Freedom of Information

Failure to publish tobacco and alcohol submissions to drug policy review 'alarming', say experts

Public Health Research & Practice journal says not disclosing content of companies’ submissions may breach World Health Organisation convention<p>The Australian government may have breached international tobacco control conventions for failing to publish submissions from powerful alcohol and tobacco …

Marijuana

Watchdog group, citing “integrity of civil service,” sues Trump to find out if feds are being bullied

A watchdog group led by former Obama administration lawyers filed lawsuits Thursday against three federal agencies to force them to release communications the group suspects show the Trump administration is bullying civil servants.<p>The complaints, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, contend …

Government

One in 10 Kent children fails 11-plus but achieves high Sats results, analysis shows

One in 10 children in state primary schools in Kent fails the 11-plus exam but achieves high key stage two scores, according to a new study.<p>Analysis, …

Education

The Nuclear Security Administration Lost a Film Titled 'Skull Melting Demonstration'

Back in August, I submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for a bunch of films held by the National Nuclear Security Administration …

War

South Carolina media outlets file lawsuit over documents in ongoing statehouse corruption probe

Six news organizations on Thursday filed an open records lawsuit against the South Carolina House Republican Caucus after being stonewalled by the …

Corruption

Hospital staff paying almost £90 a month for "extortionate" parking - 3 ways to beat it

Low-paid nurses and porters are being charged "extortionate" fees of almost £90 a month to use hospital car parks.<p>Research by Unison showed that many …

Money

Pricey canapés, sweets, meats at Vancouver housing affordability talks raise eyebrows

Peppered beef carpaccio, beer-brined chicken sliders and salted caramel cream puffs. Those are just a small selection of the generous spread of …

Housing

German court upholds the ban on WhatsApp to share personal data with Facebook

In a setback to the social networking giant, a German court has upheld its decision asking it to obtain the permission of WhatsApp users in the …

Privacy

Travel Costs Of 5 US Presidents: How Much Does It Cost Taxpayers To Fund The President's Travels?

President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago trips have cost the U.S taxpayers around $24 million already - that is almost as much Obama spent on his travels …

Donald Trump

How America's Secret Nuke Police Hunted For Dirty Bombs in the 1970s

Bomb threats have been a part of American life since at least the 19th century. But in the 1970s the types of threats shifted dramatically. The …

War

Police feared extremists would slip through under-resourced counter-terror program

A flagship Federal Government counter-terrorism program did not have a car or enough psychologists, and police feared extremists would slip through …

Terrorism

In Trump's First 100 Days, A Resistance Network Digs In

Donald Trump won the presidency back in November, but for many liberal organizations, the battle continues. A loose network of lawyers and watchdogs has dug in to scrutinize issues involving the Trump administration's ethics and transparency.<p>Key topics include: the conflicts between Trump's …

Government

Teen’s panicked call to arson partner: ‘I’m going to die’

By CAROLYN THOMPSON<p>LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — In the last moments of his 14-year life, Joe Phillips called his friend’s cellphone, cursing in panic. He …

Crime

Feds fight suit over web takedown of animal abuse data

The Justice Department is mounting a legal defense of one of the most-publicized counter-transparency moves of the new Trump administration: the Agriculture Department's decision to take offline a massive set of records on enforcement of laws against animal abuse.<p>The Agriculture Department yanked …

Government

B.C. welfare phone wait times drag on despite promised fix

'It ends up being life-threatening because these people are really in need'<p>B.C.'s welfare recipients continue to live their lives on hold — literally …

British Columbia

Hershey’s just announced a major change to their chocolate, and it’s probably a good plan

America’s most iconic chocolate, Hershey’s, is slimming down. Hershey announced earlier this week that half of its candy bars and candy products will …

Patient waits four years to leave hospital

<b>A hospital patient has been waiting nearly four years to leave hospital after being declared fit for discharge.</b><p>The unnamed patient, who has a "serious mental health condition", learning disability, and physical health problems, has been in a hospital bed for more than 1,338 days.<p>The patient is …

NHS

Released police videos shed light on teen's death after arrest in Mesquite

As the hours ticked by and the sun rose on what Kathy called “the worst day ever,” Graham’s brain activity slowed to a stop.<p>According to his autopsy, …

Policing

Elderly people hit by council delays in free personal care

<b>Thousands of elderly people are missing out on free personal care because of delays to assessments and care arrangements, a charity has claimed.</b><p>Age Scotland says official figures suggest that each year about 8,640 people in Scotland wait longer than six weeks for a council care assessment.<p>The …

Scotland

ProPublica is Hiring a Senior Research Fellow

ProPublica is looking for a top-notch senior research fellow to work in one of America’s most innovative newsrooms. You’ll team up with reporters and …

Journalism

In Secret Court Hearing, Lawyer Objected to FBI Sifting Through NSA Data Like It Was Google

In her first appearance representing the American public before the top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2015, Amy Jeffress argued …

Surveillance

‘Nothing’s changed’: Phoenix producer looks at controversial policing tactics of yesterday and today

David Van Wie was en route to the shooting range with his father when he noticed the notch marks at the base of his dad's gun.<p>"I asked him what they …

Policing

Hiding something in those visitor logs?

In the fall of 2012, Donald Trump criticized then-President Barack Obama for declining to release college transcripts and other records: “Hiding …

Government

Judge whom Trump criticized as 'hater' now hearing key deportation case

Last summer, U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel of San Diego was thrust into the center of the presidential campaign.<p>Curiel presided over the lawsuit against Trump University and was heavily criticized by then-candidate Donald Trump in a way that some critics considered racist. Trump claimed …

Cartels

9 Things The Queen Is Allowed To Do That You're Not

It's the Royal prerogative, buddy<p>In addition to living in the lap of Royal luxury, there are some other truly unique perks to being the monarch.<p>Here …

Royal Family

Apple Forces Recyclers to Shred All iPhones and MacBooks - Motherboard

Apple released its Environmental Responsibility Report Wednesday, an annual grandstanding effort that the company uses to position itself as a progressive, environmentally friendly company. Behind the scenes, though, the company undermines attempts to prolong the lifespan of its products.<p>Apple's …

Recycling

Trump Is the Last Person Who Should Be Making White House Logs Private

Last week, the White House announced that the visitor logs recording access to executive branch officials would no longer be public domain …

Government

FOI 4931 FGM

<b>1)</b> <b>How many females have you treated in connection to/relating to/as a result of FGM/C (female genital mutilation or cutting) practices since …

NHS

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Full Frontal Gives Us a Hot New FOIA Tutorial for Spring

Here’s some good, clean fun for people considering getting into make up tutorials on YouTube or filing FOIA reports with the government. It’s a very …

Government