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Social Security Q&A: Extra Help for Medicare Drug Costs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Question: I want to apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. Can state agencies also help with my Medicare costs? Answer: When you file your application for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug (Medicare Part D) costs, you also can start your application process for the Medicare Savings Programs — state programs that provide help with other Medicare costs. When you apply for Extra Help, Social Security will …

Wheels: Mercedes Hatchback Smooth in Traffic

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cornwall, n.y. — The season had changed from late sunlight to early nightfall. We were in a sea of red flashes moving north on Interstate 287. We weren’t moving fast — about 50 mph, as fast as anyone could safely move in the thick early-evening traffic squeezing out of the canyons of New …

Nuts and Bolts: Mercedes-Benz GLA250

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bottom line: It is an excellent urban runner. It fits well in the city, can handle most small-to-moderate hauling chores and will do well in the Mid-Atlantic region’s generally moderate winters. It is built with Mercedes-Benz quality, but keep in mind that Mercedes-Benz also builds taxis and trucks used worldwide. If you are shopping for status, you might want to shop higher up …

Concord Mall Reflects National Trend

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Concord — On a crisp Friday evening in late October, Shannon Rich, 33, is standing in a dying American mall. Three customers wander the aisles in a Sears the size of two football fields. The RadioShack is empty. …

Top 400 U.S. Households Paid 18% Average Tax Rate In 2010

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Washington — The top 400 taxpayers in the United States paid an average tax rate of 18 percent in 2010, the lowest since 2007, according to Internal Revenue Service data released Friday. The wealthiest taxpayers earn a majority of their money from capital gains, which are taxed at …

Business Notes: Nov. 23, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

West Lebanon — The distinction, according to West Lebanon Feed & Supply, is 50 times more difficult to achieve than it is for a high school basketball player to make it to the NBA. The longtime Upper Valley …

More U.S. Workers Are Quitting Jobs

Friday, November 21, 2014

New York — People are quitting their jobs as if it’s 2007, which may be good news for worker paychecks. Almost 2.8 million Americans voluntarily left their employers in September, representing 57.5 percent of total separations, based on seasonally adjusted data from the Labor Department. This percentage is …

Honda Acknowledges Breaking Disclosure

Friday, November 21, 2014

Washington — The global quality chief of Takata Corp. apologized and an official from Honda acknowledged the automaker broke a disclosure law as a Senate committee put the spotlight on a growing problem with exploding air bags. Hiroshi …

Economy Faces Many Headwinds

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

London — The global economy’s problems seem to be multiplying. Hours after the leaders of the world’s 20 most developed economies sought to boost confidence by promising to increase global output by $2 trillion over five years, Japan …

Solar Initiative Heats Up in Hanover

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hanover — A nonprofit hoping to mobilize Upper Valley communities to switch to solar energy has recently expanded its efforts to Hanover, where five households have made plans to heat and power their homes through sunlight. With just over 200 site visit requests and five contracts signed with …

Cyber-Insurance Now a Necessity

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Washington — More than 3,000 American businesses were hacked last year, many of them small and midsize firms that are often less protected than their multinational counterparts, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. That surge in cyberattacks has led to a booming industry that aims …

Social Security Q&A: Applying for Supplemental Security Income

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Question: How can I apply for Supplemental Security Income? Answer: If you are applying for SSI based on a disability, you can start the process by going online to complete the disability report at www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityssi/ssi.html. Then you can call 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778) to schedule an appointment with a …

Wheels: A Racehorse in a Fenced World

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It is a matter of trade-offs. If you want an exceptional driving experience, BMW will give you that, replete with exceptional engineering and an exceptionally high price. If you want anything extra — advanced electronic safety systems, onboard …