Now it’s the ‘Obama’ tax cut

Now it’s the ‘Obama’ tax cut

Displaying a new style of compromising, President Barack Obama invited Democrats and Republicans alike to the White House on Friday for the signing of a massive tax package that frayed his relations with liberals, caused him to abandon a pledge not to extend tax cuts to the rich and heralded a new balance of power […]

Anbody missing a raptor in Utah?

Anbody missing a raptor in Utah?

A small, feathered raptor-like dinosaur thought to be 125 million years old has been discovered in eastern Utah, scientists announced Thursday. The Geminiraptor suarezarum was bipedal and, like other raptors, had a large head. Most of the known raptors discovered in North America date to between 72 million and 75 million years ago, which makes […]

Surprise waiting for 13.4 million taxpayers in new bill

Surprise waiting for 13.4 million taxpayers in new bill

About 13.4 million taxpayers may be getting unexpected tax bills because they were awarded too much money under President Barack Obama‘s Making Work Pay tax credit, a government audit said Thursday. The tax credit, which expires Jan. 1, was designed to increase take-home pay by about $8 a week through new tax withholding tables. The […]

The weather: Just a lot more bad news

The weather: Just a lot more bad news

Snow, sleet and freezing rain wreaked havoc across Mid-Atlantic and Southern states on Thursday, causing hundreds of accidents, four fatal. The nasty pre-winter mix also forced schools to start late, close early or cancel classes altogether. Three people died in separate weather-related crashes in North Carolina. In south-central Kentucky, state police said an 80-year-old man […]

New drug for executions expected to become norm

New drug for executions expected to become norm

A sedative Oklahoma used to execute a death row inmate that is commonly used to euthanize animals could become more popular because of a nationwide shortage of a key ingredient in several states’ lethal injection formulas, death penalty experts say. John David Duty is believed to be the first person in the United States whose […]

The fix is in and headed to Obama for signature

The fix is in and headed to Obama for signature

A massive bipartisan tax package preventing a big New Year’s Day tax hike for millions of Americans is on its way to President Barack Obama for his signature Friday. The measure would extend tax cuts for families at every income level, renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and enact a new one-year cut in […]

Famed director Blake Edwards dead

Famed director Blake Edwards dead

When Julie Andrews began writing her 2008 autobiography, “Home,” her husband Blake Edwards had just one piece of advice: “Characters make your story.” In an up-and-down career that spanned writing, directing and producing nearly 50 films, Edwards’ cultivated more than his share of indelible characters: Peter Sellers’ bumbling Inspector Clouseau of the “Pink Panther” movies, […]

If you’re rich the IRS is coming to get you

If you’re rich the IRS is coming to get you

The Internal Revenue Service is making it a bit riskier to cheat on your taxes. The tax agency increased the number of returns it audited by nearly 11 percent this year, statistics released Wednesday show. Wealthy taxpayers and big businesses were most likely to be targeted. The IRS also stepped up audits of charities and […]

Larry King hangs up his crown

Larry King hangs up his crown

Early last June, CNN celebrated 25 years of “Larry King Live” with a week of shows whose A-list guests included President Barack Obama, LeBron James, Bill Gates and Lady Gaga. It was hyped to the hilt and suitably eventful, even as King and Lady Gaga regarded each other with the bemusement of a human encountering […]

Kansas City’s Secret Santa

Kansas City’s Secret Santa

Secret Santa II hit the streets Tuesday in a long-standing Kansas City tradition of handing out $100 bills — sometimes several at a time — to unsuspecting strangers in thrift stores, food pantries and shelters. Some people gasped in surprise. Some wanted to know if the $100 bill the tall man in the red cap […]