The tax law passed late last year included slews of changes that will have wide impacts across the U.S. Among them is a likely jump in the numbers of Americans who'll owe taxes when they file 2018 returns. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report warning that more than 4.5 million taxpayers will come up short next April, unless they act now to adjust their withholding amounts.
Oil headed for the longest run of weekly declines in three years as turbulence in emerging markets and the ongoing trade conflict between the U.S. and China stirred fears that fuel demand may suffer. Futures added 0.8 percent in New York, and 1.3 percent in London, amid another labor strike at North Sea oil and gas platforms. Yet prices remained lower on the week, poised for their seventh straight loss in New York, as turmoil in Turkey and the continued Chinese-American tariff battle rattled investors. Oil supplies have also appeared more plentiful as U.S. crude inventories expanded by the most since 2017, OPEC raised output in July and Libya recovered some halted production. read more
Marksville, LA -- Last year, Armando Frank was sitting on his tractor when he was approached by police who were going to serve him a warrant for alleged trespassing. When Frank asked to see the warrant -- which the cops never produced -- he was tasered, choked, pulled from his tractor and killed. In the attack caught on video, never once did Frank try to hurt the officers. read more
An Alabama county commissioner is running her re-election campaign on a bold claim: that she is Jesus' choice on the ballot. Sandra Little Brown, D-Ala., is distributing fliers saying she is "supported by Jesus Christ and his followers," Advance Local reported. Defending her claim, Brown said in a Facebook video, "We pray before we go out and we do anything. That is a divine piece of material that went out from this campaign [Saturday]," Brown tells supporters and staff gathered at her campaign office in the video. "I'm not afraid to own Jesus anywhere. This campaign is built up on righteousness from the beginning to the end ... If anybody got any problem with that ballot, then they got to see Jesus."
The first-ever discovery of an ancient snake embryo, preserved in 105-million-year-old amber, provides important new information on the evolution of modern snakes, according to a new study led by University of Alberta paleontologists. "This snake is linked to ancient snakes from Argentina, Africa, India and Australia," explained paleontologist Michael Caldwell, lead author and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. "It is an important -- and until now, missing -- component of understanding snake evolution from southern continents, that is Gondwana, in the mid-Mesozoic."