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IRS red flags: How to avoid a tax audit

IRS red flags: How to avoid a tax audit

Jeff Reeves, Special for USA TODAY

There's a general conception that the Internal Revenue Services is too understaffed at tax time to go after anyone but high rollers and blatant cheats.

Don't believe it.

While it's true that the IRS only audits a small percentage of returns, government officials are getting smarter about which taxpayers are the likeliest to be overstating deductions or underreporting income.

New battlefield acupuncture could soon come to Robins AFB

New battlefield acupuncture could soon come to Robins AFB

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Medical patients here looking for pain relief may soon have the option of nontraditional treatment.

The treatment, called battlefield acupuncture, was recently introduced to physicians and other healthcare professionals by Dr Tom Piazza, one of three acupuncturists at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

Piazza led a day-long training session at the 78th Medical Group to get personnel acquainted with and ultimately credentialed on the battlefield acupuncture. Students received hands-on instruction by performing the acupuncture procedure on each other as well as volunteers seeking relief from persistent pain.

The procedure is specific to the surface of the ear and consists of five small needles, which remain in place for two to four days before being removed or falling out on their own. Though performed in minutes, results of the procedure are often felt within seconds.

Houston County unemployment rate hits 6.5 percent

Houston County unemployment rate hits 6.5 percent

Houston County's unemployment rate hit 6.5 percent in January, below Central Georgia's regional average of 7.7 percent and Bibb County's eight percent.

In January 2013, one year ago, the unemployment rate was 9.3 percent in Central Georgia, according to a release.

Central Georgia's regional unemployment estimation from the Georgia Department of Labor includes Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Pulaski, Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties.

Tumult over military sexual assault far from over

Tumult over military sexual assault far from over


WASHINGTON (AP) - The turmoil over how to end an epidemic of sexual assaults in the U.S. military is far from over as Congress haggles over legislative remedies and new details emerge about a high-profile case involving an Army general and a female captain.

The Senate unanimously approved legislation this week to better protect victims within the ranks and ban the so-called "good soldier" defense to make sure a defendant's fate is determined solely by the evidence.

But the House has signaled it won't take up the bill immediately despite the momentum generated by the Senate's 97-0 vote.

The trial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair at Fort Bragg, N.C., also may act as a referendum on whether more dramatic changes in the military justice system would curb the number of sexual assaults.

Vietnam veterans to be honored at Georgia Capitol

Vietnam veterans to be honored at Georgia Capitol


ATLANTA (AP) - State officials are preparing to honor a group of veterans at the state Capitol building.

The Georgia Department of Veterans Services says Gov. Nathan Deal is scheduled to honor 12 Georgians who were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their service in the Vietnam War on March 25. Officials say Deal will issue a proclamation declaring March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day in Georgia.

Officials say several organizations including the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association, the West Atlanta/Douglas Choral Society and others are expected to be on hand for the event.

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Burger King puts lower-calorie fries in Kid's Meal

Burger King puts lower-calorie fries in Kid's Meal

Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY

Burger King is tweaking its Kid's Meals with fries that are less nutritionally naughty.

The burger giant Tuesday announced that its crinkle-cut Satisfries -- with 40% less fat and 30% fewer calories than McDonald's fries -- will immediately become the standard fries served in Burger King Kid's Meals nationally. Although BK charges slightly more for Satisfries with adult meals, it will not charge more for its Kid's Meals.

2015 Pentagon budget released

2015 Pentagon budget released

By Andrew Tilghman, Air Force Times

The Pentagon’s new budget released Tuesday says military personnel spending should fall to its lowest point since 2008 as cuts to compensation take effect and the force continues to shrink from its wartime peak.

The budget documents for 2015 offer new details on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposals last week to reduce spending on pay and benefits. Those included controversial calls for Congress to limit troops’ pay raises, slash housing allowances by about 6 percent, eliminate commissary subsidies in many locations and boost Tricare fees for families of active-duty troops and working-age retirees.