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Social Security Q&A: Will Same-Sex Couple Qualify for Benefits?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Question: My same-sex partner and I recently married. Will we qualify for Social Security benefits? Answer: You may be eligible to apply for Social Security benefits. Many factors affect your eligibility for benefits, including how long you worked and your age. Social Security encourages you to apply for benefits right away, even if you aren’t sure you’re eligible. Applying now will protect you against the loss of any potential benefits. …

Friday, May 29, 2015

How to Use These Listings These sales summaries are informational only and are not a legal record. Names shown are usually the first listed in the deed. Sales might involve additional parties or locations. Prices are usually based on tax stamps and might be inaccurate for public agency sales. Refer to the actual public records before forming opinions or relying on this information. …

At the Hospitals: July 5, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Focus Group Participants Sought For End-of-Life Care Study Springfield, Vt. — Focus groups participants are needed to help with a statewide study of Vermonter’s experiences with end-of-life care. The study is being led by the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire and several VNAs across Vermont. The results will inform …

Money Talk: How to Deal With Collections

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Question: I am trying to help my daughter deal with enormous student loans. She is a doctor and very busy and simply cannot deal with the stress of almost $350,000 of education debt. I want to help her refinance, but to get the best rate I would like …

Consumer Confidential: Warning About Cellphone Radiation May Go Too Far

Sunday, July 5, 2015

It’s a question that just won’t go away: Do cellphones give you cancer? The city of Berkeley, Calif., has passed an ordinance that, beginning this month, would make it the first municipality in the country to require that cellphone retailers warn customers that mobile devices may emit cancer-causing …

USDA Proposes Healthier Fare

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Kansas City, Mo. — As teachers lament seeing toddlers too large to fit in playground swings, a federal program that feeds millions of low-income children may be overhauled for the first time in almost 50 years, aiming to …

Cleaning Up Papa John’s Menu Costs Chain $100 Million a Year

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Papa John’s International Inc. is spending $100 million a year to eliminate artificial ingredients and other additives from its menu, underscoring the cost of the restaurant industry’s shift to more natural foods. The company removed monosodium glutamate, or MSG, from its ranch dressing last year and pulled trans …

Generating a Lot of Buzz

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Berkeley, Calif. — As the largest American maker of consumer drones, 3D Robotics Inc. sees big opportunities in selling mini-helicopters with cameras, sensors and whirling propellers that buzz like angry hornets. The Berkeley company expects to sell thousands …

Online Shoppers Browse More, Buy Less

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Washington — It’s only getting harder for retailers to close the deal with online shoppers. A new report has found that customers are leaving retailers’ websites more frequently without buying anything and, when they do open their wallets, they are spending less on average per order. The findings …

Study: Google’s Search Favors Its Own Products

Sunday, July 5, 2015

When you go to Google for anything, be it a weather report or a phone number or an explanation of string theory, you assume that the top results will always be the very best. Those are, at least, the only ones you click: Studies suggest it’s a rare, …

Wheel Nice Work

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hershey, Pa. — Eugene Toner stomped on the foot-operated ignition. The engine sputtered and coughed, but wouldn’t catch. Uh oh. Here at The Elegance, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of antique automobiles, the exquisitely restored town …

Report: Millennials Shun Workplace Charity

Sunday, July 5, 2015

We know that millennials are different. They’re not working the same way as their parents. They aren’t marrying in the same way. And they aren’t motivated by work to give to charity or volunteer. But that doesn’t mean they’re more selfish than their parents, according to a new …

Vermont’s Energy Future Is Focus of Regional Forums

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Woodstock — A series of regional public forums about Vermont’s energy future will begin on July 9 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Billings Farm and Museum. Vermonters are invited to share their thoughts about how the state can meet its energy goals and needs in the coming years, the …