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Australian authorities are going after Paul “Crocodile Dundee” Hogan, claiming he evaded paying taxes on profits from his smash-hit movies from the 1980s.

And boy, they’re really serious about collecting the alleged debt. They even rejected Hogan’s offer to slip them an extra shrimp on the barbie.

Done and done: President Barack Obama declared an end to Operation Iraqi Freedom on Tuesday, more than seven years after U.S. forces toppled Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein.

In a somewhat related wacky mix-up, Obama’s staff displayed the famous “Mission Accomplished” banner at a rally to promote the administration’s mortgage relief program.

Black September? On the heels of its weakest August since 2001, the stock market now enters what historically is its worst month of the year. As the economy weakens further, Wall Street fears things could get really ugly this month.

On a brighter note, plywood manufacturers expect brisk sales as nervous investors cover their skyscraper office windows … just in case.

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff