Syria vs. Isreal, HUD legislation, Internet tax collection: Top stories for May 6, 2013

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1) The world watched the Middle East as Israel beefs up its rocket defense on its northern borders Sunday to shield against possible retaliation after launching airstrikes against Syrian targets twice over 48 hours -- an unprecedented escalation of its involvement in Syria's civil war. Syria and Iran are threatening to strike back, raising the spectre of a regional war. But Israeli officials signal they won't halt their efforts to stop what they believe to be a last-ditch effort by Iran to send sophisticated weapons to Lebanon's Hezbollah group before President Bashar Assad's regime collapses. -- The Associated Press

2) Westchester County lawmakers on Monday are slated to deliberate one of the most nettlesome sticking points in the controversial 2009 court settlement between County Executive Rob Astorino and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Board of Legislators is scheduled to hold a committee meeting with Astorino officials on so-called source of income legislation on Monday at 11 a.m. On the same day, they arealso scheduled to hold a 7 p.m. hearing to listen to public input on the measure. Read more here.

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3) Buy anything on the Internet lately without paying sales tax? In all but a few states, you're probably a tax cheat. That's right, even if Internet retailers don't collect sales tax at the time of the purchase, you're required by law to pay it in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Here's the problem for states: hardly anyone pays the tax, and there's not much states can do about it. The Senate is expected to pass a bill Monday making it easier for states to collect sales taxes for online purchases. But small-business owners who make their living selling things on the Internet worry they will be swamped by new requirements from faraway states. -- The Associated Press

4) The Rangers will try to avoid digging themselves a 3-0 hole when they return to Madison Square Garden in their Stanley Cup playoffs series against Washington. The Capitals defeated the Blueshirts 1-0 on Saturday thanks to Mike Green's overtime goal, squandering a brilliant performance by Rangers goalkeeper Henriq Lundqvist, who stopped 37 shots.

5) Dolled-up celebrities will descend upon Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art for the annual Met Gala, unofficially known as the "fashion Oscars." Stars with local ties expected to attend include Jay-Z and Beyonce, who own a home in Scarsdale, and Bedford native Rooney Mara, a co-chair for this year's event.

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