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The tax education of Lauryn Hill: Prison

The tax education of Lauryn Hill: Prison

Lauryn Hill told the judge who sentenced her to prison that she planned to pay her taxes; it was just a question of when.

The judge reminded her that citizens don't get to choose when to pay the government just before ordering her to spend three months in a federal prison.

The Grammy-winning singer must report to prison on July 8 to begin serving the sentence for failure to pay federal income taxes for three years, followed by three months of home confinement and a year of supervised probation, the judge said. Hill must also pay penalties and taxes still owed and a $60,000 fine.

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  • Written by Alan Duke/CNN
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Beyoncé speaks on that controversial Cuba trip

Beyoncé  speaks on that controversial Cuba trip

Beyoncé's husband Jay-Z has said his piece about the couple's controversial April trip to Cuba, and even President Obama has weighed in. (You know, he's got 99 problems and now Jay-Z's one.)

But, in the midst of her world tour, Queen Bey's pressed pause on the performances to speak up about the wedding anniversary vacay that turned into a political storm.

"It was such a beautiful trip. I met some incredible children," the pop star said in an interview with ABC News Monday.

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Autopsy reveals Michael Jackson’s secrets

Autopsy reveals Michael Jackson’s secrets

LOS ANGELES – Jurors hearing the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial have a stark vision of the dead pop icon after a lawyer showed them an autopsy photo.

Michael Jackson's unclothed corpse spread out on a coroner's table looked nothing like the world's most famous entertainer.

The doctor who conducted Jackson's autopsy returns to the witness stand for a second day Tuesday in the trial to decide if concert promoter AEG Live shares blame in his death with Dr. Conrad Murray.

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Clarence Thomas: 'The elites' had to approve a black president

Clarence Thomas: 'The elites' had to approve a black president

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the high court's only African American jurist, opened up recently about his thoughts on race and the White House.

Asked if he ever expected to see an African American president in his lifetime, the conservative justice said he always knew "it would have to be a black president who was approved by the elites and the media, because anybody that they didn't agree with, they would take apart."

"And that will happen with virtually - you pick your person, any black person who says something that is not the prescribed things that they expect from a black person will be picked apart," he said in an April interview at Duquesne Law School in Pittsburgh, which aired on C-SPAN.

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Senate to vote on proposed Internet sales tax law

Senate to vote on proposed Internet sales tax law

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a long-debated Internet sales tax law Monday, paving the way for millions of consumers to start paying sales tax on online purchases.

The legislation would allow the 45 states (and the District of Columbia) that currently charge sales taxes to require large online retailers to collect tax on purchases made by their residents. The law would only apply to online sellers that have sales of at least $1 million in states where they don't have physical operations, like a store or a warehouse.

The bill has a good chance of becoming law. It already received broad support in the Senate during earlier procedural votes, and now must pass Senate muster a final time. After that, however, it will need to be approved by the Republican-controlled House. Proponents argue that the proposal would not create a new tax, but rather enforce the collection of taxes already charged at brick-and-mortar retailers. Some House Republicans may view that as a tax increase.

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  • Written by Melanie Hicken/CNN
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Alicia Keys launching HIV campaign aimed at women

Alicia Keys launching HIV campaign aimed at women

You know her best as a multi-platinum recording artist and a 14-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and producer.

But Alicia Keys has also made quite a name for herself as a philanthropist and AIDS advocate.

It was in 2003, on her first trip to Africa, when Keys witnessed firsthand the disease's devastation.

When she returned to the United States, she co-founded "Keep a Child Alive," an organization that has raised millions to care for HIV/AIDS patients in Africa and India.

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  • Written by Saundra Young/CNN
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Chris Rock calls Jason Kidd gay, confuses social media

Chris Rock calls Jason Kidd gay, confuses social media

It would be safe to assume that most of what comes from Chris Rock's Twitter feed is a joke, but when he tweeted, "I'm so proud of Jason Kidd for coming out of the closet and announcing that he's Gay. This is a great day for sports," the morning after NBA player Jason Collins announced that he was gay, not everyone was laughing.

Although plenty of folks were amused, some thought the statement was an unfunny joke, others genuinely thought he'd mixed up Kidd and Collins, and others took it as a breaking-news item about Kidd, who lent support to Collins yesterday and plays for the New York Knicks. He posted the same comment to his Facebook page, garnering similar results. Too soon, perhaps?

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