You Have Until Midnight and Then Its in the IRS’ Hands

Today (Monday) is the deadline for filing your federal income tax returns. I-R-S spokesman, Christopher Miller, says they’re expecting many people to file at the deadline based on the nationwide numbers thus far. If you are filing your return today, Miller says simple things often cause problems — like transposed numbers or letters.  He says any mix up in the names and numbers will slow down the processing of your return. Miller says it’s especially important to write in the correct information on paper returns. There are still many people who choose to file paper instead of electronic returns. Continue Reading

Are DNA Patents Legal? U-S Supreme Court May Decide

WASHINGTON (AP) — A case before the Supreme Court today could have major implications for medical research and the biotech industry.  

The court is being asked to decide whether DNA patents are legal. The industry says they need to recoup the costs of research, which would be slowed if patents are disallowed. Opponents say the opposite is true; that the lack of patents will broaden medical research. Continue Reading

Supreme Court Declines N.Y. Concealed Carry Case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is staying out of the gun debate for now.  

The justices on Monday declined to hear a challenge to a strict New York law that makes it difficult for residents to get a license to carry a concealed handgun in public. The court did not comment in turning away an appeal from five state residents and the Second Amendment Foundation. Their lawsuit also drew support from the National Rifle Association and 20 states. The high court action comes amid an intensifying congressional debate on new gun control measures. Continue Reading

Chicago Symphony Reaches Out to City’s Locked-Up Juveniles

CHICAGO (AP) — The Italian-born director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti, has attended a concert in a jail performed by a group of the orchestra’s musicians as well as inmates.  

It happened yesterday at Chicago’s Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. The mostly teenage inmates are awaiting trial, many on serious charges. It’s part of an outreach program championed by Muti. After the concert, he told the inmates the concert was “a wonderful beginning.” Continue Reading

BP manager testifies at trial over Gulf oil spill

A trial designed to assign fault to the companies involved in the deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster has resumed with testimony of a BP manager who supervised two rig managers indicted on manslaughter charges. John Guide was BP’s wells team leader for the well that blew out in the Gulf in 2010. He was the first witness to testify Monday as the trial entered its eighth week. Guide supervised two rig managers who have been indicted on manslaughter charges in the deaths of 11 workers during the April 20, 2010 explosion. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is hearing testimony without a jury. Continue Reading

Pa. woman cited for calling 911 seeking divorce

Police have cited a 42-year-old Pennsylvania woman for disorderly conduct after she called 911 requesting a divorce and police assistance to make her husband leave. Troopers say the woman called just after 1 a.m. Saturday asking that officers be sent to her home in Girard Township in northwestern Pennsylvania. Police say they explained to the woman, whom they are not identifying, that a divorce is a civil matter and that they could not make her husband leave the residence because no crime had been committed. Instead, police have cited the woman for disorderly conduct and misusing the Erie County 911 system. Via: Fox News Continue Reading

Former justice of peace eyed as suspect in murder of Texas DA, wife

A former justice of the peace who is now a top suspect in the deaths of a Texas district attorney and his wife is expected to be charged with capital murder this week, law enforcement authorities said. Eric Lyle Williams, 46, was arrested Saturday on a charge of making a terroristic threat and is being held in the Kaufman County Jail on $3 million bond. His arrest came after federal and local agents investigating the March 28 deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, searched Williams’ home on Friday. Williams was prosecuted by McLelland last year for theft. On Saturday, during a search of a Seagoville storage unit linked to Williams, authorities found several weapons and a Ford Crown Victoria car similar to one seen leaving the McLellands’ neighborhood on the morning of the killings, the Dallas Morning Post reports. Continue Reading

Wash. searchers wait to recover avalanche victim

Searchers in Washington are waiting for safer snow condition to recover the body of a man buried in an avalanche about 50 miles east of Seattle. The snow fall happened Saturday at Granite Mountain near Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascades. The 60-year-old Kent man and two friends were swept more than 1,200 feet down the mountain. The friends were not seriously injured. The search for the missing man was suspended Sunday because of the danger. Continue Reading

Vatican declares Colorado boy's recovery a miracle

A Colorado mom whose son became gravely ill as a little boy has always figured his prayer-aided recovery was miraculous, but now the Vatican has made it official. Luke Burgie was just four in 1998, when he developed a severe gastrointestinal condition his doctors couldn’t diagnose, much less cure, according to The Denver Post. For six months, he suffered stomach pain and unrelenting diarrhea and even stopped growing. But the illness went away on Feb. 22, 1999, just as two members of the Sisters of St. Continue Reading