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Tax deadline gets noisy response from protesters Publisher
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President reports $5.5 million income
WASHINGTON (AP) – Thanks to revived book sales after he became president, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, made $5.5 million last year. They paid about one-third of it in federal income taxes. The Obamas gave
$329,100 to charities in 2009. The president, who released his tax returns Thursday, also donated his entire $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize award to 10 charitable groups. He never received the $1.4 million.
Obama, a former law school instructor and U.S. senator, became a millionaire a few years ago through sales of his 1995 memoir “Dreams From My Father” and his 2006 political book, “The Audacity of Hope.”
WASHINGTON (AP) – Tea party protesters marked tax day Thursday with exhortations against “gangster government” and appeals from Republicans seeking their grassroots clout in November elections, a prospect both tempting and troubling to those in the loose movement. Several thousand rallied in Washington’s Freedom Plaza in the shadow of the Ronald Reagan office building, capping a national protest tour launched in the dust of Nevada and finishing in the capital that inspires tea party discontent like no other place. Allied activists demonstrated from Maine to Hawaii in smaller groups, all joined in disdain for government spending and – on the April 15 federal tax filing deadline – what they see
Tea Party demonstrators gather at Freedom Plaza in Washington on Thursday. as the Washington tax grab. The rally in brilliant sunshine was spirited but
modest in size, lacking the star power of tea party favorite Sarah Palin, who roused the masses at ear-
Feds upgrade product warning notification
WASHINGTON (AP) – When a consumer claims an injury or cites a potential hazard from a baby stroller or some other product, the government wants you to know about it. And, in about a year, you will. The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to begin hammering out the specifics for a searchable database, SaferProducts.gov, that will cover thousands of products from cribs to power tools to air fresheners. The cost is estimated at $20 million and pro-
vides for a major technology upgrade at the commission. Congress called for the database as part of a product safety law in 2008 that followed scores of lead-tainted toy recalls. The database is scheduled to go online in March. Manufacturers – and the commission’s two Republicans – have raised questions about what could end up on the Web site. “Our primary concern is that information might be provided to the public which is not accurate or which might even be malicious,”
said Carter Keithley, president of the Toy Industry Association, which represents more than 530 toy manufacturers and importers. “The damage that could be done to a company’s reputation and sales could be irreparable.” Advocates stress the importance of a new tool for people to use when buying products for their families. “Consumers will no longer be operating in the dark,” said Rachel Weintraub, director of product safety and senior counsel at the Consumer Fed-
eration of America. “The database will provide consumers with critical information that is not currently available.” CPSC’s Web site at present allows a person to search its recall section for toys, clothing and other products that have already been taken off store shelves for safety reasons. With the new database, people would be able to see complaints of injuries or potential harm that are filed to the commission by consumers, safety groups, health care professionals and others.
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Immigration agents raid Arizona shuttles
PHOENIX (AP) â€“ Federal immigration agents raided van shuttle operators in Phoenix and other Arizona cities Thursday in a massive investigation into smuggling of illegal immigrants. Dozens of agents â€“ some wearing black hoods over their faces â€“ swarmed two shuttle businesses in a strip mall in a heavily Latino neighborhood of Phoenix just west of the state Capitol Thursday morning. One of the businesses, Sergioâ€™s Shuttle, advertises van shuttle services from northern Mexico to cities in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. In Nogales, a southern Arizona border town, witnesses told the Nogales
Federal immigration agents stand outside Sergioâ€™s Shuttle Thursday in Phoenix. The van shuttle service offers transportation from northern Mexico to cities in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. International they saw helicopters and federal agents swarming sites downtown. They converged around 8 a.m. on
the Union Transportes de Nogales, which houses several shuttle companies and a money-changing house.
Tea Party groups rally at state capitol RALEIGH (AP) â€“ A year after the nationwide protests that launched a movement, Tea Party groups are rallying again. Organizers of North Carolina groups affiliated with the movement are hoping for thousands of demonstrators to rally on Thursday at the state capitol. The Raleigh event could be the largest of at least 20 similar demonstrations planned around the state, to coincide with the deadline to file income tax returns. Recently, some of the groups in the movement
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