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SMOOTH CRIMINAL Wednesday, April 2
The Internal Revenue Service reportedly hit the estate of Michael Jackson recently with a federal income tax bill of $702 million because of undervaluing properties that it owned — including a valuation on the Jackson-owned catalog of Beatles …
Elves on the Move Wednesday, January 29
To build an iron ore smelting plant in Iceland in 2009, Alcoa Inc. was forced to kowtow to the country's national obsession that elves ("hidden people") live underground and that construction projects must assure the little fellas have had a chance …
INEXPLICABLE Wednesday, April 2
The North Somerset office of Britain's National Health Service issued a formal apology in January to Leanda Preston, 31, who had accused it of "racism" because of the pass phrase she received to access the system for an appointment to manage her …
UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT Wednesday, April 2
A Florida appeals court tossed out an $80,000 anti-discrimination settlement in February because the beneficiary's teenage daughter couldn't keep from bragging about it — even though the terms of the settlement required confidentiality. Miami's …
PERSPECTIVE Wednesday, April 2
A controversial landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2005 for the first time allowed a city to force unwilling owners to sell private property, not for a school, police station or other traditional municipal necessity, but just because a …
NEWS OF THE SELF INDULGENT Wednesday, April 2
Plastic surgeons have performed beard implants, but only for men with facial scarring or for female-to-male transgenders. Recently, New York city surgeons report an uptick in business by men solely to achieve the proper aesthetic look. According to …
CREME DE LA WEIRD Wednesday, April 2
Cable's TLC channel (formerly, The Learning Channel) recently completed its fifth season of My Strange Addiction, mostly starring a host of compulsives who apparently cannot refrain from eating that which should not be eaten (mattress stuffing, …
WHO WAS THAT GUY? Wednesday, April 2
Hernando County (Fla.) Sheriff's detective James Smith happened across longtime fugitive James Dixon, 53, in March and detained him, even though Dixon claimed he was actually one of his own twin brothers, Gary Dixon. On a hunch, Det. Smith called …
ROUND AT THE CIRCLE K Wednesday, April 2
Colton Green was arrested in Decatur, Ill., in March, shortly after a nearby Circle K gas station was robbed. Police said it wasn't a challenging collar, in that Green was on probation and wearing an ankle monitor whose GPS trail placed him at the …
READERS' CHOICE Wednesday, April 2
A self-described "devil"-possessed Stephanie Hamman, 23, was arrested in Church Hill, Tenn., in March after driving her car through the front door of Providence Church, then summoning her husband on the phone. When he arrived, she stabbed him in the …
 
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