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Gingrich companies owed taxes in 4 states

Associated Press / May 15, 2011

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ATLANTA — Companies run by Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich have faced overdue tax bills in four states worth more than $6,000, according to records reviewed by the Associated Press.

The tax liens ranged in size from a $195 property tax bill in the Atlanta suburbs to $1,969 in unpaid Missouri taxes. Most were paid shortly after tax authorities filed them.

One exception was in Pennsylvania, where Gingrich Holdings Inc. last week paid off a $1,599 lien for unpaid corporate income taxes just days before Gingrich announced he would seek the nomination to run against President Obama. Spokesman Rick Tyler said Gingrich and his firms were unaware of most of the tax liens until being contacted by the AP.

Until deciding to run for president, Gingrich was chief executive of Gingrich Holdings, made up of firms that manage his book and TV contracts, produce documentary films, offer consulting services, and do advocacy.

Pentagon rejects quick action on bin Laden photos
WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is refusing to do a speedy review of a Freedom of Information Act request for graphic photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse, setting the stage for a protracted battle over access to the images.

In a letter to the Associated Press, the department said the AP did not demonstrate an urgent or compelling need for the photos or show that the information has a value that would be lost if not provided quickly. As a result, it is not clear when or if the photos will be provided.

The AP received the letter Friday, 11 days after it requested the photos and other material. The news agency said the photos could add to the public’s understanding about the raid on bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.