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Social Security Q&A: How to Protect Against Identity Theft

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Q uestion: How can I protect myself against identity theft? Answer: First, don’t carry your Social Security card with you. Keep it secure at home with your other important papers. Second, don’t readily give out your Social Security number. While many banks, schools, doctors, landlords, and others will request your number, it is your decision whether to provide it. Ask if there is some other way to identify you in …

Wheels: A Land-Based Luxury Yacht

Sunday, October 26, 2014

There is beauty in the beast, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, Premium edition. But it remains a beast, a humongous sport-utility vehicle stretching nearly 17 feet long and carrying a factory weight (sans passengers and cargo) of 5,845 pounds. It is equipped with an engine worthy of its mass — a 6.2-liter V-8 delivering …

Nuts & Bolts: 2015 Cadillac Escalade

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bottom line: It is a limousine, an estate runner. It is not a sport-utility vehicle for the rest of us. Nor is it something designed to take up residence in the city. Ride, acceleration, handling: Ride and handling are great on well-maintained roads but dicey on those in need of repair. Acceleration is excellent, especially in highway running. Head-turning quotient: High. It has …

At the Hospitals: Oct. 26, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

New Overnight Visiting Procedures at DHMC Lebanon — Beginning Monday , Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will require visitors to register and wear a temporary badge from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., after normal business hours. The new procedures, which …

Consumer Confidential: What’s Behind the Huge Price Jump for Some Generic Drugs?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Why are the prices of some generic drugs so darn high? That’s a question many consumers have been asking lately. And now, a pair of prominent congressmen are demanding an answer from the drug industry. In letters to 14 pharmaceutical companies, the congressmen said they’re investigating “the recent …

Housing Regulators Pressured To Ease Mortgage Loan Rules

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Washington — Three years ago, in the dark days of the housing crisis, regulators pressed for a controversial rule that aimed to crack down on shoddy and dishonest lending practices. Now they’re rolling back their plans. The original proposal called on lenders to hold a stake in the …

Money Talk: Sob Story Won’t Earn Student Loan Forgiveness

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Question: I have a rather ugly student loan predicament. You mentioned “the possibility of forgiveness” in a recent column. I feel very strongly that I am deserving (if I dare use that word) of partial or full forgiveness of my undergraduate loans, although the loans from my graduate …

Seven Ways to Save on Holiday Gift Shopping

Sunday, October 26, 2014

It’s late October, meaning the holidays (and your in-laws) will be here before you know it. But if you’re stressing about how to afford gifts for everyone on your list, you’re probably going about your holiday shopping the wrong way. While we’re just weeks away from the season, …

Hybrids Are More Popular. Hating Them Is Too.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

When people ask Chris Bellios what he drives, he says it’s a Toyota — a black one. “The stigma that goes with owning a Prius is palpable,” said Bellios, 43, who loves his Prius so much he’s owned …

McDonald’s Innovation Center Studies Service Improvements

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Inside this nondescript warehouse some 30 minutes from McDonald’s suburban Chicago headquarters, uniformed crew members cook burgers, sling fries and hand food to customers. But here, cashiers accept fake money. Workers and customers wear tracking chips to record …

New Combination Herbicide Gains Federal OK

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Minneapolis — A new herbicide, long awaited by farmers as a tool to fight “superweeds” but long opposed by environmental groups, has received final federal approval and is likely headed for Midwestern fields next year. Enlist Duo, manufactured by Dow AgroSciences, could become an important competitor to Monsanto’s …

Scandal May Deter Female Video Gamers

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The confusing, nasty muck of the Gamergate scandal, in which anonymous attackers have harassed and sent death threats to women linked to the video-game industry, has morphed into a bitter culture war over the world’s $100 billion gaming …

Survey: Online Harassment Is Widespread

Sunday, October 26, 2014

New York — A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life. The first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment. Forty percent …