South Sydney have made it back-to-back NRL wins to open the Wayne Bennett era after easily dispatching of St George Illawarra 34-18 on Friday. A week after bringing down reigning premiers the Sydney Roosters, the Rabbitohs used a dominant second-half to fight back from a six-point halftime deficit. It was Sam Burgess who was the catalyst, scoring a try and setting up another in a game-turning four-minute period early in the second period. The England international completed a powerful performance with a second four- pointer in a six-try rout at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium. Adam Reynolds put on another halfback masterclass, while Braidon Burns appears to have justified Bennett's decision to play at left centre over Greg … [Read more...] about NRL 2019: Sam Burgess scores brace as Rabbitohs tame Dragons
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With IRS tax filing kicking off on Monday, brace yourself for a tricky tax season. It's the first year that taxpayers will be filing under the massive tax law overhaul pushed through by the Trump administration. And a month-long partial shutdown of the federal government threatens to complicate things further for some.The Trump administration has promised taxpayers will receive their refunds on time. Yet some IRS workers who have been called back to work during the furlough -- on an unpaid basis -- are asking to be excused from work because of financial hardship. That's raising questions about how the tax season and refund timing will unfold. Tax filing officially opens for individuals on Monday, Jan. 28. Here's what you need to know:Q. I still have to pay my taxes, right?A. Yes. Despite the shutdown, tax laws remain in effect. Individuals and businesses should keep filing tax returns and making payments as required.The IRS began accepting business tax filings earlier this month … [Read more...] about Tax returns: How the government shutdown, new law will impact you
WASHINGTON – Senate leaders on Tuesday agreed to vote on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies this week, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with President Donald Trump or vote to temporarily end the shutdown and keep negotiating. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. set up the two showdown votes for Thursday, a day before some 800,000 federal workers are due to miss a second paycheck. One vote will be on his own measure, which reflects Trump’s offer to trade border wall funding for temporary protections for some immigrants. It was quickly rejected by Democrats. The second vote is set for a bill approved by the Democratic-controlled House reopening government through Feb. 8, with no wall money, to give bargainers time to talk. Both measures are expected fall short of the 60 votes need to pass, leaving little hope they represent the clear path out of the mess. But the plan represents … [Read more...] about U.S Senate sets up showdown votes on shutdown plans
Produced by Clare Friedland, Lourdes Aguiar, Elena DiFiore and Shoshanah Wolfson [This story previously aired on July 15, 2017. It was updated on Dec. 29, 2018.] Matt Herren still struggles to make sense of what happened the night of Oct. 12, 2012, when his close friend, Ryan Poston, was killed. "I think about him every day," Herren said. "You don't think something like that is ever going to happen to someone you know." "Is there something I could've done that could've prevented that? And I know a lot of people in his life had to have felt the same way," Herren told "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant. How did things spiral so out of control between Ryan and his girlfriend, Shayna Hubers, that she shot him to death -- insisting it was to protect herself? "What was lost when your friend was shot and killed?" Van Sant asked Herren. "He's the type of person that you want in your life," he replied. "Not just a friend, but a loving son, a protective, adoring older brother." "He had … [Read more...] about New murder trial for Shayna Hubers: Why did she shoot Ryan Poston six times?
As far as life events go the loss of a small, sugary chocolate bar is not likely to keep most people awake - but the loss of the popular Mars bar from British supermarket shelves has illustrated the massive change millions of consumers could soon be hit with.The chocolate bars would vanish from Britain within a fortnight of the country leaving the European Union if there was no transition deal in place. Untangling the world’s fifth largest economy from 27 other countries after three decades is going to require some hard decisions, quick thinking and creative solutions.Which brings us to the current mess the United Kingdom is in.Using Mars bars as an example, if no deal is reached by March 29 next year then the UK will crash out of the EU and have to rely on World Trade Organisation rules to trade with its former European partners.The problem with that is there would no longer be frictionless trade that allowed goods to pass through borders without customs and regulatory checks - … [Read more...] about Surprise loss that shows the pain ahead