Tax Day, Boston Marathon and Bernie Sanders: 5 things you need to know Monday

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It's Tax Day: Need an extension? And how to celebrate when done

It's Tax Day. If you haven't filed yet and are feeling pressed for time, you may want to consider getting an extension. (The IRS doesn't care what your reason is.) Otherwise, you may get hit with a late-filing and/or late-payment fee. Here's how to pay your taxes – and what to do if you don't have the money right now. For those who are done and also got money back, here are the 50 best things to buy with your refund. And don't forget, businesses nationwide mark tax day with freebies and deals. This year's tax relief includes free treats, discounted meals and free paper shredding along with a way to eliminate the stress of filing at the last minute — free massages.

Can you trademark what sounds like a curse word? 

The founder of a clothing line with the name FUCT says it's pronounced as four letters, one after another. As in "F-U-C-T." The Justice Department, seeking to block its request for trademark protection, equates it "to the vulgar word for which it is a homonym." The two sides will debate the clothing line's rhyme or reason at the Supreme Court Monday as the justices return for two weeks of oral arguments, their last of the 2018 term. In 2017, they ruled unanimously that trademarks considered to be disparaging nonetheless deserve First Amendment protection.   

Los Angeles artist Erik Brunetti, the founder of the streetwear clothing company "FUCT," poses for a photo in Los Angeles last week. His trademark dispute will be heard by the Supreme Court on Monday.

The Boston Marathon (and maybe some storms)

Gusty thunderstorms and downpours may pass through Boston just before the Boston Marathon begins Monday morning, according to Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist. Winds will spread across the mid-Atlantic on Monday, reaching southern and central New England by nighttime, Accuweather said. Some 30,000 runners will take part in the marathon's 123rd edition, including Sara Hall. The 36-year-old Arizona mother adopted four sisters from Ethiopia and hopes to reinforce her Olympic contender status.    

Bernie Sanders drops his tax returns

Vermont's Sen. Bernie Sanders said he will release 10 years worth of tax returns Monday. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate has has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump's failure to release his returns, but Sanders' delay in releasing his own has left him vulnerable to accusations of being a hypocrite.  "I hope that Donald Trump will do exactly the same. We are going to release 10 years of our tax returns, and we hope that on that day Donald Trump will do the same," Sanders told the New York Times. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on April 9, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

Mourners pay respects to SC’s Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings

Family, friends and former colleagues paid their respects at a visitation Sunday for Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to six terms in the U.S. Senate. Hollings died April 6 at his home on Isle of Palms. He was 97. Two more days of mourning are planned for Hollings, one of the last of the larger-than-life Democrats who dominated politics in the South. His body will lie in repose Monday at the Statehouse in Columbia. A funeral is Tuesday at The Citadel, where former Vice President Joe Biden and current Gov. Henry McMaster are scheduled to be among the speakers. 

Contributing: The Associated Press 

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