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These people might face a surprise health insurance tax this year

These people might face a surprise health insurance tax this year

Finance
John FedeleThis year, the IRS will let you slide on a penalty if you didn't have health insurance in 2019.Your home state, on the other hand, may not be so forgiving.The 2019 tax year marks the first time that filers won't be required to carry qualifying health-care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.As recently as the 2018 tax year, people who went without coverage were assessed a fee when they filed their federal tax returns. Either they paid $ 695 per uninsured adult or $ 347.50 for each child or they were assessed 2.5% of their yearly household income.More from Personal Finance:Seniors can't pay for basics, and Social Security's not enoughLaw took a retirement strategy out of play. How to get around itWhat to do about Medicare if you're almost 65 and workingThe Tax Cuts and Jobs Ac...
Rising temps could cause as many as 2,100 fatal injuries per year

Rising temps could cause as many as 2,100 fatal injuries per year

Science
Jan. 13 (UPI) -- If temperatures continue to climb as a result of climate change, hundreds more people in the United States are likely to succumb to fatal injuries. Climate change will increase the prevalence of extreme heat, prolonged droughts and even air pollution, all of which will result in the loss of human life. But new research suggests rising temperatures will increase the number of fatal injuries that occur each year in the United States. Scientists analyzed the number of fatalities that occurred in every county in every state except Hawaii and Alaska between 1980 and 2017, as well as unusual monthly temperature changes over the 38-year period. The fatalities data included both unintentional deaths, transportation accidents, drownings and falls, and intentional deaths, homicide...
Mark Zuckerberg decides to ditch new year personal challenge

Mark Zuckerberg decides to ditch new year personal challenge

Technology
Traditionally, at the beginning of each year Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg takes on a personal challenge.These have ranged from learning Mandarin, to visiting every state in the US, to last year's promise to host public discussions about tech.After a difficult year for Facebook, the tech billionaire has decided to ditch his yearly challenges in favour of longer-term reflection.He added how excited he is about "a new private social platform" in the future.Laying out his thoughts in a blogpost, Mr Zuckerberg said: "Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I've tried to think about what I hope the world and my life will look like in 2030."By then, he added, "we'll have the technology to feel truly present with another person ...
Greggs to pay staff £7m after ‘exceptional’ year boosted by vegan range

Greggs to pay staff £7m after ‘exceptional’ year boosted by vegan range

Business
Bakery chain Greggs is to pay out an employee bonus totalling £7m after a "phenomenal" year during which its sales have been boosted by new vegan ranges.The payment at the end of January, which will see thousands of workers each receive £300, was announced as the company's latest trading update saw it upgrade full-year profit expectations. However, there was a warning that the company faced "headwinds" in the year ahead from national living wage increases and the rising cost of pork.Greggs, which has more than 2,000 shops across the UK and employs about 25,000 people, said like-for-like sales in company-managed stores rose by 9.2% in the year to 28 December. Image: Greggs has more than 2,000 stores across the UK That included an 8.7%
UK’s cyber security chief to step down next year

UK’s cyber security chief to step down next year

Technology
The head of Britain's frontline defence against cyber attack warned the challenge of securing technology will become ever more complex as it was revealed he will step down next year.Ciaran Martin, 45, will leave the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the summer, almost four years after founding the organisation, the government said on Friday evening. It said his decision to move on had been a "long-standing" plan."It has been the privilege of a lifetime to set up the NCSC and lead its brilliant people," Mr Martin, a career civil servant, said in a statement."When we created the NCSC we set out to achieve something truly special, and I hope and believe we are leaving UK cyber security in much better shape. Advertisement ...