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Social Security Q&A: Benefits Increase for 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Question: I’m creating my budget for 2015. How much will my benefit increase at the beginning of the year? Answer: The monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase by 1.7 percent in 2015. This annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is tied to the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. This New Year, you can enjoy …

At the Hospitals: Feb. 1, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Diabetes Education Program Earns Accreditation Windsor — The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center was recently accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Education. The certification is awarded to programs and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to diabetes education, offering quality programming to help …

7 Weird Things That Can Hurt Your Credit Score

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Many aspects of credit can be confusing and even counterintuitive. Sometimes, it can even feel like you’re doing everything right — paying all your bills on time, not maxing out your cards — and yet you still have poor credit. That’s because there are a number of seemingly benign actions that can hurt your credit score. The trick is making sure you’re aware …

A Test for Obama, New Saudi Leader

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Washington — In the late 1980s, a U.S. diplomat in Riyadh went to ask a small favor from then-Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, who replied: A friend who doesn’t help you is no better than an enemy …

Unfulfilled Promise of the Crock-Pot

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Seventy-five years ago, an inventor named Irving Nachumsohn received a patent for the first commercially successful electric slow cooker. A few decades later, his device was more than just a beloved accessory in millions of American kitchens. The …

Economy Hopes Raised After Euro Stimulus

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Davos, Switzerland — The global economic outlook just got brighter after this week’s big stimulus from the European Central Bank, leading policymakers from around the world said Saturday. In a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, …

Car Makers Fake Engine Noises to Dupe Drivers

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you’ll hear a meaty, throaty rumble — the same style roar that Americans have associated with auto power and performance for decades. It’s a sham. The engine growl in some of America’s best-selling cars and trucks …

Valley Regional Gives Update

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Claremont — Leaders of Valley Regional Healthcare reported some progress toward erasing a lingering budget deficit during an annual meeting and community gathering that also served as a platform for advocates of health care reform. More than 100 people braved icy sidewalks and bacon-wrapped hors d’oeuvres to listen …

Obama More Passive Than Passionate

Monday, January 19, 2015

Washington — During racially tense moments that have beset the nation recently, many Americans have longed for President Obama to display some of the passion and soaring rhetoric that made the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who would have turned 86 last week, a civil rights legend. But …

Riding With the First Responders

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lebanon — A recent Friday morning finds the Lebanon Fire Department quiet, the day shift settling in. Dr. Nate Grubbs, an emergency medicine resident, is getting a tour of the station on South Park Street from Capt. Jim …

Social Security Q&A: How to Estimate Retirement Benefits

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Question: I’m not sure when I’m going to retire so I want to estimate my retirement benefit at several different ages. What’s the easiest way to do that? Answer: Using the Social Security Retirement Estimator, at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator, is easy and it’s the best way for you to get …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 18, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New London Hospital Names Ambulance and EMS Services Manager New London — Richard Riley has been named manager for ambulance and EMS services at New London Hospital. “ Riley brings an extensive background in emergency response management to …

Under the Gun: Newport’s Sturm, Ruger & Co. Battles Sales Slump, Stock Swoon

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Newport — Near the end of his quarterly conference call with Wall Street analysts last February, Michael O. Fifer, the chief executive of firearm manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co., had some parting words that appeared to foreshadow a …