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Coming out of the Social Security closet

Well, I've written another column that sure touched a nerve. I'm talking about the column that appeared a couple weeks ago in which I shared an email I got from a woman who was upset because her good friend died at age 69 without ever collecting a nickel of her Social Security benefits. She was angry at a financial planner who advised her friend to delay benefits until age 70. Sadly, in this woman's case, that turned out to be bad advice.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


House votes to boost child tax credit for some

WASHINGTON (AP) - More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


McDonald’s food has ‘too many calories’

MOSCOW (AP) - Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


As inmate died, lawyers debated

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor's office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Doctor fires back at gunman

DARBY, Pa. (AP) - A psychiatrist who was grazed by gunfire from a patient at a hospital on Thursday helped stop the patient by apparently using his own weapon to shoot and wound him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man held after wild car-theft spree

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - A man wielding a rifle and a handgun hijacked a car, burst through a garage door in a stolen SUV and tried to commandeer two state-owned dump trucks before a deputy wrestled him to the pavement on a highway west of Denver, authorities said.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Tornado slams campground; 2 dead

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a popular campground, ripping awnings from trailers and flipping RVs on their sides.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man claims penis was mistakenly amputated

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis, but a hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Dad charged after dresser kills 2 toddlers

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) - The father of two toddlers who died after a dresser fell on them is facing involuntary manslaughter charges because he heard a crash and didn't immediately check on his daughters, a prosecutor said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Not buying insurance may cost you $2,448

MIAMI (AP) - Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon shares fall on 2Q loss

SEATTLE (AP) - Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell Thursday after the e-commerce retailer reported a deeper-than-expected second quarter loss as expenses outpaced a surge in revenue.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Union Pacific 2Q profit chugs ahead 17% by hauling 8% more freight

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Union Pacific Corp. said Thursday that its quarterly profit climbed 17 percent as the railroad hauled 8 percent more freight and raised shipping rates.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Workforce layoffs are becoming rare

WASHINGTON (AP) - The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Starbucks sales rise with help of revamped food

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks said Thursday its revamped breakfast sandwiches and other food offerings helped boost sales at its U.S. cafes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


General Motors profit falls 85% on recall costs

DETROIT (AP) - Recall expenses chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors' bottom line in the second quarter, as it added up the costs of repairs for nearly 30 million cars and set aside funds to compensate victims of small-car crashes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


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Mother gets 1 month in jail for assaulting toddler on plane

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Hawaii mother to a month in jail and three months under home confinement for assaulting her ...

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


Ohio village fights class-action status in speed camera lawsuit

NEW MIAMI, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio village's attorney said he will ask the state's high court to overturn an appeal court's ...

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


Study: ‘Biggest Loser’ contestants have slower metabolisms

CHICAGO (AP) - A new study has found that many competitors on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" leave the show with a slower metabolism, making it ...

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


Indiana: Cruz fights for survival

OSCEOLA, Ind. (AP) - Ted Cruz's conservative crusade for the presidency fought for new life Monday ahead of an Indiana vote that could effectively end ...

May 02, 2016 | | Nation


Warrant: Slain pregnant Texas teen found with uterus removed

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A mentally disabled West Texas teenager who told a school worker she had been impregnated by her stepfather was found with her ...

May 02, 2016 | | Nation


High court signals it won’t stop $15 minimum wage

SEATTLE (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in for the first time Monday on a $15-an-hour minimum wage, signaling it does not plan to ...

May 02, 2016 | | Nation


Marines investigating claim about men in Iwo Jima photo

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Marine Corps says it has begun investigating whether it mistakenly identified one of the men shown raising the U.S ...

May 02, 2016 | | Nation


Military tests unmanned ship designed for seafaring missions

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The military is starting tests on the world's largest unmanned surface vessel - a self-driving, 132-foot ship designed to travel thousands of ...

May 02, 2016 | | Nation


Vermont family to keep wood duck after state issues permit

MIDDLESEX, Vt. (AP) - State game officials have backed down and allowed a woman to keep a 3-year-old wood duck that was brought home by one ...

May 02, 2016 | | Nation


Suit: Starbucks overfills cold drinks with ice

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal lawsuit claims Starbucks regularly overfills its cold drinks with ice instead of using the advertised amount of coffee or other liquid ...

May 02, 2016 | | Nation


Synthetic narcotics & drugged- driving laws

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Eighteen-year-old Kristian Roggio was riding in a friend's car when another driver careened across a Brooklyn street, colliding head-on and ...

May 01, 2016 | | Nation


Billboards track shoppers via phone data

NEW YORK (AP) - A U.S. senator is calling for a federal investigation into an outdoor advertising company's latest effort to target billboard ads ...

May 01, 2016 | | Nation


Elephants performed for final time

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Elephants will performed for the last time at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closed ...

May 01, 2016 | | Nation


‘Stop the Steal’ helping Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump has a Plan B if he's faced with a contested convention, and it involves the sort of outside groups that ...

May 01, 2016 | | Nation


Superdelegates ‘feel the Bern’ of anger

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nancy Schumacher says she just wanted to do her civic duty, and so she heeded the call to become a superdelegate for Hillary ...

April 28, 2016 | | Nation


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