Congressional Employees Owe $8.6M In Back Taxes
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.
How Apple Is Forging Deeper Connections Between Desktop And Mobile
Continuity is one of the biggest new features that Apple announced at this year's WWDC, and it gives a look into their entire product vision. For Mac OS fans, it’s reassuring to see Apple focus on integrating the desktop with mobile, rather than merging both into a single platform. From Handoff that will allow you to easily share documents between devices, to SMS and calls right from a Mac — Continuity looks to bring ease to the multi-device lifestyle. At this point, Apple has only announced Continuity between Macs and iOS devices, but it’s easy to see how they could expand it in the future to support additional platforms like the AppleTV or even the rumored iWatch.
Rebel Commander Backpedals After Admitting Fighters Had Missile System In Ukraine
In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Russian-backed Vostok Battalion, admitted that rebels possessed a BUK missile system — the same system Kiev and Western intelligence agencies say downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine. Reuters quoted him as saying, “I knew that a BUK came from Luhansk. At the time I was told that a BUK from Luhansk was coming under the flag of the LNR.
Robin Thicke's Marriage To Paula Patton Is Officially OVER!
He put their huge house on the market Monday, so we knew it was getting real. Now, people from Robin Thicke's camp are revealing that he and Paula Patton are totally done — with an attorney already working on a financial settlement! Neither side has hired a divorce lawyer and sources added that the singer will not be the one who files for the legal split, so it's up to Paula to make the final move!
Facebook Stock Hits New High, Doubling Its IPO Price
What a difference two years make. Facebook stock topped $76 a share in early trading Thursday, a new all-time high for the company and more than double its IPO price of $38 in May 2012. The company now has a market cap of $193 billion. The stock surged more than 6% overnight following a strong second quarter earnings report thanks to continued growth in ad sales.
In China, Apple's Focus Pays Off While Samsung Feels Squeeze
The mobile industry has long held that Samsung's broad range of mobile devices makes it nimble in changing markets, while Apple loses out by rigidly sticking to its high-end gadgets. But manufacturers' recent earnings reports challenge those assumptions, at least in China, the world's biggest mobile market. Apple's latest quarterly results showed sales of its high-end phones in China grew at nearly twice the pace analysts had expected. Meanwhile, budget offerings from Chinese firms won at the cheaper end, effectively squeezing industry leader Samsung Electronics
Venice Film Festival To Kick Off With Black Comedy 'Birdman'
Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu opens this year's Venice film festival with the premier of "Birdman", a black comedy that heads a 55-strong selection leaning heavily toward war and recession, festival director Alberto Barbera said on Thursday. The world's oldest film festival opens on Aug 27 and runs to Sept 6 with jury president Alexandre Desplat heading a judging panel that includes British actor Tim Roth, Palestinian director Elia Suleiman and Italian actor Carlo Verdone.
United 1st US Airline To Resume Flights To Israel
United Airlines will be the first U.S. carrier to resume flights to Israel after a two-day hiatus caused by combat in the Gaza Strip. The Chicago-based airline says it will resume service to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv with a 4:45 p.m. eastern flight from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. A second United flight will leave Newark at 10:50 p.m. eastern. The decision comes hours after the Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on U.S.
There's No Photobomb Like A Queen Of England Photobomb
Here's a selfie photobomb to rule them all — no, really. The Queen of England is in it. Hockey players Jayde Taylor and Anna Flanagan captured one of the most regal selfies of all time, featuring the one and only Queen Elizabeth. Better yet, the Queen is actually smiling — a rarity for Her Majesty. The picture was taken at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre where the Commonwealth Games are currently taking place. Taylor and Flanagan are members of the Australian hockey team the Hockeyroos.
Israeli Fire Hits UN Facility In Gaza, Killing 7
Gaza health officials say at least seven people were killed when Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip during clashes with Palestinian militants. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the seven were among hundreds of people seeking shelter in the school from heavy fighting in the area. The Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed that seven people were killed by tank shells at the school in the northern town of Beit Hanoun. UNRWA, the Palestinian refugee agency, has said it has found militant rockets inside two vacant schools.