes":

"… a. Its victims are mostly male agricultural workers who do not suffer from diabetes or hypertension, the usual causes of the illness. The government and WHO c …"

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 "Uddanam":

"… dy can accept a kidney donation that offers his only chance of survival.In Uddanam, India, a reed-thin farmer named Laxmi Narayna prepares for the grueling t …"

"… ommunity is called “The Island of the Widows.” In the Indian region of Uddanam, a reverse trend has taken hold: Couples decline to marry at all.In Sri La …"

"… ed to know,” he said. “What happened to me?”In India, the Trouble in UddanamLaxmi Narayna’s village, Gonaputtuga, is part of a verdant rural belt alo …"

"… tuga, is part of a verdant rural belt along India’s eastern coast called Uddanam. Spanning less than 100 miles, this stretch of villages near the northern …"

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 "United States":

"… stery — and legacy of neglect by industry and governments, including the United States, which have resisted pleas for aggressive action to spotlight the malady a …"

"… accounting for only 3.7 percent of cases of end-stage renal disease in the United States. Known causes include toxic exposure and dehydration. Today El Salvador p …"

"… into strong opposition from the summit’s most powerful participant: the United States. Rodriguez said the U.S. delegation refused either to include the disease …"

"… se mentioning chronic kidney disease in Central America. David McQueen, a United States delegate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told ICIJ th …"

Methodology

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Enrique Perez-Flores":

"… proach, we applied the same formula to the newer data.Two WHO doctors, Dr. Enrique Perez-Flores and Dr. Mario Melendez Montano, helped shape our analysis of these data. B …"

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 "dialysis":

"… cal centers. The staff at one medical center ordered the wrong piece for a dialysis machine, which caused blood to pass into the machine incorrectly, and pote …"

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 "dialysis":

"… y had run through their savings. Long was legally blind and needed regular dialysis. His wife, Deborah, had left work to care for him. They borrowed $3,000 in …"

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 "dialysis":

"… er. Smith is going in for a kidney biopsy this month and her husband is on dialysis. She worries their health problems come from the coal ash that covers her …"

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 "Politics":

"… op contributor this campaign cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Donations from DaVita employees and from its political action committee, …"