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Daughter due benefits gives retiree options

Q: I am about to turn 62. I am trying to decide if I want to retire and take my Social Security now; or wait until age 66 to get higher benefits. I know everyone has to make a similar decision. But I have a bit of a twist. I have a 14-year-old daughter, and I know she is due benefits on my account until she is 18. I am wondering: Can I file for her Social Security now and defer my own until age 66? Or can I "file and suspend" my benefits so that she can get hers?

April 17, 2015 | | Nation

Don’t plan to line up for Apple Watch

CUPERTINO (AP) - If you're planning on buying the new Apple Watch, don't expect to walk into a store and leave with one next week.

April 17, 2015 | | Nation

Sprint now sets up new phones at your home

KANSAS CITY (AP) - A new customer strategy for Sprint: Phone setup in your house.

April 17, 2015 | | Nation

Google shaking up search formulas on smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.

April 17, 2015 | | Nation

Verizon slices up bundle, customers cam choose

NEW YORK (AP) - Under pressure from an expanding number of cheaper online video services, the long-dominant bundle of channels offered by pay-TV companies is becoming a bit more flexible.

April 17, 2015 | | Nation

Barbie shows signs of life

NEW YORK (AP) - Things are finally looking up for Barbie.

April 17, 2015 | | Nation

THE BIG SQUEEZE

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Living in an apartment? Expect your rent to go up again.

April 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

5 upgrades for under $5,000 to lure buyers

It's a sobering truth of real estate that sellers often have to spend money to make money. Even if your home is relatively new, you still face costs associated with getting it ready to show, such as repainting interior rooms or hiring professional cleaners and stagers. If your home could use some TLC and updating, spending as little as $5,000 on key upgrades could improve its appeal for buyers - and ensure a speedier sale at a better price.

April 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Demystifying 2015 kitchen design trends

Every new year brings along new design trends, with homeowners often feeling the pressure to mix up their kitchen interiors to keep things current. But the truth is, when embarking on any renovation project, incorporating more timeless (and less trendy) assets will save both time and money in the long run. This ensures any kitchen styling stays current and "fits in" no matter which way the design pendulum swings.

April 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Tips for parents considering helping their child buy a home

Rising prices and a dearth of homes for sale in many markets have made it harder for many looking to buy their first home.

April 17, 2015 | ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer | HOME SCENE

House approves legislation to ease rules on home loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly adopted legislation to ease some mortgage lending requirements of the sweeping 2010 law reining in banks and Wall Street as the Republican majority continues its assault on the so-called Dodd-Frank law enacted after the financial crisis.

April 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

California home prices reach new 7-year high, sales rebound

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices reached fresh seven-year-highs in March, a research firm said Friday, helping sales rebound from a two-month slide as some homeowners put their property on the market to reap gains.

April 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Loretta June Rybicki

Loretta June Rybicki, 74, entered into rest on April 14, 2015 in Manteca. She was born in Madera, California, June 18, 1940, to Clyde and Evalee Smith.

April 17, 2015 | | OBITS

Mary Ellen Williams

On December 29, 2014, our Heavenly Father brought home his faithful child Mary Ellen Williams. She was born on April 17,1959 in Vallejo, CA. She spent the majority of her life here on earth in Manteca, CA, where she grew up. During her 55 years here she aspired to be a designer, succeeding in leaving her design forever imprinted on our hearts. A wonderfully unique, kindred,. God broke the mold kind of soul. Mary Ellen was a member of The Rainbow Girls, attended Golden West Elem., and East Union High School in Manteca. Known for her wildly entertaining ways ...

April 17, 2015 | | OBITS

His book is a work of art

When Kirby Brown and his wife Iran visited the famed Hearst Castle in San Simeon, they were treated like royalty.

April 17, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS

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A’s shut out Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Luke Hochevar won't see the Oakland Athletics again until 2013, which is none too soon for him.

August 16, 2012 | | Pro Sports

Multiple generations seek larger homes

More and more households have extended family living together under one roof, and the tight fit has some families in the market for a larger home.

August 16, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

Rate on 30-year mortgages rises for 3rd straight week

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages ticked up for the third straight week, staying slightly above record lows. Cheap mortgages have helped fuel a modest housing recovery this year.

August 16, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

Feds tighten appraisal rules for risky mortgages

WASHINGTON (AP) - New federal rules proposed Wednesday would require all high-risk mortgage lenders to obtain property appraisals for the first time.

August 16, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

Consumer finance agency sets mortgage protections

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government's consumer lending watchdog proposed new rules aimed at protecting homeowners from unexpected costs and shoddy service by companies that collect their monthly mortgage payments.

August 16, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

Cons of early mortgage payoff

DEAR BENNY: I owe $13,000 on my home and would like to pay it off. My son thinks there is some legality that protects a homeowner when the bank still holds the mortgage. Is this correct? Any information would be greatly appreciated. --Carol

August 16, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE

Median California home price jumps 12 percent in July thanks to more expensive homes selling

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The median price of a home in California approached a four-year high in July as buyers snapped up more expensive properties and foreclosed houses made up a smaller part of the sales mix, a research firm said Wednesday.

August 16, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

Homebuilder confidence at 5-year-high

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. homebuilders grew more confident in the housing recovery in August, as many reported that prospects for sales are the best they've been since the home bubble burst five years ago.

August 16, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

High design for homes with kids in mind

For many years, creating family-friendly spaces meant sacrificing your design aesthetic. Thankfully, gone are the days when having children meant succumbing to a house full of bright-yellow bins and sofas wrapped in plastic. Today, new materials and technologies make it easy to create a beautiful, well-designed home that meets the needs of adults and children alike. The following tips may help you design a living space that satisfies your design goals and meets the demands of your youngest family members.

August 16, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

Give your kitchen a fresh face this fall

As the season changes, many of us will get the itch to tackle any number of home improvement projects before winter. For some, a complete remodel is in the works. For others, just a few quick fixes are needed to make the home a more enjoyable space during the long winter months or in preparation for holiday entertaining.

August 16, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

US home construction dips, but signs start to point up

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders broke ground on slightly fewer homes in July than June. But in a hopeful sign for future construction, applications for building permits rose to their highest level since August 2008.

August 16, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

A million of us by 2036

San Joaquin County by 2036 will surpass a million residents.

August 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS

SAFER WATER IN LATHROP

LATHROP – Purchasing a 12-acre parcel along Louise Avenue that at one time housed an Army Surplus outfit turned out to be a homerun for the City of Lathrop.

August 16, 2012 | Jason Campbell | NEWS

Great Wolf still knocking on door, Manteca studying whether to open it

Great Wolf's promise of a $9.4 million annual payroll and as much as $4 million a year in motel room taxes sounds enticing.

August 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS

Ripon High scoring new board for football opener

RIPON – Kick off is a few weeks away at Stouffer Field.

August 16, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | Education

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