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Small Increase for Social Security

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Washington — Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will also boost government benefits for millions of disabled veterans, federal retirees and people drawing disability payments for the poor. Year after year of tiny increases are weighing on many older Americans. “What is it going …

Commuter Race

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vital Communities held a bike vs. bus vs. car race from Dan and Whit’s in Norwich to the Hopkins Center in Hanover to compare commute times on different modes of transport during morning rush hour on Tuesday. Bikers Hilde Ojibway, of White River Junction, left, Sharon Racusin, of Norwich, middle, and Scot Drysdale, …

Nor’easter Could Test FairPoint

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A nor’easter that arrived Tuesday could deliver the first major test for replacement workers hired by FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, with driving rain and strong wind gusts possibly causing service disruptions as more than 1,700 workers remain on strike. The company, meanwhile, accused striking workers of intimidating contractors and employees and said an automated phone-jamming effort attempted to disrupt …

Lowering Interest Rate On Credit Cards Is Easier Than You Think

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A new report suggests that credit card holders could get lower interest rates and late fees waived if they ask. The report, released this month by CreditCards.com, found that nearly 90 percent of cardholders who asked their credit card issuers to wave a late payment fee were successful. …

Social Security Q&A: How to Begin Steps to Retirement

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Question: I’ve decided I want to retire. How do I begin? Answer: The fastest and easiest way to apply for retirement benefits is to go to www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline. To use the online application to apply for Social Security retirement or spouse’s benefits, you must: ∎ Be at least 61 …

Money Talk: Cans Full of Coins Not an Effective Saving Method

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Question: My husband recently told me that he has saved many coffee cans full of loose change over the years. When I suggested we might at least roll the change to make it easier to count should we ever need it, he was not interested! I understand he …

Companies Are Helping Workers Fight Burnout

Sunday, October 5, 2014

For the overworked modern American employee, the policies and perks offered by some of the most generous companies sound like manna from the corporate gods. Onsite climbing walls. Free housekeeping. Chef-catered meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yet however nice such benefits may be, they can also end …

Consumer Confidential: Despite Obamacare, U.S. Health Care System Still Dysfunctional

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Obamacare was supposed to make our health care system friendlier to patients, and in many ways it’s succeeded. But we still have a long way to go. For almost her entire life, Maria Rogers has been the picture of health. She’s worked for years as a personal trainer, …

Owners of Small Businesses Scramble to Keep Top Staffers

Sunday, October 5, 2014

New York — People are quitting their jobs at a faster clip and that’s pushing small business owners to work harder to hold onto top talent. Dance studio owner Andrea Bisconti has experienced the challenge firsthand. When Kellie …

High-Tech Halloween Horror

Sunday, October 5, 2014

To re-create a bloody scene from the 1981 horror flick American Werewolf in London, crews at Universal Studios Hollywood installed computer-controlled strobe lights behind the walls of a dark maze to simulate the flash of bullets. An actor …

Battle Brewing Over iPhones And the Law

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Apple is no stranger to disruption, having upended the music business with iTunes and the mobile industry with the iPhone. But now, some law enforcement officials are warning that the company is threatening to disrupt their efforts to fight crime. With its new iOS 8 software, Apple is …

At the Hospitals: Oct. 5, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunapee Talk Explores Aging Parents’ Needs Sunapee — A free talk about caring for an aging parent is set for Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at Sunapee Cove Assisted Living, 1250 Route 11, Georges Mills. Dennis McCullough, a …

Group Aims to Put Politics Into U.S. Food Policy

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Washington — Americans like to talk about food, and they certainly like to eat. But they don’t normally think about food policy when they vote. A group of food advocates is trying to figure out how to change …