A taxing read, for sure

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If you haven’t crunched enough numbers in the run-up to the April 15 tax deadline, here’s one more: 74,608.

That’s the number of pages in the federal tax code, according to Wolters Kluwer, CCH, an Illinois-based provider of tax, accounting and audit information that has analyzed the law for more than a century.

The initial tax code, in 1913, was a modest 400 pages. Most of its growth — from 26,300 pages in 1984 to its present size — has occurred in the past 30 years. From 2010, when Obamacare was passed, to 2014, the code swelled by nearly 3,000 pages.

If it continues to grow at the same pace, it is expected to top 100,000 pages in 2050.

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Catch of the day?

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A Florida bobcat snags a rare catch from the waters off the beach of Sebastian Inlet State Park. Photo: John Bailey via FWC logo Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

A Florida bobcat snags a rare catch from the waters off the beach of Sebastian Inlet State Park.
Photo: John Bailey via
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission

In the age of Photoshop, rare sights caught on camera, like a photo showing a bobcat snagging a shark from the surf, are even harder to believe. So when beachgoer John Bailey shared the image with West Palm Beach, Fla., NBC affiliate WPTV, many observers were dubious. Is it real?

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USPS not well versed in Angelou’s writings

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Oprah Winfrey speaks during the dedication ceremony for the Maya Angelou Forever stamp in Washington, April 7, 2015. Photo: Reuters

Oprah Winfrey speaks during the dedication ceremony for the Maya Angelou Forever stamp in Washington, April 7, 2015. Photo: Reuters

When Martin Luther King Jr. was memorialized with a 30-foot granite statue in Washington, D.C., acclaimed writer and civil rights figure Maya Angelou took exception to an inscription reading “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.” The truncated version of a longer King quote made the civil rights leader “look like an arrogant twit,” Angelou complained.

It ought to have been an admonition to be more diligent when quoting public figures for the benefit of posterity.

The United States Postal Service, it would seem, didn’t heed the lesson.

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You want fries with that wedding cake?

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 Joel Burger and Ashley King get a special message from a New York public relations firm representing Burger King..

Joel Burger and Ashley King get a special message from a New York public relations firm representing Burger King. Photo: AP

Joel Burger and Ashley King have been linked to the ubiquitous fast food chain of the same names since being teased for the similarity in fifth grade. They stuck together as friends and eventually as a couple, embracing the connection to the extent that tho photo they posed for to announce their engagement was taken at a Burger King restaurant, the The State Journal-Register of Springfield, Ill., reports.

Now the fast food giant wants to honor that connection.

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Watch those rays

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All-inclusive visits to sunny shorelines are often cheap, but researchers warn they could be costly in the long run for aging adults.

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Slather on that sunscreen. According to U.K. researchers, getting sunburned just once every two years can triple a person’s risk of getting skin cancer. Photo: Getty Images

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Terrifying iceberg collapse caught on camera

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It’s called Iceberg Alley, and taking boat tours of the “10,000-year-old glacial giants” is promoted by the Newfoundland tourist board.

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Iceberg Alley

But a Newfoundland native got more than she bargained for last week when she and her husband went out in a boat and got “between 100 and 150 feet” of an iceberg, she tells CBC News. Continue reading

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