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The Justice Department says it has sued seven tax preparers in five states to stop them from fraudulently claiming first-time homebuyer and earned-income tax credits.

The department also obtained an indictment of a Philadelphia man in the law enforcement initiative, charging Jonathan Brownlee with filing false federal tax returns. The government says Mr. Brownlee knew that the people whose names he used for the first-time homebuyer credit were not entitled to it because they had not purchased a home and had not signed a contract to do so.


Courthouse to be named for slain federal judge

Congress voted to name a courthouse in Yuma, Ariz., after John M. Roll, Arizona’s chief federal judge who, along with five others, was killed in the Jan. 8 shooting attack that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded.

The House approved the measure, introduced by Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl of Arizona, on a 429-0 vote. The Senate passed it last week.

Construction is to begin in July on the courthouse for which Roll, 63 when he died, had advocated and recently approved the design.

Roll, who was appointed to the federal bench by President George H.W. Bush in 1991, was attending Giffords‘ meet-and-greet at a Tucson supermarket when the alleged gunman, Jared Loughner, opened fire. Giffords was shot in the head, and 12 others were wounded.


Obama takes Web out into the wild

MARQUETTE | President Obama is taking his nationwide broadband access campaign to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where people love their isolation and open spaces but are hungry for economic opportunities that will keep more of their young people from moving away.

Mr. Obama is making a stop Thursday in Marquette, which is trying to develop a Web-based economy that will serve as a model for other communities.

Among the businesses taking advantage of the high-speed Internet access are a century-old outdoor clothing store that ships coats and woolen socks across the nation and a newer company that sells miniature video cameras that skiers, mountain bikers and troops in Afghanistan attach to their helmets to record themselves in action.

Mr. Obama’s National Wireless Initiative calls for extending coverage to 98 percent of the population.


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