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Austin man gets 40 years in fatal beating of girlfriend’s toddler brother
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Miguel Berumen-Zepeda, 26, pleaded guilty to murder Friday for fatally beating his girlfriend’s 2-year-old brother in June 2018.
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Selissa Flores is charged with tampering in the death of her 2-year-old brother in June 2018. Flores’ boyfriend, Miguel Berumen-Zepeda, pleaded guilty to murder on Friday and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
FILE - In this June 3, 2014, image provided by the U.S. Navy, Navy Capt. John R. Nettleton, then-commanding officer of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, speaks during a Battle of Midway commemoration ceremony. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Goff/U.S. Navy via AP)
17 Jan 2020
The Associated Press | By Associated Press
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A former commander of the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay was convicted Friday of interfering with an investigation into the death of a civilian with whom the commander had fought and argued over his alleged affair with the man's wife.
A federal jury in Jacksonville convicted Navy Capt. John R. Nettleton on charges of obstruction of justice, concealing material facts, falsifying records and making false statements.
Newly released sex offender accused of sex assault on a Utah bus
(Uintah County Sheriff's Office via AP) This Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 booking photo provided by the Uintah County, Utah, Sheriff's Office shows Gregory Kehl. Utah authorities say Kehl, 64, a sex offender recently released from an Iowa prison, sexually assaulted a female passenger on a Greyhound bus. Kehl was arrested Wednesday night, Jan. 15, 2020 in the small northeastern Utah city of Vernal, after the bus driver stopped the bus at a restaurant and reported the alleg Exclusive: Evelyn Yang reveals she was sexually assaulted by her OB-GYN while pregnant
By Dana Bash, Bridget Nolan, Nelli Black and Patricia DiCarlo, CNN
Updated 2:06 AM ET, Fri January 17, 2020
Washington (CNN)Evelyn Yang was reading letters that voters had sent to her husband, Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, and suddenly stopped in her tracks.
A woman wrote that she had decided to press sexual assault charges against an investor in her company, because she had heard Yang talk on the campaign trail about how female entrepreneurs don't get enough support.
"That was enough for her to make this life-altering move, and that was just so powerful. I remember reading that letter and others and saying, 'I feel you. I wish I could reach out to you and tell you I understand. I have my own story,'" Evelyn Yang told CNN.
In fact, she says her own story of sexual assault was so secret that she never even shared it with most of her family, including her parents.
But Evelyn Yang says the overwhelming response -- and gratitude from voters -- that she and her husband receive when they talk openly about their son Christopher's autism made her feel newly empowered. So she reached out to CNN to go public for the first time.
"Something about being on the trail and meeting people and seeing the difference that we've been making already has moved me to share my own story about it, about sexual assault," she said.
Like the multiple accusations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein, Yang's story is one where she says justice was delayed and mostly denied, adding to the pain she and other victims experience even after reporting and sharing their stories. Yang wants to change this.
"Everyone has their own MeToo story. It's far too prevalent," Yang added. "But not everyone can tell their story. Not everyone has the audience or platform to tell their story, and I actually feel like I'm in this very privileged position to be able to do that."
San Antonio’s Lackland air base may be virus quarantine site
By Russ Wiles, Arizona Republic
Monday
Posted Jan 20, 2020 at 12:25 PM
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The Internal Revenue Service will start accepting tax returns from individual taxpayers on Jan. 27, kicking off the filing season when more than 150 million returns are expected to be processed.
If this year resembles last, most taxpayers who receive refunds will get back about $2,800 on average.
As before, the IRS is touting the benefits of filing returns electronically. Those benefits include automatic flagging of some common errors and reminders to taxpayers to supply missing information.
The normal due date this year will be April 15, with automatic extensions to Oct. 15 available. Here are some themes to this year’s tax-filing season.
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Compared to the significant alterations for tax-year 2018 that involved itemized deductions, the personal exemption and other key elements, there are few changes for 2019 individual returns.
Various dollar thresholds change a bit, such as a slightly higher standard deduction of $12,200 for singles and $24,400 for married couples. The higher amounts make it even less likely that taxpayers will itemize deductions.
If you do itemize, medical expenses were supposed to become harder to write off this filing season. Starting with 2019 returns, medical costs originally were destined to be deductible only to the extent they exceed 10% of adjusted gross income, up from 7.5% the past two years. But legislation signed near the end of last year will keep the 7.5% threshold for two more tax years, 2019 and 2020.
Speaking of medical, the penalty for not carrying personal health insurance has been dropped and no longer applies on federal tax returns starting in 2019.
And for divorces finalized after 2018, former spouses who pay alimony not longer can deduct these payments, and alimony income no longer will be taxable for recipients.
(The Austin American statesman wed jan 29 2020 page b8 what to know for this tax season by sarah skidkmore sell the associated press called divorce
Anyone who got divorced after 2018 and pays alimony can no longer deduct alimony payments and ex-spouses who receive alimony are no longer required to claim it as income got divorced before 2018 the old rules still apply unless you update your decree to state specifically that the new rules are reflected )
Also, taxpayers 65 and older who don’t itemize have the option of using a new return – a simplified version of Form 1040, with larger print size that makes it easier to read and includes just 24 line items. The new form is 1040-SR, for seniors.
She was suspected of killing dozens of children. Now, woman dubbed 'killer nurse' gets life sentence
Genene Jones, 69, was suspected of killings dozens of children at a San Antonio hospital more than three decades ago.
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She was suspected of killing dozens of children. Now, woman dubbed 'killer nurse' gets life sentence
Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY Published 12:16 p.m. ET Jan. 17, 20

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