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Wyoming county assessor implements overlooked tax

JACKSON, Wyo. — Hundreds of Teton County businesses could owe more in taxes this year as the Teton County Assessor’s Office seeks commercial personal-property taxes that have gone uncollected for years. “This is not anything new,” Assessor Melissa Shinkle said. “This is just a matter of catching up because it hasn’t been done for years Read More…

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Wyoming lawmakers add money for school security, maintenance

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming legislators have endorsed allocating nearly $5 million for security improvements at K-12 schools. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Joint Appropriations Committee added the money to a supplemental school construction bill on Friday. Local districts would identify projects they need. Del McOmie, director of the State Construction Department, says a Read More…

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George H.W. Bush secretly sponsored, corresponded with Filipino boy through nonprofit for years

The late President George H.W. Bush was known for his affinity for handwritten letters. But it wasn’t until after his death that his correspondence with a young boy in the Philippines came to light. For several years, the 41st president sponsored Timothy, a Filipino child, through the nonprofit Compassion International. He wrote to him often, Read More…

California woman faked firefighter husband to collect more than $2G in donations, police say

Ashley Bemis, 28, was arrested and charged Tuesday after she allegedly stole from people who believed they were donating to help firefighters battling the California wildfires. (Orange County Sheriff’s Department) A California woman pretended to have a fake firefighter husband and claimed he was on the front lines battling a wildfire as part of a Read More…

K-Pop band member quits as label denies sexual misconduct accusations

JTBC Drama/YouTube via Wikimedia N.Flying JTBC Drama/YouTube via Wikimedia N.Flying More entertainment news (CNN) – A K-Pop band has broken ties with one of its members after accusations of sexual misconduct were made against him online. In a statement Wednesday, FNC Entertainment said Kwon Kwang-jin, known as Kwangjin, “has decided to voluntarily leave N.Flying.” The Read More…

Stars pay tribute to the late Chris Farley

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Actor and comedian Chris Farley was found dead at the age of 33 on Dec. 18, 1997, in his apartment in Chicago’s John Hancock Center. An autopsy would later reveal that Farley had died of a drug overdose early that morning. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Actor and comedian Chris Farley was found dead Read More…

Paul Ryan farewell speech: Watch a live stream as outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, bemoans "broken politics" in farewell address today – live updates

House Speaker Paul Ryan will bemoan America’s “broken politics” in a farewell speech Wednesday, calling Washington’s failure to overhaul costly federal benefit programs “our greatest unfinished business.”  How to watch Paul Ryan’s farewell speech Who: Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives What: Farewell Speech Where: Capitol Building – Washington, DC When: 1:00 p.m. Read More…

Sweden's ICEHOTEL opens for season

The famous hotel regenerates every year — and for 2018/19, some 15 suites have been created by a 34 artists and designers from across 13 countries. The famous hotel regenerates every year — and for 2018/19, some 15 suites have been created by a 34 artists and designers from across 13 countries. More travel headlines Read More…

Kentucky woman permanently disfigured in firework accident recounts 'devastating' ordeal: 'I was just standing in the wrong place at the wrong time'

Kristie Young is now advocating for firework safety after suffering the loss of her eye and a brain hemorrhage. (SWNS) WARNING: Article contains graphic photos. A woman in Kentucky was permanently disfigured after being hit by an out-of-control firework — which broke every bone in her face and caused her to lose an eye. Kristie Read More…

Trump lashes out at New York AGs after foundation agrees to dissolve: 'Double standard'

President Trump lashed out Wednesday at New York Democrats — specifically, “sleazebag” former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman — after he agreed to dissolve his charitable foundation amid a lawsuit alleging illegal conduct. The foundation was facing numerous accusations about misusing money. But Trump complained Wednesday that the same prosecutors never scrutinized the Clinton Foundation, claiming Read More…

This humongous fungus has been around since the birth of Socrates

Much of the fungus (<i>Armillaria gallica</i>) is underground, but in the fall it sprouts honey mushrooms. (Shutterstock) A humongous fungus lurking underground in Michigan is exceptionally old, tremendously heavy and has a curiously low mutation rate, a new study finds. Here are the fungus’ impressive stats: It’s at least 2,500 years old (although it’s likely Read More…

McConnell says Senate will vote on stopgap to avert shutdown – without new border wall funding

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday the Senate will consider a stopgap measure to continue funding the government and avert a shutdown later this week – but it won’t include President Trump’s desired $5 billion for border wall funding because of the “reality of our political moment.” “Later this morning, we’ll introduce a continuing resolution Read More…

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch faces grilling by House panels

WASHINGTON — Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch arrived on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning in response to a subpoena from House GOP leaders probing the Justice Department and FBI. President Barack Obama’s top law enforcement official faced hours of closed-door grilling before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees about her handling of the Hillary Clinton email Read More…