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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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Evidence paints Dylann Roof as racist, drifting loner

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Before Dylann Roof was arrested for killing nine black church members, he scribbled a note to his mother, apologizing for all ...

January 05, 2017 | | Nation


Mexican workers: Trump took their jobs

VILLA DE REYES, Mexico (AP) - Word spread quickly through cellphone messages and shouts between co-workers that Ford Motor Co. had canceled its new $1.6 ...

January 05, 2017 | | Nation


Trump may pursue wall without new bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Republicans and Donald Trump's transition team are exploring whether they can make good on Trump's promise of a wall on ...

January 05, 2017 | | Nation


Principal admits stealing nude images from students

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A fired Kentucky high school principal has admitted to seizing students' phones so that he could steal pornographic images and trade them ...

January 05, 2017 | | Nation


Hate-crime charges filed in attack on special needs man

CHICAGO (AP) - Four black people were charged with hate crimes Thursday in connection with a video broadcast live on Facebook that showed a mentally disabled ...

January 05, 2017 | | Nation


Mexico protests, looting kills two, 700 are arrested

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Anger over gasoline prices hikes in Mexico fueled more protests and looting Thursday, and officials said the unrest had resulted in the ...

January 05, 2017 | | Nation


Shhh, your washer might overhear you

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Alexa, are you spying on me?

January 05, 2017 | | Nation


Toyota stock dip after Trump tweet on plant

TOKYO (AP) - Toyota Motor Corp. stock fell 2 percent in early Friday morning trading after President-elect Donald Trump said on Twitter that the Japanese automaker ...

January 05, 2017 | | Nation


T-Mobile: Unlimited plans will be only option

NEW YORK (AP) - T-Mobile said unlimited plans will be the only option for new customers even though they are more expensive than some of its ...

January 05, 2017 | | Nation


New UN chief urges world: ‘Put Peace First’ in 2017

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Antonio Guterres took the reins of the United Nations on New Year's Day, promising to be a "bridge-builder" but facing an ...

January 01, 2017 | | Nation


Oil pipeline protesters unfurl banner at game

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Protesters trying to stymie the Dakota Access oil pipeline sneaked up on a truss connected to the roof and rappelled down to unfurl ...

January 01, 2017 | | Nation


Trump still isn’t sold on Russian hacking link

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump says that "no computer is safe" when it comes to keeping information private, expressing new skepticism about the ...

January 01, 2017 | | Nation


Refugees find safe haven in Scouts

EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) - Boy Scouts Jean Tuyishime and Moise Tuyikunde sit around a crackling campfire under a canopy of stars in Colorado's Rocky Mountains ...

January 01, 2017 | | Nation


Long gas lines, price hike mar holidays in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The holiday season has been a little less merry for car owners in Mexico as gasoline shortages in many parts of the ...

January 01, 2017 | | Nation


Obama ups White House tech; Trump sees risks

WASHINGTON (AP) - As Barack Obama began preparing to leave office, the first smartphone-toting U.S. president ordered his team to upgrade the White House's ...

January 01, 2017 | | Nation


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