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James Royal: 5 unusual year-end tax strategies for investors

Taxpayers have any number of deductions and credits that they can take to reduce their tax burden, but those looking to get a break for their investing activities have a more limited menu of choices. If you're an investor, you'll want to optimize your tax situation with strategies beyond the traditional ones – earned income credits, interest write-offs and the like. And the deadlines for making these moves are key to remember if you want to lock in your tax break for this year.

Weakened Eta drenches Central America; at least 57 dead

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – The rain-heavy remnants of Hurricane Eta flooded homes from Panama to Guatemala Thursday as the death toll across Central America rose to 57, and aid organizations warned the flooding and mudslides were creating a slow-moving humanitarian disaster across the region.

Gig work is spreading – how to negotiate your deal

The coronavirus is accelerating a seismic shift in the employee-employer relationship. An April survey reported that nearly one-third of employers expect to replace full-time employees with contingent, or gig, workers. To save money, of course, because most gig workers don’t receive benefits such as health insurance and a retirement plan.

Emergency fire shelters can save lives but raise questions

BOISE – After flames trapped 14 firefighters in California and they had to use last-resort fire shelters to survive, questions are emerging about how well the emergency devices work and how often crews are forced to use them during wildfires.

2 tropical storms heading for double blow to US Gulf Coast

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Two tropical storms advanced across the Caribbean on Saturday as potentially historic threats to the U.S. Gulf Coast, one dumping rain on Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hispaniola while the other swept into the gulf through the gap between Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba.