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IRS Bonus: $1 Million Paid To 1,100 Employees Owing Back Taxes

IRS Bonus For The Worst Employees

“IRS Bonus” is probably the next phrase you’ll see to precursor the word “scandal,” following revelations that the tax collection agency paid out approximately $1 million in extras to a total of 1,100 employees, who owed back taxes from October 2010 through December 2012. J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for the tax administration,… Read more »

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir Will Cover Kentucky Derby

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir host Kentucky Derby

Sochi’s breakout hosting duo, former figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, are back at it again. NBC announced that Tara and Johnny will be the official fashion commentators for the network’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby, airing May 3rd from Churchill Downs. Even though Lipinksi and Weir were newbies at Sochi, they definitely proved… Read more »

Ohio Man Who Made False Distress Call Fined $489,000 By Court

False Distress Call

A Cincinnati court has ordered a 21-year-old Ohio man to pay $489,000 in fines and restitution charges after he was convicted of making a false distress call, reports ABC News. The 2-1 ruling at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati found that a lower court had “correctly” ordered Danik Shiv Kumar, the… Read more »

Obamacare Fail: No, Doctors Will Not Take Your Insurance

Obamacare Fail, No Doctors Will Not Accept You

An Obamacare fail might be afoot, this time through the Covered California exchange, with regulators admitting they have no way of monitoring whether information provided from insurers is accurate regarding which doctors are actually covered as in-network. The issue arose two months ago when KPIX 5 Consumer Watch first reported that some of the doctors… Read more »

Change the Constitution, Says Former Supreme Court Justice

Former Justice John Paul Stevens says we need to change the Constitution.

Change the Constitution. That’s what former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens advocates in his new book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, which is being released today by Little, Brown and Co. according to an APreport. So, how many amendments is Justice Stevens proposing? The book outlines six specific amendments… Read more »

Homeowner Charged With Murder After Shooting Intruders

Homeowner Charged With Murder After Shooting Intruders

A Minnesota homeowner is charged with murder after shooting two intruders. Byron Smith, age 65, was in his basement when he heard someone break into his home. As the burglars descended into the basement, Smith shot them both dead. The shooting sparked controversy as the intruders were both under the age of 18. The break-in… Read more »

Atheist Group Sues NJ School Over Pledge Of Allegiance

atheist lawsuit new jersey

An atheist group is suing a New Jersey school district over the “under God” phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance. The national humanist group feels the words in the patriotic pledge are discriminatory toward atheist children. The Pledge of Allegiance was filed against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District by the American Humanist Association. The atheist… Read more »

Special Needs Child Arrested On Two Felony Charges

michigan special needs boy

An 8-year-old special needs child is facing two felony counts after running away from his learning center. Edward Hart has documented “anger issues” according to his stepfather, Robert Bluhm. After running away from the Hillside Learning and Behavior Center in Allegan, Michigan, the little boy was found at a nearby party store by school staffers…. Read more »

Affirmative Action: Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Law

Supreme Court Michigan

Affirmative Action will no longer be a factor for college admissions in Michigan. The US Supreme Court ruled in a six to two decision that voters in the state have the right to alter the Michigan Constitution to prohibit public universities and colleges from factoring race in acceptance decisions. The US Supreme Court noted in… Read more »

Newborn Survives Being Thrown In Trash Can

Newborn Thrown In Trash Can

A newborn baby survived being thrown in a Greenville, S.C. trash can. Authorities said 28-year-old Sharon Lenise Ferguson gave birth on Monday. She then wrapped her newborn son in a blanket, put him inside a plastic shopping bag, and left him in a city trash bin. The infant was discovered by an unidentified man who… Read more »

Mount Everest Climbs Cancelled, Sherpa Avalanche Victims Cremated

Sherpa cremation

In the wake of the devastating avalanche that swept down Mount Everest Friday, killing at least 13 Sherpa climbing guides, the focus of this year’s Everest climbing season has shifted dramatically, from summiting Everest (or jumping off the peak in a “wingsuit”) to supporting the devastated Sherpa families. Having climbed in the Himalayas, I’ve experienced… Read more »

Syria Using Chemical Weapons: How Many Red Lines Can We Draw? [Video]

Syrian Chemical Attacks

Bashar al-Assad’s regime is accused of once again using chemical weapons. After a similar chemical weapons attack last year in August, the U.S. gathered enough evidence that Assad had used sarin to call for air strikes as punishment. President Obama referred to the use of chemical weapons as a red line that couldn’t be crossed… Read more »

Netflix To Raise Prices: Here’s What You’ll Get

Netflix To Raise Prices By $1-$2 Per Month.

Netflix will be raising monthly prices by $1 or $2. And although investors are happy, should you be? The truth is that paying another couple of bucks per month for Netflix probably isn’t going to break the bank for you, but is it going to be worth it? While Netflix hasn’t detailed specifics about what… Read more »