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Study: Data IDs Shoppers

Friday, January 30, 2015

Washington — Credit card data isn’t quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says. Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included — and this is after companies “anonymized” the transaction records, saying they wiped away names and other personal details. The study out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, published Thursday in …

Obama Drops Proposal To Tax College Savings Plans

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Washington — President Obama on Tuesday abandoned a proposal to end a major tax benefit of popular college savings accounts used by millions of American families after the White House faced mounting criticism from lawmakers and parents. White House officials said the backlash against the president’s plan became “such a distraction” that it was best to drop the proposal, which would have removed …

CBO : Debt Interest Will Triple

Monday, January 26, 2015

Washington — The federal budget deficit will ease slightly to $468 billion this year, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday, but the agency warned that the mounting level of federal debt over the next decade would mean a tripling of interest payments and new spending constraints. The projected deficit, equivalent to 2.6 percent of the size of the economy, would be the smallest …

Social Security Q&A: Does SSI Have a Format for the Blind?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Question : I have a relative who gets Supplemental Security Income for a disability. She is now legally blind and wants to receive information from Social Security in an alternative format. How do I help her? Answer: Social Security is dedicated to providing vital information in the most …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 25, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Names CEO New London — James “Jim” Culhane, of Henniker, N.H., has been named president and CEO of Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice. An open house in March will feature a …

Tax-Saving Tips for Generation Y

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Many young taxpayers miss out on tax-saving opportunities because they just aren’t aware of them. Here are some tax credits and deductions these folks shouldn’t overlook. Student Loan Interest Deduction Education borrowing is a big concern for many millennials. But, if you carry such debt, you might be …

Study: Medical Costs Vary Widely

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Washington — Thanks to recent efforts to make health care prices more transparent, it’s become clear that Americans in some parts of the country pay much more for a doctor’s visit or common procedures than people in other regions. Now a new report from a major health insurance …

Wireless Charging May Be a Better Solution

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Philadelphia — Imagine a world where you don’t have to plug in your smartphone, tablet or laptop, or even lay it on one of the Duracell charging mats that Starbucks is rolling out nationwide. Instead, your refrigerator sends them power from across the room via a WiFi-like radio …

Snack Makers Focus on Health Fare

Sunday, January 25, 2015

San Francisco — The next generation of food manufacturers are clamoring to satisfy your snack cravings. Just don’t expect another potato chip or pretzel. At the annual Fancy Food Show in San Francisco last week, up-and-coming brands touted …

Consumer Confidential: GOP’s Cuts to IRS Budget Will Tax Our Patience

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, speaking last week at a conservative policy summit, presented what he called the “single most important tax reform” America could make: abolishing the Internal Revenue Service. That probably won’t happen any time soon. But Republican lawmakers have managed to slash the tax agency’s budget …

Facebook Looks To Stop Spread Of Fake ‘News’

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Last week, Facebook dealt a blow to the fake-news industry that could, in all likelihood, wipe it out: Starting this week, the site will cut down on the number of fake news stories that circulate in its News Feed — and add a warning on hoax stories indicating …

Searching for a Longer-Lasting Battery

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New York — At a cozy watering hole in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, bartender Kathy Conway counted four different phone chargers behind the bar. Call it the scourge of the red zone or battery anxiety. Smartphone users are tired …

A More Classic Look for Chrysler 300

Sunday, January 25, 2015

For 2015, the Chrysler 300 brings some updates for the first time in four years, including refinements to the front and rear fascia harking back to the more classic 1955 and 2005 models, in what the design team calls “heritage styling.” The upgrade also includes mechanical enhancements, segment-exclusive …