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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 …

Big Flaw Exposed In Internet Security

Thursday, April 10, 2014

San Francisco — A confounding computer bug called “Heartbleed” is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information. …

IMF Sees Better World Economy

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Washington — Global economic growth should gain momentum this year, with the U.S. leading the way among developed countries and some long-depressed southern eurozone economies finally turning the corner, the International Monetary Fund predicted. The IMF, in a new forecast ahead of its annual spring meeting later this …

Viral Epidemic Rattles U.S. Pork Producers

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Milwaukee — A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it’s threatening pork production …

Razing the Chieftain in Hanover

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tyler Anderson, of Naughton & Son Recycling Center, directs J.P. Osgood, of K.A. Stevens & Son Inc., as he loads debris from the demolition at the Chieftain Motor Inn in Hanover on Monday. “We lost a quarter and …

Time Running Out For Changes This Year to Vt. School Funding

Monday, April 7, 2014

Montpelier — Prospects appear to be dimming for big changes this year in how Vermont governs and pays for its public schools. About three dozen local school districts have voted down their school budgets in the past five weeks, the largest number since 2003. That was the year …

Social Security Q&A: Affordable Care Act Does Not Affect Medicare

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Question: Will my Medicare coverage change because of the Affordable Care Act? Answer: No, not at all. People who have Medicare coverage are not affected by the Affordable Care Act. Medicare is not a part of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace. If you are a Medicare …

At the Hospitals: April 6, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Among ‘100 Great Hospitals in America’ Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has again been named to the annual list of 100 Great Hospitals in America, as compiled by the health care industry publication Becker’s Hospital …

Money Talk: Old Bills Will Depress Credit Scores

Sunday, April 6, 2014

D ear Liz: How can I get a clear and complete picture of the debts that are hurting my credit score? I have my credit report already. I’m a bit lost, and I need to get my credit cleared up to buy a home. Answer: You actually have …

Business Notes: April 6, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Rochester, Vt. — After 18 years, Pete McGowan wants to slow down, join the White River Golf Club and play the course in a leisurely way. McGowan has owned and operated the course for almost two decades and now he’s hoping to find someone to take over the …

Roku’s Streaming Stick Offers Loads of Content

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Roku’s line of digital media players have long been among my favorite ways of getting Internet videos to the TV. Now the company has added a new device to its lineup that’s smaller, cheaper and more versatile. It’s not perfect, but Roku’s new Streaming Stick is a heck …