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Photos: The ISIS terror threat

CNN World - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:08
ISIS militants have been advancing in Iraq and Syria as they seek to create an Islamic caliphate in the region.
Categories: International News

'Dragon' dinosaur unearthed

CNN World - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:04
Paleontologists discovered a "dragon" dinosaur species in China that may have roamed the earth 160 million years ago.
Categories: International News

What Does $350 Million in IRS Budget Cuts Mean for Taxpayers?

Lifestyles - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:04
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(NewsUSA) - Back in December of 2014, Congress passed a spending bill that will fund the government through September of 2015. That's good, right? No government shut-down. However, this spending bill includes yet another funding haircut for the IRS, which is probably going to make your life a little worse this tax season. This "haircut" means roughly $350 million in spending cuts.

So, how might that affect you this tax season? Well, for one thing, your odds of getting through to the IRS Help Line while you're still in your youth have gone from slim to none, now that IRS funding has been reduced to 3 percent less than last year and $1.5 billion below the president's requested amount. National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson was predicting before the cuts that 2015 would bring us the "worst filing season" in years. No crystal ball is needed to see that administering more than 40 new provisions under the Affordable Care Act for the first time this year is going to call for more IRS staff standing by to answer questions, not fewer.

In December, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told reporters that, in the last four years, the IRS budget has been cut by approximately $1.2 billion, and its staff reduced by about 13,000. IRS's $11.3 billion budget for 2014 was 7 percent below the level appropriated in 2010. On top of frustrating taxpayers in need of answers, Koskinen predicts that the reductions in staff will result in nearly $2 billion in uncollected revenue this year.

If the idea of hanging on hold with the IRS for hours isn't appealing to you, this may be the year for you to join the nearly 60 percent of U.S. taxpayers who hire a paid preparer. Licensed preparers know the intricate and constantly changing tax laws, regulations and codes, and how they can be applied for your benefit to save you money.

Enrolled agents, America's tax experts, are required to complete IRS-approved annual continuing education, ensuring that they have the most up-to-date strategies to make sure you pay only what you owe and get any refunds you are due. Enrolled agents not only specialize in tax preparation and tax planning, they can also represent you before the IRS.

Find an enrolled agent in your area on the "Find an EA" directory at www.naea.org.

Skull may shed light on humans' path from Africa

CNN World - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:02
Neanderthals, meet modern humans. Modern humans, say hello to Neanderthals.
Categories: International News

U.S. cracks down on shady '0%' loan companies

Business News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:01
Federal regulators are cracking down on smarmy companies that promise to lend people cash with zero interest, without disclosing important details that often cost vulnerable borrowers big bucks.

The week in 32 photos

CNN World - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:53
Categories: International News

The week in 32 photos

CNN - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:48
Categories: National News

Anti-Muslim rant disrupts event

CNN - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:46
The "Texas Muslim Capitol Day," an event organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, was interrupted by protesters.
Categories: National News

Adventurer climbs icy Niagara Falls

CNN - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:45
Most visitors to Niagara Falls consider it a place for romance. Ice climber Will Gadd thinks of the famous falls as a spot for adventure.
Categories: National News

Civil War ship being pulled from river

CNN - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:45
The deepening of the shipping channel in Savannah, Georgia, won't be dredging up just mud and sand.
Categories: National News

Jack Ma loses $1.4 billion in a day

Business News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:41
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Texas banker: Let the reckless oil companies die

Business News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:37
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MSU Women’s Tennis Hosts UAB Saturday

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:34
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After hitting the road for the first time last weekend at the Ivy League Kick-off, the Mississippi State women's tennis team (3-1) will return home on Saturday, hosting UAB (0-1).

The changing culture of Saudi Arabia

CNN World - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:33
After the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud, CNN's Nic Robertson describes the changing culture of the Middle Eastern heavyweight.
Categories: International News

Anheuser-Busch is a 'Super' stock

Business News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:26
Will the Seattle Seahawks repeat? Will Tom Brady finally win his fourth Super Bowl? (He can't beat my New York Giants in the big game. Heh!)

Europe hints at Greek bailout extension

Business News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:24
Europe held out an olive branch to Greece's new anti-austerity government Friday by hinting it may extend massive financial aid beyond the end of February.

Jay-Z to buy music streaming Aspiro for $56 million

Business News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:16
In the music world, buying a tech startup is all the rage these days.

Robot surgery inspired by space travel

CNN World - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:58
How a pioneering brain surgery robot took its design from a robotic arm on the International Space Station.
Categories: International News
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