Congressional Employees Owe $8.6M In Back Taxes
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According to Internal Revenue Service statistics, more than 700 congressional employees are delinquent on their taxes for a total of $8.6 million--an above-average tax delinquency rate for federal employees. The rate of delinquency for the House of Representatives is 4.87%, as of the end of the 2013 fiscal year. According to IRS data obtained by USA TODAY under the Freedom of Information Act, that's more than one employee per congressman or senator. Tax delinquencies on Capitol Hill are four times more common than at the Treasury Department--which has come under congressional scrutiny over bonuses paid to tax-delinquent IRS employees.
Prosecutors said a bank robbery suspect who sparked a massive manhunt when he fled a Virginia hospital with a guard's gun was sentenced to 32 years in prison on Friday. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a statement that Wossen Assaye, 43, of Arlington, Virginia, was also sentenced in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, to five years of supervised release once he is freed from prison. Assaye triggered a nine-hour manhunt on March 31 when he apparently freed himself from shackles at a hospital in Washington's Virginia suburbs. He assaulted a guard, grabbed her gun, pointed it at a second guard and pulled the first guard down a hallway at gunpoint. He fled wearing a hospital gown and carjacked two vehicles before he was arrested in Washington.
According to reports, two people were shot at an on-campus student housing complex at Houston’s Texas Southern University on Friday. School officials later confirmed to The Associated Press that the victim who died in the shooting was a student at the school, but gave no further information about his or her identity. A Houston Police Department spokesperson told said that the other victim was hospitalized, but in stable condition. No other information about the victim’s identity was provided. The shooting is the second at a university reported Friday, with at least one person killed at a shooting at Northern Arizona University.
Eight inmates on death row in Arkansas have been granted a new but short-term lease on life by a judge. An Arkansas judge has granted a state-wide stay of executions at their legal request. Judge Wendell Griffen of the Pulaski County Circuit court accepted the argument of lawyers for the inmates who are challenging a recent secrecy law. The law protects the identity of vendors which provide the state with drugs for lethal injection. The state has not committed a execution since 2005, but they had scheduled two for Oct. 21. The Arkansas General Assembly enacted the statue challenged in court earlier this year.
Salma Hayek Pinault gave a stirring speech at Variety‘s Power of Women event on Friday, at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons. Hayek recalled fearing the move from Mexico to Hollywood, only to be surprised by the strong women she found herself surrounded by in the industry. “They cannot ignore us anymore. We are a fantastic generation. I could not have made it without the women who gave me the strength today. Hayek Pinault co-founded Chime for Change with Beyonce and international fashion powerhouse, Gucci in 2013. The campaign supports non-governmental agencies that help empower women and girls around the world through initiatives focused on education, health and justice.
Now that Facebook's ubiquitous "Like" feature is gone, users of the social media platform are reacting to the new expressive suit of emojis. Dubbed, Facebook Reactions, the latest instant reply feature for the social media service now lets users choose from a few emotive icons to express how they feel towards a post. Though users can't "dislike" what they see, they can now show that it makes them angry. The six-refined reactions are Facebook's response to years of user demand for parity in the "Like" feature. However, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has never been comfortable with the idea of disliking posts, as he felt it was not so social. Instead the company has matured it's expressive replies with emotive faces and icons such as a familiar thumbs-up or a heart.
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