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4/1/09   April Fools' Day Facts: Behind the Laughs
   "Learn about the origin of April Fools' Day, a yearly ritual for pranksters to try out their best jokes and how reality-based humor may get the last laugh." A National Geographic web site. Related site: April Fools' Special: History's Hoaxes.
4/2/09   IRS: Frequently Asked Questions
   Welcome to the Internal Revenue Service's general questions and answers section. Each year we update the answers to reflect the latest changes in tax regulations. These questions and answers came from taxpayers like you. Related sites: IRS Home Page | IRS Forms and Publications | Yahoo Tax Center.
4/3/09   IRS: Free Federal Online Filing
   Whoever said there is no such thing as a free lunch may have been right. But for millions of eligible taxpayers, with an Adjusted Gross Income of $50,000 or less, there is Free File. Free File is online tax preparation and electronic filing through a partnership agreement between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, LLC. In other words, you can e-file... free. Related site: IRS Home Page.
4/4/09   Social Security Death Index
   The Social Security Administration Death Master File contains information on over eighty million deceased individuals with United States social security numbers whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration. Birth years for the individuals listed range from 1875 to last year. Information in these records includes name, birth date, death date, and last known residence.
4/5/09   Cybertimes Navigator
   For more than 10 years, the Newsroom Navigator has been used by New York Times reporters and editors as the starting point for their forays onto the Web. Its primary intent is to give the news staff a solid starting point for a wide range of journalistic functions without forcing all of them to spend time wandering around to find a useful set of links of their own.
4/6/09   State of the Birds: 2009 Report
   "The first ever comprehensive report on bird populations in the United States, showing that nearly a third of the nation's 800 bird species are endangered, threatened or in significant decline due to habitat loss, invasive species, and other threats." Site by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
4/7/09   PBS: Make 'Em Laugh
   Companion website to the PBS special "Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America," a six-hour comedy epic showcasing the most hilarious men, women, and moments in American entertainment and why they made us laugh. Hosted by America's favorite funnyman, Billy Crystal, the documentary explores the currents of American comedy throughout a century of social and political change, illuminating how comedy has tackled and poked fun at our political system, race relations, gender issues, and the prevailing American standards and taboos in everyday life.
4/8/09   Internet Crime Complaint Center
   Reports of Internet-based crime jumped 33 percent in 2008, according to a group that monitors web-based fraud. The Internet Crime Complaint Center said in its annual report released March 30, 2009, that it received more than 275,000 complaints last year, up from about 207,000 the year before. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National White Collar Crime Center, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. This site allows you to file a complaint with IC3. IC3 accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the person who believes they were defrauded or from a third party to the complainant.
4/9/09   Urban Legends Reference Pages
   The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation. 25 Hottest Urban Legends.
4/10/09   American Library Association: Great Web Sites for Kids
   Selected site for parents and children from the American Library Association.
4/11/09   EarthCam
   EarthCam.com is the leading network of live webcams and, as the premier webcam portal, offers the most comprehensive search engine of webcams from around the world. EarthCam delivers real time live images of some of the world's most interesting and unique views and events. The portal offers the most extensive database allowing users to search by keyword or simply browse through the categories and subcategories. Users can see what is happening around the world right now -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
4/12/09   eHow: How To Do Just About Everything
   The eHow database of over 250,000 articles can help you. It's the world's most popular place to find clear instructions on how to do just about everything. Every month, over 17 million people visit our site. We have more than 180,000 articles that are professionally written with clear and concise directions on how to do things. We also have a rapidly growing library of articles created by eHow's members.
4/13/09   FDIC: Failed Bank List
   The FDIC is often appointed as receiver for failed banks. This page contains useful information for the customers and vendors of these banks. This includes information on the acquiring bank (if applicable), how your accounts and loans are affected, and how vendors can file claims against the receivership.
4/14/09   A Guide to Getting Through Tough Economic Times
   This guide by the US Department of Health and Human Services, provides practical advice on how to deal with the effects financial difficulties can have on your physical and mental health -- it covers: Possible health risks; Warning signs; Managing stress; Getting help; Other steps you can take.
4/15/09   Get2Human.com
   When you're tired of wasting money and time due to phone systems that require you to press 10 or more options in order to reach a real person and spending many minutes or even hours on hold, consult the GetHuman database of secret phone numbers and codes that immediately get an actual, live person on the line for customer service at nearly 1000 major companies.
4/16/09   Epicurious
   Epicurious is divided into eight main sections: Recipes, Features, Cooking, Drinking, Restaurants, Shop, Bon Appetit, and Gourmet. Click on any of those names in the top navigation bar and you will come to an Index page, which shows you what is in each section. Once you are in a specific section, a second set of links appears just below the top navigation bar, allowing you to quickly access the stories in that section.
4/17/09   MedlinePlus: Trusted Health Information for You
   MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
4/18/09   Science Bulletins
   Current research about the natural world from the American Museum of Natural History.
4/19/09   How Cell Phones Work
   Millions of people in the United States and around the world use cellular phones. They are such great gadgets -- with a cell phone, you can talk to anyone on the planet from just about anywhere! This HowStuffWorks article explores the technology behind cell phones so that you can see how amazing they really are.
4/20/09   American Psychological Association Help Center
   APA's Help Center is your online resource for brochures, tips and articles on the psychological issues that affect your physical and emotional well-being, as well as information about referrals.
4/21/09   NOVA: The Elegant Universe
   Many scenes in NOVA's miniseries "The Elegant Universe" draw directly upon the book by physicist Brian Greene on which the series is based. With its lively descriptions, analogies, and illustrations, Greene's book gave NOVA producers Joe McMaster and Julia Cort a concrete road map for telling the story of string theory, an extremely abstract and counterintuitive subject, to a general audience.
4/22/09   Springtime Allergies
   Spring means flower buds and blooming trees - and for the millions of people who have springtime allergies, it means sneezing, congestion, runny nose and other signs and symptoms. But before you settle for plastic flowers and artificial turf, try these simple and effective strategies. A Mayo Clinic site. Related site: Hay Fever Resources: Mayo Clinic.
4/23/09   Bankruptcy
   This site by Nolo.com provides an information and resources on U.S. bankruptcy laws and procedures. Issues presented include an explanation of the differences between Chapter 7 (liquidation) and Chapter 11, 12, and 13 (reorganization) bankruptcy filings. Site features a FAQ, glossary, comparison charts, and other legal resources on this topic.
4/24/09   Federal Trade Commission: Identity Theft
   This website is a one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft. On this site, consumers can learn how to avoid identity theft - and learn what to do if their identity is stolen. Businesses can learn how to help their customers deal with identity theft, as well as how to prevent problems in the first place. Law enforcement can get resources and learn how to help victims of identity theft.
4/25/09   Journalism Help: Finding Data on the Internet
   You've cast your lines into the sea of sources, but still aren't finding the information you need. That's what happens when you don't know the right place to look. Scroll the links on this site for journalists and your days of coming up empty while reporting are over. You'll soon be checking facts and downloading reputable data on everything from public safety to campaign contributions ... you name it.
4/26/09   Phishing
   Phishing is a scam where Internet fraudsters send spam or pop-up messages to lure personal and financial information from unsuspecting victims. This site provides information to avoid getting hooked.
4/27/09   Allergy Resources
   Fact filled site by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Latest news and information on allergies ranging from diagnosis and symptoms to treatment and prevention. Related site: Allergies Health Center.
4/28/09   GasBuddy.com
   GasBuddy.com can help you find cheap gas prices in your city. It is a network of more than 181+ gas price information websites that help you find low gasoline prices. All web sites are operated by GasBuddy and has the most comprehensive listings of gas prices anywhere.
4/29/09   Minimum Wage Laws in the U.S.
   Each State has different rules for what employers pay workers. This site by by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Standards Administration Wage and Hour Division, provides current details as to the laws, or lack thereof, for minimum wages in each of the 50 States.
4/30/09   MyPyramid.gov
   MyPyramid offers personalized eating plans, interactive tools to help you plan and assess your food choices. This site is produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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