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April 10, 2014

In Other News, April 10

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Watchdog: IRS workers urged taxpayers to re-elect Obama, disparaged GOP

Internal Revenue Service employees urged callers to vote for President Obama, disparaged Republicans in conversations with taxpayers and wore pro-Obama swag at work during the 2012 election cycle, according to a federal ethics watchdog. — The Washington Post

Colbert to succeed Letterman on ‘Late Show’

Stephen Colbert, the comedian and host of Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as host of “Late Show,” CBS’s flagship late-night franchise, when Letterman retires next year, the network announced Thursday. — The New York Times

Cop chase claims settled for $2 million

Seven years after two teenage boys were killed when the stolen car in which they were passengers slammed into a tree, with a Clayton County police cruiser in pursuit, the county has settled the resulting wrongful death actions for more than $2 million. — The Daily Report

83 people sick on cruise ship

A new outbreak of gastrointestinal illness aboard a cruise ship may have been caused by the norovirus, the ship’s operator said Wednesday. At least 66 passengers and 17 crew members came down with a quickly spreading digestive bug aboard the Crown Princess, said spokeswoman Karen Candy of Princess Cruises. — CNN

Retaliation was motive in N.C. man’s kidnapping

An elite FBI hostage rescue team rescued 63-year-old Frank Arthur Janssen from the Forest Cove Apartments in southeast Atlanta just before midnight Wednesday, FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch said in a statement. He was kidnapped from his home in Wake Forest, N.C., on Saturday. — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Doctors’ billing system stays stuck in the 1970s for now

For doctors, hospitals and insurance companies, all the complexities of medicine get boiled down into a system of codes. But this coding system is now four decades old. The codes were scheduled to be upgraded in October, but last week Congress delayed the switch. — NPR

Putin warns Europe of gas shortages over Ukraine debts

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned European leaders that Ukraine’s delays in paying for Russian gas have created a “critical situation.” Pipelines transiting Ukraine deliver Russian gas to several EU countries and there are fears that the current tensions could trigger gas shortages. — BBC

Icahn pulls proposal that eBay sell off PayPal

Activist investor Carl Icahn has dropped his call for eBay Inc. to split off its fast-growing PayPal payments unit but has suggested he would keep pressure on the e-commerce company. — Reuters

Athens school bus camera system captures 17 violations in first week

Some motorists who recently ignored school bus stop signals in Athens are beginning to receive hefty fines in the mail. In the first full week of operation, a new camera system now used on several Clarke County School District buses captured images of 17 violators, said Athens-Clarke County police Sgt. James Carter, who administers the system. — Athens Banner-Herald

Knox County, Tenn., officer charged with rape transferred to Blount jail

A Knox County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with a rape investigation has been taken to the Blount County jail. A Knox County grand jury indicted Dennis Mills Jr., 43, of Powell, for the rape of a child, statutory rape by an authority figure and incest. — Maryville Daily Times

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