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The Associated Press. Jamie Paulin-Ramirez's defense attorney Jeremy Ibrahim listens to a reporter's question outside the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Paulin-Ramirez, charged in a global terrorism plot, has pleaded not guilty to aiding terrorists.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Nearly half of US households will pay no fed income tax

WASHINGTON -- Tax Day is a dreaded deadline for millions, but for nearly half of U.S. households it's simply somebody else's problem.About 47 percent will pay no federal income taxes at all for 2009. Either their incomes were too low, or they qualified for enough credits, deductions and exemptions to eliminate their liability. That's according to projections by the Tax Policy Center, a Washington research organization.

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