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End nears for magical book and movie series

All right, you Muggles, the wait is finally over: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" is out today (at 12:01 a.m. while most people were sleeping) — and it’s the beginning of the end for the wildly popular, much-heralded movie series based on the wildly popular, much-heralded book series.

Remember those late-night book-release parties, where kids were allowed out past their bedtimes for the latest adventures of the boy wizard? Year after year, from 1997 to 2007, kids and adults alike waited with bated breath for the sequels in the seven-book series by J.K. Rowling. The stories stirred imaginations and got a whole generation of youngsters to fall in love with reading. Now that’s magic.

The IRS wants you — to get your money back

The Internal Revenue Service wants to make sure 735 taxpayers in Hawaii get what’s coming to them — in a good way.

The IRS says $760,000 in refunds due to island residents — an average of just over $1,000 per check — weren’t delivered because of mailing address errors. The IRS’ list includes 516 taxpayers on Oahu, 94 on Maui, 80 on the Big Island and 45 on Kauai.

To see if the IRS has a check with your name on it, click here or call 1-800-829-1954.

It’s your money.


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