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ICYMI, here's some top stories from us this week:

1) THE $25 MILLION WASTE OF SPACE (AND TIME AND TAXPAYER MONEY)

It's a 64,000-square-foot mistake that could have easily been avoided.

An interactive explanation: http://propub.ca/1HzMR5Y

2) THINKING OF A CRUISE? READ THIS FIRST.

Did you know your rights change at sea? And that sexual assaults are a huge problem?

The safety and health data of cruise ships: http://propub.ca/1SpE9gC

3) POWER LUNCHING IN LOS ANGELES

It's Sony Pictures + an LA politician. Check out what some hacked emails showed:

http://propub.ca/1SpE9Nz

4) ON MEMORIALIZING LOVED ONES: SAVING VOICEMAILS

What we treasure and save after a loved one passes away can surprise us. For reporter Charles Ornstein, it was voicemails. What about for you?

Read Charlie's personal essay: http://propub.ca/1HzMPeg
This is a story about how the U.S. military built a lavish headquarters in Afghanistan that wasn’t needed, wasn’t wanted and wasn’t ever used—at a cost to American taxpayers of at least $25 million.
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ICYMI, here's three of our top stories this week:

1) SORRY FOR KILLING YOUR COW. HERE'S $1,723.

How did US commanders spend $2 billion of petty cash in Afghanistan? As apologies, tokens of friendship and more. Our military reporter Megan McCloskey and our news apps team compiled a pretty fascinating report.

Explore it here: http://propub.ca/1ELpL8j

2) GUANTANAMO CASE STALLED AGAIN, AND AGAIN ... AND AGAIN

In an extreme case of seemingly-intentional judicial inaction, this detainee's initial plea has been pending for almost 7 years.

Read: http://propub.ca/1Jl6f8U

3) LET'S KICK THE PENSION CAN DOWN THE ROAD

That's what led to Chicago's credit downgrade last week, and now it's not clear how – or if – the city can immediately come up with $2.2 billion.

More: http://propub.ca/1ELpMZO
The military’s mantra for Afghanistan was “winning hearts and minds.” And a key part of that strategy was $2 billion of cold, hard cash.
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There's reportedly a broad concern that the US air-traffic system uses decades-old technology and management approaches. Would it be better to effectively privatize it?

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/support-builds-to-redo-us-air-traffic-system-2015-05-12
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One percent of all philanthropic dollars in America would be enough to fund 10 organizations the size of ProPublica – plus all public TV & radio stations.

More insight from our president, Richard Tofel:

http://niemanreports.org/articles/richard-tofel-on-propublicas-mission-driven-approach-to-investigative-reporting/
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How thoroughly do you vet potential nursing homes? At this home one night, fire ants swarmed over an 85-year-old with dementia.

Senior reporter Charles Ornstein called this “a disturbing story”:

http://www.texastribune.org/2015/05/14/hard-find-parts-texas-top-rated-nursing-home/
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The NSA used to be a “pretty obscure area of interest,” says The New Yorker's Patrick Radden Keefe.

Listen to him in today's #Muckreads podcast:

http://propub.ca/1EeQbPa
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Adjusting for inflation, hospital prices have nearly tripled since the 1980s. What if you just ... refuse to pay?

An interesting report from NPR:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/05/13/406393439/heres-a-radical-approach-to-big-hospital-bills-set-your-own-price
Some companies are refusing to pay employee hospital bills that they think are out of line. Instead, they pay what they think is reasonable. So far the gambit appears to be working.
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Ease body fat restrictions? Double paid maternity leave to 12 weeks? Some new Navy initiatives aimed at improving quality of life and retaining women:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/05/12/navy-doubling-maternity-leave/27203509/
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is set to unveil a host of far-reaching initiatives and policy changes Wednesday, aimed at improving quality of life and careers for sailors and Marines, a senior Navy official
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American commanders had $2 billion to win the “hearts and minds” of Afghans. Here's how they spent it:

http://propub.ca/1JkNbYf
The military’s mantra for Afghanistan was “winning hearts and minds.” And a key part of that strategy was $2 billion of cold, hard cash.
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For most people, a felony would mean prison and losing a job. But for the world's biggest banks? Fines.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/14/business/dealbook/5-big-banks-expected-to-plead-guilty-to-felony-charges-but-punishments-may-be-tempered.html
As much as prosecutors may want to punish the banks, which are accused of rigging the price of foreign currencies, they are mindful that too harsh a penalty could imperil the businesses.
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A crucial question for Etan Patz jury: Was the alleged murder site adequately searched that night? The prosecution suggests no – but a former cop says yes.

http://propub.ca/1Jh66Du
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