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A smaller refund this year? That doesn’t mean your taxes went up.

Heather Long explains why your tax refund may be smaller this year. Lenny Bernstein on organ transplant oversight in the United States. And Sarah Kaplan with a sweet farewell to the Mars rover Opportunity.
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Expect less from the IRS this year
The vast majority of Americans received a tax cut this year because of the major tax overhaul enacted in 2018. But early data shows that, so far, the average tax refund this year is down by 8 percent ($170), compared with last year.

Post economics correspondent Heather Long says that tens of thousands of Americans have already filed their taxes this year, and many are stunned to find that their refunds are smaller than previous years or that they owe money.

“Some refunds have decreased because of changes in the law,” Long explains, “such as a new limit on property and local income tax deductions, and some have decreased because of how the IRS has altered withholding in paychecks.”

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The story behind the first uterine transplant in the U.S.
In March 2016, there was a news conference announcing the first successful uterus transplant in the United States. A young woman named Lindsey McFarland, who had been born without a uterus, would have a chance at natural childbirth.

But just hours after the celebratory news conference, McFarland was back in surgery with a life-threatening infection.
Health reporter Lenny Bernstein explains that the failed procedure illustrates what critics say is a lack of accountability in the U.S. organ transplant system.

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Opportunity, no more
Sarah Kaplan offers a farewell for the Mars rover Opportunity. NASA sent its last attempt to communicate with the small robotic vehicle, which lost communication with Earth eight months ago.

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