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The IRS has contracted with four specific debt collectors and says it's taking steps to ensure they work responsibly. On Thursday, a U.S. Treasury watchdog testifying before the Small Business Committee indicated that budget reductions have limited the agency's ability to safeguard taxpayer data.
  • Outsider Henley rolls to Houston Open win, Masters berth

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    He tripped up coming home, however, by bogeying the par-four 17th hole, then double-bogeying the 18th after struggling on the green. Russell Henley played well in the first three rounds of the Houston Open, but he was going to need something special to earn his third career PGA Tour win.
  • Crude Oil Stocks Sets Record

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    Prices rose Wednesday after US government data showed that gasoline inventories dropped more than expected, while refineries boosted the amount of crude they processed by the most in nearly three years. EIA reported last week that stockpiles rose 900,000 barrels to a record 534 million barrels for the week ended March 24. It was the biggest weekly increase since June 2014.
  • Snapchat makes it possible to search for Stories by keywords

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    The videos are only included if users post them to the public Our Stories section, and are not taken from personal messages. When Snapping a Story, submit it to Our Story (instead of just your squad on your Snap TL). So far, search has been entirely organic, but eventually Snapchat could give publishers and creators a way to pay for wider distribution. Snapchat popularized the sharing of digitally decorated photographs on social media, especially among teenagers, but faces intense ...
  • Farm Bureau Praises EPA Chlorpyrifos Decision

    Farm Bureau Praises EPA Chlorpyrifos Decision

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    Jim Jones, who was assistant administrator of the EPA and responsible for pesticide regulation before he left the agency in January, says the new evidence came from studies in which scientists followed hundreds of mothers and their newborn children, monitoring their exposure to lots of chemicals.
  • 3 arrested in Atlanta fire underneath interstate bridge

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    Bruner and Thomas were charged with criminal trespassing, and were released from custody on Friday night. Investigators believe Eleby started the fire intentionally, and that Bruner and Thomas were with him, he said. That material doesn't ignite on its own, McMurry said. "It's no different than having a plastic cup in your cupboard", McMurray said. The declaration said the state is mobilizing resource to try to keep traffic disruption to a minimum while emergency work continues.
  • Lady Antebellum Talks Academy Of Country Music Awards

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    And Bryan suggested making sure the audience has plenty to drink. "Yeah, a year ago was my first time doing it, this is my second time doing it in Vegas". Here's everything you need to know about the big night, from the tune-in to the biggest performances! To better understand the ranks of legendary country artists that this year's victor will join, PrettyFamous , an entertainment data site by Graphiq , gathered all of the previous ACM album of the year winners since the award was first ...
  • NewsAlert: CIBC hikes bid for Chicago-based PrivateBancorp by 20 per cent

    NewsAlert: CIBC hikes bid for Chicago-based PrivateBancorp by 20 per cent

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    Subscribe to Globe Unlimited now! PrivateBancorp is probably worth $63 a share on its own, and the new bid only valued it at about $61 before CIBC's shares declined Thursday on the news, he said. "Are they chasing something at the top of the market?" he said. The shares of many USA banking firms have been rising on speculation that President Donald Trump and a Republican Congress will lower taxes and reduce regulation of banks.
  • Crude oil inches up in futures trade

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    U.S. inventories of oil rose by 1.5 million barrels to 520.2 million barrels in the week ended February 24, according to the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) weekly oil report . Libya's state-run National Oil Corp . was said to declare force majeure on loadings of Sharara crude from the Zawiya oil terminal and on loadings of Wafa field condensate from the Mellitah terminal.
  • Let's stop biggest gas tax hike in California history

    Let's stop biggest gas tax hike in California history

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    Drivers would also have to pay higher registration fees depending on the value of their auto. Owners of electric cars would not escape this fee, they would pay a $100 annual fee because they use the roads, but don't pay gas taxes. It is this cumbersome environmental review process that backlogs the fixing and building of roads for many years and unnecessarily drains transportation funds.
  • Environmental groups vowing to fight Trump climate actions

    Environmental groups vowing to fight Trump climate actions

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    But anyway, all this posturing against climate protection in the name of jobs won't matter, because economic experts - and even coal companies - have said it's not going to work. So much so that even the oil giant Exxon Mobil has felt the need to suggest that the president shouldn't force the country to abandon the pact. What, then, will be the result of this executive order? How optimistic are you that the Clean Power Plan will stay intact and eventually be enforced? "Global warming is ...