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Abducted Child Recovered

(Best Syndication News) The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office says they were able to recover a six-year old child that was abducted on March 3.

Susan Mickey, spokesperson for the DAs office, told Best Syndication that the child was picked up at an elementary school in Pasadena. The father, Courtney Sean Conner of Fontana, was a Marine stationed overseas when he lost touch with his daughter because the biological mother, Chowneka Walker, moved around.

The mother failed to make it to the court appearances so the DA’s office took action. Mickey says her office notified Walker several times before each hearing.

Free Tax Preparation Services Including H&R Block

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(Best Syndication News) The H&R Block (HRB) company is offering free tax filing for customers who need to use the 1040EZ form. The IRS estimates that 16 percent of Americans can use this simple fling form.

Their special promotion ends February 15th. The company, which is ranked 1461 in the Forbes Global 2000 list, hopes to develop new customers by providing this free service. Customers may wander into the office seeking an EZ filing but find out they need a more complex form.

New Laws for 2011 in California

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(Best Syndication News) There were 725 new laws taking effect on January 1st in California. There are new penalties for sex offenders, regulations on insurance companies and new provisions allowing people to rent out their own car. Possession of small a amount of marijuana was decriminalized.

AB 1844, also known as Chelsea’s Law, increases the penalties for sex offenders. There is also a provision for a “one strike” life without parole sentencing. It is also a misdemeanor for offenders to enter a park where children gather. The law increased the parole term up to ten years from five. Some offenders may be on parole for life.

AB 1871 allows people to rent out their car when they are not using it. There may still be a liability against the car owner for damages even with the proper insurance coverage.

China Drywall Problem – List of Top 10 Chinese Manufacturers of Fume Emitting Gypsum Board

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[Best Syndication News] A list of drywall manufacturers were released by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for the high levels of hydrogen sulfide. The CPSC had Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) test drywall samples for emitting the noxious hydrogen sulfide fumes which has caused metal corrosion and health complaints by homeowners. The corroded metal in the homes have spurred a major class action Chinese drywall lawsuit and have prompted the CPSC to investigate the health claims as well as the property damage caused from the fume emitting gypsum board. The CPSC say that they have noticed a difference especially in Chinese plasterboard samples manufactured in 2005/2006 with the emission of hydrogen sulfide. The CPSC have not come to a conclusion on health complaints received because of the problem Chinese drywall fumes.

Out of all the drywall they tested, they found that the top 10 manufacturers were Chinese Drywall makers. The CPSC said that the Chinese drywall at times had 100 times more emission rate of hydrogen sulfide compared to the non-Chinese drywall samples.

IRS says to watch out for Tax Scams when preparing your Taxes

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[Best Syndication News] The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding taxpayers to watch out for twelve different tax scams when preparing and filing your tax returns this year. The IRS calls these tax scams the “dirty dozen.” The IRS says that it is too good to be true, well it probably is and you should exercise caution when this seems to be the case. Tax schemes are illegal they warn and can lead to prison time and fines to both the scammer as well as the person filing the taxes.

Watch out and Avoid these Dirty Dozen Tax Scams:

1. Return Preparer Fraud – The tax person preparing the documents to file will save the taxpayer money, but in turn the tax preparer will charge an extra high fee for the service. If the numbers are not legitimate you are responsible for the information to be correct. Tax preparers might promise getting you a huge refund but often take more for their fee too. Ask for their preparer tax identification number (PTIN) and shop around for what their fees are before hiring them and ask for references from others that have used their services.

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