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Jussie Smollett Hate Crime Crumbles, Chicago Police Say

February 27, 2019

“Empire'” actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested for staging an alleged hate crime against himself, Chicago Police said. However, this incident has many forebears in copycat crimes and other hoaxes. Which fraudulent crimes have made waves in the United States? […]

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Texas Man Charged with Assaulting Stepdaughter’s Bully

February 25, 2019

Police in Deer Park, Texas, have arrested area resident James Olander Peace for slapping a 12-year-old boy in the face, according to a report by Houston’s ABC affiliate. Peace’s wife, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he was defending her daughter from the boy’s bullying. How can we prevent—or at least minimize—bullying centered around our kids? […]

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How the Government Shutdown Might Affect Your Tax Return

February 6, 2019

Although the shutdown is at least temporarily over, the empty offices of the IRS for the last month are expected to result in a chaotic and confusing tax season rife with delays, exacerbated further by some of the new regulations that have been enacted this year. With complications like these, many families are facing financial hardships and struggling to make ends meet, providing perfect examples of the importance of properly understanding the tax code. […]

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