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Social Security Q&A: Children Could Be Eligible for Survivors Benefits

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Question: My neighbor said my kids, 8 and 15, might be eligible for survivors’ benefits since their mother died. Are they? Answer: Maybe. Their mother must have worked and earned the required number of Social Security credits. If she did, both you and your children may be eligible for benefits. Apply promptly because survivors benefits are generally retroactive only up to six months. You can apply by calling Social Security’s …

Milwaukee Group Wants to Buy Pabst

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Milwaukee — Long before it was known for fine cheddar cheese or the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin was famous for beer, especially the national brands brewed in Milwaukee: Schlitz, Blatz and Pabst Blue Ribbon. The brewing tradition started by Milwaukee’s German immigrants in the 1800s endured for more than a century, until industry …

Pricey Wagyu Steaks Are Abe’s Answer to Imports

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tokyo — Hirotaka Sekiguchi dresses his Wagyu calves in T-shirts and jackets to protect them against Japan’s spring chill and an expected avalanche of cheap foreign beef. Sekiguchi, 59, pampers the 320 cattle on his feedlot in Kamisato township north of Tokyo with customized meals and private stalls to ensure they develop the kind of marbled, melt-in-your-mouth meat that fetches almost twice the …

Tree Pruning Demonstration Set in New London

Saturday, April 12, 2014

New London — A tree and shrub pruning demonstration is set for Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on the New London Town Common. The event, hosted by University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, will include a discussion and demonstration of pruning techniques on a variety of ornamental trees and …

Money Talk: Understanding Other’s Financial Perspective Is Good First Relationship Step

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dear Liz: I am in a new relationship with a great woman. I’ve talked a little bit about money and retirement with her (she’s 30). I am trying to let her know that it would be wise to contribute at least enough to her company’s retirement program to …

Business Notes: April 13, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Randolph — Vermont Technical College in is offering two new short courses in brewing and craft distilling in May. Enrollment is under way for students and community members for “Craft Distilling as a Profession: The Vermont Experience,” and “Brewing: Science, Safety, Sensory and Skills.” Brewer Steve Parks and …

Microsoft to End Support of XP System

Saturday, April 12, 2014

New York — Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger. An estimated 30 percent of computers being used by businesses and consumers around …

Google Glass Users Receive Mostly Warm Reception

Saturday, April 12, 2014

San Francisco — At 6 feet 4 inches, JR Curley is used to getting noticed. Just not like this. Ever since he got a pair of Google Glass in November, he has been turning heads at the grocery …

S&P 500 Marks Worst Two-Day Drop Since June

Saturday, April 12, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks sank Friday, extending the Standard & Poor’s 500 index’s worst two-day drop since June, amid disappointing results at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and signs hedge funds were dumping the bull market’s best performers. JPMorgan lost 3.7 percent as profit fell 19 percent on …

Pew: ‘Gotcha’ Rules Still Needed

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The nation’s biggest banks are doing a better job of clearly disclosing key terms and fees on checking accounts, but more rules are needed to protect consumers from “gotcha” overdraft fees and from signing away rights for settling disputes, according to a new study by The Pew Charitable …

Millions of Androids Contain Heartbleed

Saturday, April 12, 2014

San Francisco — Millions of smartphones and tablets running Google’s Android operating system have the Heartbleed software bug, in a sign of how broadly the flaw extends beyond the Internet and into consumer devices. While Google said in a blog post on April 9 that all versions of …

World Bank’s Jim Kim on ‘You Can’t Do That’

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Washington — Jim Yong Kim has initiated the World Bank’s first massive reorganization in nearly two decades, and one that’s been met with internal resistance from some of its economists. In addition to announcing the World Bank’s new …

Payday Lenders Say Banks Threaten Business

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Al LePage has been issuing payday loans out of a suburban Minneapolis storefront for most of the past decade. But on Valentine’s Day, a Wells Fargo banker called and gave him 30 days to cease and desist — or risk losing his bank account. “The only explanation I …