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Social Security Q&A: Checking on Medicare Benefits Application

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Question: I applied for Medicare benefits last week. How can I check the status of my application? Answer: Checking the status of your application is easy. If you applied for benefits, you can check the status at Social Security’s secure website, secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/IAPS/applicationStatus, but you must wait five days from the date you originally filed. You will need to enter your Social Security number and the confirmation number you received when …

At the Hospitals: March 1, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

VA Taps Social Worker For Women’s Program Manager White River Junction — Carey Russ, a social worker, has been named women veterans program manager at White River Junction VA Medical Center. Carey’s duties will include advising and advocating for women veterans, as well as coordinating a range of medical services. Due to the …

Business Notes: March 1, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lebanon — A year after the Lebanon Planning Board approved design plans for a new Tractor Supply outlet along Miracle Mile, construction is now underway for the farm and garden superstore. Ground was broken on the 19,000-square-foot building on Dec. 22 and is tentatively scheduled to open by Memorial Day, the Tennessee-based company …

5 Things to Know About Net Neutrality

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Washington — Netflix, Twitter and Internet activists have won. Big cable has lost. At least until the federal courts get involved, when everything could change. Five things you need to know about the Federal Communications Commission’s vote Thursday …

Drugmaker Avoids Billions in U.S. Taxes

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Washington — Gilead Sciences Inc., whose $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C treatment is one of the world’s most expensive drugs, is avoiding billions of dollars in U.S. taxes by booking profits overseas. The company reported foreign income before taxes of $8.2 billion for 2014, earning more in non-U.S. profits than …

Wage Slowdown Shows Limits of Boom

Sunday, March 1, 2015

While U.S. hiring is soaring, wages have just begun to lift off. As a result, the Federal Reserve’s countdown to raising interest rates is a gradual one. More than five years of economic recovery has spurred the biggest surge in hiring in 17 years, yet employers haven’t had …

Barnes & Noble to Spin Off College-Bookstore Business

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New York — Barnes & Noble Inc. will spin off its college-bookstore business from its retail chain and Nook e-reader operations, creating two publicly traded companies. As part of the breakup, shares in the new Barnes & Noble Education business will be distributed tax-free to investors, the New …

Beef Prices Not Coming Down Soon

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Chicago — There’s little relief ahead for record U.S. steak and burger prices. While cattle ranchers like Brenda Richards are expanding herds for the first time in almost a decade, it can take two years to get more meat on the plate. After shrinking supply sent beef costs …

Wheat Thins Markets Hidden Message

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Chicago — When The Escape Pod, a small Chicago ad agency, was charged with creating a new campaign for Wheat Thins, an outside-the-box idea came from the box itself. Drop a few letters from the name, and Wheat …

New Home Sales Near Six-Year High

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Washington — New home sales in January held close to the fastest pace in more than six years, consistent with slow and steady progress that’s been the hallmark of the U.S. housing market since early 2012. Americans purchased 481,000 properties at an annualized rate last month, little changed …

U.S. 2014 Wine Exports Second Highest on Record

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Exports of U.S. wine last year were the second-most valuable on record, reaching $1.49 billion in revenue, nearly all of it from California. The European Union was the largest buyer of U.S. wine at $517 million, followed by Canada ($487 million) and Japan ($88 million), the Wine Institute …

No Drones Allowed

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Low-cost hobby drones are making the power of flight accessible to anyone with a few hundred bucks to spare. But a combination of technology and safety laws could take the controls out of users’ hands. When a DJI …

McDonald’s Details Restaurant Opening Slowdown

Sunday, March 1, 2015

McDonald’s is cutting back on U.S. restaurant openings this year, after vowing to improve financial results under new leadership. McDonald’s plans to open about 125 restaurants and update about 100 in the United States this year, the company said Tuesday. In 2014, McDonald’s opened 222 U.S. stores and …