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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 …

Americans High on Economy

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Washington — Americans’ views of the economy climbed last week to the highest level in almost seven years as the labor market strengthened and gasoline prices kept falling. A Bloomberg measure of perceptions about the world’s largest economy increased to 28.9 in the period ended Nov. 9, the …

Amazon, Publisher Reach Accord

Friday, November 14, 2014

Washington — Amazon.com and the Hachette Book Group announced Thursday that they have reached an agreement to end their long-running dispute over e-book pricing. The fight escalated to such a level that Amazon did not offer discounts on books written by Hachette authors and prevented customers from pre-ordering …

Study: Owning a Home Is Overrated

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Washington — U.S. home prices crashed 43 percent between 2005 and 2012, yet polls find that the vast majority of Americans still consider homeownership to be a good idea and the best way for average people to build wealth. But is it? For more than 40 million households …

Chairman, Obama Split On Internet

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Washington — Hours after President Obama called for the Federal Communications Commission to pass tougher regulations on high-speed Internet providers, the agency’s Democratic chairman told a group of business executives that he was moving in a different direction. Huddled in an FCC conference room Monday with officials from …

Job Seekers Flock to Store’s Fair

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Claremont — A retired professional who wants to work several hours a week, a teen who needs another part-time job, a full-time retail manager looking to switch jobs and a mother of three who needs to earn extra …

Trading Gas for Solar

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Detroit — Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power …

Consumer Confidential: The Ethics of Paying to Be Honored for Ethics

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Peter Humber was watching TV at his home recently when an ad for Blue Shield of California came on. “We’ve been named one of the world’s most ethical companies,” the ad said. “Hey, remember when things like ethics mattered?” Humber, 78, couldn’t believe what he was hearing. “They’re …

Threats From Cyber Attacks Many, Varied

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Be afraid of potentially devastating cyber attacks, and be better prepared to guard against them. But also be wary of the risks — especially to privacy — that accompany a growing focus on cyber security that may exaggerate some threats. Those are among the major themes and dissents …

Wheels: That Off-Road Look, Without The Muddy Fenders

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The 2015 Jeep Compass Latitude is the Jeep for people who want a Jeep in name only. It is Jeep Lite, which may be good for folks who want the functional equivalent of a small, all-wheel-drive station wagon. But it is not to be confused with something such …

Nuts & Bolts: 2015 Jeep Compass

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Bottom line: If you want a fuel-efficient, city-friendly, snow-capable compact wagon with a relatively low price and decent utility, buy the Jeep Compass Latitude. If you want a rough-and-tumble, rock-crawling, stream-fording SUV, buy something else. Ride, acceleration and …