Feb 26, 2015, 2:09 pm EDT
Jihadi John, who is the the man behind the Islamic State beheading videos, has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi.
The identity of Jihadi John was revealed by some of his former associates and was confirmed by two U.S. government sources. He is a programmer from London and is 26 years old. Emwazi was born in Kuwait and moved to England when he was six years old, reports Reuters.
The identity of Jihadi John was discovered by the British and US governments with the help of facial and voice recognition software. Agencies didn’t want to publicly identify him as they thought it would make him harder to find. He has been connected to the killings of four US citizens, two British and Japanese citizens and more than 20 Syrian soldier, Reuters notes. Read
Feb 26, 2015, 1:40 pm EDT
Washington DC legalized marijuana on Thursday.
The new law legalizing marijuana in Washington DC does have restrictions to it. First of all, those looking to smoke the drug in the area must be 21 years of age or older. Also, a person can only have a little less than two ounces of weed at a time. The drug can’t be sold and driving while under its influence is illegal, reports The Los Angeles Times.
Those looking to light up can only do so in their home as marijuana is banned from public use. This public ban includes eating brownies or other foods that have it cooked into them. Citizens in the area are also allowed to grow their own weed, L.A. Times notes. Read
Feb 24, 2015, 4:22 pm EDT
New York waiters are getting a pay raise next year.
Tipped wage rates will increase by $2.50 beginning Dec. 31. The state’s tipped workers — including servers, hotel houseekeepers and more — will make $7.50 an hour before tips.
Servers are currently making $5 per hour, while the state’s minimum wage is $8.75. Businesses are allowed to pay workers less than minimum wage if tips make up the difference. Read
Feb 24, 2015, 3:16 pm EDT
There are going to be less IRS audits for taxes filed in 2015.
The number of IRS audits has fallen and only a small percentage of people will have to face one. The government agency audited just 0.86% of all individual tax returns last year. Only 1.1 million taxpayers with income below $200,000 will face an audit and only 34,000 with income over $1 million will face an audit, reports USA Today.
The decrease in IRS audits comes as the organization faces a lowered budget and audits are the lowest in the last decade. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen wants more funding and claims that a lack of audits over a long period of time could hurt the trust of Americans in the system, USA Today notes. Read
Feb 24, 2015, 1:56 pm EDT
Alaska decided to legalize marijuana on Tuesday.
The legalization of marijuana in Alaska makes it the third state to lift a band on the substance. The new laws make it so that people are allowed personal use of the drug. However, it can’t be sold and a person can only own one ounce of it on them at any time, reports Reuters.
The change in marijuana’s status in Alaska also allows people partaking in the drug to grow their own plants. People are allowed six plants a piece and three of them can be flowering. The drug can’t be smoked in public and you must be 21 to use it legally, Reuters notes. Read
Feb 20, 2015, 12:54 pm EDT
Healthcare.gov accidentally made tax season more confusing by sending the wrong form.
The Obama administration revealed that about 800,000 received a form that included faulty premium information. These customers should hold off on filing taxes until they get a new form.
The problem was caused by a computer glitch, wrote the federal health department. “This does not mean that your tax credit was incorrect; this is purely an error in what was printed on the form.” Read