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 […]

Home construction rises slightly in November

Home construction rises slightly in November

Home construction nudged up in November after two months of declines. Builders broke ground last month on a seasonally adjusted 555,000 units, a 3.9 percent rise from October, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Even with the gain, housing starts are just 16 percent above the 477,000 unit pace from April 2009 — the lowest point […]

Middle aged men getting grumpy about not getting it on

Middle aged men getting grumpy about not getting it on

The U.S. generation that promoted free love in the 1960s has grown old and cranky about sex. Faced with performance problems, menopause blues and an increased mismatch of expectations between the sexes, middle-aged Americans are the unhappiest people of all when it comes to making love, a new Associated Press-LifeGoesStrong.com poll shows. Only 7 percent […]

Budget problems are hurting HIV patients

Budget problems are hurting HIV patients

Cash-strapped states are cutting back on a program that provides free medicine to people with HIV, leaving thousands of patients to wonder where their drugs will come from and stirring fears of a return to the days when an AIDS diagnosis meant certain death. At least 19 states have taken such steps as capping enrollment, […]

Rahm Emanueul’s Chicago residency still open to debate

Rahm Emanueul’s Chicago residency still open to debate

Attorneys for former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel are focused on showing that he always planned to come back to Chicago after he finished working for President Barack Obama. A Chicago Board of Election Commissioners hearing on residency challenges to Emanuel’s mayoral bid enters its third day Thursday with more witnesses expected to […]

Tax showdown in House today

Tax showdown in House today

A massive tax package that would save millions of Americans thousands of dollars in higher taxes is headed for a vote in the House Thursday even as rebellious Democrats complain it is too generous to the wealthy. House Democratic leaders plan to pass the bill Thursday. But first, they will hold a vote on imposing […]

Don’t ask, don’t tell repealed by House again

Don’t ask, don’t tell repealed by House again

For the second time this year the House voted to dismantle the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, giving the Senate a final shot in the waning days of this Congress at changing a law requiring thousands of uniformed gays to hide their sexual identity. The strong 250-175 House vote Wednesday propels the issue to […]

Teens drinking less; getting stoned more

Teens drinking less; getting stoned more

America‘s teens are using more marijuana and less alcohol, according to an annual government study of eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders across the country. Some 6.1 percent of high-school seniors reported using marijuana this year, up from 5.2 percent in 2009, according to the Monitoring the Future survey released by the National Institutes of Health. Marijuana […]