Iowa man charged after allegedly bringing rifle with laser sight into downtown Chicago hotel overlooking Ohio Street Beach
A 33-year-old Iowa man who allegedly had a rifle with a laser sight in a hotel room overlooking Ohio Street Beach over the holiday weekend was ordered held on a $10,000 bond Tuesday by a Cook County judge.chicagotribune.com
DTE Energy worker killed while working on downed wire in Detroit
DETROIT – A DTE Energy line worker has died in Detroit. The Detroit-based energy company confirmed Wednesday that the employee was working to restore power when he contacted a live wire and was fatally wounded. “He was dedicated to doing his best to serve our customers, and to us he was a hero,” a company statement reads. “We’re in the process of informing his family and colleagues and are asking for time and respect to make these notifications. We send our love and support to his family and loved ones.”The worker has not been identified but the company confirmed he was found around 3 p.m. near 14600 Braille Street in the Brightmoor neighborhood in northwest Detroit.mlive.com
More than 100 shell casings found near Southwest Side party scene where man was killed, at least 7 people wounded, police say
Price, a postal service employee, said he was on vacation this week and had planned to relax. He has lived in the neighborhood for about seven years but he grew up in Englewood. The block is friendly, mostly a working-class Black community with some Latinos moving in, he said. He could only recall one shooting that had occurred on the block in the time he had lived there, but hearing about gun violence in Chicago wasn’t new.chicagotribune.com
Tax season is upon us. Here's what's new for your 2020 return
Whether due to pandemic-related relief, remote work or no work, individuals may find that preparing their 2020 taxes is a bigger challenge than usual. Here are some ways that preparing your tax return could be different this year. If you did not get one or both of the stimulus checks but should have, this also gets reconciled on your tax return. Additionally, taxpayers who itemize on their 2020 return can deduct qualified cash contributions worth up to 100% of their adjusted gross income. While you can spread out those taxes over three years, you will owe something on your 2020 return.cnbc.com
Tax season: Can you write off your home office if you are temporarily working from home?
That shift to working from home could have a big impact on your income taxes. If you are a 1099 employee then you can take a home office deduction. “A lot of people were expecting to be able to write off their home office when in fact they can’t,” Luis Garcia with the IRS said. If you’re a gig worker, sub contractor of self employed -- or have a side hustle -- and use your home office only for that business then you can get the home office deduction. It’s important to note that if you’re thinking of selling your home in the near future then you’re going to have to give back the deduction you receive now.
Third allergic reaction to COVID-19 vaccine reported in Alaska
A third health care worker in Alaska has suffered an allergic reaction to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. Severe allergic reactions can occur with any vaccine, but are extremely rare. The Food and Drug Administration's Pfizer vaccine fact sheet, given to recipients and caregivers of the vaccine, warns that "there is a remote chance that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction." And adds that "a severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine." On Thursday, after reports of the first serious reaction, Pfizer said it did not "yet have all the details of the report from Alaska about a potential serious allergic reaction," but was "actively working with local health authorities to assess."cbsnews.com
Knight’s Steakhouse in Ann Arbor temporarily closes over positive COVID-19 cases
ANN ARBOR – Update: Knight’s Steakhouse reopened on Oct. 29 with limited hours and staff. Knight’s Steakhouse has temporarily closed both of its locations after several employees tested positive for COVID-19. The news comes after Michigan marked its highest one-day increase of 3,338 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. Gretchen Whitmer said the sharp increase of cases might mean Michigan has to “take steps backward” to curb the spread. Management announced they are working with the Washtenaw County Health Department to determine when it will be safe to reopen.
How to maximize tax savings from workplace perks at benefits enrollment time
For others, it has prevented them from accessing health care they expected to use, due to community lockdowns and overburdened health-care facilities. Workplace health-care plans require a fresh look going forward, especially after Covid-19. The tax benefits of HSAsCatherine Falls Commercial | Moment | Getty ImagesHSAs, available to savers with a high-deductible plan — that is, one with a deductible of at least $1,400 for self-only health coverage — have three key tax benefits. Dependent care FSAsFatCamera | E+ | Getty ImagesDependent care FSAs, which help employees offset dependent and childcare costs, have been dramatically affected by the pandemic and resulting community shutdowns. What's more, many employees found themselves working from home and taking care of their children themselves, which means they could have hefty balances in these dependent care FSAs.cnbc.com
Commerce Township employee cut by razor blades taped on bottom of political sign, deputies say
COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said a Commerce Township employee was cut by razor blades while he was removing a political sign in the right-of-way (within 33 feet of the center of the road) on Sleeth Road. Deputies said as part of his job with the township, the employee was removing the sign that was located 24 feet from the center of the road. The employee was cut on three fingers from the blades that were taped on the bottom of the sign. Deputies said the homeowner indicated that their signs were taken, and when they returned home from out of town, the signs were back in their yard. A total of two signs had razor blades, according to the county Sheriff’s Office.
Money Monday: Helping yourself in the New Year
Local 4 Business Editor Rod Meloni offers some helpful advice moving into 2020 in this week’s Money Monday. The earlier you detect fraudulent activity, the easier it is to stop it.” – Diane Wightman, CPA member of the AICPA Financial Literacy Commission8. The sooner you start, the more of your hard-earned money you can reclaim.” – Neal Stern, CPA member of the AICPA Financial Literacy Commission9. You may be surprised at just how much money you can save with this simple strategy.” – Neal Stern, CPA member of the AICPA Financial Literacy Commission11. Though tedious, it pays to shop around for higher rates to make sure your money works as hard as you do."
Ex-Facebook employee's account of life in Silicon Valley
Antonio Garcia Martinez knows the culture of Silicon Valley well. He left Wall Street and sold his own startup to Twitter before joining Facebook's advertising team. He later got fired. In his new book, "Chaos Monkeys," he provides an unvarnished account of his time in Silicon Valley, including the stop-at-nothing lifestyle at Facebook. He joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss his book and explain why he compares Silicon Valley to the "chaos monkeys" of society.cbsnews.com
Walmart employee, 78, faces store thief
Walmart employee, 78, faces store thief A 78-year-old Walmart employee noticed a man trying to leave with a computer still wrapped in an anti-theft device. When she asked to check his receipt, he ran, and pushed her away when she tried to stop him. The employee fell and hurt her hip, but she is now recovering.cbsnews.com