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April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers

This photo taken April 13, 2014 shows the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington at daybreak. Tuesday, April 15, is the federal tax filing deadline for most Americans. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The calendar shows April 15, and you haven’t even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don’t need to fret.

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Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years

This March 26, 2014 file photo shows Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday’s tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years. Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to police tax returns. This year, the IRS will have fewer agents auditing returns than at any time since at least the 1980s.Taxpayer services are suffering, too, with millions of phone calls to the IRS going unanswered. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday’s tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years.

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Review: Siri-like Cortana fills Windows phone gap

This screen shot shows a command prompt from Cortana, Windows phone software's virtual assistant. With Cortana, Windows catches up with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of Apple’s and Google’s virtual assistants and adds a few useful tools of its own. The result is Cortana, named after an artificial-intelligence character in Microsoft’s “Halo” video games. (AP Photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — “Yay, it’s Nick! How can I help?”

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Uber meets local lookalikes in Asia taxi-app wars

In this Wednesday, March 19, 2014 photo, an Uber taxi driver drives his car through a street in New Delhi, India. Riding on its startup success and flush with fresh capital, taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber is making a big push into Asia. The company has in the last year started operating in 18 cities in Asia and the South Pacific including Seoul, Shanghai, Bangkok, Hong Kong and five Indian cities. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Riding on its startup success and flush with fresh capital, taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber is making a big push into Asia. There’s a twist, though: Instead of being the game-changing phenomena it was in the U.S., Uber faces a slew of competitors using similar technology.

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Tribe banks on syrup for sweet relief from poverty

In this photo made Friday, March 21, 2014, Leah Moffitt, right, and Roger Socabasin drill holes while tapping maple trees on land owned by the Passamaquoddy tribe near Jackman, Maine. The impoverished tribe hopes to become one of the biggest maple syrup operations in the state. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

PRENTISS TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) — The members of the Passamaquoddy tribe have looked under their feet for a bottled water plant and have turned to the sky for a wind farm. But it’s the forest that will be the first to deliver as the impoverished tribe seeks to become one of the biggest maple syrup operations in Maine.

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