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A leading pain advocacy organization shuts down ahead of an investigation launched by the Senate Finance Committee into makers of narcotic painkillers and groups that champion them. Read more»

The Defense Department has inadequately protected from reprisals whistleblowers who have reported wrongdoing, according to an internal Pentagon report, and critics are calling for action to be taken against those who have been negligent. Read more»

Vice President Joe Biden looks over a Volt concept car after addressing an audience in Detroit, August, 2009.

Some green energy companies financed by the Department of Energy have gone bankrupt — but not before they doled out six-figure bonuses to top executives. Read more»

Fallout over the collapse of Solyndra, whose bankruptcy may cost taxpayers $535 million in federal loan guarantees, has called into question the tax status of the foundation of a major investor in the solar company. Read more» 1

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa

For years, the Internal Revenue Service had a reputation as an unwelcoming place for whistleblowers who offered tips about corporate tax dodgers. Read more»

Josephine Terry, right, speaks of her son, slain U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, along with Brian’s sister Michelle Terry, and cousin Robert Heyer, left. Guns from 'Operation Fast and Furious' were recovered at the scene of Terry’s slaying in December.

Agents from the Phoenix office of the ATF and the family of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry testified Wednesday that the risky Operation Fast and Furious program was a “disaster.” Read more» 1

Agent Brian A. Terry

The death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was a "preventable tragedy," a congressional report released Wednesday said. Read more» 1

An Arizona gun dealer pressed by federal agents to continue selling weapons to suspected straw buyers for Mexican cartels sought assurances that the government would not let the guns cross into Mexico or be used against U.S. border agents. Read more»

This Ruger .45-caliber handgun was among eight weapons border patrol agents saw near the Mexican border during a routine stop on Jan. 14, 2010, and released. A year later, it turned up at a murder scene a few miles away in Puerto Palomas, Mexico.

While one federal law-enforcement agency was trying to track guns being smuggled into Mexico, another agency released some of the same guns to potential suspects near the border. Read more» 4

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit perform rescue training on a HH-65 ‘Dolphin’ helicopter, Mar. 10.

In the wee-morning hours after the Deepwater Horizon exploded, a Coast Guard rescue helicopter being dispatched to pluck oil rig survivors floating in the fire-engulfed waters could not launch because its hoist was broken. Read more»

Any gifts from the medical industry to doctors will be available in a federal database.

Doctors who accept speaking fees, five-star meals and other compensation from pharmaceutical or medical device companies will soon see their names – and the value of the gifts they accept – revealed on the Web, under a new federal law that follows several states in drawing attention to such financial benefits. Read more»

Bersin.

When high-ranking officials travel to Mexico on Tuesday to discuss that country's role in combating border violence, one key member of the team will be missing: the commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Read more»