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The two spoke at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures.


First lady, daughter plan trip to Spain

The White House says first lady Michelle Obama will travel to Spain next week for a private trip with longtime family friends.

Mrs. Obama will be traveling with her youngest daughter, Sasha. President Obama and daughter Malia will not be on the trip.

The White House says Mrs. Obama will pay an official visit to Spain’s King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia. That meeting, as well as Mrs. Obama’s other activities, will be closed to the press.


Small charities get tax reprieve

The Internal Revenue Service is offering a reprieve to hundreds of thousands of small charities in danger of losing their tax-exempt status because they missed a tax filing deadline.

A 2006 law required nonprofit organizations with receipts of less than $25,000 to file tax returns for the first time in 2007. If charities failed to file for three years, they were going to lose their tax-exempt status. The law excludes churches.

The deadline for filing a return was in May. IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman said the agency is extending the deadline to Oct. 15.

The IRS has identified 325,000 charities that did not file, but many may be defunct.


Mortgage service marketers banned

Federal regulators have banned eight persons and companies from selling services to help troubled homeowners avoid foreclosure, part of settlements to charges that they used deceptive advertising to lure customers.

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