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IRS awarded bonuses to employees with tax compliance, conduct issues

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 03:15
April 13, 2014: The headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington.AP IRS employees who had been disciplined for tax and conduct issues were nonetheless rewarded with monetary awards or time off, according to a watchdog report released Tuesday. The report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that while for the most part the reward program for IRS workers complied with federal regulations, employees who had themselves failed to pay their…
Senate report on CIA interrogations shadows Gitmo trials, could complicate declassification
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 02:30
WASHINGTON – The Senate's forthcoming report on the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The Obama administration is declassifying the report, a process that will involve the Pentagon as well as CIA officials. Two U.S. officials familiar with planning for the report's declassification said the Defense Department has already received copies of the still-secret…
Hotels embrace tiny homes
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 01:15
While some hotels trumpet the ample square footage of their guest rooms, others rely on quirky coziness to attract customers. Yotel, for example, offers ship-cabin-inspired rooms at several European airports and operates a full-sized hotel filled with snug (170-square foot), extremely efficiently-designed rooms near Times Square in New York City. The chain plans to open another Yotel hotel on upscale Orchard Street in Singapore. Other pod hotels in recent years have been making big business…
Arctic 'quack' explained
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 01:15
A mysterious duck-like sound recorded in the ocean around Antarctica has baffled scientists for decades, but the source of the sound has finally been found, researchers say. For more than 50 years, researchers have recorded the so-called "bio-duck" sound in the Southern Ocean. Submarine crews first heard the oceanic quack, which consists of a series of repetitive, low-pitched pulsing sounds, in the 1960s. "In the beginning, no one really knew what it was," said Denise…
Social media draws fighters
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 01:15
A new video posted on YouTube claims to show a British jihadist in Syria touring a militant base and unveiling the austere living conditions of extremist fighters there. “We wanted to show you the basic living of the brothers in this base,” says the man in the video with a distinct English accent. He wears a balaclava to mask his face and identifies himself using the nom de guerre, Abu Abdullah. The video offers a…
Kansas judge to consider Chelsea Manning's petition to legally change name from Bradley
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 01:15
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after a hearing in his court martial. A northeast Kansas judge will make a final determination Wednesday, April 23, 2014, on Manning’s request to change her name from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for giving reams of classified U.S.
Missouri executes convicted killer in 1993 cattle-stealing plot
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 01:15
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Missouri officials on Wednesday executed a man who had been convicted in 1993 of murdering a farming couple in their 60s in a plot to steal their cattle, a state official said. William Rousan, 57, was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. (4.10 a.m. EDT) at a state prison in Bonne Terre, said Mike O'Connell, a spokesman for the state's Department of Public Safety.
NAPPING HEALTH RISK?Naps linked to increased risk of death, study finds
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 01:00
Middle-age and older adults who take daytime naps may be at increased risk of dying, a new study from England suggests. In the study, people ages 40 to 79 who napped daily, for less than an hour, were 14 percent more likely to die over a 13-year period, compared to those who did not nap. Longer naps were linked with a higher risk: people whose daily naps lasted an hour or more were 32 percent…
Obama administration says Egypt upholding Israel peace treaty, can get some US military aid
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:15
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance. "Today, Secretary Kerry spoke with Egyptian Foreign Minister (Nibil) Fahmy to inform him that he is certifying to Congress that Egypt is sustaining the strategic relationship with the United States, including by countering transnational threats such as terrorism and weapons proliferation, and that Egypt is upholding…
CRISIS IN UKRAINE US troops in Poland for exercises amid tension
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 23:45
April 13, 2014: Pro-Russian protesters escort a man detained in eastern Ukraine.REUTERS WASHINGTON – U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland to begin a series of military exercises in four countries across Eastern Europe to bolster allies in the wake of Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula last month. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Tuesday that the exercises will last about a month, and initially involve about 600 troops.