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The payroll reductions represent 2 percent of Gannett’s 32,600 employees. The division targeted in the cutbacks employs 22,400 people at newspapers that include the Indianapolis Star and the Arizona Republic.

IRS

IG: Workers didn’t comply with law

A government investigator says 133 workers at the Internal Revenue Service apparently didn’t comply with U.S. tax laws during a two-year period but the agency failed to detect them.

An IRS spokeswoman says nearly half the cases were workers who filed late returns. Those workers were due a refund, though, and didn’t owe the government taxes.

From 2004 to 2008, the IRS identified an average of nearly 8,800 employees a year who were not complying with all U.S. tax laws. Some had filed late returns or paid taxes late, while others didn’t pay taxes or didn’t pay enough.

AUTO

GM pickup plants close for 2 weeks

DETROIT — General Motors Co. plans to close two U.S. pickup truck plants for two weeks in July at a time when pickup sales are starting to wane and trucks are stacking up on dealer lots.

The company said the shutdowns at the Flint, Mich., and Fort Wayne, Ind., factories have been scheduled for months to do maintenance on equipment and help to outfit the Flint plant for a third shift that’s coming in August.

Spokesman Tom Wickham wouldn’t comment on the growing pickup inventory but said workers at the factories were told about the closures during the first quarter.

Sales of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup fell nearly 16 percent last month as buyers worried that the U.S. economy was sputtering. GMC Sierra pickup sales dropped 5 percent. GM’s stockpile of trucks is about double what is considered ideal.

ISRAEL

Apple urged to remove pro-Palestinian app

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government on Tuesday appealed to Apple Inc. to remove an application called “ThirdIntifada” from its App Store, saying the program glorifies violence against the Jewish state.

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