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Arkansas town strikes deal with IRS to repay $36000 in back payroll taxes
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP BAUXITE, Ark. — A central Arkansas town has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to repay payroll taxes it owes. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/wo4HKV) reported for Tuesday's editions that Bauxite owes more than ...more »

$1m missing from real estate agency
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Authorities are investigating after a NSW real estate agency admitted more than $1 million was missing from its books. NSW Fair Trading has appointed auditor Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to manage Dougmal Harcourts Warilla after discrepancies totalling ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Group questions Poliquin tax breaks in conservation law
Lewiston Sun JournalFebruary 2, 2012

The report said the shoreland zoning rules had no bearing on the property's eligibility for tree growth. Although Poliquin's property was identified in the report, tax records show the parcel is still in tree growth. The study notes that the town of ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Combating the flu
ABC7Chicago.comFebruary 2, 2012

Norovirus is one of many viruses that is sometimes called the 'stomach flu' or 'food poisoning.' It is not related to the flu (influenza), which is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. The influenza vaccine is readily available, ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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2 insurance firms to compensate policy holders
Times of IndiaFebruary 5, 2012

MUMBAI: In two separate cases, the South Mumbai District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered two insurance companies to compensate two policy holders. The Oriental Insurance Company Ltd will have to reimburse Anil Rajgarhia Rs 4.23 lakh for ...more »

Better Business: Arbitration may help turn 'lemon' into 'lemonade'
Memphis Commercial AppealFebruary 25, 2012

A car that's a lemon is not, but fortunately there are laws and a Better Business Bureau program to help you if you discover you bought one. Lemon law requirements vary from state to state, so check your state's law and talk with your manufacturer and ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Institute trustee files complaint against Bhujbal
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

About his daughter in law signing vouchers, he said she may have signed to flag off departmental expenses "but final approval is by us (the trustees)." He there is nothing wrong about naming the institute in his name. He was afterall a Trustee, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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When the advertised price isn't right who has to pay?
Independent Online (blog)February 6, 2012

This is called bait marketing, and it's a no-no in terms of the Consumer Protection Act. But the CPA does give retailers an “out” in terms of honouring prices which are obvious mistakes. It states: “If a price as displayed contains an inadvertent and ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Police seek woman for identity theft, 'financial destruction'
KSL-TVFebruary 2, 2012

Police said she also creates counterfeit checks and identifications from the stolen identities and makes large purchases from stores. She frequently switches victim's names and account numbers, creating even more problems for victims and their ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Woman snubs scammer but he already had her credit card info, police say
Wisconsin State JournalFebruary 6, 2012

A Madison woman fended off the string of pap a scammer was giving her over the phone, but ended up getting taken anyway because the scammer had her credit card number, Madison police reported. The scam against the 41-year-old victim, ...more »

Unsafe Products
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American Axle & Manufacturing Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 ...
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

Christopher M. Son Director, Investor Relations, Corporate Communications & Marketing (313) 758-4814 chris.son@aam.com David Tworek Manager, Communications (313) 758-4883 david.tworek@aam.com Or visit the AAM website at www.aam.com.more »

Credit Repair
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Could a credit card help 'repair' your credit rating?
Think MoneyFebruary 13, 2012

But is there a way of borrowing money that could actually help you repair your credit rating? Several credit card companies provide products they say are designed to help customers 'repair' their credit rating - and if used properly, could help people ...more »

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