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March 19, 2020 GMT

WHAT DOES 90-DAY TAX PAYMENT DELAY MEAN FOR FILERS?

The Trump administration has announced that most individuals and businesses will be allowed to delay paying their federal tax bills for 90 days as part of an emergency relief plan amid the coronavirus pandemic. But taxpayers should take note that they still need to file on time — only payment has been delayed. Those delayed payments are now due July 15. And check with your state to find out if your due date there has changed — they don’t always follow suit. 

MAN CHARGED FOR MAKING CLAIMS HE HAD CORONAVIRUS ON BUS

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — A Vermont man accused of prompting an evacuation on a public bus after making claims of having the coronavirus has been arrested. WPTZ reports 66-year-old David Ladeau was charged Tuesday with creating a false public alarm and disorderly conduction in New Hampshire. Lebanon police says he was telling bus riders he “was infected with coronavirus,” causing a number of people to call 911. Riders were evacuated shortly afterwards but the bus company says Ladeau refused to get off. It is unclear if he has actually tested positive for the virus. An attempt to reach Ladeau for comment was unsuccessful. He was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court later this year.

SWITCHING REMAINING PRIMARIES TO VOTE-BY-MAIL NOT SO EASY

The head of the Democratic National Committee and several voting rights groups are calling on states to mail ballots to all voters to keep remaining primaries running as the coronavirus pandemic is keeping millions of Americans at home. But making such a major voting change so quickly would not be so easy. In some states, it could require changes to laws. Some lawmakers worry that if done hastily, the change could open the door to voter fraud. Then there are the costs related to mailing, tracking and processing ballots in new ways.

NORWEGIAN MUSHER ACHIEVES BOYHOOD DREAM, WINS IDITAROD RACE

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — As a boy in Norway, Thomas Waerner (WAR’-ner) dreamed of American muscle cars and winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. On Wednesday, one of those dreams came true as Waerner won the nearly 1,000-mile sled dog race across Alaska. He blew away the competition and left the closet musher to him about five hours behind. Waerner picks up $50,000 and a new pickup truck for winning the world’s most famous sled dog race. He took his dogs over mountain ranges, the frozen Yukon River and across treacherous Bering sea ice to the finish line in Nome in 9 days, 10 hours, 37 minutes and 47 seconds.

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APOLLO 15 ASTRONAUT AL WORDEN, WHO CIRCLED MOON, DIES AT 88

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled the moon alone while his two crewmates drove around in the first lunar rover, has died at age 88. Worden’s family announced Wednesday that he died in his sleep in Houston. Worden flew to the moon in 1971 along with David Scott and Jim Irwin. As command module pilot, Worden remained in lunar orbit while Scott and Irwin descended to the surface with the Apollo program’s first moon buggy. That was his only spaceflight. He was in NASA’s fifth astronaut class, chosen in 1966. Scott is one of four moonwalkers still alive. Irwin died in 1991.

NORTH CAROLINA POLICE: MAN SHOT TO DEATH INSIDE AMBULANCE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Police in North Carolina say a man was being treated inside an ambulance when another man shot him dead. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said officers were called to a Days Inn around 4 a.m. Wednesday after a security guard reported a disturbance involving at least five people. The department said paramedics were treating a man for shortness of breath when he asked for a friend to join him inside the ambulance. After a medic refused, citing protocol, police said the man returned and shot the victim multiple times. The victim was pronounced dead. Police said no first responders were injured and the suspect was taken into custody.