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April 26, 2014

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IRS Awards Bonuses to 1,100 Who Owe Back Taxes
IRS Awards Bonuses to 1,100 Who Owe Back Taxes
April 23, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.

More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes, said a report by J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The bonuses were awarded from October 2010 through December 2012.

George's report said the bonus program doesn't violate federal regulations, but it's inconsistent with the IRS mission to enforce tax laws.

"These awards are designed to recognize and reward IRS employees for a job well done, and that is appropriate, because the IRS should encourage good performance," George said. "However, while not prohibited, providing awards to employees who have been disciplined for failing to pay federal taxes appears to create a conflict with the IRS's charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration."

Other examples of misconduct by workers getting bonuses included misusing government credit cards for travel, drug use, violent threats and fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits.

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Dream Big America - This Week's Contestants!
Dream Big America - This Week's Contestants!
April 22, 2014

Here are this week's contestants for Dream Big America...

Brett Byman from Nobl

Alexa Nigro from Scough

Connor Hall from HallExchange

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Student Lenders Urged to Halt Default When Co-Signers Die
Student Lenders Urged to Halt Default When Co-Signers Die
April 22, 2014

Some private student loan borrowers whose co-signers die are facing automatic default, even if their loans are in good standing, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said in a report.

The consumer bureau, which oversees private student loans, outlined the practice today in releasing a midyear report on student-loan complaints.

The federal agency received more than 2,300 private-loan and more than 1,300 debt-collection complaints between October 2013 and March 31 of this year, according to the report. Issues with co-signers, often a parent or grandparent, have "routinely emerged" as areas of concern, the agency said.

Many private loan contracts include options for lenders to demand the full balance when a co-signer dies or files for bankruptcy, according to the report. While the agency can't quantify how often the problem is occurring, it suggested ways to protect borrowers such as releasing co-signers.

"It could grow in number and potentially be a prevalent issue," Rohit Chopra, the CFPB's student loan ombudsman, said on a call with reporters. "This can be really troublesome for a borrower, especially one dealing with the loss of a parent."

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Walmart launching store-to-store money transfer
Walmart launching store-to-store money transfer
April 22, 2014

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will launch a new domestic money transfer service Thursday that will allow customers to wire up to $900 between its more than 4,000 stores.

The service, called Walmart-2-Walmart, is aimed at some of the 28 percent of American households considered unbanked, which means they have no checking or savings account, or underbanked, which have some relationship with an insured financial institution but still rely on money orders, nonbank check cashing and/or payday loans to meet their daily needs.

In a release, Wal-Mart said that "communities that rely on money transfers the most include members of the military or oil field workers who send part of their paycheck back to their families each week."

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Teen stowaway shows holes in vast airport security
Teen stowaway shows holes in vast airport security
April 22, 2014

Surveillance cameras at San Jose International Airport successfully captured the teenager on the tarmac, climbing up the landing gear of a jet. But in the end, the cameras failed because no one noticed the security breach until the plane - and the boy - landed in Hawaii.

Although the 15-year-old apparently wanted nothing more than to run away, his success in slipping past layers of security early Sunday morning made it clear that a determined person can still get into a supposedly safe area and sneak onto a plane.

Video surveillance can help catch trespassers. Some airports use not just human eyes watching video screens, but also technology that can be programmed to sound an alert when a camera captures something potentially suspicious. But just because something is caught on camera doesn't mean it will make an impression.

Despite great promise, "sometimes the actual results are quite underwhelming when it gets to the real world, where people are fatigued, people are preoccupied," said Richard Bloom, an airport security expert at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona. "There's no way to guarantee security, even if you had one person per video screen."

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Airplane mysteriously spotted in Iran is registered to Utah bank
Airplane mysteriously spotted in Iran is registered to Utah bank
April 21, 2014

An airplane that mysteriously ended up in Iran is registered to a Utah bank under an arrangement for aviation ownership that has prompted two warnings from a government watchdog in the past year.

The Bombardier CL-600 became the subject of international intrigue after the New York Times revealed its presence in Iran at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, along with a picture of the jet, its tail number and a small American flag affixed to the side.

Government officials are not saying how and why the plane traveled to Iran.

Aviation records show the plane is registered to the Bank of Utah through an arrangement in which the bank serves as a trustee for aircraft owners.

Scott Parkinson, senior vice president for marketing and communication with the Ogden-based bank, said the financial institution is aware of the plane in Iran but is not investigating at this point.

"As far as the legality of that, flying into that country, that's really between the beneficiary and the Department of State, and maybe the FAA," Parkinson said. "Not us."

But the practice has drawn scrutiny from the federal government recently.

A government watchdog warned last June and again in January that non-U.S. citizens have registered 5,600 planes with the Federal Aviation Administration through trustees, concealing the owners' identities.

Under FAA regulations, this can be done by the owner creating an agreement to transfer the plane's title to a trustee that is a U.S. citizen. The trustee then registers the plane. The agreements provide little information on the identity of the owner or who uses the plane, according to a memorandum by the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General.

In 47 registrations closely examined by the inspector general, the non-U.S. citizen who created the trust had complete authority to remove the trustee, and thus control over the plane.

Just five trustees accounted for 3,283 of the planes registered on behalf of non-U.S. citizens, the memorandum said. One trustee required the inspector general to obtain a subpoena before complying with a request for information.

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Wyatt Earp's gun sells for $225,000 at auction
Wyatt Earp's gun sells for $225,000 at auction
April 21, 2014

A Colt .45-caliber revolver thought to belong to the legendary Wyatt Earp sold for $225,000 at an Arizona auction Thursday.

Descendants of Earp say the Arizona lawman carried the gun during his time in Tombstone and possibly even used it during the shootout at the O.K. Corral.

The firearm was estimated to fetch $150,000, but far exceeded that price when a phone bidder from New Mexico bought it for $225,000.

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Ukraine government promises reforms as insurgents refuse to vacate buildings
Ukraine government promises reforms as insurgents refuse to vacate buildings
April 19, 2014

Armed pro-Russian insurgents occupying government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities refuse to leave them until the country's interim government resigns, despite Thursday's diplomatic deal in Geneva.

Ukraine and Russia agreed in Geneva to take tentative steps toward calming tensions along their shared border after weeks of conflict since Ukraine's former leader fled to Russia in February and Russia annexed Crimea in March.

The deal -- brokered by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union-- calls for disarming all paramilitary groups and the immediate return of all government buildings seized across the country.

But Denis Pushilin-a leader of the self-appointed Donetsk People's Republic-- told reporters Friday that the separatists do not recognize the Ukrainian government as legitimate.

Speaking at the insurgent-occupied regional headquarters in the eastern city of Donetsk, Pushilin said Ukraine's new interim government in the capital, Kiev, is also occupying public buildings illegally.

"This is a reasonable agreement but everyone should vacate the buildings and that includes (Arseniy) Yatsenyuk and (Oleksandr) Turchynov," Pushilin said, referring to the acting Ukrainian prime minister and president.

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Why are some Democrats running from Obamacare?
Why are some Democrats running from Obamacare?
April 19, 2014

The Obamacare enrollment is 8 million strong and growing.

Polls have shown that voters love popular provisions calling for mandatory coverage for maternity care and extending coverage for young people up to age 26 to stay on their parents' health insurance policies. And recent figures from the Congressional Budget Office show that Obamacare will cost about $5 billion less to implement in 2014 than originally estimated.

Still, some Democrats have run from the President's signature health care reform law so fast, they've practically left skid marks.

The question is: Will they run back?

"I don't think we should apologize for it. I don't think we should be defensive about it. I think there is a strong, good, right story to tell," President Barack Obama said in a rare appearance Thursday at the daily White House news briefing.

A Democratic strategist and pollster thinks some Democrats will follow that advice.

"I think it's easier to talk about issues like equal pay or an increase in the minimum wage," said Margie Omero, president of Momentum Analysis LLC, a public opinion research firm in Washington, and a Huffington Post contributor. "Obamacare has always been less popular. ... I think we're going to see some of these impressions change. But for some members, they look at one poll number and they think maybe I should speak about something else."

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