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ATF uses rogue tactics in storefront stings across nation

Tattoos paid for by the government? Check out this must-read investigation about firearm-sting tactics.

Amid abortion debate, the pursuit of science

ProPublica's Q&A with Tracy Weitz, a prominent abortion researcher, about what it takes to research abortion in the U.S.

Study finds sea levels rising fast; concerns grow about Shore

A new Rutgers study finds that the New Jersey Shore is rising fast -- already faster than at any time in the last 4,300 years -- and it could rise up to 11 to 25 inches more than the global average by 2100.

In a major shift, Medicare wants power to ban harmful prescribers

A ProPublica investigation has sparked a discussion about new federal restrictions on prescribing painkillers to Medicare recipients.

San Diego has fallen behind on combatting police racial profiling

Police in San Diego have failed to document racial data during traffic stops, the Voice of San Diego found in a recent investigation. 

Dirtiest coal’s rebirth in Europe flattens medieval towns

Desire for cheap electricity spurs mining for dirty coal in Europe.

Reforming Pennsylvania’s distressed municipalities

The state's distressed communities law has lost its effectiveness.

Planet likely to warm by 4C by 2100, scientists warn

Study: If climate change goes unchecked, the planet will most likely heat up by 4 degrees Celsius by 2100 -- the most severe temperature rise of those projected.

CIR staff picks: Our favorite investigative reporting of 2013

Here's a roundup of important investigative reporting in 2013: Americans easily give away adopted children via the internet...Doctor's questionable prescribing patterns...delays for screening tests nationwide put infants at risk for disability and death.

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