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FILE - In this file photo taken on Jan. 16, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on drafting constitutional changes at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia. Instead of openly declaring plans to extend his rule, like he did in 2011, he proposed constitutional amendments to appear to give more power to Russia's parliament.  (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Putin's moves leave Russian opposition with few options

Jan. 18, 2020 2:54 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin played it differently this time. Instead of openly declaring plans to extend his rule like he did in 2011, Putin proposed constitutional amendments to appear to give more power to Russia's parliament. Instead of announcing the move as a fait accompli, he said...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on drafting constitutional changes at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Putin proposed a set of constitutional amendments that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024.(Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin fast-tracks effort to extend his rule in Russia

Jan. 16, 2020 3:05 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister. Speaking to a working group created to draft constitutional changes, Putin cast...

In this photo taken on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, Russian Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Putin has on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 named Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin as Russia's new prime minister. The 53-year-old Mishustin has worked in the government since 1998. Mishustin has a kept low profile while serving as the head of the Federal Tax Service since 2010. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia's new PM a career bureaucrat with no political aims

Jan. 16, 2020 12:35 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Mikhail Mishustin never had any political ambitions as a career bureaucrat and his name didn't come up as a top candidate to become Russia's next prime minister. But the 53-year-old Mishustin, the longtime chief of Russia's tax service, was tapped for the post by President Vladimir Putin. The...

Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Walt Disney Co. co-founder Roy Disney, speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Disney testified before state lawmakers in support of a bill that would raise taxes on some of the country's largest corporations. The size of the tax increase would depend on the gap between what a company pays its CEO versus the average salary for employees. The larger the gap, the higher the tax increase. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)

California targets companies with highly paid execs

Jan. 15, 2020 8:34 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is considering raising taxes on some of the country's largest companies, but the size of the tax increase would depend on how much its highest-paid executive makes compared to its employees. The bigger the gap, the bigger the tax increase. The bill by Democratic state...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 15, 2020 5:34 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Take wait, see approach on state budget Altoona Mirror Jan. 12 For the past two fiscal years, Pennsylvania taxpayers have had cause for cautious optimism about the Keystone State’s financial condition for the short and...

Tax preparer who prepared false tax returns sentenced

Jan. 15, 2020 4:49 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has sentenced a tax preparer who pleaded guilty to preparing false tax returns. Devon Williams, who now lives in Atlanta, was sentenced Tuesday to spend eight months behind bars and pay the IRS $550,000 in restitution, the New Haven Register reported. Williams...

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the State Council in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko )

Putin engineers shake-up that could keep him in power longer

Jan. 15, 2020 3:29 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin engineered a surprise shake-up of Russia's leadership Wednesday, proposing changes to the constitution that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024. Hours after he made the proposals, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigned and Putin named the...

The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin has named Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin as Russia's new prime minister.

Jan. 15, 2020 11:17 AM EST
MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin has named Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin as Russia's new prime minister.

Nevada sees record level of tax revenue from marijuana sales

Jan. 14, 2020 8:54 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada marijuana tax revenue collection in October was the largest since legal recreational sales began in 2017, state officials said. The Nevada Department of Taxation took in $9.8 million, an increase of nearly $1.6 million from October 2018, The Las Vegas Sun reported Monday. The...

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, center, speaks at the State of the State address in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Murphy, a Democrat, delivered his second State of the State speech Tuesday before a joint session of the Democrat-led Legislature, sketching his agenda for the year. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Murphy seeks more transparency, but says 'mission' unchanged

Jan. 14, 2020 4:33 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Arriving at the halfway mark of his first term, New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his second State of the State address Tuesday, defending progressive policies he's pursued and promising again to raise taxes on the rich. He also called on lawmakers to respond to...