The Israeli air force launched strikes against about 60 targets in the Palestinian territory overnight. The stepped-up attacks in Gaza came on the 13th day of Israel’s assault on Hamas.
In a separate development, four rockets fired from southern Lebanon landed near the Israeli city of Nahariya, leaving two people with minor injuries. There was no immediate claim of responsibility and Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has condemned the attacks.
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The IRS this week released a fact-sheet outlining its efforts to help distressed taxpayers. In that announcement, the agency said it would consider postponing collection actions for those with financial hardships and add flexibility for missed payments, among other things. CNNMoney.com
Hustler’s Larry Flynt and “Girls Gone Wild’s” Joe Francis say the adult entertainment industry needs a bailout too. Sales of XXX DVDs are down 22 percent and Flynt and Francis want $5 billion from the government. Congress must “rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America,” Flynt said. Seriously? Good grief! MSNBC
Dr. Richard Batista, surgeon based in Long Island, wants his estranged wife to return the kidney he donated to her, embroiled by a nearly four-year divorce preceding. Batista says, however, he’ll settle for $1.5 million in compensation. WABC