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Treasury, IRS move to block blue state workarounds on tax caps

Treasury, IRS move to block blue state workarounds on tax caps

Finance
The Treasury and IRS have issued new rules that will block blue states' attempts to circumvent the new $ 10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions. The proposed regulation was released Thursday afternoon. The $ 10,000 limit on the so-called SALT deduction was part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, an overhaul of the tax code, which was passed last year. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — among the states with the highest property taxes — had put legislation in place to help taxpayers bypass the limit on the deduction. ...
Meteorite's blue crystals offer insights into young sun's chemistry

Meteorite's blue crystals offer insights into young sun's chemistry

Science
July 30 (UPI) -- Scientists have found minerals old enough to shed light on the composition and behavior of the sun shortly after its birth, 4.6 billion years ago. The composition of the ancient blue hibonite crystals found inside the remnants of a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite suggest the sun was spewing a plethora of high-energy particles during its earliest years. "The sun was very active in its early life -- it had more eruptions and gave off a more intense stream of charged particles," Philipp Heck, a curator at the Field Museum and a professor at the University of Chicago, said in a news release. Just as the sun was born, the newborn star was surrounded by a thick, swirling circumstellar disk of gas and dust. The disk hosted temperatures upwards of 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit. As the ...
Blue Jays start series with Rays after sweeping Orioles

Blue Jays start series with Rays after sweeping Orioles

Sports
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays are now within a half game of each other in the American League East standings, though they've come from wildly different directions. The Rays (29-35) have lost nine of 10 games, including three of four in a weekend series with the Seattle Mariners. The Blue Jays (30-35) come into Tropicana Field with the momentum of a four-game sweep against the last-place Baltimore Orioles, who are a full 10 games back of both teams. The schedule is oddly stacked, such that the two division rivals have only played three times in the opening third of the season. They'll meet 12 times in August and September to make up for it, so this series can set the tone as both teams fight to get back to .500. The Rays lead the majors with 17 one-run losses, including ...
Bafta TV Awards: Britain's Got Talent, Love Island and Blue Planet II win

Bafta TV Awards: Britain's Got Talent, Love Island and Blue Planet II win

Entertainment
Britain's Got Talent, Love Island and Blue Planet II were among the winners at this year's Bafta Television Awards.Declan Donnelly was at the ceremony to accept the entertainment programme prize for Britain's Got Talent - but co-host Ant McPartlin wasn't there.Love Island won its first ever Bafta, for best reality show, while Casualty scooped its first Bafta for 11 years, for best soap or continuing drama. Sir David Attenborough picked up Blue Planet II's Must See Moment prize.That was the only award voted for by viewers, and it was for the scene showing a mother pilot whale refusing to let go of her dead calf.Sir David told viewers: "We set out to try and show the seas,...
Yankees ready to get season started vs. Blue Jays

Yankees ready to get season started vs. Blue Jays

Sports
The New York Yankees won the battle of the offseason hype and Thursday afternoon they will begin to find out if it translates into success on the field. The Yankees will play the Toronto Blue Jays, who had a rather quiet offseason, on Thursday afternoon at the Rogers Centre on Opening Day. The Yankees added slugger Giancarlo Stanton to an already potent lineup in a trade with the Miami Marlins, acquired third baseman Brandon Drury in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks and signed free-agent infielder Neil Walker. They also have a first-year manager in Aaron Boone, who had been an ESPN commentator. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said one of the things he fears about the Yankees is their bullpen. "You had to like the Yankees before they got Stanton because of their bullpen," Gibbons said. ...